COLUMBUS — The controversial petition that would separate public and private schools in postseason tournaments has been scrapped.
In its place, the OHSAA is proposing a revised version of the competitive balance proposal that was turned down twice in the last three years. Like previous versions, this proposal involves bumping teams that draw a number of out-of-district athletes.
The May ballot, to be voted on by school principals around the state, now proposes a new method of counting student population based on athletes participating in team sports. If passed, the OHSAA would add onto a school’s initial enrollment count on a sport-by-sport basis, based on the number of students on a team’s roster from outside that school’s district. For private schools, the number would be based on the district where the school building is physically located.
Once the number is factored into the school population, that team could be bumped up a division.
The new measure would apply to team sports only. A majority vote by May 15 is needed to pass.
According to a statement received by the News, OHSAA executives worked with some of the originators of the split-playoff proposal.
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