The Illinois High School Athletics Board of Directors have decided to make some changes moving forward with the Basketball State Final format. The tournament up till now takes place over four weekends with the first two weekends being girls basketball and the last two weekends being boys basketball. The boys play at Carver Arena inside the Peoria Civic Center, while the girls tournament takes place at Illinois State University.The tournament will stay the same in 2020 but in 2021, with the new changes, the tournament will be cut down to only two weekends—March 4-6, 2021 for the girls and the following weekend, March 11-13 for the boys. Taylorville Head Coach Ryan Brown says that he likes the rule changes moving forward.
The venue location which has been a staple for the last quarter century will now be open as well for bids for anyone to host. For the community of Taylorville, Ryan Brown says that this will shorten the season by one week.
One area of concern that Coach Brown sees with having all the games in just one weekend is getting quality officials for all those games going on.
Other rule changes that were passed, include adding the mercy rule in basketball for post season games as well as regular games, and raising pay for officials during playoff games.