The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met
Thursday morning at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its regularly
scheduled April meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday morning at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its regularly scheduled April meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted later at OHSAA.org.
– The Board was presented with the regional and state tournament financial reports from the fall sports of cross country, volleyball, field hockey and football. In cross country, since it is not possible to charge admission at the four regional tournament sites, there was an overall net loss of $50,193 despite a paid attendance of 9,596 at the state championships. In volleyball, attendance at the state tournament was 11,239 (down 2,405 from 2011) and there was an overall net profit of $54,625 from the regional and state tournaments. In field hockey, the regional qualifying tournaments and state tournament combined to result in a profit of $4,618. In football, the 186 games that comprise the regional and state playoffs resulted in a total intake of $3,686,723 before expenses, which is about 30 percent of the OHSAA’s 2012-13 overall operating budget ($12.5 million).
– In other football news, the OHSAA staff is expected to make a proposal to the board at its May meeting regarding the dates when each of the seven divisions will conduct their playoff games in 2013, including which state championship game will be played on Thursday, December 5.
– The Board approved the OHSAA to enter into a new contract with Rawlings to be the official basketball provider of the OHSAA.
– Four schools were recently penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The complete list of infractions and penalties is included in the meeting minutes posted later at OHSAA.org.
– The board tabled until its May meeting a proposal from the golf coaches association that requests one coach per team be permitted to coach their golfers at any time on the course except when the player is in a bunker or on the putting surface. Currently, coaches can only instruct their golfers during the walk between the green and the next tee box.
– By a 5-4 vote, the board denied a proposal from the volleyball coaches association to raise the height of the net for 7th and 8th grade volleyball to the high school height of 7 feet, 4 and 1/8 inches.
– By a 9-0 vote, the board approved a proposal from the volleyball coaches association to allow the 22 permitted regular season contests to be held on no more than 22 dates. Previously, only 20 dates were permitted.
– The ice hockey coaches association made two proposals. First, that a tiered suspension policy be enacted for disqualifications, rather than the current policy, which results in a player being suspended for the rest of the season upon his/her second disqualification. Second, that when a contest has a 10 or more goal differential heading into the third period, that the contest be allowed to continue with either normal timing or a running clock pending approval from both coaches. Currently, the game is ended if the goal differential is 10 or more after two periods. The board is expected to vote on the proposals at its June meeting.
– The basketball coaches association proposed that a mandatory film exchange prior to regional and state tournament contests, similar to the policy in football, be added to the tournament regulations. The board is expected to vote on the proposal at its June meeting.
– The board made special note that in March, Cleveland native Harrison Dillard was announced as being a part of the next induction class into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame. Dillard helped lead Cleveland East Technical High School to three state track championships. He is the only man to ever win gold medals in both the sprints and high hurdles and won four gold medals overall at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games. Dillard was a 2011 inductee into the OHSAA Circle of Champions.