By Phil Anastasia
Winslow Township is the latest school to look to exit the Olympic Conference.
Winslow Township athletic director Eric Ball has confirmed that Winslow Township, a charter member of the Olympic Conference since 1959, has applied for membership in the Tri-County Conference.
“We’re just exploring this from a competitive balance standpoint,” Ball said Friday night.
The Olympic Conference lost two long-time members this school year. Pennsauken joined the Burlington County League and Triton joined the Tri-County Conference.
Pennsauken and Triton both exited the Olympic Conference in part because of concerns that their teams were struggling to be competitive against some of the powerhouse programs in the conference such as the Lenape district schools as well as Eastern, Washington Township and the non-public schools.
Ball said Winslow Township is facing similar challenges in many sports.
"We just need to see if this might be a better fit for us," Ball said.
Winslow Township's application comes at a time of significant expansion for the Tri-County Conference.
The Tri-County added Triton this season and will add Hammonton, a long-time Cape-Atlantic League member, as a 21st member in September of 2014.
Hammonton would be a natural rival with Winslow Township as the schools are close geographically and also are similar in size. The same is true of Tri-County Conference schools such as Triton, Williamstown and Highland.
Tri-County Conference president Jamie Thomas, the athletic director at Pennsville, confirmed that Winslow Township has applied to the conference.
Thomas said the application will be reviewed by the conference's expansion committee, which is chaired by Gloucester athletic director Leon Harris, and that a "site visit" of Winslow Township likely would be schedule in the next month.
Thomas said the expansion committee's recommendation likely would be presented to an adminstrators' meeting in March.
Winslow Township's application would have to be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the respective boards of education of the Tri-County Conference schools.
The move would not affect football as schools in both the Olympic Conference and Tri-County Conference are members of the West Jersey Football League.
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