OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights: Nominations, infractions, Sportsmanship winners and more

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met last
Thursday morning at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its regularly
scheduled September meeting. The following are highlights of the
meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org
in the coming days.


OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met last Thursday morning at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its regularly scheduled September meeting. The following are highlights of the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org in the coming days.

– The Board approved the nomination of Minster native Catherine “Katie” Horstman for the National High School Hall of Fame. Horstman was an all-star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1950s and in 1992 was a consultant and appeared in the movie “A League of Their Own.” She taught and coached at Minster High School for 25 years and led Wildcat teams to a total of 17 state championships or runner-up finishes in girls track and field, volleyball and cross country.

– The OHSAA imposed penalties against three member schools during the past month that violated OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions is always included in the complete meeting minutes that will be posted at OHSAA.org, but media members may request the list earlier by contacting Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Information Services.

– The track and field coaches association made two proposals: first to add the triple jump as a contested OHSAA tournament event, and second to change how competitors advance from the preliminaries to the finals at the regional and state tournaments (advance the top two placers in both heats, then the next four fastest times overall). The Board will vote on the two proposals during its December meeting.

– The baseball and softball coaches associations made two joint proposals: first to allow practice to begin on the Saturday prior to the previously established Monday, and second to allow contests to begin on the Saturday prior to the previously established Monday. The Board will vote on the two proposals during its December meeting.

– The list of 2010 Harold A. Meyer Award recipients was announced, with 72 schools being recognized for their sportsmanship, ethics and integrity programs. The award-winners included 58 high schools and 14 junior high schools. The OHSAA will issue a separate release with further details and the list of schools.

– The financial reports for the 2010 spring sports state tournaments were presented to the Board. Of note, attendance at the baseball state tournament at Huntington Park in Columbus increased by 37 percent (from 12,836 in 2009 up to 17,632 in 2010), while attendance at the softball state tournament at Firestone Stadium in Akron decreased by 21 percent (from 10,191 in 2009 down to 8,075 in 2010). The track and field state tournament attendance was 25,275, which is consistent with that event’s five-year attendance average of 25,362.

– The 2010-11 OHSAA Media Regulations were approved by the Board and are posted at the ‘News & Media’ page at OHSAA.org.

– The Board approved two individuals to fill temporary vacancies of outgoing members of the Central District Athletic Board. Bob Britton, superintendent of Ridgedale Local Schools, will replace Max Ness, outgoing athletic administrator at the Wellington School. Sean Ross, director of diversity and equity for Dublin City Schools, will replace Keith Bell, who left his position as executive director of high school academic affairs and extracurricular programs for Westerville City Schools to become the chief academic officer with the Columbus City Schools.

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