Originally Posted by macro
The problem is that public schools have set boundries from which they may draw their students, while private schools can recruit students from anywhere in the United States. Private schools can use offers of financial aid to attract athletes from public schools. Public schools must comply with Title IX rules requiring comparable treatment of boys' and girls' sports; single-gender private schools are not subject to such rules. Single-sex private schools such as Louisville's Trinity and St. Xavier, with about 1,400 boys each, have numbers no public school can match. What's fair about that?
Private schools won 17 of 31 KHSAA championships last school year despite comprising only about 17 percent of the schools. I don't know if splitting the championships is the best solution, but something should be done to level the playing field.
Very well said.
I am not a fan of this proposal either. If anything, the KHSAA needs to crack down on private schools and kick out those who don't comply. I just think they fear an Oak Hill Academy emerging from the state.
Its not just football either. Kentucky is a basketball crazy state, and people threw a fit when Lexington Catholic won state a couple years ago. I also saw it first hand when a small Christian school I attended in Ashland KY ended up with a 6'4 7th grader by the name of OJ Mayo.
Something needs to be done, but putting public and private schools in their own field accomplishes nothing. If anything, it tells me that the KHSAA feels threatened to do anything, so they are just sweeping it under the rug.