Record-Courier staff report
Membership schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association approved 14 referendum issues on Friday, but none carried more weight than that of the resulted in the passing of the state’s Competitive Balance Plan.
The approval vote makes modifications to how schools are placed into tournament divisions during team sports competitions.
The plan had been voted down two previous times, dropping narrow defeats between 2011 and 2013.
With 90 percent of the ballots returned (737-of-820), the plan passed 411 votes to 323 votes, with three ballots abstaining.
The new competitive balance is set to begin at the start of the 2016-17 school year.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Competitive Balance Committee, I want to thank the membership for having the confidence in this plan and voting to move forward with implementation,” Ross said.
“While passing the plan was a major step and truly exciting, our work is just beginning since the Competitive Balance Committee will continue to clarify any unanswered questions and our staff will put all the wheels in motion to finalize the electronic roster collection system.
“As we’ve said before, this plan is similar to last year’s, but this version is the result of a compilation of input from our superintendents, principals, athletic administrators and coaches,” Ross said.
“I’m most proud that we were able to work together and come up with a solution that will create a better system than we currently have because it looks at how schools secure the enrollment of their students participating in interscholastic athletics.”
In addition to the size of a school’s enrollment, the Completive Balance Plan will have new modifying factors that will be applied to students on each roster on a sport-by-sport basis and are based on where the student’s parents reside and/or the educational system history of the student.
All schools will be subject to the factors of the formula, which will be applied to students in the sports of football, soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball and softball in the spring.