A Press survey of local school districts shows that all are currently in compliance with Title IX. The districts, from small to large, are proud to offer both genders the opportunity to participate and excel in athletics.
Drew Grahl, athletic director, said the high school currently has 562 students, split between 300 male and 262 females. According to Grahl, there are 166 male athletes which represents a 55 percent participation rate. The 116 female athletes represent a 44 percent rate.
The school offers 10 sports for male athletes: Football, golf, cross country, soccer, tennis, wrestling, basketball, swimming/diving, baseball, and track. Female athletes have 11 sports to choose from: Volleyball, fall cheerleading, golf, cross country, soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming/diving, winter cheerleading, softball, track
“We find it to be very manageable to be in compliance,” Grahl said. “The athletic budget is based on how much is brought in through gate receipts, donations, fundraisers, and pay-to-participate.”
The current pay-to-play fees are $50 per sport with a $200 family cap, Grahl said.
Tim Malone, principal, said the high school has 250 students- 119 females and 131 males.
The school offers nine sports for male athletes: Football, cross country, cheerleading, golf, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track and field. Female athletes can participate in 11 sports including: football, cross country, fall cheerleading, winter cheerleading, golf, soccer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, softball, track & field
“Within the last twelve months, we have had 159 male athletes participate in a sport, which is 55.1 percent of our total athletes,” Malone said. Within the last twelve months, we have had 130 female athletes participate in a sport, which is 44.9 percent of our total athletes.”
Malone said the school’s athletic budget is derived from general school tuition, pay-to-participate fees, gate receipts, concessions, other athletic income, and various fundraising activities that are generated through the school. The school charges $75.00 per sport, per athlete.
Malone said the school has had to work at being Title IX compliant.
“It has been a challenge,” he said. “However, we are committed to the success of our students, therefore, we continue our offerings.”
Kevin Katafias, principal, said the school’s $60,000-$70,000 athletic budget varies from year to year.
“Most of the income is derived from football gate receipts,” Katafias said.” Low attendance or bad weather would have a negative impact on the budget. Athletics is totally self-supporting including transportation for all teams.”
The high school has 470 students- 210 females, and 260 males. There are nine varsity sports for boys both boys and girls. Cross Country, golf, football, soccer, wrestling, basketball, swimming, baseball, and track are offered for males. Volleyball, golf, soccer, cross country, cheerleading, basketball, swimming, softball, and track are offered for girls. Students currently pay $100 per sport, Katafias said.
“Our teams receive equal treatment from the athletic department as far as equipment, clothing, and other supplies,” he said.
Angel Adamski, district treasurer, said the high school in 2011-2012 had 352 students in grades 9-12. The school has 181 female students and 171 male students.
The athletic participation rates are 55 percent for males with 94 varsity athletes and 52 percent for the 94 female athletes.
The school offers eight varsity sports for boys: Football, cross country, cheerleading, golf, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track as well as eight varsity sports for girls: Cheerleading, cross country, golf, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, and track.
The high school athletics budget is approximately $79,000 which comes from event tickets, donations and fundraising, Adamski said adding pay-to-play fees are $60 per sport with a cap of $120.
“Our school is committed to providing excellent academic and extra-curricular activity opportunities to all of our students,” Adamski said. “These investments in our young people are the right thing to do.”
Lake High School has 580 students, 280 of them female, the other 300 male, according to Lee Herman, principal.
Varsity sports for boys include: Football, soccer, cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track. Volleyball, soccer, cross country, cheerleading, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and track are offered for females.
Herman said staying in compliance was “easy.”
The school currently charges students $70 for the first sport, $60 for the second sport and $50 for the third sport.
Chris Fahim, assistant principal/athletic director, said the school has 575 students, 275 female, 320 male. Male athletes have a 47 percent participation rate while females make up a 50 percent participation rate.
Football, cross country, golf, soccer, basketball, wrestling, swimming, bowling, baseball, and track and field are offered for boys. Volleyball, cross country, golf, soccer, cheerleading, dance, basketball, swimming, bowling, softball, and track and field are offered for girls.
The athletic budget of $130,000 is paid for through ticket sales, season passes, participation fees, donations, sponsorships, and concessions, Fahim said. The school charges $100 for the first sport, $75 for the second sport and $50.00 for the third sports.
Fahim said athletic departments in the high schools all face tough economic times, period.
“Regardless of compliance, the current economic situation that every program faces is difficult these days,” Fahim said.
David M. Yenrick, principal, said the school has 937 students- 472 females and 465 males.
The boys have a 27 percent participation rate while the girls, if you include cheerleading, have a 27.5 percent participation rate.
The school offers football, cross country, basketball, baseball and track for males athletes. Females can participate in soccer, volleyball, cross country, tennis, basketball, softball and track.
Waite does not have pay-to-play fees.
“We are in compliance for the most part,” Yenrick said. “Money is a major part in keeping in total compliance.”
Clay High School curently has 1,274 students with 606 being female and 668 male.
According to Mike Donnelly, athletic director, males have a 54.6 percent participation rate while females have a 45.4 percent participation rate.
The school offers 11 sports a piece for both boys and girls. Cross country, soccer, football, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, hockey, wrestling, swimming and track are offered for males. Cross country, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, softball, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, track, and cheerleading are current varsity sports for girls.
According to Donnelly, the school has had to increase the participation fees for students. Students pay $150 for the first sport, $100 for the second, and $50 for the third sport.
The athletic budget is $100,000, Donnelly said adding pay to participate fees, gate receipts, tournament entry fees, hosting OHSAA tournaments, fundraisers, and monies raised by the Clay Athletic Boosters all make up the budget.
Donnelly said Clay is Title IX compliant.
“Given the current environment, we have had to increase our participation fees and become more reliant on outside sources of funding to help reduce the spending of the general fund,” he said. “As an example, we completed a scoreboard project three years ago that was entirely paid for through advertisements of businesses in the community. The scoreboard advertising will begin to add funding to our athletic budget starting next year because the contracts are up. As a result, with community support and our large number of students participating in athletics, the current climate has not made much of an impact on athletics at Clay High School, while allowing us to move towards self sufficiency.”
Matt Harp, assistant principal/athletic director at Gibsonburg High School said the school’s total enrollment of 326 is split between 174 girls and 152 boys.
Varsity sports for boys include: Football, cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, bowling, track, and baseball. Girls sports include: cross country, golf, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, bowling, track, softball and volleyball.
Gibsonburg does not have pay-to-play fees.
“All of our students and athletes are given equal opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and activities offered at Gibsonburg regardless of the economic environment,” Harp said.