Membership approves competitive balance plan

By 88 votes, the Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools approved a competitive balance plan that modifies how schools are placed in tournament division for team sports.

The plan passed by 411-323 votes and will become effective for the 2016-17 school year.

“This version is the result of a compilation of input from our superintendents, principals, athletic administrators and coaches,” OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross said in a press release. “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.”

New modifying factors, in addition to the size of a school’s enrollment, will be applied to students on each roster on a sport-by-sport basis. It’s based on where the student’s parents reside and/or the education system history of the student.

All schools will be subject to this formula and will be used for football, boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball in the fall, boys and girls basketball in the winter and baseball and softball in the spring.

For more information and details of the plan, visit ohsaa.org/news/2014-03-19CompetitiveBalanceInformation.pdf.

“I want to thank the membership for having the confidence in this plan and voting to move forward with implementation,” Ross said. “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.”

ThisWeek News and ThisWeekSPORTS.com will have more on OHSAA's new plan in the coming May 22 editions.