(8-2-19) This year the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) will include instant replay as a determination on certain questionable plays in the seven state football championship games. It will be the first year the Ohio High School Athletic Association will feature that option for coaches who question a call during the game.
The decision was made by the OHSAA Board of Directors on June 3rd, but has not yet released a statement to the public on the change or the format that will be used. The information about the change appeared on the OHSAA site in a 12 page 2019 Football Tournament Regulations paper.
Instant replay rules will be explained in the 2019 OHSAA Football Officiating Mechanics Handbook. That handbook will be distributed to football officials statewide on Monday.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved instant replays in May of this year for member associations –
BY STATE ASSOCIATION ADOPTION, USE OF VIDEO REVIEW ALLOWED FOR STATE POST-SEASON CONTESTS [1-3-7 NOTE (NEW), TABLE 1-7 – 1-3-7 NOTE (NEW)]
Rationale: By state association adoption, instant replay may only be used during state postseason contests to review decisions by the on-field game officials. This adoption would allow state associations to develop protocols for use of video replay.