By Jamie Baker
Went to the annual OHSAA discussion meeting in beautiful downtown Tiffin Tuesday.
The annual meetings are conducted each spring by the OHSAA around the state for Ohio’s athletic and school administrators along with invited members of the media.
I have to admit there wasn’t much discussion, but OHSAA assistant commissioner Roxanne Price did shed some light on a few interesting tidbits that might interest prep sports fans in Ohio.
Here is a link to the proposed OHSAA constitutional amendments principals will be voting on.
Here are some of the more interesting items discussed:
— One change in bylaws already approved by the OHSAA board of control is a new $100 fine that will be levied on coaches who are ejected from an OHSAA contest beginning next school year. The fine applies to sports at all levels from middle school to varsity. In addition, the coach will be required to pay to take an online sportsmanship course which will cost approximately $30. Any fines paid to the OHSAA would go into a fund to the OHSAA’s Respect the Game sportsmanship program.
It will be up to each school if the coaches will be required to pay the fine or the schools would pay the fine for the coaches.
— One amendment to the OHSAA Constitution that will be voted on by the principals of member schools is changing the rules involving getting rid of the superintendent’s agreement, which a transferring athlete can use to become eligible at a new school. Price said at the meeting that more than 500 superintendent’s agreements have been sent to the OHSAA so far this year and that it has basically just become an athletic release. The rule was originally intended to allow the school superintendent’s to agree to a transfer only to protect a student’s physical or mental well-being.
— The other interesting issue principals will be voting on is a referendum brought by Gates Mills Gillmour Academy dealing with exchange students. Currently exchange students from OHSAA approved exchange programs can be eligible for one year. The proposal would amend the exchange student regulations by allowing the following:
A student from a country or province outside the United States who is enrolled in a member school that provides housing for the students and accepts the role of the parent in loco parentis may be eligible for interscholastic athletics at the member school. The student is not eligible until ruled eligible by the Commissioner upon submission of the appropriate documents. That means exchange students living at boarding schools, like Gilmour Academy and at least two other OHSAA member schools, would be eligible for as long as their stay here.
That’s got about a snowball’s chance in hell of passing.
Any thoughts about the possible $100 fine or getting rid of the Superintendent’s agreement?