offer perspective on OHSAA's plan for competitive balance this fall
CINCINNATI -- Like it or not, the process of leveling the playing field
in Ohio high school sports has begun.
Though the competitive balance measure passed in May 2014 for 821 Ohio
High School Athletic Association member schools statewide,
implementation is finally ready for the upcoming fall sports season.
The reaction among Cincinnati-area athletic directors and coaches
ranges from a shrug of shoulders to outright opposition.
A lot depends on perspective. The size of the member school and whether
it’s public or non-public offers insight into how this impacts a
particular area school.
“My biggest disappointment with how it has been handled is the timing,”
said longtime Cincinnati Country Day girls’ soccer coach Theresa
“It really has not been given a good timeline. For example, I think we
might be Division II but won’t know until April. Our schedule was
developed with a Division III mindset. They should have posted the
divisions in the fall so we could prepare.”
Western Brown, a Brown County high school, is constantly on the
enrollment line between Divisions I and II.
Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Tim Cook, a member of the
Southwest District Board, said it will take a couple of two-year
enrollment cycles and some tweaking to determine how successful the
formula will be.
But he gives the OHSAA the benefit of the doubt.
“I did and still do support the competitive balance option even though
we have not gotten to see how it will work yet,” Cook said. “I think
everyone is anxious to see what it will do. I felt like it was worth a
try with the way the divisions were set up currently.”
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