Combined Enrollment Reversed
After three and half years of treating cross country different than all of the other Ohio High School Athletic Association sponsored sports and Championships the OHSAA Board eliminated the use of combined enrollment. Cross Country was the only sport where the OHSAA added both the boys and girls enrollment of the bottom three grades of a school and divided by 2 to determine a school divisional assignment.
All other OHSAA sports use single gender enrollment to determine a sport divisional assignment. Dozens of schools and hundreds of athletes each year were denied the opportunity to compete in their normal division. As a result the schools and athletes that should have been in a higher division won post season competitions while the schools and athletes that should have been in their normal division missed out on this honor. RUNOHIO congratulates the cross country review committee, the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches and OHSAA Board members in eliminating the use of combined enrollment.
Plus more individuals and schools will qualify for the OHSAA State Cross Country Championships.
Having resolved the combined enrollment issue, hopefully the OHSAA can next examine their current requirement of nine athletes to be an official track & field team. All surrounding states and the other states I contacted only require one athlete for their association to count that school as having a track & field team. If Ohio would follow the policy of the other state associations, Ohio would have four divisions which would greatly affect divisional assignments. Presently, Ohio has 308 boys competing against a school with 1360 boys. If all schools which fielded a team were counted, the minimum enrollment for Division I would probably be around 450 to be in Division I. Note: Last year a school with only seven athletes on their roster (and was therefore not counted by the OHSAA as having a track & field team) took home the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships trophy.
Previous articles on combined enrollment in RUNOHIO - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1127-is-the-ohsaa-following-their-mission-statement-and-bylaws