OHSAA: No future competitive balance proposals expected; D-I committee forming

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OHSAA: Competitive Balance

The
OHSAA Board of Directors met Thursday for its regularly scheduled October meeting. The following
are highlights, including a reccomendation that NO further competitive balance proposals be pursued and a D-I committee be formed to look into splitting Ohio’s largest division.


OHSAA Board of
Directors Meeting Highlights

COLUMBUS, Ohio The
Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday morning at the
OHSAA office for its regularly scheduled October meeting. The following
are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes
will be posted later at OHSAA.org.

  Based
on data received from a survey with member school principals this fall,
the Board accepted a recommendation from the OHSAA’s Competitive
Balance Subcommittee that no changes be made to the current system used
to assign high schools to divisions for OHSAA tournaments
. Last May, the membership
voted down a referendum proposal that would have allowed the OHSAA to
use a new formula to assign schools to divisions. The formula, if
approved, would have taken into account the school’s enrollment along
with three factors, including how students are obtained (boundary
factor), a socioeconomic aspect and success in postseason play during
the last four years. The Competitive Balance Subcommittee will reconvene
in April 2012
,
but no proposal is expected to be made for member schools to vote on
during the May 2012
referendum voting period. Also of note, the subcommittee strongly
supports the OHSAA’s decision to form a Division I Committee
, which will
study possible solutions to the wide disparity in enrollment between
the smallest and largest Division I schools that occurs within the
Association’s tournament structure.

Eight member schools were
recently issued sanctions for committing infractions. The list of
schools, along with a description of their infractions and sanctions,
will be included in the meeting minutes posted later at OHSAA.org, but
media members may obtain the list earlier by emailing Tim Stried, OHSAA
Director of Information Services, at tstried@ohsaa.org.

The Board accepted a list of
30 schools that have been honored by the OHSAA’s Sportsmanship, Ethics
and Integrity Committee for sportsmanship. Eleven schools were named as
having met the ‘Respect the Game Challenge,’ while 19 schools also were
honored with the Harold A. Meyer Award. The OHSAA will post a separate
press release on OHSAA.org next week with details and the list of
schools.

The
Board approved the winter sports tournament regulations for basketball,
bowling, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming and diving and wrestling. The
tournament regulations will be posted on each sport’s webpage at
OHSAA.org.

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