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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

TWO SCHOOLS CHANGE DIVISIONS

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

CHANGE TO PRESEASON ACCLIMATIZATION PERIOD REGULATION

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.

OHSAA INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

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

HEAD, HEAT AND HYDRATION

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.

2022-23 Winter Sports Divisions Released By OHSAA

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(Columbus) – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday the new divisional breakdowns for the upcoming winter sports. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the new divisions during its June meeting late last week. 

Fall sports divisional breakdowns were announced Monday, while the spring sports will be announced in September.

The OHSAA uses enrollment data provided by the Ohio Department of Education to determine each school’s base enrollment numbers for girls and boys sports, which will be used for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Among the OHSAA’s winter sports, only basketball utilizes competitive balance data, therefore it is reconfigured every season. Sports that do not utilize competitive balance data are reconfigured every two years.

2022-23 OHSAA Winter Sports

Swimming & Diving – two divisions for girls and boys, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/swimming

Bowling – two divisions for girls and boys, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/bowling

Girls Gymnastics – one division, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/gymnastics

Ice Hockey – one division, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/icehockey

Boys Wrestling – three divisions, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/wrestling

Girls Wrestling  one division, no competitive balance: school list will be posted this fall

Girls Basketball – four divisions using competitive balance data: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlsbasketball

Boys Basketball – four divisions using competitive balance data: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/boysbasketball

OHSAA Releases 2022-23 Fall Sports Divisional Breakdowns

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(Columbus – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Monday the new divisional breakdowns for the upcoming fall sports, along with football playoff regional assignments. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the new divisions during its June meeting late last week.

The OHSAA uses enrollment data provided by the Ohio Department of Education to determine each school’s base enrollment numbers for girls and boys sports, which will be used for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Divisional breakdowns for the sports that utilize competitive balance data, which include soccer, volleyball and football in the fall, are reconfigured every year, while non-competitive balance sports are reconfigured every two years using only base enrollment numbers. 

Winter sports divisional breakdowns will be announced Tuesday, while the spring sports will be announced in September.

2022 OHSAA Fall Sports 

Golf – two divisions for girls, three divisions for boys, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/golf

Girls Tennis – two divisions, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlstennis

Field Hockey – one division, no competitive balance: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh

Cross Country – three divisions for girls and boys, no competitive balance:  https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc

Soccer – three divisions for girls and boys using competitive balance data: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Soccer/Soccer-2022

Girls Volleyball – four divisions using competitive balance data: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Volleyball/Volleyball-2022

Football – seven divisions using competitive balance data; four regions per division: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2022

Proffitt State Pole Vault Title Leads Final Day at OHSAA Track & Field Championships

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The conclusion of the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships has seen some top finishes for area athletes at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at the Ohio State University.

Westfall’s Peyton Proffitt won a state title in the D-2 Girls Pole Vault with a vault of 12’9, while Logan Elm’s Tayla Tootle was fifth.

Photo courtesy of Eric Karshner

In the D-2 Boys State High Jump: Zane Trace’s Lucas Ray comes in 5th. Portsmouth’s Dariyonne Bryan 6th.

Corey Schobelock placed 5th in the Boys 3200 run, with a time of 9:20.

Alan Austin of Piketon for his 7th place finish in D-2 Boys Discus.

Faith Yancey of Circleville placed 7th in the Girls 200.

Olivia Kennedy finished 6th in the Girls 400 dash.

Marie Souther of Zane Trace is state runner-up in the D-3 Girls 800 Run, with a time of 2:13.41, to conclude local Division 3 participants.

Paint Valley’s Cole Miller became the first area multi-medal athlete, placing fifth in the D-3 Boys 100 Meter Dash in a time of 11.08. Miller was third in the Long Jump on Friday.

Photo courtesy of @PVTrackField on Twitter

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