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February 25, 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.
Spring Sports Online Rules Meetings Now Open
The online rules meetings for coaches and officials for the OHSAA’s spring sports (baseball, softball, lacrosse, track & field and boys tennis) became available on Jan. 30. Each coach and official can access the meetings through their myOHSAA account.
March 16 Champs Clinic for Grades 4-8 and Basketball State Tournament Tickets
On Saturday, March 16, the OHSAA will conduct a basketball skills clinic at the Schottenstein Center for girls and boys in grades 4-8 prior to the first girls basketball state championship game. The clinic includes a t-shirt, instruction, light breakfast, behind-the-scenes look at the Schottenstein Center and a ticket for the first championship game, all for $35. Information regarding other offers and several special group ticket packages for the girls and boys basketball state tournaments is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/TheSchott
       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 
Wrestling and Basketball Calendar Dates Set
The dates for the wrestling and girls and boys basketball seasons for the next three years were not yet available for publication in the 2018-19 OHSAA Handbook. Those dates and all other confirmed dates for current and future OHSAA tournaments are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/calendar/FutureDates 
OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarships Process
The application process for the annual OHSAA Scholar-Athlete scholarship awards opened on Feb. 1. Member high school principals and athletic directors have received this memo: https://ohsaa.org/Portals/0/SchoolResources/20190131ScholarAthlete.pdf
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
     Jan. 28 – Note that OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes are Posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/BODmtg
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 Posting Boards, Coaches Corner and Calendars
Equipment Classifieds: https://www.ohsaa.org/Equipment
Coaches Corner (includes clinics): https://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner 
Officials Needed!
Like most states, Ohio has a shortage of contest officials. Anyone interested in becoming a licensed official should visit www.OHSAA.org/Officials 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!
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 
Emergency Contact Forms
High schools are asked to log into myOHSAA and verify their Emergency Contact Forms for upcoming tournaments.
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 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).
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 OHSAA’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee has revised the school awards program. New this school year is the availability of six grants that member schools, conferences or OHSAA officials associations can earn to fund sportsmanship initiatives. 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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