OHSAA unanimously denies proposal for Spring Football Practice


The Ohio High School Athletic Association

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors unanimously denied a proposal from the Ohio High School Football Coaches
Association today to allow a two-week period of skill instruction in May. READ MORE…


OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights – April 7, 2011

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

Annual Referendum Voting Period Reminder

The OHSAA’s annual referendum voting period begins May 1, with ballots due to the OHSAA by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 16. OHSAA senior staff will conduct 14 meetings around the state at the end of April and early May to explain the various referendum items (12 bylaw, three constitution) on which schools will vote, including the Competitive Balance Proposal. Each member school submits one ballot by its principal, with passage of a proposal requiring a voting majority.

April Board Meeting Highlights

– The Board unanimously denied a proposal from the football coaches association to allow a two-week period of skill instruction in May, citing concerns over the impact it would have on other spring sports, as well as the requests that would come from other sports. However, Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross and Board President Dave Gray indicated that the OHSAA will examine the possibility of expanding the 10 days of coaching that are currently permitted during the summer period (June 1 to July 31) in all team sports.

– The financial report from the 2010 football tournaments was presented to the Board. The overall profit from the five-round tournament decreased by nearly $500,000 due mainly to an overall attendance decrease of more than 83,000 people. The 2010 total attendance of 478,412 was the lowest since the OHSAA moved to a five-round format in 1999. Of note, the football tournaments represent the largest revenue source for the OHSAA at 34 percent of its budget ($1.7 million).

– The Board approved the OHSAA’s 2009-10 Audit Report as performed by Balestra, Harr & Scherer, CPAs, Inc. The independent audit, which the OHSAA has contracted for several years, indicated the OHSAA received the highest grade possible.

– The OHSAA recently imposed sanctions against seven member schools. The list of infractions and penalties is always included in the complete Board meeting minutes posted at OHSAA.org, but the list may be requested in advance by contacting Tim Stried at tstried@ohsaa.org.

– By a 6-3 vote, the Board approved a proposal from the soccer coaches association to expand the girls’ soccer tournament to three divisions beginning this coming fall.

– The basketball coaches association made two proposals. First, that regular-season schedules be permitted to increase to 22 games. Second, that basketball coaches be permitted to provide individual skill instruction during open gym sessions, which is currently not permitted except on 10 days during the summer period (June 1 to July 31). The Board will act on the proposals during its June meeting.

– The swimming and diving coaches association made a proposal that the number of automatic state swimming qualifiers from each district be set at two each, while all other state qualifiers would be at-large selections based on their time at the district tournaments. The total number of state qualifiers would remain at 24 per event. This proposal would increase the number of at-large qualifiers. The Board will act on the proposals during its June meeting.

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