**Important Venues Update for 7th and 8th boys**
We’ve been notified of a new NCAA rule that prohibits 7th and 8th grade boys from performing on the campus of a D-1 university such as the UI's "The ARC", one of our tournament locations. The NCAA considers these students as PSA, or "Prospective Student Athletes". The entire NCAA code is below.
What does this mean? To avoid NCAA violations, it means driving a few more minutes to reach a tournament host location. We have secured two off-campus venues for 7/8th boys: Leonard Rec Center and Saint Thomas More's Varsity Gym. The 7th and 8th grade boys divisions are loaded with fresh competition and teams will enjoy a four-game guarantee. Thank you for your understanding and we’ll do all we can to make your 2022 Championship weekend the best of the season.
Here is the NCAA section code:
NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 Non-scholastic Practice or Competition -- Men's Basketball. An institution [including any institutional department (e.g., athletics, recreational/intramural)] shall not host, sponsor or conduct a non-scholastic basketball practice or competition in which men's basketball prospective student-athletes (see Bylaw 184.108.40.206) participate on its campus or at an off-campus facility regularly used by the institution for practice and/or competition by any of the institution's sport programs.
NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11 Definition of "Prospective Student-Athlete" for Tryout-Rule Purposes -- Men's Basketball and Softball. In men's basketball and softball, for purposes of the tryout rule, the phrase "prospective student-athlete" shall include any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade and is not enrolled in the member institution at the time of the practice or test therein described.
All tournament games in the 2022 State Basketball Championship will be played in Champaign, Illinois on the weekend of Mar 18-20th. Our State Committee has secured agreements to stage competition in two top facilities with 12 total courts.
University of Illinois
Activities and Recreation Center ("The ARC")
201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign 61820
(10 courts under one roof)
Leonhard Rec Center
2307 Sangamon Dr., Champaign 61821