COLUMBUS, Ohio – (8-9-18) The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled August meeting Thursday afternoon at the OHSAA office. The following are highlights from the meeting.
The meeting marked the first Board of Directors meeting of the 2018-19 school year. Meet the Board of Directors members at: http://www.ohsaa.org/about/BOD
The board reviewed the school membership list for 2018-19, which includes 817 schools. Four new schools include Delaware Olentangy Berlin, Willoughby Andrews Osborne Academy, East Dayton Christian and Cincinnati Mercy McAuley (consolidation of McAuley and Mother of Mercy). In addition, Youngstown Chaney has rejoined. Four schools are no longer OHSAA members, including Mount Gilead Christian, East Richland Christian (St. Clairsville), Gahanna Christian and Heritage Christian (Canton).
Since the board’s last meeting, seven member schools were penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions and penalties is always included in the complete meeting minutes, but media members may request the list in advance from Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, at email@example.com.
The board reviewed the attendance and financial reports from the 2018 tournaments in swimming and diving, team and individual wrestling, softball and baseball. In swimming, the total paid attendance at the state tournament was 8,376, down from 8,508 in 2017. The dual team wrestling state tournament drew 3,491 fans and operated at a loss of $19,733. The individual wrestling state tournament had a paid attendance of 45,400, which was down from 47,758 in 2017. The baseball state tournament attendance was 13,962, up from 12,522 in 2017. The softball state tournament attendance was 8,094, up from 7,437 in 2017.
The board reviewed the new divisional breakdowns and competitive balance data for the 2019 softball and baseball seasons. The information is now posted on the OHSAA website.
The board reviewed the tournament regulations for the OHSAA’s fall sports of golf, girls tennis, field hockey, cross country, volleyball and soccer. The tournament regulations will be posted on the respective sport pages at OHSAA.org.
The board approved a slight modification to the OHSAA internal business rules for competitive balance to address the scenario of a new high school opening. The business rules are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/SchoolResources/CompetitiveBalance/CB%20Business%20Rules.pdf
New board approved modifications to the OHSAA business rules for athletic participation of non-enrolled students in multiple high school districts. The updated document is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Eligibility/BusinessRulesMultiHSPublic.pdf
UPDATE ON OHSAA INFRACTIONS
(For August 9, 2018, Board of Directors Meeting)
The OHSAA imposed the following penalties against schools that violated OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations:
- West Unity Hilltop High School had a high school baseball coach violate General Sport Regulation 4, Failure to Acquire a Pupil Activity Permit. In accordance with General Sport Regulation 4, Hilltop has been fined $250.
- North Canton Hoover High School had a high school track & field coach violate General Sport Regulation 4, Failure to Acquire a Pupil Activity Permit. In accordance with General Sport Regulation 4, Hoover has been fined $250.
- Graysville Skyvue Elementary School failed to respond to an ejection report in accordance with General Sport Regulation 13, Ejection Procedures for Schools. In accordance with General Sport Regulation 13, Skyvue has been fined $150.
- Woodsfield Monroe Central High School had a student-athlete in boys soccer violate Bylaw 4-4-1, Scholarship, during the 2017 season. In accordance with Bylaw 10-2-1, Forfeitures, the school must forfeit any victorious contests in which the ineligible student participated. However, no forfeitures were required since the school did not win the contests in which the ineligible student participated.
- Toledo Ottawa Hills High School had a student-athlete in boys soccer violate Bylaw 4-8-1, International & Exchange Students, during the 2017 season. However, the student met Exception 1 to the Bylaw (bona fide move of parents) but the school permitted the student to participate in 14 junior varsity contests prior to receiving an eligibility ruling from the Executive Director’s Office. The OHSAA has restored eligibility for the student retroactively but, in accordance with Bylaw 4-1-1, Administrative Error, the school has been fined $100.
- West Milton Milton-Union High School had a student-athlete in boys track & field violate Bylaw 4-4-1, Scholarship. In accordance with Bylaw 10-2-5, Forfeitures, the school must forfeit any victorious contests in which the ineligible student participated. The ineligible student athlete must also forfeit his points, places and any awards earned; however, other individual athletes may keep their points, places and any awards earned.
- Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy violated Bylaw 4-9, Recruiting, when it was determined that the school’s girls tennis coach on more than one occasion impermissibly contacted a parent and, by extension, the student-athletes of this family in regard to the school’s tennis program and an open house during the 2017 season. In accordance with Bylaw 4-9, Recruiting, and Bylaw 11, Penalties, the Executive Director’s Office ruled that the head tennis coach be suspended from coaching any St. Ursula athletes in any remaining OHSAA post-season contests during the 2017 season. These penalties were in addition to the self-imposed sanctions by the school.