High Schools: Leveling Playing Field Won't Be Easy

Monday, May 7, 2012

Anyone in a hurry might want to avoid the phrase competitive balance around a high-school coach or administrator. The mere mention probably would launch a long discussion about everything that’s wrong with athletics today.

The thing is, the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s competitive-balance proposal being considered by the principals of its 830 member schools until May 15 doesn’t even address many deeper issues. Its three-tiered formula to determine a sport-by-sport “athletic count,” although complicated, is basic in its quest to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots. The OHSAA currently uses a straight enrollment count to determine divisions.

Although passage of the proposal would result in few dramatic changes initially, a yes vote would empower a committee headed by commissioner Dan Ross to tweak the formula as it sees fit, perhaps even before it is put into practice in 2013, when enrollment figures are recalculated.

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