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Monday Minute

Feb. 24, 2020
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.
Winter State Tournament Tickets and Information 
Information and ticket details, including group ticket rates for some events, are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/WinterChamps
7th and 8th Grade Track and Field State Championships
The deadline for schools to register for participation in the OHSAA 7th and 8th Grade Track and Field State Championships is March 28. More information will be posted at https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/track. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
Spring Sports Online State Rules Meeting Reminder
With the official start of lacrosse, softball, baseball and track & field practices on Monday, Feb. 24, a reminder that coaches and officials must complete the online state rules meeting. Deadlines without penalty include March 21 for lacrosse, and March 28 for softball, baseball, track and boys tennis.
Basketball Competitive Balance Rosters Due by April 1 
The competitive balance basketball roster entry portal is now open in Arbiter until April 1. More information is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center
OHSAA Seeking Student Writing Contributions
The OHSAA would like to receive written submissions from students that recap school events such as OHSAA Foundation Games, Holiday Helpers, Volley/Kick for the Cure, Military Appreciation Night and more. Selected articles will appear on the OHSAA website, social media or OHSAA Magazine, with students getting a byline. Athletic Directors are asked to email content to Tim Stried at [email protected].
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
     Feb. 19 – Opioid Abuse Prevention
     Feb. 18 – AD Scoop
     Jan. 16 – AD Scoop
Three New NFHS Video PSAs Posted
The OHSAA has posted three new video PSAs from the NFHS on the OHSAA’s YouTube page. The videos speak to parent and fan behavior in the stands, along with the NFHS Learning Center. All OHSAA video PSAs are posted at: https://www.youtube.com/user/OHSAAvideos/videos
OHSAA Posting Boards, Coaches Corner and Calendars
Equipment Classifieds: https://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Recent Memos Sent to Coaches
The following sports had memos or bulletins recently sent to coaches:
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.
Athletic Uniform Regulation Change Approved by Board of Directors
In December, the OHSAA Board of Directors approved a change to General Sports Regulation 17 – Athletic Uniforms. The updated language reads:
Refer to the National Playing Rules of the particular sport to determine what head decorations or headwear are permissible.
Exception: In the event a head coach represents to the referee in advance of the start of the competition that a player wishes not to expose his/her uncovered head, the referee shall approve a covering or wrap which shall not:
  1. Fundamentally alter the sport;
  2. Be abrasive, hard or dangerous to any other participant;
  3. Be attached in such a way that it is likely to come off during play, and
  4. Be deemed to be unsporting/offensive.
For other exceptions not addressed above, school administrators and/or head coaches shall contact the OHSAA sport administrator via email well in advance of the competition date to discuss if a waiver is available and, if so, the details of the waiver process.
Note: If there are any concerns about head decorations or headwear well in advance of the start of competition on that day, contest officials shall approach the head coach (or assistant coach if the head coach is not available) to address the issue.
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, Arbiter and MaxPreps
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 ([email protected]) and Ronald Sayers ([email protected]). Specific support questions for Arbiter should be sent to [email protected] or by telephone at 1-800-311-4060. For those sports that have officials’ ratings, Athletic Administrators are required to have varsity schedules (and officials assigned) in their Arbiter Game account, which is provided by the OHSAA. In addition, coaches are encouraged to use the resources available through MaxPreps for sports information items like rosters, results and stats. MaxPreps is the OHSAA’s official partner for stats and scores. Please see the Sept. 23 memo linked below for details.
New Feeder School Option Approved for Non-Public Schools
Based on action taken by the OHSAA Board of Directors during a special conference call meeting in December 2019, OHSAA non-public schools will now have another option available to select their “designated” feeder schools for Competitive Balance rostering purposes.  The new option – specific to the Tier 1 factor in Competitive Balance – will permit non-public schools to utilize all elementary schools of the same system of education that are physically located within a 12.5-mile radius of the high school as designated feeder schools. Creation of this second option for the selection of designated feeder schools also resulted in resolution of an ongoing dispute between the OHSAA and the Greater Catholic League (GCL) Co-Ed Division in southwest Ohio. Please read the complete release posted here: https://bit.ly/2PRzkkX
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 ([email protected]) / Non-Public School contact – Bob Goldring ([email protected]) / Arbiter and roster data contact – Ronald Sayers ([email protected]).
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