Moeller tight end Josh Kattus catches a touchdown pass. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotography)
Moeller tight end Josh Kattus catches a touchdown pass. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotography)
Louisville Trinty wide receiver makes a great catch during their win over Cincinnati St. Xavier, 33-32. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotographer)
The guys have been friends since youth football , now high school football players. (Photo by Tony TribblePhotographer.
Luke Bell reacts during the XAVIERS game against UCONN. (photo by TonyTribblePhotography)
Lakota West starting pitcher Jacob Beall(8) reacts during their baseball game against Lakota East, Friday, May 7, 2021. Photo by TonyTribblePhotogrpaher
- The Board was updated by the OHSAA staff regarding the upcoming winter sports tournaments, with adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The previously established sectional tournament draw meeting dates will stay the same, along with the dates of the state tournaments. o SWIMMING AND DIVING: The state tournament will remain at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton Feb. 24-27, but the format will be adjusted to remove preliminary sessions in swimming and complete each division in one day (timed finals) and allow a minimal number of people on the pool deck. The Division II girls swimming and diving finals will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, followed by Division II boys on Thursday, Feb. 25, Division I girls on Friday, Feb. 26 and Division I boys on Saturday, Feb. 27. Two spectators will be permitted for each diving state qualifier, while only one spectator will be permitted for each swimming state qualifier. Also of note, several sectional and district tournaments do not yet have a pool confirmed to host the event.
o GYMNASTICS: The state tournament will remain at Hilliard Bradley High School March 5-6, but the format and some traditional aspects of the state tournament will be adjusted, along with reduced number of spectators.
o BOWLING: The state tournaments will remain at Wayne Webbs Columbus Bowl February 26-27 (Division II) and March 5-6 (Division I). The number of bowlers on qualifying teams will be reduced from eight to six bowlers per the COVID-19 Guidelines established in the fall. The number of spectators permitted is still to be determined.
o ICE HOCKEY: The state tournament venue is to be determined, as it is not yet known if Nationwide Arena will be able to host the event. Also of note, the two district tournaments in Northeast Ohio will both be held at the Brooklyn Recreation Center instead of having one tournament at Kent State University, which is not able to host the event. Spectator limitations are to be determined.
o WRESTLING: The state tournament will not be held at the Schottenstein Center, which is not able to host the event this year. The OHSAA is seeking three high schools, preferably in Central Ohio due to travel considerations, to each host a division. The district and state tournaments will include split sessions, with seven weight classes competing at a time, followed by a break and then the other seven weight classes. Spectator limitations are to be determined.
o BASKETBALL: The regional and state tournament sites are all to be determined. It is not yet known which of the previously announced sites will permit events to be held at their venue, or which will allow spectators. The OHSAA intends to use neutral sites for the regional tournaments
- The board approved the 2021 football regulations, which include adjustments due to the 2021 regular-season beginning a week earlier so that the playoffs can be expanded (as announced in May 2020: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports/News/ohsaa-to-expand-football-playoffs-in-2021). Of note, schools may fulfill two of the required five acclimatization days in July in advance of official practice beginning on Sunday, August 1. Two scrimmages will be permitted between August 6-14. Either or both of the scrimmages may be conducted as jamboree games. The first Friday of the regular-season is August 20 and the regular-season will conclude on October 23, followed by six weeks of playoffs instead of five weeks (top 12 teams in each regional will qualify for the postseason).
- The board tabled a proposal from the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) to expand the track and field tournament to four divisions. At this time, the OHSAAs focus is to conduct the 2021 season and tournament series, as a number of issues still need to be discussed regarding a potential expansion to four divisions. The site of the 2021 state tournament is still to be determined.
- Per OHSAA Constitution Article 6-1-9 (temporary suspension of strict compliance due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the board ratified a modification to waive the OHSAA scholarship bylaw for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year and the start of the 2021-22 school year, meaning all student-athletes are eligible insofar as OHSAA academic standards are concerned. Individual schools are permitted to maintain their own minimum academic standards for student-athletes.
- The Board reviewed the list of recent infractions by OHSAA member schools. Since the Boards last meeting, consequences were issued to four schools for violations of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions will be included in the complete Board meeting minutes posted at OHSAA.org.
- The board approved Joe Siefke, Superintendent of Lisbon Exempted Village School District, to serve as an interim Class A representative on the Northeast District Athletic Board.
- The board approved recommendations for the 2021 OHSAA Naismith Award for Meritorious Service to Mary Jo Huisman from the Southwest District and the late Dave Young from the Southeast District.
Oak Hills guard K.J. Satterfield drives to the basket during their game against Lasalle. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotography)
Indiana and Tennessee battle in womens college basketball game. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotographer)
Woodward and Hughes battle in CMAC action. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotography)
Western Hill Mustangs celebrate big win over rival Taft high school.(photo by TonyTribblePhotography)
St. Xavier wide receiver Jalen Patterson flipped during the Bombers OHSAA Playoff game against Elder. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotogrphay)
Mason will face Colerian in Playoff game Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Photo by TonytribblePhotography)
Taft Senators celebrate during big win over Dayton Medowdale to advance in the OHSAA Playoffs. (Photo by TonyTribblephotographer)
Hughes and Goshen played a playoff game, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotography)
Moeller football players remember Micheal Currin (Photo by TonyTribblePhotorapher)
(Photo by TonyTribblePhotographer)
Princeton running back Thoms Boyd celebrates. (Photo by TonyTribblePhotographer)
Friday night's scrimmage between Colerain and
Fairfield looked a lot different than the pair of high-stakes matchups
between the two clubs last season: a regular-season finale with the
Greater Miami Conference title on the line and a second-round playoff
There were dots in the stands for
socially distant fans, each member of the team stood 6 feet apart and
everyone in attendance wore masks. Even the scoreboard wasn't the same
as no official tally was kept and the game only lasted two quarters.
Still, the fact that the two rivals were playing made Colerain head coach Shawn Cutright gracious.
football. At the end of the day, it's football and we get to line up
out here 11 on 11," Cutright said. "We get to compete in one of the
greatest games ever created. We're happy and we're proud to be here."
News Release Ohio High School Athletic Association
For Immediate Release August 18, 2020
Contact Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, email@example.com
Governor Gives Green Light for Contact Sports, Urges Caution
Field hockey, soccer and football can proceed with games against other schools
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that he will sign a new Ohio Department of Health order that permits contact sports, including the fall sports of field hockey, soccer and football, to move forward with games against other schools. The Governor confirmed support for Ohios coaches to inspire their student-athletes to continue following safety precautions so that all sports can be played.
Field hockey, soccer and football now join the OHSAAs previously approved fall sports of girls and boys golf, girls tennis, girls volleyball, and girls and boys cross country. With the majority of high schools in Ohio wanting to play sports this fall, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has been working with the Governors Office and the Ohio Department of Health toward a new health order that contains modifications from previous orders.
I hope that the desire to have a season will inspire our young people, our athletes, our student-athletes, 24/7 to be as careful as they can, said Governor DeWine during his press conference Tuesday. I hope also that our coaches will use this an opportunity to focus on helping these young people understand what really is at stake. If they are going to be able to play, that they are going to have to do everything they can to keep COVID out of their team.
The OHSAA is moving forward because we want kids to have an opportunity to participate, and the Governors Office is providing that opportunity and a chance, said Bob Goldring, OHSAA Interim Executive Director. So for that we are most appreciative. Its important to remember that our student-athletes have been practicing and training with others for weeks and even months, and it has gone well. So, we believe they deserve the chance to move forward, and that the high school space is also different than the collegiate space.
The OHSAA staff has developed sport-specific modifications and recommendations for schools when conducting interscholastic competition. Links to these sport-specific documents were originally included in the July 22 memo when we released the Return to Play Recommendations document. Links to updated sport-specific requirements, modifications and recommendations are posted at: https://ohsaa.org/Home/OHSAA-COVID-19-Correspondence
COVID-19 certainly has created a risk factor, and that is something on which each family has to decide for their student, and each local school district has to make decisions on moving forward based on all the information they have been presented, Goldring continued. But we also believe our student-athletes, coaches and school administrators in education-based programs are suited to be the best advocates for safety, strongly promoting and following mandates and recommendations to wear facial coverings, stay socially distanced and so forth. Our coaches, especially, are role models to so many of our student-athletes. So hopefully our student-athletes will follow their lead and guidance, especially when they talk to students about what to consider away from school.
The driving force that will inspire our young men, our young women, to make the right decisions in their lives 24/7 that will inspire them to have the best chance they can to play their sport, DeWine continued. To the coaches, you, in a normal year, inspire, you mentor, you instruct, you instill discipline and self-discipline in your student-athletes. For all of that, we are very grateful for what you do. You make a lot of sacrifices, work long hours and you inspire our kids. We thank you very much for that. But this year, its going to take more. Its going to be inspiring them in regards to the goal of keeping COVID out of their team.
The full text of Tuesdays update memo sent to member schools is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20200818AdministratorUpdate.pdf
OHSAA fall sports seasons as scheduled to begin as follows:
Friday, Aug. 21: soccer and field hockey
Monday, Aug. 24: volleyball, cross country and football
Note: golf and girls tennis seasons have already started
COVID-19 General Guidance (Including Mandates and Recommended Best Practices)
As Governor DeWine also noted, the Governors Office and Department of Health are close to finalizing a new Health Directors Order. With that comes two separate mandates and recommended best practices documents for schools to follow for competitions, and the OHSAA could issue consequences for the violation of these requirements as prescribed in Bylaw 11, Penalties. The mandates and recommended best practices are related to many of the same mandates and protocols already in place for many other sectors as they relate to symptom assessments; facial coverings; social distancing; cleaning and sanitizing, and confirmed COVID-19 cases/exposure to the virus. The final versions of those two documents will be sent to schools on Wednesday.
The Governor understands that interscholastic sports are different than other forms of competition because we are education-based and are able to implement best safety practices and have structure in place for dealing with COVID-19 restrictions. So, if we want our students to have the privilege of competing in interscholastic athletics, its going to be up to all of us to make sure all mandates and protocols are being followed. We all need to be diligent and be disciplined.
Capacity Limitations/Students Dressing for Contests Limitations/Bands Restrictions
Spectator capacity for our events will be limited, with the specific details to be listed in the guidance pieces. As Governor DeWine mentioned today, an emphasis will be on allowing families and loved ones to see students participate. In addition, OHSAA requirements, based on guidance from the Governors Office, is for schools to limit the number of players dressing for contests. The limits are 60 in football; 22 in soccer and field hockey, and 15 in volleyball. In addition, the OHSAA, based on guidance from the Governors Office, is limiting marching and/or pep bands to performing only at home contests.
Questions and Answers on Why Are We Moving Forward
Originally developed as part of the July 31 Administrator Update when the OHSAA affirmed its position of starting our practices as planned, the OHSAA has updated a series of questions and answers related to why we are moving forward with our seasons. All scenarios have been discussed and, in making its decision, the OHSAA has had great collaboration with the Governors Office; Ohio Department of Health; the National Federation of State High School Associations; our colleagues at other state high school athletics/activities associations; members of the OHSAAs Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine, and members of the Governors Sports League Advisory Group. A series of questions and answers are posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports/2020/OHSAAReturnToPlayQA.pdf
Clarity on Spring Seasons
As Governor DeWine noted today, the OHSAA is prepared to remove the impediments in our bylaws and regulations that would otherwise preclude schools from playing fall sports in the spring. In other words, schools that have opted out of fall sports participation due to the pandemic meaning the school has not participated in fall sports during the currently defined fall season will have an opportunity to play their sports in the spring. However, a task force will be needed to work with our staff to create certain parameters to see what those spring sports opportunities look like. As the pandemic has proved, this is an evolving situation, so more details will be shared with the membership when appropriate.
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