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Old 05-22-18, 09:21 PM
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No Private Schools in the Softball Regionals

Of the 64 teams left (16 per division), there are no private schools remaining.

There are some sports where private schools dominate the competition, some sports that they have a disproportionate share of success, and a few sports where the success is similar to the number of teams participating.

Softball is the big exception.

Why are public schools so much more successful than private schools when it comes to the sport of softball?
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Old 05-23-18, 08:09 AM
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Softball is the perfect example of the tradition and $s factors being a large determiner in success for a HS particular sports team. Too many public school apologists only focus on the drawing area and while that is a significant factor it is not the only one as softball is proving. The sports that the privates dominate in are also the ones that they have the most tradition in and spend the most $s on not only in a team setting but also on individual instruction and training.
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Old 05-23-18, 08:51 AM
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Softball is the perfect example of the tradition and $s factors being a large determiner in success for a HS particular sports team. Too many public school apologists only focus on the drawing area and while that is a significant factor it is not the only one as softball is proving. The sports that the privates dominate in are also the ones that they have the most tradition in and spend the most $s on not only in a team setting but also on individual instruction and training.
Have you ever heard of travel softball and the cost involved.
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Old 05-23-18, 09:15 AM
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Have you ever heard of travel softball and the cost involved.
That is what I am saying; along w/ the tradition factor the cost of things like travel ball, specialized equipment along the lines of live bats and mitts the size of Rhode Island, and individual specialized instruction make it cost prohibitive for many schools to compete in a sport like softball. The stupid formula that the OHSAA originally proposed to level the playing field on the $ factor was based on the school lunch program; there has to be some better way to figure this out as it is as significant a factor as drawing area when it comes to competitive balance in a sport like softball. And contrary to belief not all privates are flush with $s. A school like Cleveland Central Catholic is great in a sport like basketball where the tradition and low cost of an urban sport fits in with a school located in the city yet for softball their girls had to share a couple old school bats and had fielding gear that looked like Tris Speaker used. How can they even be on the same field as Keystone?
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Old 05-23-18, 01:46 PM
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Auggie I don't follow what you are trying to say. The costs for everyone, public or private, are the same. If you have $10k-$15k a year to spend on high school, you can probably buy a bat and a glove.

I think feeder systems are a big part of it. However, a lot of communities who have feeder systems see those kids leave and go to private schools in high school.

Good debate topic.
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