COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- High school principals around Ohio will vote on a new proposal from the Ohio High School Athletics Association that would change how schools are placed in team sport tournaments.
In addition to the size of a school’s enrollment, new modifying factors may be applied to students on each roster on a sport-by-sport basis that are based on where the student’s parents reside or the educational system history of the student.
"This isn't about how many state championships somebody wins or loses, it's about how you garner your kids," said OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross.
All schools will be subject to the new competitive balance formula, which will be applied to students in the sports of football, soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball and softball in the spring. If approved, it would be "beta tested" in 2015 and put in place for 2016.
“While the proposal is similar to last year’s, the modified version is the result of a compilation of input from our superintendents, principals, athletic administrators and coaches. I’m most proud that we were able to work together and come up with a solution that will create a better system than we currently have because it looks at how schools secure the enrollment of their students participating in interscholastic athletics,” Ross said.
The new proposal will require schools to submit team rosters of high school student-athletes to the OHSAA and to provide more information about each student. Students in public schools will be subject to modifying factors if their parents do not reside in the district or the student has not been continuously enrolled in the district since seventh grade, and students in non-public schools will be subject to the same modifying factors if they did not attend that school’s designated “feeder” school(s) continuously since seventh grade or have not been continuously enrolled in the same system of education.
Ross said one athletics director told him that his community and team just wanted to know that the team across the field had garnered their team in a similar fashion.
There have been proposals in the past to create a separate division for private schools, but Ross thinks that would be a bad idea.
"I don't think anybody that sits on the committee or that's on our board or in our office believes that's the right thing to do for the kids in the state of Ohio," he said.
The state's 825 high school principals will vote between May 1 and May 15. The last time a proposal came up, it was 10 votes short of passing.