(1-13-22) At today’s OHSAA Board of Directors meeting the board voted unanimously to add girls wrestling and boys volleyball as the 27th and 28th OHSAA sports.
OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute
“The OHSAA has been talking with the boys volleyball and girls wrestling leaders for several years and we are now in the position to bring these two sports into the OHSAA. This move will help those sports continue to grow and allow those student-athletes to compete for an OHSAA state championship. It gives more kids opportunities and that is the mission of the OHSAA.”
As emerging sports, girls wrestling and boys volleyball will be administered like the OHSAA’s current 26 recognized sports, but will have additional requirements according to OHSAA General Sports Regulation 16 that could lead to full sanctioning in the future.
“We will look to keep a very similar format for the girls wrestling and boys volleyball tournaments as what the coaches associations have been doing . The girls wrestling state tournament is held in mid-February and the boys volleyball state tournament is held in the spring. We have not yet developed tournament regulations, but we’ll start working on that so that those two sports hit the ground running next fall for the start of the 2022-23 school year.”
The board also voted to move girls and boys lacrosse out of the emerging sports category into the recognized sports category.
The board has voted to expand the number of total quarters permitted to be played in basketball during the current 2021-22 season.
- High School Basketball: expands from 120 to 132
- 7th-8th Basketball: expands from 75 to 96