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OHSAA to expand tournaments in five sports?

Division I Football All-Ohio

The OHSAA has notified member schools that they are open to expanding the tournament divisions in certain sports going forward

 

The sports appear to be boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, girl’s volleyball and girls and boys soccer. The changes being presented would make these sports model closely to what football looks like today.

 

This supposedly would not add tournament games which appears to be an important component of the discussions.

 

So what, you may ask?

 

Here’s a good example why:

 

Notice the enrollment difference just for Ohio’s Division 1 sports for boys and girls.

 

Division/Sport     Average Enrollment difference

Overall D1                                939

Boys soccer                    955 (1301-346)

Boys basketball            954 (1300-346)

Girls volleyball             940 (1249-319)

Boys baseball               944 (1300-356)

(All data courtesy of OHSAA.org)

 

For example in Pennsylvania with a population of roughly 13 million people, they have six divisions for boys and girls basketball. Ohio with a count of roughly 12 million people has four divisions for the same sport by gender.

In soccer Ohio has three divisions for each gender. Our fine folks to the east have four.

 

Pennsylvania has an enrollment difference for their top AAAA, which equals Ohio’s D1, boys soccer ranges from 1700-493, or a difference of 1207 male students. This is still a bigger difference than Ohio’s and with one more division.

 

This discussion could have major implications for smaller schools that feel they have no chance versus the larger schools. There is major talent at smaller, Division 1 schools. This will help yield more opportunities for boys and girls in Ohio.

 

I am a math teacher in SW Ohio. Born and raised in NE Ohio, I am married with four sons who keep the flame burning for all things Cleveland. I cover soccer, betting, football and anything that focuses on the human side of sports.

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