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July 10, 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.
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.
Varsity Football Schedules in Arbiter
A reminder that member schools should finish inputting varsity football schedules into Arbiter as soon as possible, and accept games from opponents so that the game displays on the public view website. Additional varsity schedules for 2017-18 should be posted as they become available. 
Baseball and Softball Competitive Balance Data Check
The period to submit softball and baseball rosters and properly tier them for competitive balance has expired. However, the OHSAA provides a summary of each school’s competitive balance enrollments to allow schools one last opportunity to review and confirm that each student-athlete was properly tiered. This information was sent to schools July 10. Schools are asked to review this data and email competitivebalance@ohsaa.org no later than midnight on July 21 if there are any issues. If schools have any questions on how students should be tiered, you can reference the CB resource center posted on 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).
GOOD STUFF SPOTLIGHT: Houston’s David Stammen Overcomes Cancer, Qualifies to State Track Meet
In December 2015, Houston junior David Stammen was diagnosed with Anaplastic large cell lymphoma — cancer. But this past June, he was a qualifier to the OHSAA track and field state championships. Ken Barhorst from the Sidney Daily News has this feature story here: http://www.sidneydailynews.com/sports/77669/stammen-fights-back-from-cancerto-qualify-for-the-state-track-meet

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
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
         June 27 – Arbiter Update for 2017-18 School Year
         May 15 – Eligibility Guides and Preseason Meetings
         April 21 – Competitive Balance Updates
         April 20 – myOHSAA Updates
OHSAA Posting Boards
Equipment Classifieds:  http://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Coaches Corner (includes clinics): http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
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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