New Competitive Balance Proposal: Winners & Losers…Who’s in for What?

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OHSAA: Competitive Balance

So you want winners and losers in regards to the newly proposed Competitive Balance Proposal? We’ve got them…at least our take.


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New CBP: Who Wins? Who Loses? Who Cares?

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So you want winners and losers in regards to the newly proposed Competitive Balance Proposal? We’ve got them…at least our take.

If it passes, here’s who we see being affected and how (potentially):

*Small Public Schools:
Jackpot. Small public schools will bank, because although there will still be some private schools small enough to qualify for the lower levels, there won’t be as many. Also, you thought the MAC (Midwest Athletic Conference) won a lot of state titles now? Wait until this new proposal is in place. It’s unlikely any of the schools in that conference will be impacted negatively by open enrollment so its doubtful they’ll move divisions. In fact they may just pollute more.  Some of the MAC’s main postseason competition (certain private schools), however, could exit.

*Middle Public Schools:
The song remains the same. Ohio’s middle-sized schools will be affected depending on where programs like Mooney, Alter, Ursuline, Columbus DeSales, Watterson, Hartley, Ready, Chaminade Julienne, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Roger Bacon, Lima Central Catholic, etc. land. Likely, most schools will rid themselves of a nemesis and gain others. Division III public schools could get hammered.

*Big Public Schools:
Losers. But we’ve known that. Programs like Centerville, Wayne, Colerain, Whitmer, Mentor, Brunswick, Mason, Hilliard Davidson and Gahanna will still have to play St. Ignatius, St. Edward, Moeller, St. Xavier, Toledo St. John’s and Elder. No affect. D-II public schools, however (like those in D-III), could find themselves facing an influx of private postseason competitors.

*Small Private Schools:
Need to be worried. Especially, those that draw from a large geographic area or are the only private school in a county (they exist). One hopes the threat of moving up too many divisions isn’t enough to deter participation and cut roster spots, but that could be an issue. Instead of a freshman team, do programs just keep a JV? Do they save 10 roster spots instead of 12? Small private schools can’t be picky for financial reasons. This group could face a lot of questions moving forward.

*Middle Private Schools:
See Small Private Schools (to an extent). The threat of declining roster spots looms larger at this level. Depends how far a team wants to move up. That could result in schools fielding/crafting teams with less players, but more skilled ones (and maintaining their current divisions)…almost like high school AAU teams. The potential for that is there at this level for private schools.

*Large Private Schools: Wake them up when this is over. Yawn. No impact. Operate as normal. No incentive to vote on it – other than to end it (which might be enough).

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Last Week: OHSAA, Wayne County agree on New CBP; Will Ohio schools follow suit?

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Coming…2013 High School Football

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