OHSAA members say no to competitive balance proposal again

COLUMBUS (AP) — For the second consecutive year, Ohio high schools voted down a proposal that would have addressed the ongoing competitive-balance problems between public and private teams.

An OHSAA bylaw that would have changed how schools are assigned to tournament divisions in the team sports of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball was voted down 339-301. The results of the vote were announced on Wednesday afternoon.

A similar proposal failed by a 332-303 vote a year ago.

The OHSAA had its member schools vote on a proposal which would start with the number of students, but then also take into consideration other measuring sticks for each sport. A boundary factor based on how a school gets students and a tradition factor — based on how many times a school reached the state/regional tournament over an 8-year span — were taken into account. Also noted was a socioeconomics factor based on the number of students receiving free lunches at the school.

A petition drive is still alive which calls for a complete split between public and private schools in OHSAA tournaments.

OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross said he believed that latest vote would likely add to the petition’s momentum.

“I think there’s a coalition of people across Ohio who support that very strongly,” Ross said.