(12-10-21) Two Lima high schools, Lima Senior and Lima Central Catholic, according to the minutes of the OHSAA Board of Directors Minutes (Update on Appeals, Infractions and Legal Issues), were both allowed to self impose penalties for boys basketball violations. The two schools had the same infraction, student ­athletes participated on multiple iterations of a non ­inter­ scholastic boys basketball team.

Lima Senior High School violated General Sport Regulation 7.3.1, 50% Limitation, when eight student ­athletes participated on multiple iterations of a non ­inter­ scholastic boys basketball team. The Executive Director’s Office has accepted Lima Senior’s self ­imposed penalties that suspend each athlete from one week of off ­season workouts and one scrimmage. In addition, and in accordance with Bylaw 11, Penalties, the student ­athletes must serve a one­ contest suspen­sion to start the regular season.

Lima Central Catholic High School violated General Sport Regulation 7.3.1, 50% Limitation, when three student ­athletes participated on a non ­interscholastic boys basketball team. The Executive Director’s Office has accepted Lima Central Catholic’s self ­imposed penalty that decreased the school’s total number of scrimmages from five to four. In addition, and in accordance with Bylaw 11, Penalties, the student­ athletes must serve a one­ contest suspension to start the regular season.

Definitions of infraction and bylaws that were listed in the minutes from the OHSAA web site –

7.3.1) Team Sports (Other Than Football) – A member of a school program or team in the team sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball may participate with a non-school program or team in contests, tryouts, training and/or practices prior to and after the school team’s season under the following condition:

a) The number of team members on the non-school team who are enrolled at the same school and participated in that sport at that same school in the preceding season, or team members on the non-school team who participated in that sport at another school in the preceding season and transferred to the same school prior June 1, is limited to a maximum of 50 percent of the members of a team as defined in the playing rules of the sport. Rotating players from the same team is not permitted in the 50 percent player limitation.

Note: Students who did NOT play for a school team the previous year do not count in the 50 percent limitation of that sport.

The 50 percent team limit is as follows:
50% Limitation on Sport Number of squad members
Baseball 4
Basketball 2

BYLAW 11 — PENALTIES
11-1-1 Penalties for violation of the OHSAA Constitution, Bylaws and Regulations shall be imposed by the Executive Director or another administrative staff member designated by the Executive Director.

Did the OHSAA violate Bylaw 11 when they allowed the schools to self impose their own penalties for the violations? One other school ((Blanchester) also self imposed their own penalty…but the majority of schools with infractions in the minutes were not listed as self imposing penalties for their violations.