(7-6-17) The OHSAA ruled on 26 violations (June 1st Board Meeting) against member schools that violated OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations.

The Dayton Public Schools penalty was one that caused havoc in the state football playoffs this past fall.  DPS was fined $10,000 due to the infraction and has been put on probation for the next three school years. Athletic administrators must attend regular meetings with OHSAA officials during this time period. Should DPS break these guidelines it could cost the school system its OHSAA membership.

Administrative Responsibility and Institutional Control

The Dayton Public School District had administrators violate Bylaw 3, Administrative Responsibility and Institutional Control, when they failed to discharge their administrative duties during a football contest between two Dayton Public Schools. In accordance with Bylaw 11, Penalties, the Commissioner’s Office ruled that the Dayton Public School District is fined $10,000; is publicly reprimanded; the district-wide administrator for interscholastic athletics, and any other administrators the District deems appropriate, shall be required to meet with compliance staff in the OHSAA offices to review administrative responsibilities; any new building level athletic administrator, as well as all building level athletic administrators with less than three years’ experience, shall be required to attend the OHSAA New Administrators Workshop on August 15, 2017; and any further violations of Bylaw 3, Administrative Responsibility and Institution Control, by any administrator within the Dayton Public School District during the next three years (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20) shall be subject to penalties as determined by the Commissioner’s Office, and may include possible suspension of membership within the OHSAA.

Should there be no further violations of Bylaw 3 during the next two years, the District may petition the Commissioner’s Office on behalf of its schools to have $2,500 of the fine refunded, as well as having the -period of enforceable review of Bylaw 3 reduced from three years to two years (2017-18, 2018-19).

DPS also had two other infractions at member schools ruled on by the OHSAA. One at Thurgood Marshall that had an international student violate a bylaw, but it was overturned by the Commissioner’s office. The other ruling was at Ponitz and it was based on a middle school athlete competing on the freshman football team. Self-imposed penalties were accepted.

Dayton Thurgood Marshall High School had a student-athlete in boys’ wrestling, football, and baseball violate Bylaw 4-8-1, International Student. However, the student met Exception 1 to the Bylaw but the school permitted the student to participate during the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 wrestling and football seasons and a portion of the 2017 baseball season prior to receiving an eligibility ruling from the Commissioner’s Office. The OHSAA has restored eligibility for the student retroactively and no forfeitures were required in accordance with Bylaw 4-1-1, Administrative Error. In lieu of the recent fine levied against the district, the $100 fine that typically accompanies the application of Bylaw 4-1-1 was waived.

Dayton Ponitz High School had a student-athlete freshman football violate Sports Regulation 35.3, 7th and 8th Grade Participation, and Bylaw 4-3-1, Enrollment and Attendance, when the football coach permitted a 7th grader enrolled in a different school to participate in a freshman football contest. In accordance with Bylaw 11, Penalties, the Commissioner’s Office has acknowledged the school’s self-imposed penalties and also restricted the coaching staff (paid and volunteer) to eight days of permissible instruction during the period of June 1-July 31, 2017. Furthermore, in accordance with Bylaw 10-2-1, Forfeitures, the school must forfeit any victorious contest in which the ineligible student participated. However, no forfeiture was required since the school did not win the contest in which the ineligible student participated.

Recruiting violations at Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills were suspended after the football coach was non-renewed by Cincinnati Public Schools. CPS was fined $1,500 and put on probation for two years.


Cincinnati Walnut Hills High School and its head football coach were under investigation for possible violations of Bylaw 4-9, Recruiting, but the investigation was suspended upon learning that the coach was non-renewed for coaching by the Cincinnati Public School administration. During the course of this investigation it was determined that he was impermissibly influencing students to transfer and enroll at the school. Additionally, it was also determined that six Walnut Hills’ coaches, including the head football coach, did not possess a Pupil Activity Permit in accordance with Bylaw 6-1-2, Requirements for Coaching. In accordance with Bylaw 11, Penalties, and General Sports Regulation 4, Penalties for Failure to Acquire Pupil Activity Program/Coaching Permit, the Commissioner’s Office has issued the following penalties: Walnut Hills High School is publicly reprimanded; shall be placed on probation for two years, through the 2018-19 school year; is fined $1,500; and is required to provide a complete audit of all PAPP for all Walnut Hills coaches, paid and volunteer, for the 2017-18 school year by August 1, 2017. Should the head football coach obtain his PAPP and be hired at any other school for the 2017 football season, he must appeal to the OHSAA for permission to coach in the 2017 OHSAA Football Tournaments.

Lima Temple Christian was a victim of the OHSAA’s new pitch count. A Pioneer pitcher who threw at least 31 pitches in the first game of a DH, also pitched in the 2nd game, a violation of the rule. LTC had to forfeit the win, because the pitcher was ruled ineligible to pitch in the second game.


Lima Temple Christian High School had a student-athlete in boys’ varsity baseball violate Baseball Regulation 1.7, Pitching Restrictions, when the student-athlete pitched in the second game of a doubleheader after throwing at least 31 pitches in the first game of the doubleheader. Thus, the player was ineligible for the second contest and, in accordance with Bylaw 10-2-1, Forfeitures, the school must forfeit the victorious contest in which the ineligible student participated.