Swanton High School had just one change when the new OHSAA division assignments with competitive balance roster data included were announced for the fall 2017 sports season on Thursday.
The Bulldog boys soccer team has moved up to Division II from Division III. The cutoff to be in Division III is 199, and Swanton’s enrollment for boys soccer sits at 205 with the adjusted roster data.
Swanton remains in Division V for football and will be one of the bigger schools in the division. Swanton’s enrollment for football was 202 with 209 being the upper limit for Division V.
Ottawa-Glandorf, a regional finalist in Division IV last season, was among the teams to move into Division V. Only one NWOAL football team will change divisions for the upcoming season as Liberty Center, a 2016 playoff team, moved up to Division V.
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.
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.