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What is the Ohio High School Athletic Association? Here’s a look at who makes up the OHSAA and how the OHSAA supports education-based athletics, supports its member schools and carries out its mission.


  • Schools are volunteer members - 822 High Schools, 900 Middle Schools
  • 26 Sanctioned Sports (13 Girls, 13 Boys)
  • Approximately 400,000 Student-Athletes in Grades 7-12
  • Approximately 16,000 Officials
  • Approximately 65,000 Coaches
  • Six District Athletic Boards (elected by the member schools in that district)
  • State Board of Directors (rotation system from the District Athletic Boards)
  • Executive Director and State Office Staff (24 full-time employees)
  • 10 Allied Educational Organizations
  • Partnered Coaches Associations for Each Sanctioned Sport


  • No tax dollars received
  • No membership fees from schools
  • Limited school tournament entry fees (selected sports only)
  • Bonus returned to schools on ticket sales
  • Reimbursement to schools of selected regional/state tournament expenses (OHSAA returned over $2.6 million to member schools last school year)
  • OHSAA pays for catastrophic insurance coverage ($700,000 annual premium)
  • OHSAA State Office Revenue Sources:
    • Ticket Sales from Regional and State Tournaments - 80%
    • Officials Dues - 10%
    • Sponsorships -10%


  • Strive to conduct the best state tournaments in the country
  • Enrollment data for tournament divisions comes from Ohio Dept. of Education
  • Monitor eligibility of student-athletes
    • Constitution and bylaws voted on by school principals
    • Schools are the primary enforcer of bylaws and sports regulations. The OHSAA does not have full-time staff devoted to compliance or investigations
  • Provide services to our member schools, such as:
    • Coaches Education
    • Sportsmanship and “Respect the Game” Programs
    • Sports Medicine and Sports Safety Programs
    • Booster Education
    • Safe-School Zone
    • Service Week
    • Sports Medicine Education
    • Annual Leadership Conference (largest in the nation, 1,500 students)
  • Focus on the life-lessons student athletes learn through their involvement with athletics
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