OHSAA rules to allow more individual instruction for coaches in offseason

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association

The OHSAA Board of Directors approved this week (by 6-3 vote) an Out-of-Season Coaching Instruction Proposal that will allow expanded
opportunities for Board of Education approved coaches in the team sports
to provide instruction outside the season of play. Details? We’ve got them…


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday in Columbus for its regularly scheduled February meeting. Among other business, the OHSAA directors, by a 6-3 vote, approved an Out-of-Season Coaching Instruction Proposal that will allow expanded opportunities for Board of Education approved coaches in the team sports to provide instruction outside the season of play. The regulation becomes effective Sept. 3, 2013.

Individual instruction is defined as no more than four individuals present at any one time in all combined facilities where instruction is taking place. Team sports include soccer, volleyball, field hockey, football, ice hockey, basketball, softball and baseball. Note that  ‘no-contact periods’ and the summer coaching period (10 days of team coaching permitted from June 1-July 31) will continue to exist and that out-of-season instruction is already permitted in individual sports (golf, tennis, cross country, wrestling, swimming & diving, gymnastics, bowling and track & field).

More Details…

For nearly 90 years, the OHSAA’s Sport Regulations permitted school coaches to coach ONLY during the defined seasons of play.  In the early 1990’s and in response to continued recommendations of coaches, the OHSAA’s Board of Directors made a significant alteration to those regulations by permitting coaches to provide instruction for 10 days during June and July.  That current regulation that permits this permits the instruction to be in ‘team’ format or ‘individual’ form.  Today, the OHSAA’s Board of Directors, again in response to various coaches’ association proposals passed a regulation that will provide more latitude to school coaches.

As a result of today’s Board of Directors’ vote, various General Sport Regulations as well as Individual Sport Regulations will be rewritten to permit school coaches the opportunity to provide INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION outside the season of play.  Current OHSAA General and Individual Sport Regulations limit individual instruction to the defined season of play and 10 days during June and July.

A few of the parameters:
– No individual instruction may be made mandatory by the school coach
– No individual instruction may take place during currently defined ‘no-contact periods’
– The change in regulations will not be implemented until September 3, 2013
– There will be a limit of 4 (four) individuals in all combined facilities where the instruction is taking place.  There is no designation of whether any of the 4 played for the school team or not.  In other words, there is a limit of 4 individuals whether they played the sport the previous season or not.
– 10 days of instruction will continue to exist during June and July.  Any part of a day during June and July in which more than 4 individuals are present as defined in the regulation permitting Individual instruction will count toward one of the 10 days permitted.
– Penalties for non-compliance to the regulation will be rewritten to increase penalties for violation of various Sport Regulations.

A few additional key points:
– I highlight the fact this regulation will not go into effect until September 3, 2013; meaning the summer of 2013 will remain under the current regulations.
– There will NOT be an addition of a ‘no-contact period’ in July as was previously discussed
– There will be NO CHANGE to the current ‘no-contact periods’ that exist within the OHSAA’s General Sports Regulations
– The revision of “Penalties” will take place prior to the regulations being implemented to discourage non-compliance.  The recommendation by the committee was to increase penalties significantly.

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