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First thoughts on competitive balance

March 5, 2014 - Dana Sulonen
It has been more than 24 hours since the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced it's new proposal for competitive balance, which will be voted on from May 1 through 15 by high school administrators throughout the state.

In case you missed it, the proposal is similar to last year, as it will place a certain multiplier number on students who attend both public and non-public schools, based on where the child lives in the district. If the child lives in the school district, or the coinciding district for the non-public schools, the child does not get a multiplier. If the child attends a school but does not live in the district, than a multiplier number is assigned to the student. The total multiplier number is added onto the school's enrollment, and whatever that total is, that is the number the school will use when divisions are assigned to teams.

The difference to this year's proposal is that history of the child's schooling will be taken into consideration when assigning multipliers. Basically, if the student lives out of the district, but starts going to a school before seventh grade, the student does not get a multiplier. The same will go for parochial schools, except their history will stem back from feeder schools.

Now that I have thought about it, here are the questions that need to be asked to the OHSAA and commissioner Dr. Daniel Ross before the vote:

1. What if the child moves legitimately into the district from another district, or state, and it is after their seventh grade year?

2. For parochial schools that have feeder schools, will those schools be strictly assigned to certain high schools? Basically, can parochial high schools share feeder schools.

3. What if a child grows up in a private/parochial school, but then decides to attend public high school in its rightful school district.

4. How and who will police this?

5. What will be the punishment if a school violates any part of the competitive balance act?

These are just a few of the questions that will pop up over the next few months. A town hall meeting will be taking place before the votes are cast, so hopefully some of these will be answered. Until then, here's to another go at competitive balance.



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