COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools have passed all eight proposed revisions to the OHSAA Bylaws, Executive Director Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D., announced Wednesday. The ballot counting procedure was conducted at the OHSAA office Wednesday following the deadline for schools to submit ballots Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The approved changes will go into effect August 1 unless otherwise noted. A simple majority approval by member schools required for a proposed amendment to be adopted.
Among the approved referendum items is a change to the consequence for students who do not meet one of the transfer bylaw exceptions (see 4 B below). Previously, a student would sit out the first half of the season of the sports that the student played in the last 12 months. The change passed by the membership, effective immediately, will cause the student to sit out the second half of the season and the OHSAA postseason tournament.
Also announced Wednesday were the results of the District Athletic Board elections, which included 11 open position. (See link below.)
The OHSAA’s annual referendum voting and District Athletic Board election period is from May 1-15. Each member school has one vote, which is cast by the principal. After 809 ballots were mailed to member high schools in late April, 697 valid ballots were returned for a voter turnout of 86 percent.
809 high school ballots were mailed, 697 ballots were returned (86 percent)
Issue 1 B – Amend Bylaws 2-1-4 and 2-1-5 – Classification of Schools
Amend to provide clarity when school districts consolidate and when schools open, close or merge in either public multiple high school districts or non-public systems in terms of counting students for classification purposes.
Issue 2 B – Amend Bylaw 4-6-3– Residence
Amend to make it clear that there is no eligibility unless a student has a parent, biological or adoptive, who lives in Ohio or meets an exception.
Issue 3 B – New Exception 4 – Bylaw 4-6-3 – Residence – Renumber 5-11
A student whose parent(s) has been continuously employed for a minimum of three years as a fulltime, licensed or classified employee in an Ohio school district or system, may be declared eligible in an Ohio school in that district or system where the parent is employed. Once eligibility is established at the member school/district, the student shall remain eligible under this exception for as long as he or she maintains continuous enrollment in that school.
Issue 4 B – Amend Bylaw 4-7-2 – Transfer
Permit a transfer student who does not meet an exception to be eligible insofar as transfer is concerned for all contests ONLY until the first 50% of the maximum allowable regular season contests have been competed in any sport the student played in the 12 months immediately preceding the transfer. Thereafter, the student shall be ineligible for the remainder of the regular season contests AND the OHSAA sponsored tournament in that sport (s).
Passed 450-244, effective date May 16, 2018
Issue 5 B – Amend Exception 2 – Bylaw 4-7-2 – Transfer
Permit a one-time transfer for a student whose parents have a Shared Parenting Plan and have re-designated the residential parent for school purposes, which creates a need for the student to change schools.
Issue 6 B – Amend Exception 1 – Bylaw 4-8-1 – International and Exchange Students
Permit eligibility for the international student when at least one of the parents, biological or adoptive, reside in Ohio.
Issue 7 B – Amend Bylaw 4-8-2 – International and Exchange Students
Permit the Executive Director’s Office to consider waiving the scholarship and semester requirements for a domestic student studying outside the United States and restoring eligibility upon return to the same high school under the three stipulated conditions: application in advance of the program; no sports participation during the experience; and available only after completing the first or second year of high school.
7th-8th Grade Schools
878 junior high school ballots were mailed, 538 ballots were returned (61 percent)
Issue 1 B – Amend Bylaw 1-6-4 – Team Membership
Member schools containing grades 7 and 8 may combine students from two or more schools within the school district/system to form one or more interscholastic teams in a sport. Requests for permission to combine students from two or more schools in the same public district or non-public system must be submitted annually to the OHSAA in writing by the superintendent of the public district or non-public system.