CBP III: Another close vote means another proposal is on its way


Public vs Private: It won’t go away…

You can count them with your fingers. Ten schools kept Competitive Balance alive. Ten schools made the difference Thursday. In
the closest referendum vote yet, 327 OHSAA member schools voted against
the latest Competitive Balance Proposal, 308 voted for and 191 did not vote at all


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You can count them with your fingers.

Ten schools kept Competitive Balance alive. Ten schools made the difference Thursday.

In the closest referendum vote yet, 327 OHSAA member schools voted against the latest Competitive Balance Proposal, while 308 voted for. Of the organization’s 800-plus member schools, 191 did not vote at all.

“This was 10 schools,” OHSAA commissioner Dr. Dan Ross said via conference call from Columbus. “If 10 schools vote the other way, this passes.”

This was the third consecutive defeat for an OHSAA proposed Competitive Balance plan, and like the others, it suffered a similar fate: narrow defeat with a sizeable chunk of schools abstaining.

The difference this time was that the latest CBP was a last-minute, rushed replacement for what was thought to be an ultimatum: a vote to have separate Public and Private school state tournaments. But on the second day of the boys basketball state tournament in March, the OHSAA announced it had worked with the Wayne County group (pushing separation) to devise yet another Competitive Balance Proposal. It almost worked.

The hiccups? The relative lack of time the OHSAA had to explain the new CBP to members (just six weeks) and a residency stipulation that would have punished private students who had gone to their school’s feeder elementaries since kindergarten.

OHSAA schools had from May 1-15 to vote on the CBP and other referendum items, including a new transfer bylaw that passed. Votes began being tabulated this morning at 9 a.m. and were finished around 11:15 a.m. The results were presented to Ross during the OHSAA’s monthly Board of Directors meeting.

“I thought it would be close,” Ross said. “I told a couple people who asked me that I thought it would be the closet one we’d had. I wasn’t really surprised. I was a little disappointed because I hoped it would pass.”

Eighty-one percent of schools sent votes in, with 27 schools submitting ballots after the deadline. Those were not counted. Four schools ballots were deemed invalid. Ross said at least two of those voted both for and against the CBP.

The OHSAA will not list the 191 schools that did not vote.

Nor will it make all its members vote. At least not anytime soon.

“There is no mechanism within our organization that forces our schools to vote,” Ross said, adding that the OHSAA constitution would need to be amended in order to do so. “There hasn’t been a push by membership to make that a requirement.”

The same can’t be said about the OHSAA and Competitive Balance.

Some could accuse the organization of being too rampant on finding a cure to an ill over half its membership doesn’t want and/or care about, but one thing is for sure – don’t expect the issue to go away unsolved.

Although technically a new OHSAA BOD (cycled through every two years) could declare the issue dead, it’s unlikely that will happen. Especially with the OHSAA making plans to reconvene its once disbanded Competitive Balance Committee.

Ross said the OHSAA will survey its member school principals regarding Competitive Balance and provide the results to the CB Committee. That committee will then make a proposal, which will be placed on next year’s referendum ballot in May.

The possibility also exists that the Wayne County group will again push for a proposal regarding separation of public and private state tournaments.

Ross said if that happens, school’s would be required to vote on “either/or” and could not vote on both proposals.

The race is far from over.

“For a lot of people competitive balance is going to be in the eyes of the beholder,” Ross said. “When I think about competitive balance, I think about how schools get their kids. If they’re not getting them the same way, there is a piece that has to be compensation.”

“I know the issue will be on the table for a while.”


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