Too often when we discuss why private schools are winning 2 to 3 times as many state titles as they should statistically, the debate becomes personal and people chime in with their anecdotal evidence. The most common complaint I hear from supporters of playoff fairness is that private schools recruit, and private school parents can afford pricey summer camps and private lessons. The most common defense I hear from those who want to keep things status quo, often people association with private schools, is that this is just “sour grapes” and that teams that don’t win titles need to get better coaches and get their players to work harder. Those statements are often insulting depending on whose ears they fall on. In reality, there are a lot of reasons that this imbalance occurs.
The “why” is disputable, the fact that an imbalance is occurring is not. Therefore, the “why” distracts us from the “what.” What are we going to do about this? Those of us that support a fair system need to spend our energy lobbying the MHSAA, member schools, informing the public, and encouraging the coaches association and other entities to join us on this journey. If you want to help, please approach your school board and ask them to sign the Fair Playoffs Resolution.