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OHSAA announces fall sports divisional breakdowns

| April 6, 2017

COLUMBUS – New divisional breakdowns for the upcoming fall sports, which for the first time include Competitive Balance roster data in football, volleyball and soccer, were approved Thursday morning by the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors during its April meeting. Division assignments are based on school enrollment numbers provided by the Ohio Department of Education, and then modified in football, volleyball and soccer based on Competitive Balance factors that OHSAA member schools approved by referendum vote in 2014.

Of the 718 schools that play football in Ohio, 75 schools moved up to a higher division due to competitive balance and/or a higher base enrollment number. In volleyball (790 schools), 51 moved up a division. In girls soccer (522 schools), 24 moved up a division, while in boys soccer (571 schools), 30 moved up a division.

“This is a journey that we have been on for more than eight years to get to this point,” Dr. Dan Ross, OHSAA Commissioner, said. “Today’s approval of the fall sports divisional breakdowns is the result of countless hours of work by our staff and our member schools. For the first time in OHSAA history, enrollment isn’t the only factor in determining a school’s division in certain sports. But the journey isn’t over. We will study the results of this first go-around and discuss with the Competitive Balance Committee and the board.”

According to Competitive Balance regulations, the previous season’s roster data (grades 9-12) is used for affecting the following season’s additional roster count in the selected sports. The additional roster count is added to the school’s base enrollment number to determine the final adjusted enrollment count before divisional placements are made. More information on Competitive Balance, which affects baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball, is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center

“The committee studied the competitive balance factors and we listened to the feedback from our member schools,” Dr. Ross said, noting that the first three Competitive Balance Proposals were voted down by the membership in 2011, 2012 and 2013. “As we’ve said all along, our goal is to keep public and non-public schools together in the same postseason divisions, but Competitive Balance will help place those schools in the correct division based on the makeup of their roster. We are very pleased that this is now off the ground and we can see the results. We’ll continue to gather feedback and see what changes, if any, the committee wants to propose to the membership to vote on in the future.”

Winter sports divisional breakdowns will be presented to the board at its June meeting and spring sports will be presented in August.

2017 Football Divisional Assignments:


                2017 regions and playoff format will be announced June 6.

2017 Volleyball Divisional Assignments:


2017 Soccer Divisional Assignments:


2017-18 and 2018-19 Base Enrollment Numbers and Process Explanation:


2017 and 2018 Girls Golf

Division I – 255 and more girls (161 schools)

Division II – 254 and less girls (160 schools)

2017 and 2018 Boys Golf

Division I – 277 and more boys (215 schools)

Division II – 151 to 276 boys (214 schools)

Division III – 150 and less boys (217 schools)

2017 and 2018 Girls Tennis

Division I – 304 and more girls (200 schools)

Division II – 303 and less girls (200 schools)

2017 and 2018 Girls Cross Country

Division I – 325 and more girls (167 schools)

Division II – 163 to 324 girls (167 schools)

Division III – 162 and less girls (167 schools)

2017 and 2018 Boys Cross Country

Division I – 311 and more boys (199 schools)

Division II – 161 to 310 boys (201 schools)

Division III – 160 and less boys (200 schools)

2017-18 OHSAA Divisional Breakdowns Index


Upcoming Dates for Divisional Breakdowns and Competitive Balance Roster Data Implementation:


Category: High School, Sports

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