The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met recently at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its first board meeting of the 2010-11 school year. The following are highlights of the meeting. The complete set of minutes will be posted to OHSAA.org at a later date.
• The OHSAA’s total number of member schools for the 2010-11 school year is 828 high schools. Four new schools were admitted last spring, including St. Clairsville East Richland Christian, Granville Christian, Cincinnati Oyler and Cincinnati Riverview East Academy, two schools consolidated into one (Lorain Admiral King and Lorain Southview consolidated into Lorain) and seven schools closed (Cleveland East, Toledo Libbey, Perrysville Louis Bromfield, South Euclid Regina, Cleveland South and the two previously mentioned Lorain schools that consolidated).
• The OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee reported that it is in favor of posting information regarding coaches and student-athlete ejections on the OHSAA website. Currently, when a coach is ejected, they are required to pay a $100 fine and take the online course, “Teaching and Modeling Behavior.” Last year, $11,200 was collected in ejection fines, which was dedicated to the OHSAA’s Respect the Game program.
• The 2010 winter sports financial reports were presented to the board. The boys basketball state tournament total attendance was 130,820 (of note, that total is down from 175,399 in 2005-06), girls basketball state tournament total attendance was 35,185 (down from 45,921 in 2005-06) and the wrestling state tournament total attendance was 55,960 (down from 63,680 in 2005-06). Attendance at the swimming, bowling, gymnastics and ice hockey state tournaments remained consistent with recent years. Of note, 79 percent of the OHSAA’s budget is funded by ticket sales at state tournaments and the OHSAA does not accept public funding or charge schools annual dues or tournament entry fees. The 2010 spring sports financial reports will be presented to the board in October.
• The OHSAA held its new administrator’s workshop Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Columbus, with 128 school administrators in attendance. The annual workshop is a valuable experience for new administrators to receive an overview of OHSAA bylaws and regulations.
• OHSAA Foundation Games are permitted in volleyball between Aug. 9 and Oct. 9 and in basketball between Nov. 17 and Dec. 4. Foundation Games are held in conjunction with a community service project or other charity endeavor for the two participating teams.
• The number of current licensed officials in Ohio was reported as just under 15,000.
• The regional and state tournament draws in volleyball and soccer were held and will be posted at OHSAA.org at a later date.
• The OHSAA Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine announced its 2010 Outstanding Team Physician Awards. Those three individuals are Dr. Robert Burger of Cincinnati (La Salle High School), Dr. Timothy Kremcheck of Cincinnati (Archbishop Moeller High School) and Dr. Paul Nitz of Dayton (Carroll High School).