This is true for basketball but not for football. The big public schools do not have tryouts or make cuts for football… they take everyone. And if they have enough players, they have multiple teams (A team, B team, etc.) so as many kids can get development and playing time as possible.I have said this for a long time- the biggest advantage the Cincinnati Catholic schools have in sports comes down to the middle schools. The giant public schools have one or two middle school teams for football and basketball and make cuts- this weeds out so many kids at a time when they shouldn’t be judged yet on their athletic potential. The Catholic schools have maybe 30 boys in a grade and anyone can be on a team. The public schools have a couple of experienced QBs coming from middle school- the private schools have dozens of kids coming in who have played QB (or any other position) for their “feeder” team.
This also means that these private school kids know they have to beat out several guys for a shot to play in high school. They can’t rest on their laurels of being “the man” in middle school at say Plains or Mason middle school. The public’s have really created their own disadvantage by having these large middle Schools with limited athletic opportunities for their kids.