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April 17, 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.
Referendum Items Approved by Board to go to Membership for Vote
The OHSAA Board of Directors has approved two constitution and 18 bylaw revisions that will go to the membership for voting during the annual referendum voting period (May 1-15). The items that schools will vote on are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/SchoolResources/refvote/2017ReferendumItemsForVoting.pdf
Athletic Discussion Meetings Planned
The 2017 OHSAA Athletic Discussion Meetings have begun, with six meetings scheduled. OHSAA administrators will review the 2017 referendum issues and discuss topics of current interest to administrators involved with or interested in the school’s interscholastic athletics program. Meetings will last approximately two hours, and there is no cost to attend. Details are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/adam/Content/9dw-0xj5GUu5wBsaQw88-Q/Link_File/2017-OHSAA-Athletic-Discussion-Meetings.pdf
     The presentation that OHSAA administrators will use at the meetings is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/referendum-voting
Timeline for New Enrollment Cycle and Divisional Alignments with Competitive Balance
  • March 24 Board of Directors Meeting – Board reviewed and approved base enrollment data for next two-year cycle. Final enrollment numbers are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/school-resources/school-enrollment  
  • April 6 Board of Directors meeting – Board will be presented with adjusted enrollment counts in football, soccer and volleyball and approve divisional breakdowns in all fall sports. Please see the release and links posted at: http://bit.ly/2o6QuP7
  • May – OHSAA staff will add competitive balance data submitted by member schools in basketball and establish adjusted enrollment for that sport.
  • June 1 Board of Directors Meeting – Board will be asked to approve adjusted enrollment counts in basketball and approve divisional breakdowns in all winter sports. Data will be posted June 6.
  • Summer – OHSAA staff will add competitive balance data submitted by schools in softball and baseball and establish adjusted enrollment counts in those sports.
  • August 3 Board of Directors Meeting – Board will be asked to approve adjusted enrollment counts in softball and baseball and approve divisional breakdowns in all spring sports.
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
         April 10 – Sudden Cardiac Arrest Memo (Lindsey’s Law)
         April 6 – Board of Directors Meeting Highlights
         March 30 – District Athletic Board Positions Memo
Spring Sports Manuals
Baseball Pitch Count Regulation Approved by Board of Directors
In January, the OHSAA Board of Directors approved a new pitch count regulation in baseball for grades 7-12, as mandated by the National Federation. Check out the OHSAA’s baseball page for details and the press release: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/baseball
7th and 8th Grade State Track Championships Coming May 13
The OHSAA’s Middle School Committee has announced the Inaugural OHSAA 7th and 8th Grade Track and Field State Championship, set for Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Lancaster High School. Details are included at: http://ohsaa.org/sports/track
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
Schools to Enter Schedules into Arbiter and Directory information into myOHSAA
Member schools are asked to input all varsity sports schedules into Arbiter. Schools can also begin entering 2017 varsity football schedules at this time (May 15 deadline). The online school directory has returned to www.OHSAA.org, and member schools are asked to log into myOHSAA and make sure all information is accurate. This includes administrators’ names and head coaches’ names, etc.
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. Many officials and schools were already using Arbiter and most found the product outstanding. There have been some normal transition bumps due to code issues, but the OHSAA is confident these will be worked out. 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 staff has conducted extensive training sessions around Ohio with conferences, leagues and schools.
          The OHSAA website has posted an extensive 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).
OHSAA Posting Boards
Equipment Classifieds:  http://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Coaches Corner (includes clinics): http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
Nov. 11, 2016 – Competitive Balance Update
Sept. 2, 2016 Competitive Balance Update
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