04-10-2012, 04:40 PM
It does relate to soccer participation.
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.