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Friday, December 07, 2012Prep Sports: Vote to separate postseason tournaments is slated for May
COLUMBUS -- Ohio High School Athletic Association members will have their say on whether or not to separate postseason tournaments for public and non-public schools.
The OHSAA acknowledged receiving a petition from member schools to place a referendum on the spring ballot seeks to create separate postseasons for public and non-public schools.
Wooster Triway superintendent Dave Rice, who along with several other Wayne County administrators spearheaded the petition drive, stated in a release this week that said, "The intent of the petition is to create a competitive balance and fairness for a majority of the student-athletes in Ohio."
In order for a referendum item to be placed before member schools, a petition must be signed by 75 principals, including a minimum of five principals within each of the six OHSAA athletic districts and submitted to the organization between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1. Voting on an issue will take place between May 1-15.
OHSAA officials, in a press release from Thursday's Board of Directors meeting, noted that the petition drive had enough signatures to move forward.
This year's proposal will be the third time OHSAA member schools have voted whether or not to split the tournaments.
There were proposals to separate state tournaments in 1978 and 1993. Both plans were easily defeated. The 1978 proposal lost by an 84-16 percent margin; more than two-thirds of member schools voted down the 1994 separation plan.
Also each of the last two years, competitive balance proposals aimed at addressing the issue have failed by narrow margins.
The original competitive balance proposal, which would have classified schools for postseason play based on their open enrollment status, the school's socioeconomic makeup and the history and success of specific sports at the school, failed 332-303 during the 2011 referendum period.
A tweaked version of the original competitive balance plan lost 339-301 last spring.
In other OHSAA news:
• The board began discussing how to implement a new football playoff format with the seventh division being added to the playoffs next season. The board is expected to discuss the various options at its January meeting.
• Five schools were penalized for committing OHSAA rules infractions. None were from Northwest Ohio.
• The Ohio Association of Track and Field's proposal to add the triple jump was again grounded. One board member supported it, but the proposal was never voted on because no other board member provided a second to the motion.
• The regional and state tournament draws for girls and boys basketball were held and will be posted at OHSAA.org.
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