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December 12, 2016

The Monday Minute

A Weekly Update from the Ohio High School Athletic Association
Greetings from the OHSAA! Please see below for a snapshot of recent memos, important reminders, tournament updates, links to the OHSAA’s posting boards, a feature article, recent tweets and more.
Holiday Helpers
Does your school participate in an OHSAA Foundation Game or similar event that benefits those in need in your community? If so, please send photos and a brief description to webmaster@ohsaa.org. The OHSAA would like to recognize those special events through its social media, website and inside OHSAA Magazine.
Competitive Balance Update – Football
The final time period for competitive balance updates on football rosters will close on Dec. 20. The OHSAA sent the following competitive balance update memo to schools on Nov. 11: http://bit.ly/2fz9kI0
November 21 Middle School Committee Memo
The OHSAA’s Middle School Committee has announced the Inaugural OHSAA 7th and 8th Grade Track and Field State Championship, which is set for Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Lancaster High School. Details are included at: http://bit.ly/2g9Z5JP
          Press Release: http://bit.ly/2hg65IN
School Directory Update
The online school directory has returned to www.OHSAA.org, and member schools are asked to log in and make sure all updated information is added as soon as possible so the hard-copy version of the directory can be printed. This includes administrators’ names and coaches’ names, etc.
GOODSTUFF SPOTLIGHT: Centerville Soccer Program Donates Cleats & Gear to Belmont International Student-Athletes
The Belmont High School soccer team is made up of students from 18 countries and four continents. This past fall, the Centerville soccer program collected extra cleats and gear to donate to the Belmont players. The two teams then met on the field for a tournament game, and Centerville had the Belmot team stay for a postgame meal. Tom Archdeacon from the Dayton Daily News has the story here:
myOHSAA and Arbiter Reminders
A reminder to OHSAA member schools that use myOHSAA is not going away. Only the scheduling and contracting portion of myOHSAA will no longer be used. myOHSAA will still be used for Participation Cards, Tournament Entry, Officials Tournament Voting and Rating, Staff Management, School Directory Information, Pre-Season Parent Meetings and Football Computer Ratings.
As of July 1, 2016, the company that had programmed myOHSAA (Digital Scout) was purchased by another company, which removed software development as its core business. In consultation with the OIAAA, the OHSAA was fortunate to find a national company in ArbiterSports to handle scheduling/contracting and assigning. Many officials and schools were already using Arbiter and most found the product outstanding. There have been some normal transition bumps due to code issues, but the OHSAA is confident these will be worked out. Arbiter, with the NCAA as its majority owner, is provided at no cost for high schools and it is endorsed by other Midwest states. Schools that choose to use ArbiterPay can save substantial costs despite $1.40 transaction fee per official per contest, which covers all W9’s, the payment itself, 1099 issuance and other record keeping costs. The OHSAA staff has conducted extensive training sessions around Ohio with conferences, leagues and schools. Spring and summer sessions were held each Monday at the OHSAA Office along with sessions during the OIAAA’s Summer Institute in mid-June.
The OHSAA website has posted an extensive Questions and Answers section and the latest Arbiter information at http://www.ohsaa.org/SchoolResources/Arbiter with OHSAA staff members Brenda Murray (bmurray@ohsaa.org) and Jacki Windon (jwindon@ohsaa.org) responding to various questions via email or telephone (614-267-2502). Specific software support questions should go directly to Arbiter by email (support@arbitersports.com) or telephone (1-800-311-4060).
Recent Memos and Announcements Sent to Member Schools
Note: These and other items emailed to schools are posted on the front page of OHSAA.org within the “bulletin board” section
         Dec. 8 – Tournament Entry Reminders and Dates
         Nov. 21 – Middle School Update Memo (7th and 8th Grade Track State Tournament Coming in 2017)
         Nov. 11 – Competitive Balance Update
         Oct. 27 – myOHSAA Update
         Oct. 7 – Arbiter and Competitive Balance Update
OHSAA Posting Boards
Equipment Classifieds:  http://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Coaches Corner (includes clinics): http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
Nov. 11, 2016 – Competitive Balance Update
Sept. 2, 2016 Competitive Balance Update
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