Winter postseasons approaching; Football update


BOONE, Iowa – With preparations underway for another busy winter championship season, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control met Thursday to examine activities in February and beyond. The four upcoming postseasons – swimming, then wrestling, then bowling, and finally basketball – got most of the meeting’s action item attention, with concerns regarding football and sport classifications discussed at length.

Below is information on Thursday’s board approvals and other available links for each of the IHSAA’s four winter sports.



State Meet: February 15, Iowa City

Updates on the 2020 district meets set for Saturday, February 8 have been published, including meet assignments and meet information. Swimming uses one season manual for its regular season and postseason competition.



State Dual Tournament: February 19, Des Moines

State Traditional Tournament: February 20-22, Des Moines

Sectional and district tournaments were released back in November, but regional dual team sites will be available later this week, following Thursday’s board meeting. Regional dual team sites and assignments will be available for Class 3A, along with sites for 2A and 1A following Friday’s release of IWCOA dual team rankings. Three postseason manuals will be forthcoming as well: sectional and district tournaments; state traditional tournament; and regional and state dual tournaments.



State Meets: February 24-26, Waterloo

Sites and assignments were approved by the Board of Control on Thursday and are now available for Classes 3A, 2A, and 1A in state qualifying meets set for Tuesday, February 18. Information on qualifying and the state meet is available in the 2019-20 manual, which contains both regular season and postseason procedures.

Update: Assignments and times have been updated since their original posting.  


State Tournament: March 9-13, Des Moines

Postseason assignments will be released in two segments with Classes 2A and 1A made available on Friday, January 24, then Classes 4A and 3A scheduled for a Friday, January 31 release. These district and substate assignments then become pairings in February following coaches’ seeding meetings. The postseason begins on Monday, February 17 for 2A and 1A. The postseason manual was approved by the Board of Control at Thursday’s meeting.


Football announcements on hold

The biennial release of football classifications, districts, and schedules is being delayed from its usual January drop. The Board of Control spent time Thursday discussing the football advisory committee’s recommendations from last month regarding the number of regular season games and playoff qualifiers, as well as ideas shared in a meeting of Class 4A athletic directors at the IHSAA offices on January 16.

The board previously considered and tabled a playoff and scheduling recommendation from the advisory committee and Iowa Football Coaches Association – eight regular season games and 32 playoff qualifiers per class, not including Class 4A – and did not vote on the topic Thursday.

In working with the IHSAA’s Classification Committee and Class 4A athletic directors, executive director Tom Keating and assistant director Jared Chizek shared with the board possible scheduling models to address competitive equity concerns. The IHSAA will seek feedback on the models, and the Board of Control set February 5 as the deadline date for an IHSAA recommendation regarding football districts.


Whaley joins Board of Control

Amanda Whaley of West Branch joined the board for her first meeting Thursday as an appointed representative of the Iowa Association of School Boards. Whaley replaces Greg Dockum of Johnston who served through December’s meeting. Whaley and her husband Chad have two children, Lauren and Matt.


Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees announced

Honorees for the IHSAA’s 2020 Wrestling Hall of Fame class were announced on Thursday, with five wrestlers and two coaches set to be featured on Feb. 22 at Wells Fargo Arena. The IHSAA has presented its Hall of Fame inductees before the Grand March at the wrestling finals since 1971.

This year’s class: wrestlers Justin Hanson, Nate Moore, Nick Moore, Bart Reiter, and Jessie Whitmer, and coaches Tom Kettman and Bob Yilek.

More information is available HERE.


Preliminary classifications for spring sports

Early classifications are available for golf and tennis, which are slated to begin practice on March 16. Spring golf features Classes 3A, 2A, and 1A. The largest 48 schools are placed in 4A, which plays golf in the fall. Tennis features Classes 2A and 1A, with the largest 48 schools playing in 2A and the remaining teams competing in 1A.

Listed enrollment numbers and classifications are subject to change due to cooperative sharing agreements.

GOLF      |      TENNIS





Executive director Tom Keating, [email protected]

Football administrator Todd Tharp, [email protected]

Communications director Chris Cuellar, [email protected]