OHSAA approves competitive balance proposal, 13 other measures

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Ohio High School Athletic Association schools have OK'd 14 proposed constitution / bylaw revisions, including a competition balance proposal.

One item, which would make it mandatory for schools to return a ballot, was a virtual tie and was to be recounted this week. The OHSAA's annual referendum voting period is from May 1-15.

After 820 ballots were mailed in late April, 737 were returned for a voter turnout of 90 percent.

Highlighting the referendum voting was approval of the competitive balance plan that modifies how schools are placed in tournament divisions in team sports. It was approved after three similar proposals were narrowly defeated.

The measure passed 411 to 323. It will become effective for the 2016-17 school year.

"While passing the plan was a major step, our work is just beginning. The competitive balance committee will continue to clarify any unanswered questions and our staff will put all the wheels in motion to finalize the electronic roster collection system," said OHSAA Commissioner Daniel Ross.

A link to the details of the plan is at www.ohsaa.org/news/2014-03-19CompetitiveBalanceInformation.pdf.

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