The proposal by the Ohio Athleic Assocation to create competitive balance for football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball and basketball among public and private schools failed 52-48 Tuesday.
The proposed bylaw would have changed how schools were assigned to post-season tourmaments using a complicated formula. In the end, it may have been too complicated, by using a number of factors including enrollment, a boundary factor and tradition.
''As most of our school administrators and coaches are aware, this change was recommended by an OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee, and we believe this would have been a fairer way to assign schools in team sports to their tournament divisions,” commissioner Dan Ross said in a news release. ‘’We also stressed to the membership that this was just a starting point for change.’’
The issue, however, may be far from dead. EP] “Our Board of Directors will have to provide direction on whether to reconvene the OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee to review other ‘competitive balance’ options, so I cannot speculate on whether or not that possibility exists,’’ Ross said.
In order for that to happen, 75 principals, including five within the individual six OHSAA districts, must sighn and be turned into the associationg between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1.
Ross said that there could be an alternative to the issue that just failed. EP] ‘’We’re also hearing that discussions to file a petition may be taking place by some member schools that are seeking to separate our tournaments totally between public schools and non-public schools. Again, whether that occurs or not, it’s too early to tell.’’