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January 14, 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.
Letter to Parents from the NFHS and the OHSAA
The National Federation of State High School Associations has issued an Op-Ed with a message for parents of high school student-athletes and how their behavior is affecting the number of people willing to officiate. The letter is posted at: https://bit.ly/2Mbw6q5 
Confirming Competitive Balance Roster Data for Fall Sports
Wednesday, January 16, at midnight is the deadline for schools to confirm their competitive balance roster data for fall sports in ArbiterGame.
Emergency Contact Forms
High schools are asked to log into myOHSAA and verify the information in their Emergency Contact Forms for the upcoming winter tournaments.
Basketball State Tournament Tickets
The OHSAA is asking schools to return order forms for basketball state tournament tickets by Friday, January 18. The public on-sale date through Ticketmaster is Friday, February 8.
     The OHSAA announced in December that the format for the boys basketball state semifinals will be adjusted to mirror the girls basketball state tournament semifinals, with both semifinals games in each division being one session (one ticket for both games). Details are posted at: https://bit.ly/2PHHIRX 
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
     Dec. 3 – myOHSAA Updates for High Schools
Recent Memos Sent to Coaches
The following memos and bulletins were sent recently to coaches:
     - Girls and Boys Basketball Memos: https://ohsaa.org/sports/boysbasketball
     - Football Weekly Word: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football
     - This Week in Volleyball: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/volleyball/TWIV
     - Golf Coaches Memos: https://ohsaa.org/sports/golf
OHSAA Foundation Games and Holiday Helpers
Schools are asked to send photos and a written description of OHSAA Foundation Games or other charity events to webmaster@ohsaa.org for inclusion in future OHSAA publication and website content.
Wrestling and Basketball Calendar Dates Set for 2019-20
The OHSAA recently confirmed the dates for the 2019-20 wrestling and girls and boys basketball seasons. Those dates were not yet available for publication in the 2018-19 OHSAA Handbook. Note that the dates for the 2020-21 and future seasons have not yet been confirmed. All confirmed dates for current and future OHSAA tournaments are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/calendar/FutureDates
OHSAA Posting Boards, Coaches Corner and Calendars
Equipment Classifieds: https://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Coaches Corner (includes clinics): https://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner  
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 regulations: http://bit.ly/2vYXfUW  
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.
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 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).
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: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/InSideOut-Ohio
Sportsmanship Program Grants Available for 2018-19
The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee has revised the school awards program. New this school year is the availability of up to six grants that member schools, conferences or OHSAA officials associations can earn to use for funding sportsmanship initiatives. The purpose of the grant is to support efforts to improve good sporting behavior and the contest experience for all participants, fans and officials. Programs that address improving the sporting behavior exhibited by students, fans, and/or participants will be given the highest consideration. Each grant is $500.
     Details are posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/RTG/SEI
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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     Arbiter Sports Resource Center: https://www.ohsaa.org/SchoolResources/Arbiter
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