The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors had its regularly scheduled August meeting Thursday morning at the OHSAA office, which marked the first board meeting of the 2019-20 school year. The 2019-20 Board is posted on https://www.ohsaa.org/about/BOD.
The following highlights took place at the meeting. Complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.
• The board approved a new OHSAA mission statement, which reads: "To serve our member schools and enrich interscholastic opportunities for students."
• The board approved the updated OHSAA membership list, which currently stands at 816 high schools (same number as last year) and 760 seventh- and eighth-grade schools. The number of seventh- and eighth-grade schools is lower due to a number of schools dropping official school teams this year and therefore, deciding not to remain OHSAA members. Ohio is the fourth largest state for high school sports participation behind California, Texas and New York.
• The board was updated on upcoming meetings and events, including the OHSAA School Administrators Workshop, which is scheduled for Aug. 13, the OHSAA Regional Update Meetings in September and October and the OHSAA Foundation Student Leadership Conference, which is set for Oct. 1. Details for the OHSAA Regional Update Meetings are posted at: https://bit.ly/2Kyep3H
• Since the board’s last meeting, six member schools were penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions and penalties are included in the complete meeting minutes.
• The board approved the financial reports from the 2019 girls and boys basketball regional and state tournaments. The girls basketball state tournament drew 30,771 fans and the regional tournaments drew 41,957, resulting in combined proceeds of $143,083. The boys basketball state tournament moved to doubleheader sessions for the semifinals, resulting in an increase in revenue but a lower number of total tickets sold (66,895). When combined with an attendance of 78,414 fans at the regional tournaments, the boys basketball regional and state tournaments resulted in proceeds of $982,138, which is one of the primary revenue sources for the OHSAA.
• The board approved the tournament regulations for the fall sports of cross country, golf, soccer, girls tennis, field hockey and volleyball. The tournament regulations will be posted on the respective sport pages at OHSAA.org. The football tournament regulations were approved at the board’s June meeting.
• The board approved the divisional breakdowns for the spring sports of girls and boys lacrosse and boys tennis for 2020 and 2021. The track-and-field divisional breakdowns are expected to be approved at the board’s September meeting. The updated breakdowns will be posted at https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Divisional-Breakdowns-2019-20-School-Year.
• The board approved the individual wrestling tournament divisional breakdowns and tournament representation for the 2020 and 2021 tournaments. Representatives from all six OHSAA district athletic boards met in July to discuss the equitable assignment of schools to mixed athletic district and sectional tournaments and any rotational district tournament sites.
• The Board approved Chad Shawger, Superintendent of Zanesville West Muskingum Local Schools, to fill a vacant seat on the East District Athletic Board on a one-year interim basis. He will replace Bill Love, who accepted a new position.