COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors held its August meeting Thursday morning at the OHSAA office. The following are highlights from the meeting. Complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.
The board voted to immediately remove community school students and STEM school students from the school enrollment counts and reconfigure the divisional assignments for the 2015-16 sports tournaments. In the spring, those students had been included in the public school enrollment counts for the next two-year cycle after the passage of Ohio House Bill 487, which gives them participation opportunities. The full release is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/misc/20150806enrollment.pdf
The board reviewed the member high school list for 2015-16. Several schools still need to confirm membership by submitting the board resolution card, however it is expected the number of member high schools will be 822. Ohio has the third-most member schools in the country behind California and Texas.
Since the board’s June meeting, five member schools were penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions and penalties is always included in the complete meeting minutes, but media members may request the list in advance from Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Information Services, at email@example.com.
The attendance and financial reports from the 2015 winter sports tournaments were presented to the board. The boys basketball regional and state tournaments resulted in proceeds of $1,100,391. The girls basketball regional and state tournaments resulted in proceeds of $134,935. The bowling state tournaments resulted in a loss of $7,937. The gymnastics state tournament resulted in a loss of $16,566. The ice hockey district and state tournaments resulted in proceeds of $31,061. The swimming and diving state tournament resulted in a loss of $12,704. The individual wrestling state tournament resulted in proceeds of $247,653. The dual team wrestling regional and state tournaments resulted in a loss of $52,647.
The board approved the 2015-16 Officials Handbook and the 2015-16 Media Regulations and Broadcast Rates. Those documents are now posted at OHSAA.org. The board also approved a policy on use of the OHSAA logos, trademarks and trade names. That document will be posted on the News & Media page at OHSAA.org.
The board approved two appointments to fill unexpired terms on district athletic boards as interim representatives for the 2015-16 school year. In the Central District, Ryan Fitzgerald, athletic director at Hamilton Township High School, will serve as the Class AA representative, while in the East District, Bill Love, athletic director at Gnadenhutten Indian Valley High School, will serve as the Class AA representative. A position remains to be filled in the Northeast District.