The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met April 1 at the OHSAA office in Columbus. The following are highlights from the board meeting. The complete set of minutes are available at OHSAA.org.
• A summary of the modifications to the officials insurance program was presented. The OHSAA provides insurance that includes medical and general liability coverage at no cost to its approximately 16,000 officials. The total cost will be approximately $262,000 in 2010-11.
• A total of 13 schools were penalized recently for violations of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations, including Boardman High School's girls varsity softball coach. The coach was reprimanded for using varsity squad members for demonstrations in a clinic for players in grades four through eight without advance approval from the OHSAA. Other schools' infractions are listed on the OHSAA Web site.
• A proposal from the volleyball coaches association to allow placement of school name and/or mascot along the top and/or bottom of the net was denied. (Of note, the OHSAA already approved two proposals related to volleyball. First, the board approved a black/white/gray paneled Molten tournament game ball be permitted. Second, beginning in 2011, the start date for all fall sports other than football shall be the first Monday of August. In 2011, that date is Aug. 1.)
• A proposal from the tennis coaches association that the sectional tournament draw and seeding date be held one week prior to a sectional’s starting date (rather than the uniform date that currently exists for the entire state) was denied.
• The 2010-11 sport regulations were presented and approved for the 2010-11 OHSAA Handbook. Of note in the general sport regulations is clarification that the three-hour limit for a scrimmage does not have to be three consecutive hours.
• The annual audit report performed by Belestra, Harr & Scherer, CPAs Inc., was submitted to the board by audit committee chairman Jeff Jordan. Mr. Jordan noted that the report is an unqualified report, which is the highest opinion attainable, and reflects the financial diligence and prudence taken by the OHSAA boards and administrators.
• Minutes from the OHSAA Foundation meeting were presented by Dr. Ross. Of note, the dates for the 2010 Volleyball Foundation Service Week have been modified as being from Aug. 1 through the Saturday of the first full week of October (Oct. 9 in 2010). This will allow schools to conduct their Foundation Match as part of the "Volley for the Cure" events that are part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month should they so choose.
• The financial reports for each of the 2009 fall sports tournaments were presented. Of note, the field hockey tournament produced a small profit ($4,000) rather than a net loss which the OHSAA experienced in 2008, the football tournaments turned a profit of just more than $2 million (which was an increase of $346,500 over 2008), the soccer tournaments’ net profit increased by nearly $33,000 (up to $107,000), and the volleyball tournaments total net profit saw a slight increase ($72,000, up from $67,000). The deficits in the individual sports of cross country, golf and girls tennis were reduced due to the moratorium in place that has eliminated school mileage reimbursements for those state tournaments.
• The board approved the OHSAA staff to pursue a contract extension with Korporate Kasuals as the official merchandise provider of the OHSAA.