COLUMBUS — Clear Fork High School’s football team, one season off last year’s march to the playoffs and undefeated regular season, will remain in Division IV this year. The Ohio High School Athletic Associated announced some of its fall sports divisional alignments on Monday.
The Lady Colts volleyball team will remain in Division II. The girls soccer team at Clear Fork will remain in Division II as will the Colts’ boys soccer tram.
New divisional breakdowns for the upcoming fall sports of football, volleyball and soccer were approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors during its January meeting last Thursday. The 2018-19 school year will mark the second school year competitive balance roster data is used in football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball.
The board also approved a modification to the business rules for competitive balance, removing the previous regulation that allowed a school to move up only one division due to competitive balance. As a result, two schools in football moved up two divisions.
The 2018-19 school year will mark the second year of a two-year cycle for using base enrollment data provided by the Ohio Department of Education. Every year for those sports affected by competitive balance, sport-specific roster data from the previous season is used to modify the enrollment data in those sports based on factors that OHSAA member schools approved by referendum vote in 2014.
The lists linked below contain the schools that were registered to qualify for the 2017 tournaments. They are not the final list of schools that are competing in 2018. The list of schools participating within each division could change prior to the 2018 tournaments, including both deletions (schools that are not playing in 2018 or suspended) or additions (new schools opening or consolidations, etc.).
Find the 2018 football divisional assignments online at http://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2018. The 2018 regions and playoff format will be announced in May.
Find the 2018 volleyball divisional assignments online at http://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Volleyball/Volleyball-2018.
Find the new 2018 soccer divisional assignments online at http://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Soccer/Soccer-2018.
“Competitive Balance continues to be a journey we are all on together,” Dr. Dan Ross, executive director of the OHSAA, said. “The early approval of the 2018 fall sports divisional breakdowns is the result of countless hours of work by our staff and our member schools. The competitive balance committee continues to meet and study the process and the results, and we continue to receive feedback from our member schools.”
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 is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center.