Fri 2:45 p.m.: OHSAA to now vote on competitive balance

COLUMBUS — According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association, a petition that would have placed a referendum item on the OHSAA’s May ballot to separate public and private schools has been removed, but replaced with a new competitive balance proposal.

The proposal could place an addition onto a school’s initial enrollment count on a sport-by-sport basis that is based on the number of students on a team’s roster who are from outside that school’s district or designated attendance zone. This all according to OHSAA Commissioner Daniel B. Ross and a press release from the OHSAA.

If passed, the new proposal would require schools to submit their rosters of student-athletes in grades nine through 12 to the OHSAA office at a designated time and to further indicate how many of those students are from outside of the school’s district or attendance zone. For private schools, the school would need to indicate how many students’ residences are located outside the boundary of the same public school district or designated attendance zone in which the high school building is physically located.

If passed, affected sports will be football, soccer and volleyball in the fall; basketball in the winter; and baseball and softball in the spring, with team wrestling to be considered for the future. If passed, the new proposal would go into effect in 2015-16.

A press conference is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. today to further explain the proposal and the removal of the public-private separation vote.