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OHSAA votes to try to even the playoffs for public and private schools
OHSAA principals pass a 'competitive balance plan' that will move some private schools up to larger-school competition
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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St. Vincent-St. Mary Athletic Director Andy Jalwan says OHSAA's new competitive balance board will be helpful in the future for addressing public and private school enrollment issues
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A plan to level the athletic playing field between public and private high schools in Ohio passed today. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on the new competitive-balance plan that goes into effect in two years.
New rules address athletes and enrollment at public, private high schools

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Right now, public and private high schools compete in the same playoffs in divisions based solely on enrollment numbers. And private schools often win.

Public schools said that was unfair because private schools could recruit from a much larger area, unencumbered by district borders. So, principals participating in the Ohio High School Athletic Association have voted for a weighted system. Depending on what sport students play – and when and where they enroll in a school – they could be counted as more than one. And that could mean their school would have to play in a larger and more 
competitive division.

Division III powerhouse St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron will probably not be impacted by the new rules in the short-term, according to Athletic Director Andy Jalwan.

“The OHSAA has left the door open for future tweaks to the formula and made it clear their competitive balance committee is now a standing committee that will continue to review and monitor this and future changes. Fortunately, they have to be voted on, which is part of 
the new rules, so at least we have a say in future changes.”

Early in the voting process, Jalwan said his school was for the new rules.
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