PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
OHSAA is going to ruin the best things (football and b-ball tournaments) in Ohio high school sports by trying to be feeley good pc.
"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)
It's about time. Private schools, especially at the smaller levels, have had an unfair advantage for too long.
I can vouch for this, my HS was a private Catholic school in Columbus and at Division V they faced almost no real competition at all until maybe the state semi finals. It gives our school a big superiority complex and it's annoying because everyone knows that if we actually played a level that fit us we wouldn't be so awesome.
What is worse is that every other sport besides football plays Division III.
It would seem like they don't need anything like this messy complex system.
Just start out as the number of enrollees like usual, and do a running average of performance over a couple years. If you're always winning, you go up a division, and you keep going up until you stop always winning. If you're always losing, you go down a division. It's how they handle most rec leagues and it seems to work fairly well.
"Here officer, hold my beer while I find my license."
I think this "public vs. private" mentality is a bad thing. What the anti-private(mostly anti-Catholic) people say is: "Catholic schools cheat because they recruit." Well, I've seen where kids want to go to a particular public school, because said school has been successful lately, and they "live" with a relative in that particular public school district. This happens all the time. And don't forget, public schools have a built in advantage because they get gubment monies for facilities, equipment, etc.
Here in Toledo, Start H.S.(public) was very successful in baseball a few years ago, and EVERY kid that was even halfway decent was trying to get in that district. Now, with football, it's Whitmer H.S. It goes both ways, folks.
I think this is just anti-Catholic prejudice, and appealing to those who constantly complain.
While that may be true, private schools recruit like it's a junior college. Free tuition to come play ball for us. Give me a break..
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