COLUMBUS, Ohio – (6-29-21) The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) released the first assignments for football divisions and regions.

The 10-week regular-season begins the week of August 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs that begin October 29-30.   As previously announced, schools’ divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports.

In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days from June 1 through July 31 to conduct voluntary conditioning, strength training and instructional opportunities. In football, helmets may be worn during summer voluntary sessions.  

Also in the sport of football, there is a mandatory five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes prior to contact. Two of those days can be completed in July so that shoulder pads can be worn on the first day of practice August 1.  

2021 OHSAA Football Calendar

  • Sunday, August 1                 First Day of Official Coaching Permitted
  • August 6-14                          Scrimmage Dates Monday,
  • August 16             Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 20)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14                 First Weekly Computer Points Released (every Tuesday after Week 4)
  • Saturday, Oct. 23                 Regular-Season Ends
  • Sunday, Oct. 24                    Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced
  • Fri./Sat., Oct. 29-30             Regional Playoffs First Round
  • Fri./Sat., Nov. 5-6                 Regional Quarterfinals
  • Fri./Sat., Nov. 12-13            Regional Semifinals
  • Fri./Sat., Nov. 19-20            Regional Finals Fri./Sat.,
  • Nov. 25                  Thanksgiving
  • Fri./Sat., Nov. 26-27            State Semifinals
  • Thurs./Fri./Sat., Dec. 2-4    State Championships in Canton

HIGHLIGHTS

Enrollment figures – It was determined that utilizing the same data for a third and final year was the fairest for all OHSAA member schools

Not the final listThis is NOT the final list of schools that will be eligible to participate in the 2021 tournament as schools have until October 1

Top 16 schools will qualify – in each region for playoffs beginning Oct. 29-30

2021 Division and Region Assignments

Changes to Bylaw 2 (Divisional Alignments for 2021-­22 School Year) were ratified by the Board of Directors on October 1, 2020.

The enrollment data and tournament divisions from 2020-21 will be utilized again in the 2021­-22 school year.

This change means that EMIS data will be collected in October 2021 and utilized in a new two-year cycle that would cover the 2022-­23 and 2023­-24 school years. With some schools not offering sports along with many students transferring to non­traditional learning modules in the 2020-21 school year due to COVID­19, the Executive Director’s Office deliberated on how to handle enrollment data, since October 2020 is when the OHSAA traditionally would have received that data (EMIS) from the Ohio Department of Education for use in tournament representation, tournament division breakdowns and classifications for OHSAA District Athletic Board elections. It was determined that utilizing the same data for a third and final year was the fairest for all OHSAA member schools since any new data collected would likely be severely skewed and/or an unreliable representation.  

The lists below contains schools that have indicated participation in the 2021 tournament. This is NOT the final list of schools that will be eligible to participate in the 2021 tournament as schools have until October 1 to make changes to their tournament participation. In addition, multi-high school districts that restructure their high schools are required to have their enrollment reclassified as of September 10 which may change their assigned tournament division.