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What is the Ohio High School Athletic Association? Here’s a look at who makes up the OHSAA and how the OHSAA supports education-based athletics and its member schools and carries out its mission.


  • Schools are volunteer members - 818 High Schools, 747 7th and 8th Grade Schools
  • 28 Sanctioned Sports (14 Girls, 14 Boys)
  • Approximately 400,000 Student-Athletes in Grades 7-12
  • Approximately 15,000 Officials
  • Approximately 70,000 Coaches
  • Six District Athletic Boards elected by the member schools in that district
  • State Board of Directors (rotation system from the District Athletic Boards)
  • Executive Director and Office Staff (19 full-time employees)
  • Partner with Coaches Associations for Each Sanctioned Sport
  • 10 Allied Educational Organizations


  • No state tax dollars recieved 
  • Tournament ticketing entirely online
  • OHSAA State Office Revenue Sources:
    • 85% Ticket Sales from Tournaments
    • 7% Corporate Sponsorships
    • 5% Officials Dues
    • 3% School Membership Dues
  • OHSAA pays for catastrophic insurance coverage for students and accident insurance for officials ($500,000 annual premium)


  • Strive to conduct the best state tournaments in the country 
  • Advocate to Ohio Dept. of Health and Governor's Office for return to play during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Enrollment data for tournament divisions comes from Ohio Dept. of Education
  • Member schools voted in favor of Competitive Balance Proposal in 2014 (affects soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, softball and baseball)
  • Monitor eligibility of student-athletes 
    • Constitution and bylaws voted on by school principals each May
    • Schools are the primary enforcer of bylaws and sports regulations
  • Provide services to member schools, such as:
    • Coaches Education
    • Parent Preseason Meeting Resources
    • Sportsmanship and "Respect the Game" Programs
    • Sports Medicine and Safety Programs
    • Booster Education
  • Focus on the life lessons that student-athlets learn thorugh thier involvement with athletics


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