The IHSA has instituted a "Success Advancement" policy that will move schools up one classification if they meet certain criteria.
“Illinois is the largest state in the country that is still playing state championships with all of its member schools under one umbrella,” said committee member and University High School of Chicago Athletic Director Dave Ribbens in a news release. “I believe that is important to the tradition of the state and I applaud the IHSA and member schools for being able to keep that together.”
The criteria are as follows:
In football over four years:
1. Participated in two state championship games.
2. Starting with the 2015 season, schools would be moved up two classes from their enrollment classification if, over a four year period, the school participated in three championship games.
3. Starting with the 2016 season, schools would be moved up three classes from their enrollment classification if, over a four year period, the school participated in four championship games.
4. Schools that move up more than one class due to the implementation of the above criteria will move down one class per year until they reach their appropriate classification for their enrollment should they stop meeting the advancement criteria outlined above.
In Bracketed Team Sports/Activities (baseball, basketball, scholastic bowl, soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo, wrestling) over four years:
1. Participated twice in the final four of a particular sport/activity.
In Non-Bracketed Sports over four years:
1. Won two trophies at the state finals in a particular sport/activity.