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My son's d-2 team would benefit from the free lunch numbers but I do not see how it relates to soccer participation. Our youth leagues will allow a player to play for free if the family can not afford it. Our problem is apathy from all the kids and it has no correlation to how much their family makes.
It all comes around to making things "fair" and/or "equal." It could be looked at as giving kids the opportunity to participate MORE. Does it make much sense to have a team in a poor community to always compete in the postseason with wealthier suburbian teams? A team comprised of poorer players may have a harder time competing with those who are more well-to-do.
I know my alma mater has a hard time competing at the state level in DII. They are extremely poor with 43+% of the school being on free and reduced lunches. How can they compete on a "level playing field" in DII with some of those Columbus schools? If the free and reduced lunches drops the team down to DIII, they may be afforded the opportunity to play MORE games in the postseason. It's possible. I understand that "competitive balance" the OHSAA is going for.
It's tough. It'll be hard to get going. I don't know if they have the "right" things in place to actually make it "fair" and/or "equal." There'll still be complaints IF this passes. I don't see it settling anything.
On OHSAA there is a document that projects how this would all play out and it is stupid. For example in Central Ohio DIII soccer Bloom Carroll would move up to DII but Worthington Christian who has been in 4 consecutive state finals would not. What is the point?
the numbers on the OH$AA site are just for discussion .. they are not actual numbers especially for the enrollment... but they are pretty close.... the social econ factor is really skewing all over the place.. and the tradition factors are really incorrect... since the egghand ball got their 7th division a lot of people are going to vote no on this issue... then the enrollment numbers will move schools ...as usual