High schools: OSSAA hears proposal suggesting Class 6A split in all sports

Dick Balenseifen, district athletic director for Putnam City schools, presented the board with statistics and information he has gathered to explain the inequities, suggesting the need to split Class 6A into two 16-team divisions for all sports.
by Scott Wright Published: January 15, 2014

Dr. Dick Balenseifen admits he doesn't have all the answers.

But as he discussed the information he provided to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors on Wednesday, Balenseifen showed how strongly he believes the inequities in Class 6A athletics must change.

Balenseifen, the district athletic director for Putnam City schools, presented the board with statistics and information he has gathered to explain the inequities, suggesting the need to split Class 6A into two 16-team divisions for all sports.

Last spring, the OSSAA board approved the vote of the Class 6A football schools to split into two divisions, a change that will be put into action next fall.

Balenseifen's proposal suggests similar action for all sports, based primarily on the number of championships won by the schools ranking in the top half of the class in average daily attendance — 87 percent of all championships over the last 16 years, according to the research Balenseifen presented.

The board did not — nor was it expected to — take any action on the proposal Wednesday, but it voted to include it as an item for action at the February board meeting. At that time, the board can vote to send a proposal out for a vote of the member schools, determine a way to further examine the idea, such as by forming a committee to study it, or dismiss it.

Balenseifen fielded questions from multiple board members during his time at the podium, including Bill Seitter of Watonga, Dr. Sylvia Kirk of Mid-Del schools and others.

The questions centered around comparisons of inequality in other classes, for instance, Class B, which has a ratio difference between the size of its largest school and smallest school that is twice as much as Class 6A.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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