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Monday Minute

August 12, 2019
 

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.
 
Board of Directors Meeting Highlights
The OHSAA Board of Directors held its first meeting of the 2019-20 school year last Thursday. Highlights from the Board meeting are posted at: https://bit.ly/2KHTnjm
 
OHSAA Responds to House Bill 166 (Budget Bill)
Ohio House Bill 166, also known as the budget bill, was signed into law on July 18, which forced changes to several parts of OHSAA bylaws. Read the details and the OHSAA’s response at: https://bit.ly/2OQt4wF
 
myOHSAA Update Coming Later this Week
Later this week, school administrators will receive the monthly myOHSAA update memo, which will include a lengthy outline for the year and checklists. In addition, schools will be reminded of deadlines for the online rules interpretation meetings for fall sports coaches. See below for links to recent sport-specific memos.
 
Inclement Weather Policy Changes
The OHSAA’s inclement weather policy has a change this year, which states: “At night under certain atmospheric conditions, lightning flashes may be seen from distant storms. In these cases, it may be safe to continue an event if no thunder can be heard and the flashes are low on the horizon.” Otherwise, if thunder is heard or lightning is seen, outdoor activities shall be suspended for 30 minutes and all personnel, athletes and spectators shall evacuate to available safe structures or shelters. The full policy is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/inclementweatherpolicy
 
Ohio Supreme Court Sends Competitive Balance Challenge Back to Hamilton County Court
After an 11-month stay with the case, the Ohio Supreme Court announced July 17 that it has denied a request from the Ohio High School Athletic Association an order that would have prohibited the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas from exercising jurisdiction over the lawsuit brought on by the Cincinnati Greater Catholic League Co-Ed Division contesting the fairness of an element of the OHSAA’s Competitive Balance bylaw. The OHSAA’s response is posted at: https://bit.ly/2ZVUHW3
 
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. 1 – Welcome Back myOHSAA Memo
     July 17 – Fall State Rules Meetings
     July 2 – OHSAA Regional Update Meetings
 
Recent Memos Sent to Coaches
The following memos and bulletins were sent recently to coaches:
     - Cross Country: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc
     - Field Hockey: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh
 
OHSAA Posting Boards, Coaches Corner and Calendars
Equipment Classifieds: https://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
 
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.
 
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 and Arbiter
OHSAA member schools use myOHSAA for Participation Cards, Tournament Entry, Officials Tournament Voting and Rating, Staff Management, School Directory Information, Pre-Season Parent Meetings and Football Computer Ratings. ArbiterSports is used to handle scheduling/contracting and assigning. Arbiter is provided at no cost for high schools. The OHSAA website has posted a Q&A 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).
 
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 (kronai@ohsaa.org) / Non-Public School contact – Bob Goldring (bgoldring@ohsaa.org) / Arbiter and roster data contact – Jacki Windon (jwindon@ohsaa.org).
 
Stay Connected
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     Monday Minute Contact: Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org
     
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