COLUMBUS — Lima Central Catholic is one of several schools that moved in football divisions after the the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced new divisional assignments for the upcoming season. Soccer and volleyball divisions were announced as well. Details were sent to member schools Thursday following action taken by the OHSAA Board of Directors during their April meeting Wednesday.
The board also approved new regional assignments for football.
The Thunderbirds moved down from Division VI to Division VII due to enrollment numbers. Ada also went from Division VI to Division VII because of enrollment numbers.
Spencerville and St. Henry moved down a division to Division VII because of competitive balance.
LCC, Spencerville and St. Henry join Region 28 and Ada will play in Region 26.
Ottawa-Glandorf dropped to Division V after playing in Division IV last year due to competitive balance. The Titans move to Region 18.
Across the state, 13 schools moved up a division due to Competitive Balance (CB) and two moved up up a division due to EMIS (enrollment) numbers (or through a combination of EMIS plus CB).
Twenty-eight teams moved down a division due to Competitive Balance (CB) and 17 moved down a division due to EMIS (enrollment) numbers.
No divisional changes will occur for the fall sports of golf, cross country, girls tennis and field hockey (one division), as those sports are not affected by the OHSAA’s competitive balance process. The 2020-21 school year will be the second of the two-year cycle using base enrollment numbers provided by the Ohio Department of Education in October 2018. A new two-year cycle of base enrollment numbers will begin with the 2021-22 school year.
Bath was the lone school affected by the division assignments. The Wildcats drop down to Division III due to competitive balance.
Bath moved up from D-III to D-II and Bluffton and Parkway moved up to D-III from D-IV.
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