The OHSAA has announced modifications to General Sports Regulation 7.10, Individual Skill/Coaching Instruction


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TO: Member School Athletic Administrators

FR: Doug Ute, OHSAA Executive Director

During a special meeting held virtually on September 21, 2022, the OHSAA Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation from the Executive Director’s Office to make modifications to General Sports Regulation 7.10, Individual Skill/Coaching Instruction. The modifications do not change the number of students in the team sports of baseball (6 students), basketball (3), field hockey (6), ice hockey (5), boys lacrosse (6), girls lacrosse (6), soccer (6), softball (6) and volleyball (3) that are permitted to work together in specific groups in individual skill/coaching instruction with a coach and/or a group of coaches at the same time.

However, the modifications expand the number of groups of students (but do NOT expand the number of students in each specific group) that can work together and receive this instruction at the same time in the same facility so long as: 

a.) The number of students working together in each specific group remains the same as outlined above
(example: a group of basketball students working together in a specific group cannot exceed three);

b.) The students in their specific groups remain in their specific groups during the entire instruction
session*, and

c.) The students in their specific groups do not engage in team play against each other OR students in any of the other
specific groups.
* Indicates that the specific groups can rotate together to different coaches at the facility in which
the instruction is being provided, but there should never be more than three students working
together with any one coach and/or a group of coaches.

The modifications become effective immediately. OHSAA sport administrators will develop specific questions and answers for their particular sports and share them with athletic administrators and coaches.

The OHSAA General Sports Regulations will be updated soon to reflect this change and will be able to be accessed at:


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I understand why the OHSAA has this rule. You don't want coaches requiring kids to excessively work on their skills in the off-season. That might, God forbid, allow them to get better and create a competitive advantage.

At the same time, with all the things kids can get into when they are idle, if 4 of them want to get together with their coach and work on their skills, I have a hard time seeing the bad in that.

One of the problems girls basketball has is low levels of fundamental skills in a lot, probably a majority, of schools. But OK.


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We do so many things in life today where we just complicate things with rules upon rules upon rules.
These rules were put into place because, without them, you'd have rouge coaches doing 6-7 day a week workouts 11 months out of the year.
So many of these can be controlled by good common sense.
If you have a coach, who is over the top and unreasonable with demands on kids - just don't hire them.
We all know that extracurricular activities makes better students, better kids, less issues. Why do we push kids away from sports? Many- especially girls, cut themselves once they get to high school anyway.
Parents, pay attention to your kids health. Girls that play basketball 50+ games a year from the time they are 8 years old on up will not make it to high school. When there is no more fun, back off.


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You guys are missing the point... the point is to keep coaches from monopolizing kids time with required workouts/time with just their sport/program. They've given a lot back to coaches in allowing for individual/small group skill instruction at all. It used to be no to all of it.