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Ohio to add a seventh football division in 2013

After concerns were raised with enrollment disparities, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has approved a seventh football division beginning in 2013. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the additional class by a vote of 6 to 3 at its meeting on Thursday. Divisions in Ohio are the equivalent to classes in Pennsylvania. Currently, Ohio has six divisions with Division I being the largest, while Pennsylvania has four classes with Class AAAA being the biggest. Ohio’s last expansion came in 1994 when a sixth division was added. The Ohio state championships began with three divisions in 1972 before expanding to five in 1980.

Division I would become the top 10 percent of schools in Ohio based on enrollment. That would put 72 schools into the largest class with the other six divisions averaging about 108 schools each. The current range with Division I schools is 494-1,164 male students. The change would up the range to 600-1,164. Here are the student ranges for the current system and the new system.

Current football ranges
Division I 494-1,164
Division II 327-493
Division III 243-326
Division IV 172-242
Division V 120-171
Division VI 119 and below

New football ranges
Division I 600-1,164
Division II 410-599
Division III 288-409
Division IV 216-287
Division V 159-215
Division VI 114-158
Division VII 111 and below

2013-14 Pennsylvania football enrollment ranges
Class AAAA 506 and above
Class AAA 505-299
Class AA 298-186
Class A 185 and below

– Tom Reisenweber

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