IHSAA imitating T-ball: Everyone’s a winner

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Is there any point in holding a sectional if everyone in it is going to qualify for the regional? The IHSAA may find out at some of its cross country tourneys this year.
For years cross country has had the most generous advancement of any IHSAA sport. The top five teams in each sectional and regional and the top six in each semistate advanced to the next level.
Also the top 15 individuals (at one time it was just 10) advanced, regardless of whether they were on one of the advancing teams or not.
Now that system has been made even more generous, as the top 10 individuals not on any of the qualifying teams will advance.
Perhaps cross country was trying to take a cue from golf with the rule change, as for many years in golf the individual qualifiers have been ones not from the qualifying teams.
But only three teams and three individuals advanced. And there were nine complete teams in this area’s girls golf sectional last year and 11 in the boys one.
The Jasper girls cross country sectional had only seven complete teams last year and five of them advanced to the regional.
Tell City, which had only five runners finish—the minimum required for a team score, was last among the seven teams.
One Tell City runner, Mariah Blake, who placed seventh, qualified for the regional.
But under this new rule four of the last-place team’s five runners would have qualified for the regional.
Southridge finished sixth in the girl sectional last year. But under the new rule five of the Raiders’ six runners would have qualified for the regional, including one who finished 40th in the 48-runner field.
Four of the bottom eight runners would have advanced with their teams.
Thus only four out of 48 runners who crossed the finish line at the sectional would not have qualified for the regional.
Having a bunch of teams drive an hour or so each way and run 3.1 miles over hills and around ditches to eliminate only one-twelfth of the runners hardly seems worthwhile.
In Kentucky 11-team regionals (that state’s first level of tourneys) have five teams but only five individuals not on those teams advance. And last year when the Henderson area regional had two fewer teams, only four teams and five individuals advanced, which is still plenty.
Some might say Indiana’s more generous advancement is needed because at times some cross country sectionals include four or five teams ranked in the state’s top 20.
To which I say, “Tough!”
This area’s Class 2A baseball sectional has had four teams ranked in the state’s top 20 at times, but only one was allowed to advance to the regional.
And one can be the best baseball, basketball, football  or volleyball player in the state but not get to advance if one’s team is not good enough to win a sectional. There’s no individual advancement in those sports.
So cross country had the most generous advancement to begin with but the IHSAA board decided to push it even further, almost making a mockery of the sport.
Why don’t we just skip the sectional and give everyone who would have competed in it a medal or trophy, as most T-ball leagues do?