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OHSAA Football Updates and Season Calendar

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fall sports practices officially begin on Monday, August 1 for member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, including 712 schools that will compete in 11-man football. Football scrimmage dates are August 5-13 and the regular season begins the week of August 15. The first Friday night is August 19.

MaxPreps Statewide Football Schedules: https://www.maxpreps.com/news/EDSsG5Qyv0Kr-i98Hx5WUQ/ohsaa-2022-ohio-high-school-football-schedules.htm


Following the OHSAA’s June 13 announcement of the 2022 divisional breakdowns and region assignments, two schools have been reassigned to new divisions and regions due to errors in enrollment data submitted. Youngstown Ursuline was initially placed in Division IV, but has been moved to Division III (Region 9). Oregon Cardinal Stritch Catholic was initially placed in Division VII, but has been moved to Division VI (Region 22).

Updated divisional breakdowns and region assignments are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2022

2022 OHSAA Football Calendar

July 18-31: Five-Day Acclimatization Period Can Be Completed (see note below)

August 1: First Day of Practice

August 5-13: Scrimmage Dates

August 15: Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 19)

Sept. 6: First Weekly Associated Press State Polls (after week 3)

Sept. 13: First Weekly Computer Points Released (after week 4)

Oct. 22: Regular-Season Ends

Oct. 23: Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced (top 16 schools in each region)

Oct. 28: First Round Playoff Games – Higher Seeded Team Hosts

Nov. 4: Regional Quarterfinals – Higher Seeded Team Hosts

Nov. 11-12: Regional Semifinals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Nov. 18-19: Regional Finals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving

Nov. 25-26: State Semifinals – at Neutral Sites (Div. I, II, III, V on Friday; Div. IV, VI and VII on Saturday)

Dec. 1-3: State Championships in Canton at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium


The sport of football includes a five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes. In the past, that five-day period began on the first day of practice. New this year, the five-day period may be completed beginning July 18, although attendance cannot be mandatory until official practice begins August 1. Football players who complete acclimation in July may then participate in full contact on August 1. All players joining the team for the first time at any point during the season after the first day of mandatory practice must participate in a five-day acclimatization period prior to any contact drills. During practices within the acclimatization period, players may wear helmets only on the first two days. On days three and four, helmets and shoulder pads are allowed. From day five onward, full pads are allowed. Full contact is not permitted until the acclimatization period is completed. During these acclimation days, athletes may engage in conditioning, speed, strength, agility drills and may use large pads for drills and walk-through practices.


A modification to the OHSAA’s inclement weather policy went into effect in 2019, which states, “At night under certain atmospheric conditions, lighting 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


The OHSAA has many resources and guidelines for schools to take precautions in extreme heat. In addition, the OHSAA reminds student-athletes and coaches to follow the proper medical regulations when there is any chance a concussion may have occurred. Those regulations and other helpful tools are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/sportssafety

Additional Reminders for All Schools, Coaches and Student-Athletes

  1. All student-athletes must have a pre-participation physical: http://www.ohsaa.org/medicine/physicalexamform
  2. All coaches, paid and volunteer, must be certified by the Ohio Department of Education: http://www.ohsaa.org/Coaches-Corner
  3. Mandatory preseason parent meetings information: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources
  4. The month of August is a no-contact period for coaches in the sports of basketball, softball, baseball, ice hockey, boys volleyball and lacrosse.

A Visit with Scott Bartholomew, Chillicothe Cavalier Football

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Scott Bartholomew has been on the job as Chillicothe’s new head football coach a little over two weeks. It’s been a whirlwind for the Bartholomew since being tabbed at the Cavaliers 24th Head Coach since football was re-established in 1920 after the Spanish Flu pandemic had cancelled the 1918 and ’19 seasons.

Bartholomew might have led Chillicothe High School’s Football Program as early as in 2010. However, Ohio coaching legend Ron Hinton got the job and led the program for eight seasons.

December 27th, the CCSD Board of Education hired Bartholomew to fill the vacancy left by the non-renewal of Doug Pryor who succeeded Hinton in 2018.

Following Head Coaching positions at Oak Hill, Westfall and Logan Elm High Schools, Bartholomew followed his son Wade to Bloom-Carroll where the last two seasons ended in the State Semi-Finals. Son Wade stepped down as Bulldogs Head Coach a few weeks ago.

Bartholomew’s Logan Elm Braves ended the 2008 Chillicothe playoff run in a 28-14 battle, the only meeting between he and the Cavaliers.

Bartholomew visited with Litter Media Monday following the Cavaliers’ first winter session with their new skipper.


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Competitive sports need some one to enforce the rules of the game. Hence the need for a referee, judge or umpire to officiate.

The Chillicothe Football Officials Association Chapter is holding a class July 11th at the Chillicothe Transit Building.

Danny Oates, a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame, serves as the Chapter’s Football Rules Interpreter. Oates says the cost for the class is $100 which covers a licensing fee and rule books.

Oates encourages interested persons to visit the OHSAA website to create an account to be included in their local chapter. CLICK HERE

For more details, call 740-649-9614.

Referee Dennis Ray shows the result of a coin toss to Chillicothe’s Logan Snowden during a Frontier Athletic Conference matchup with Miami Trace. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

In 2018, Bob Dehner, who served as an official for more than 30 years in Southern Ohio, wrote about the dwindling number of officials available for competitions in “Unsportsmanlike Conduct”. Bob talks about the need for officials in this interview with Litter Media.

OHSAA Moves State Football Championships From Columbus to Massillon This Weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Due to a new health advisory issued by the Franklin County Department of Health and the Columbus Department of Health Wednesday afternoon that recommends the games not be played in Franklin County, the Ohio High School Athletic Association is moving this weekend’s football state championship games to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, which has offered to host all six games. The games were scheduled to be played at Fortress Obetz in southeast Columbus.

The schedule remains the same as announced Wednesday, with games on Friday and Saturday at 1:15 and 6:15 and then Sunday at 12:15 and 5:15. Of note, in the Division II title game, Akron Archbishop Hoban High School has agreed to play Massillon Washington on Massillon’s home field. The OHSAA has now designated Hoban as the home team in the game.

The decision came Thursday morning after discussions with officials at Obetz and Franklin County. The OHSAA met virtually with the 12 finalist schools at 11:30 a.m. to inform them and answer questions.

“Completing this weekend’s state championship games is very important to the schools, student-athletes and communities, so we felt strongly about finding a place to play,” said OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute. “These 12 schools just want to play and we thank them for accepting this change. We would also like to especially thank Massillon Washington High School for stepping up to host, and also Hoban for agreeing to play there.”

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium served as a host of the OHSAA football state championships from 1990 through 2013. 

“This is a big change at the 11th hour, but Massillon Washington can accommodate these games and the number of fans that are permitted to attend,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Senior Director of Officiating and Sport Management and the OHSAA’s football administrator. “We are pleased to be playing football this weekend and are excited that these 12 schools will be able to finish their seasons.” 

The Franklin County and Columbus health advisory recommends a pause on all extra-curricular activities for schools and asks all persons to be home by 6 p.m.

“Fortress Obetz was excited to host these games and we appreciate all the work that they put into preparations,” Ute said. 

Football State Championship Games

All games at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Home team listed first. 

State Championships Coverage: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2020/2020-OHSAA-Football-Playoffs-Coverage

Division VII

Friday, November 20, 1:15 p.m. – New Bremen (9-2) vs. Warren John F. Kennedy (9-2)

Division II

Friday, November 20, 6:15 p.m. – Akron Archbishop Hoban (10-0) vs. Massillon Washington (10-1)

Division V

Saturday, November 21, 1:15 p.m. – Kirtland (10-0) vs. Ironton (11-0)

Division III

Saturday, November 21, 6:15 p.m. – Columbus St. Francis DeSales (9-1) vs. Chardon (11-0)

Division IV

Sunday, November 22, 12:15 p.m. – Van Wert (10-1) vs. Mentor Lake Catholic (8-2)

Division VI

Sunday, November 22, 5:15 p.m. – New Middletown Springfield (11-0) vs. Coldwater (11-0)