Competitive Balance Referendum Voted Down

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The Ohio High School Athletic Commission rejected, for the second year in a row the competitive balance referendum today in Columbus. The vote was 339-301.

The referendum was the plan that artificially inflates or deflates enrollment based on geographic boundaries, athletic tradition over an eight-year period and percentage of kids who get free lunches. All of this is for slotting schools into divisions for state tournaments.

The vote this year was almost identical to last year.

So, what to make of this, you ask? More than half the voting principals do not consider this an answer to the competitive balance problem. While less than half are on board with this, more than half of the voting principals feel the only real solution is separate state tournaments for public and private schools.

The vote, however does not change last month’s action which added a Super Division 1 in the football playoffs for the biggest schools in the state. That is still set to take effect with the 2013 High School football playoffs

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