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June 5, 2017

The #OHSAA 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.
Announcements Coming This Week
Check OHSAA.org later this week for important announcements regarding the 2017 football playoffs and the 2017-18 winter sports divisional breakdowns. The football information will include regional maps and playoff format, while the winter sports information will include competitive balance data for basketball.
2017-18 Eligibility Forms and Guidance Posted
To assist member schools in preparing for the 2017-18 school year, and in accordance with changes which were approved by the membership in May, the OHSAA has updated its eligibility resource center guidance and forms. Those forms and the guidance for their use are located at this link http://www.ohsaa.org/Eligibility which can be accessed from the home page at ohsaa.org.
Schools to Enter Varsity Football Schedules into Arbiter
A reminder that member schools should finish inputting varsity football schedules into Arbiter as soon as possible. Additional varsity schedules for 2017-18 should be posted as they become available. 
Referendum Voting and DAB Election Results Announced
In May, OHSAA member schools passed all 20 proposed revisions to the OHSAA Constitution and Bylaws. The approved changes will go into effect August 1 unless otherwise noted. A simple majority is all that is required for a proposed amendment to be adopted. Also announced were the results of the District Athletic Board (DAB) elections.
     District Athletic Board election results are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/about/districtboards
GOOD STUFF SPOTLIGHT: Rosie’s Red Wagon Campaign
Minster’s Rosie Westerbeck was one of the top players on the court in Western Ohio. But what she has done off the court has shown her true character. While her overall game helped the Wildcats win basketball games, her generosity off the court has helped a lot of kids win at life. Last winter, Westerbeck completed a longtime project known as the Red Wagon Campaign, where she collected several wagons full of toys that she distributed to Dayton Children’s Medical Center. Check out Jim Dabbelt’s story at the link below.
         Check out the story at: http://ohsaa.org/Portals/0/Magazine/Spring2017/page16-17.pdf
         Check out the full magazine at: http://ohsaa.org/magazine
Two Upcoming Events For Schools to Note
Member schools are asked to make note of two special events during the 2017-18 school year. The first is Friday, Aug. 18, when “Friday Night Futbol” returns to kick off the start of the soccer season. Schools are encouraged to celebrate the season opener with band shows and other activities. In addition, Military Appreciate Night will be Friday, January 19. Schools are encouraged to recognize their local military veterans during sporting events. More details on both events will be announced at OHSAA.org.
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
         May 15 – Eligibility Guides and Preseason Meetings
         April 21 – Competitive Balance Updates
         April 20 – myOHSAA Updates
         April 10 – Sudden Cardiac Arrest Memo (Lindsey’s Law)
         April 6 – Board of Directors Meeting Highlights
OHSAA Posting Boards
Equipment Classifieds:  http://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Coaches Corner (includes clinics): http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
Timeline for New Enrollment Cycle and Divisional Alignments with Competitive Balance
  • March 24 Board of Directors Meeting – Board reviewed and approved base enrollment data for next two-year cycle. Final enrollment numbers are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/school-resources/school-enrollment  
  • April 6 Board of Directors meeting – Board will be presented with adjusted enrollment counts in football, soccer and volleyball and approve divisional breakdowns in all fall sports. Please see the release and links posted at: http://bit.ly/2o6QuP7
  • May – OHSAA staff will add competitive balance data in basketball and establish adjusted enrollment for that sport.
  • June 1 Board of Directors Meeting – Board will be asked to approve adjusted enrollment counts in basketball and approve divisional breakdowns in all winter sports. Data will be posted June 6.
  • Summer – OHSAA staff will add competitive balance data submitted by schools in softball and baseball and establish adjusted enrollment counts in those sports.
  • August 3 Board of Directors Meeting – Board will be asked to approve adjusted enrollment counts in softball and baseball and approve divisional breakdowns in all spring sports.
InSideOut Coaching Initiative Spreading Across Ohio
The InSideOut Initiative focused on transforming the culture of the high school “win-at-all-costs” mentality is launching in Ohio with the support of the OHSAA, National Football League Foundation and other local and national organizations. The initiative takes a critical look at interscholastic athletics by encouraging a system that focuses on the development of the educational, social and emotional well-being of each student-athlete.
     Check out all the resources at: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/InSideOut-Ohio
myOHSAA and Arbiter Reminders
A reminder to OHSAA member schools that 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 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. Arbiter, with the NCAA as its majority owner, is provided at no cost for high schools. 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 website has posted a 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).
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