I haven't seen any threads about this, but... If you followed the Boys State Basketball Tournament this last week, you probably noticed the large number of private schools participating. 1A, 2A, 3A champs were all private schools. In fact, the semifinals in 2A were 3/4 private schools. Now I have NOTHING against private schools. I have some friends who teach at private schools and I have family members that went to private schools. However I do have a problem with the fact that the same rules don't apply to both private and public schools. So why do they play each other at state in the same class? If you look at all the state qualifiers and the champions of recent years, a ridiculous percentage of them are private schools. But the ratio of private schools to public schools in Iowa is nothing near the ratio of private schools to public in the state tournament every year. (I tried to find some numbers online and didn't have any luck.) I know HS recruiting is a touchy subject, but most people are aware and will admit to it occuring. I'm not saying this is always the case either. I think there are private schools that really focus on athletics and work hard to achieve what they have. I know there are players on the state championship teams this year who have probably been there since elementary school too. I also think parental involvement is a factor in the private schools. I don't want to name any schools or players who it seems this applies to. I also want to make it clear I'm not ripping on private schools at all...I just want to hear some other people's opinions on the topic. Is it fair that private and public schools play together at state? Should private schools have their own state tournaments? Maybe a small school and large school class for private schools?