Thanks to sportsvoice for sharing this hot-off-the-press news in another thread. But decided to make a new one, because you'd have to be in that prior one to know the conversation was in that direction.
I've been wanting this for a long time, and thrilled to see the OHSAA loosening their grip.
Friday Night Football Live Video Permission Goes to Host Schools for 2020 Season Schools are encouraged to seek revenue from partners for live video of Friday night football games
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has accepted a proposal from OHSAA staff that now allows schools to seek rights fees from local media outlets or video production companies to provide live video of their home regular-season Friday night football games during the 2020 season.
Since the mid-1990s, live video of Friday night regular-season football games has only been permitted by the host school on the school-owned TV station or website or the...
Ohio High School Athletic Association
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
TO: OHSAA Member Schools’ Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Administrators FR: Bob Goldring, Interim Executive Director
Good evening! As has been done previously, we wanted to provide updated information on the plan to begin our sports seasons on August 1.
First, we continue in conversations with the Governor’s Office on our plans to ensure we are in concert. Secondly, initial data received from our membership survey has been shared and is helpful to both the Governor’s Office and ours in the decision making. Additionally:
1.) We are on track for the low/non-contact sports of golf, girls tennis and volleyball to begin practices on August 1, with school vs. school scrimmages and contests to follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations.
2.) We are on track for the contact sports of football, soccer...
OHSAA to Expand Football Playoffs in 2021 Board of Directors approves expansion from eight to 12 qualifiers per region
COLUMBUS, Ohio – During its May meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season. The 9-0 affirmative vote was given to a recommendation from the OHSAA staff, which was based on a proposal from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.
During the first round of the playoffs, the top four seeds will have a bye, while the No. 12 seed will play at the No. 5 seed, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7 and No. 9 at No. 8. In the second round, the No. 1 seed will play the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game; the No. 2 seed will play the winner of 6 vs. 11; the No. 3 seed will play the winner of 7 vs. 10 and the No. 4 seed will play the winner of 5 vs. 12.
Personally, I would like to see them do a "Summer Series". Have all the teams who want to participate put a team together from their school. The rules would be a little less strict with eligibility. Grades would not be checked and kids could participate on their regular Summer teams at the same time.
Play games on Tuesday & Wednesday starting the first week of June. Single elimination. Teams are assigned to their division based on the school season. Try to time it up so that the games end the last week of June. Crown the winners as OHSAA state champions but label them as "Summer Series" champions, not regular school ball.
If the OHSAA doesn't want to do this, a few power brokers could get together and play this tournament. Playing midweek would be the key as most players would likely be in weekend tournaments.
OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Moving to the University of Dayton UD Arena to host girls basketball state tournament for the next three years
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Dayton Arena will host the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament for the next three years, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Tuesday. Having hosted 125 NCAA basketball tournament games, UD Arena has been the home court for March Madness more than any other facility in the country.
Renovated in 2019, UD Arena has a seating capacity of 13,000 and has played host to many OHSAA basketball tournament games, along with Atlantic 10 Conference and NCAA tournament games. During the regular season, it is the home of the very successful University of Dayton Flyers women’s and men’s basketball teams.
“We are very excited to sign a three-year agreement for our member schools to experience UD Arena,” Snodgrass said. “Southwest Ohio...