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August 14, 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, updates, links to the OHSAA’s posting boards, a feature article and more.
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. 11ArbiterGame Update and Information
         Aug. 7Sports Safety Reminders for 2017-18
         Aug. 7Regional Update Meetings Schedule Updated
         July 20 – myOHSAA Updates
         July 12 – Lindsey’s Law Update Memo
         June 27 – Arbiter Update for 2017-18 School Year
“Respect the Game” Program Ads and PSAs Available 
Member schools are asked to utilize the OHSAA’s “Respect the Game” ad in their fall sports programs, along with audio and video Public Service Announcements within their school broadcasts, announcements, public address systems and video boards. Those items are available for free download at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Respect-the-Game
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.
GOOD STUFF SPOTLIGHT: NFHS Adopts Resolution Regarding Friday Night Football
In an effort to re-emphasize that Friday nights in the fall should be reserved for high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has adopted a resolution that urges schools and teams at the college and professional levels to honor that longstanding tradition and schedule games on other days. The NFHS release is posted at: http://bit.ly/2w43nhN
OHSAA Posting Boards, Coaches Corner and Calendars
Equipment Classifieds:  http://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Coaches Corner (includes clinics): http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
OHSAA Calendars: http://ohsaa.org/Calendar
Reminders for All Schools, Coaches and Student-Athletes
1. All student-athletes must have a pre-participation physical: http://www.ohsaa.org/medicine/physicalexamform
2. All coaches, paid and volunteer, must be certified by the ODE: http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
3. OHSAA inclement weather regulations: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/inclementweatherpolicy
4. OHSAA heat regulations: http://bit.ly/2vYXfUW
5. Mandatory preseason parent meetings information: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources
6. See the respective sport pages at www.OHSAA.org for online rules meetings, OHSAA sport regulations, OHSAA general sports regulations, preseason coaches manuals, etc.
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.

Lindsey’s Law (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) Training Now Available
Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58 and 3707.59 becomes effective on August 1, 2017.  In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the OHSAA, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. Check out the information at: http://www.ohsaa.org/medicine
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: http://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/roster data contact – Jacki Windon (jwindon@ohsaa.org).
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. 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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