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Monday Minute

Sept. 9, 2019
 

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, updates, links to the OHSAA’s posting boards and more.
 
Student Leadership Conference Registration is Open
Last week, high schools received instructions regarding registration for the annual OHSAA Foundation Student Leadership Conference (SLC), which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University. The SLC can accept up to 1,500 students and is the largest single-day SLC in the country. Details and the link to register are posted at: https://ohsaa.org/About-the-OHSAA/OHSAA-Foundation/2019-OHSAA-Foundation-Student-Leadership-Conference
 
Sport Memos Posted
A reminder that the OHSAA’s sport administrators send sport-specific updates to coaches and athletic directors on a regular basis. Those memos are posted on the sport pages at OHSAA.org, which are linked below.
 
School Administrators Workshop Resources Posted
The OHSAA’s annual School Administrator Workshop was held Tuesday, August 13 in Columbus. The PowerPoint presentations used during the meeting, along with a two-part video of the workshop, is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources
 
myOHSAA Updates, Start-of-School School Year Checklist and Regional Update Meetings 
Please see the “Recent Memos” section below for links to memos sent August 16 to high schools and a separate memo for 7th and 8th grade schools. The mems include August checklists and updates on myOHSAA, tournament entry, staff management, preseason parent meetings, emergency contact forms and more. Also, the OHSAA fall regional update meetings are scheduled for September and October. Please see the July 2 memo below for those dates, locations and registration process.
 
Inclement Weather Policy Changes
The OHSAA’s inclement weather policy has a change this year, which states: “At night under certain atmospheric conditions, lightning flashes may be seen from distant storms. In these cases, it may be safe to continue an event if no thunder can be heard and the flashes are low on the horizon.” Otherwise, if thunder is heard or lightning is seen, outdoor activities shall be suspended for 30 minutes and all personnel, athletes and spectators shall evacuate to available safe structures or shelters. The full policy is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/inclementweatherpolicy
 
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
     Aug. 1 – Welcome Back myOHSAA Memo
     July 17 – Fall State Rules Meetings
     July 2 – OHSAA Regional Update Meetings
 
Recent Memos Sent to Coaches
The following sports had memos or bulletins recently sent to coaches:
     - Cross Country: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc
     - Field Hockey: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh
 
OHSAA Posting Boards, Coaches Corner and Calendars
Equipment Classifieds: https://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
 
Reminders for All Schools, Coaches and Student-Athletes
1. All student-athletes must have a pre-participation physical: https://www.ohsaa.org/medicine/physicalexamform
2. All coaches, paid and volunteer, must be certified by the ODE (see Coaches Corner)
3. OHSAA inclement weather regulations: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/inclementweatherpolicy
4. OHSAA heat, concussion and other sports safety regulations: https://www.ohsaa.org/sportssafety   
5. Lindsay’s Law (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) information: https://www.ohsaa.org/medicine
6. Mandatory preseason parent meetings information: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources
7. See the respective sport pages at www.OHSAA.org for online rules meetings, OHSAA sport regulations, OHSAA general sports regulations, preseason coaches manuals, etc.
 
Officials Needed!
Like most states, Ohio has a shortage of contest officials. Anyone interested in becoming a licensed official should visit https://www.ohsaa.org/Officiating to get started. Coaches and school administrators – please urge people to become an official if you think they would be a good fit to give back to the game and contribute to the mission of interscholastic athletics!
 
myOHSAA and Arbiter
OHSAA member schools use myOHSAA for Participation Cards, Tournament Entry, Officials Tournament Voting and Rating, Staff Management, School Directory Information and more. ArbiterSports is used to handle scheduling/contracting and assigning. Please visit: http://www.ohsaa.org/SchoolResources/Arbiter or OHSAA staff members Brenda Murray (bmurray@ohsaa.org) and Jacki Windon (jwindon@ohsaa.org). Specific support questions for Arbiter should be sent to support@arbitersports.com or by telephone at 1-800-311-4060.
 
Competitive Balance Contacts
If school administrators have questions on how students should be tiered, please reference the Competitive Balance resource center posted an OHSAA.org: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center or contact: Public School contact – Kristin Ronai (kronai@ohsaa.org) / Non-Public School contact – Bob Goldring (bgoldring@ohsaa.org) / Arbiter and roster data contact – Jacki Windon (jwindon@ohsaa.org).
 
Stay Connected
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     Arbiter Sports Resource Center: https://www.ohsaa.org/SchoolResources/Arbiter
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     Monday Minute Contact: Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org
     
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