Bob Goldring Named OHSAA Interim Executive Director 

Veteran Staff Member Has Been with OHSAA Since 1995…….Snodgrass retired

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors President Dan Leffingwell has announced today that Bob Goldring has been named interim executive director, effective immediately. Goldring has served as the OHSAA senior director of operations and is completing his 25th year as a member of the staff.

Goldring is serving as interim executive director in place of Jerry Snodgrass, who assumed leadership duties in July 2018 when Dan Ross resigned after 14 years at the helm. Snodgrass is leaving after 12 total years with the OHSAA following a 31-year career in education as a teacher, coach and administrator. 

While leading the administrative functions until a permanent executive director is selected, Goldring will also work closely with state government leaders and school district administrators in developing a plan for return to play in the fall. The OHSAA will conduct a nationwide search beginning immediately to fill the executive director vacancy. 

“Through a collaborative effort, we look forward to Bob guiding us and, more importantly, the OHSAA providing guidance to our member schools on the anticipated re-start of interscholastic athletics this fall,” said Leffingwell, superintendent of the Noble Local Schools in Sarahsville. “He brings a solid understanding of the association’s responsibilities to serve member schools and administer sports. Bob is a proven relationship-builder who will reliably serve our member schools until the position is filled permanently.”

During the 2015-16 school year, Goldring was also the OHSAA acting executive director from mid-March to mid-June of 2016 when Ross was on medical leave. A graduate of Orrville High School, he holds two degrees from The Ohio State University. He joined the OHSAA in the fall of 1995 as director of information services, was promoted to assistant commissioner in June 2005 and served in that role until becoming senior director of operations in August 2008.

“I am honored by the confidence the Board has placed in me,” Goldring said. “We have a solid team of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals at the OHSAA who are committed to serving our member schools. My top priorities are to prepare for return to play this fall and successfully lead the team until a permanent executive director is hired.”

Football Booster Golf Scramble Fundraiser Saturday

First Golf Outing of the season – SIGN UP TODAY!!!

It’s been a strange year with the ‘Rona messing things up – it’s even affected GOLF – But here is the first scramble at Birch Run for 2020!

The North Baltimore Football Booster Golf Fundraiser will be Saturday June 6th – 9 am shotgun start.

Cost is $50 per person or $200 per 4 person team. This is a 4-person Scramble. The fee includes golf and cart; 3 tickets for hot dog/chips/pop; chance at the 1st Place team money payout AND a $100 cash prize for random team that doesn’t win!

There will also be long drive, closest to pin, etc.

NB Athletic Hole Challenges/Advantages

Skins Game (optional)

Other chance to WIN!!!

The DEADLINE is NOW! Call NBHS Athletic Director Dan Davis 419-356-5809 or Coach Wade Ishmael 419-707-2052!

You can also sign up at Birch Run Golf Course!

 

NBHS Tiger Athletes Receive Awards

Congrats to these special award winners……

Last week, three Tiger athletes earned a prestigious award.
Greg Conine – Tragically passed away in an accident between his freshmen and sophomore year and this award serves to continue his memory and bright future. Since 1973 one freshmen athlete has been chosen by the head coaches to have their name be engraved on the memorial plaque that honors Greg. Some of the following criteria is used for evaluation: coachability, sportsmanship, leadership, dependability, etc. This year’s recipient is Gaige Dewitt.

NBHS Athletic Director Dan Davis with Gaige DeWitt

Cory Mills – Was a three sport athlete at NB that worked hard both in the field and in the classroom. His life tragically ended on January 12, 1990 in a car accident. This award is given to one senior athlete to honor Cory’s memory, voted on by a committee. It is based on academics, athletic ability, and portrayal of personal qualities that most represented Cory – integrity, leadership, positive attitude, respect for others, etc. This year’s recipient is Levi Trout.

Mr. Davis with Levi Trout

Rachael E. Mauk Stimmel – Was highly involved in extracurriculars while at NB. Spent time as an athlete and musician, but most importantly an outstanding student and citizen of North Baltimore. Her life was tragically cut short on March 12, 2015 from a prolonged kidney disease. To honor Rachael this award is given to one outstanding female scholar-athlete voted on by a committee. The award is based on academics, athletic ability, and like Rachael, someone who exhibits the true spirit and determination of a Tiger. This year’s recipient is Leah Lee.

Mr. Davis with Leah Lee

Village Park Notice: Some Activities/Facilities to Re-Open

PARK WILL RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020 – WITH CERTAIN CONDITIONS AS FOLLOWS:

PUBLIC NOTICE

THE NORTH BALTIMORE MUNICIPAL PARK WILL RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020 – WITH CERTAIN CONDITIONS AS FOLLOWS:

1. Basketball courts

2. Skatepark

3. Disc golf

4. Baseball and softball fields (participants must adhere to Ohio Department of Health – “Responsible RestartOhio” – Mandatory and Recommended Best Practices guidelines specific to baseball and softball)

5. Public restroom

6. Shelter houses – will remain closed until further notice

7. Playground equipment – will reopen when the shelter houses will reopen.

8. Concession stands and accompanying restrooms will remain closed until
further notice

NBHS Senior Spring Athletes

Here’s a peek at some of our NBHS athletes who will graduating this week. Congrats to ALL Senior athletes!…

NB Spring Athlete Seniors, from NBHS Athletic Director Dan Davis

Abbi North – Track 

            Plans to attend Miami University of Ohio to major in psychology and minor in social work. Favorite memory from track is all the bus rides with her teammates. She would like to thank her coaches for having her work extra hard and push her to become better, and thank her parents and friends for cheering her on!

 

Jordan Baker – Softball

            Plans to attend Owens for business. Her favorite memory from softball is making it to the regional tournament. She would like to thank all her coaches throughout her career.

 

Simone Thompson – Softball

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University in criminal justice. Her favorite memory from softball is hitting a home run against Carey in the tournament. She would like to thank her parents and coaches for their support.

 

Chloe Lanning – Track

            Plans to attend Michigan State for pre-veterinary science. Her favorite memory from track is running the 4X4 relay race with a water gun as a baton and reaching 15 feet for long jump during her junior year. She would like to thank Mr. Rowlinson for believing in her and pushing her to do better. He’s the best long jump coach!

 

 

Lydia Hartman – Track

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University for criminal justice. Favorite memory from track is using a water gun as a baton in a relay race. She would like to thank Coach Senour and teammates for always pushing her to do her best and give support.

 

Sydnee Smith – Track

            Plans to attend the University of Toledo for psychology. Her favorite memory in track is running in the 4X4 relay race at a home meet and using a water gun as a baton. She would like to thank Coach Senour and her teammates for pushing her to be better.

 

Hope Stanfield – Softball

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University and major in psychology. Her favorite memory is when Coach Lennard fell at practice and hitting the game winning hit against Van Buren. She would like to thank her mom and dad.

 

Levi Gazarek – Baseball

            Plans to attend Bowling Green State University and major in sports management. Will play football and baseball for the falcons! Favorite memory is winning the district championship. Would like to thank his dad for pushing me to be the best and all his other coaches and family for support.

Jaden Bucher – Baseball

            Plans to attend Eastern Kentucky to major in golf management. Favorite memory from baseball is winning the district championship. Would like to thank all his coaches for their support.

 

Levi Trout – Track

            Plans to attend Lourdes University for business and will run cross country and track for the grey wolves! His favorite memory from track is the bus rides and workouts/team runs with the team. He would like to thank all his coaches and teammates.

 

Kealeigh Leady – Softball

            Plans to attend either Toledo or Bowling Green for nursing. Her favorite memory is playing with her friends and messing around in the dug out. She would like to thank her coaches for their support.

 

Chloe Hopple – Softball

            Plans to attend Owens for dental hygiene. Favorite memory is when coach Troy got mad at another player for messing with a sign. She would like to thank her coaches, teammates, and family.

 

Senior athletes not pictured include: Brayden Holloway, Travis Jacobs, Mason Byrd, Brendan Hutchins, Kaleb Spence, and Kirsten Mason (all track athletes).

BVC Spring Recap

Congrats to the BVC All BVC Academic students from NB: Abigail North, Chloe Lanninng, Brayden Holloway, Simone Thompson, Kirsten Mason, Brendan Hutchins, Sydnee Smith

The Spring All-BVC  Academic selections were named , along with the Final All-Sports Banner standings.

Congrats to the All- BVC Academic students from NB: Abigail North, Chloe Lanninng, Brayden Holloway, Simone Thompson, Kirsten Mason, Brendan Hutchins, Sydnee Smith

 

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. 

Photo Credit: Dayton Daily News

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 loves and supports basketball and the people at the University of Dayton have made it clear that they really want this state tournament on their campus. We believe that we have found a great home for the girls basketball state tournament.”

 

UD Arena recently completed a transformation project that was the largest construction effort in the University’s history. It is regarded as one of the nation’s premier basketball facilities to go along with fan support that consistently ranks among the best in college basketball.

 

“We’re very proud that the OHSAA has entrusted us to host the girls basketball state tournament at the University of Dayton Arena for the next three years,” said Scott DeBolt, Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Dayton and Executive Director of UD Arena. “The same ingredients that make UD Arena the ideal place for the NCAA First Four – community support and excitement for the game of basketball, our facilities, staff and tournament hosting experience – will help create lifelong memories for the young women who come to Dayton to play in the state tournament and their school communities.”

 

In the 45 years of the OHSAA girls basketball state tournament, it has been hosted at The Ohio State University 44 times (all but 1986 when it was hosted at the University of Akron). However, there are now a limited number of dates available to use OSU’s Jerome Schottenstein Center or St. John Arena in March.

 

The 2021 girls basketball state tournament is scheduled for March 11-13. The 2021 OHSAA boys basketball state tournament will be played at St. John Arena March 18-20. There is currently no host site in place for the boys basketball state tournament in 2022.

NB Ball Seasons Cancelled

With regrets……….

With the SouthWood Travel League (baseball/softball/tee-ball) and now the Hancock County Girls Fast Pitch League cancelling for the summer, the officers of the NB Youth League have determined it best to cancel

Hancock County Girls Fastpitch League has been canceled for the summer of 2020. With Southwood already canceled the NB Youth League will not have T-ball either. NBYL will be updating everyone in the coming weeks on how we’re going to proceed.

from Andy Allision the league president.

SouthWood Summer Ball CANCELLED

Attention SOUTHWOOD parents (ALL boys & 8U girls only)…

Attention SOUTHWOOD parents (ALL boys & 8U girls only): (from the NB Youth League FB page) –

It has been brought to our attention by the Southwood organization that the Summer 2020 League WILL be canceled. We will arrange for refunds, those will be discussed at a later date.

(As of 5:00 April 27, 2020) This information is less than an hour old, we (the league officers) do not have the details hammered out yet, but wanted to make sure you heard the news from us first.

We are just as disappointed as you are.

This from the SouthWood League Facebook Page:

After much consideration after contacting all towns, to obtain votes, our insurance company and the local officials as well as getting the following message below from Gov. DeWine today. We believe it is in our best interest that we close the books on the 2020 season. It is with heartache that we will not bel able to see out youth play softball/baseball this year but with all the shelter in place, wearing of masks, and limited gatherings of 10 or less still being mandated. There is no way that the league can comply with all these restrictions. On top of that, with these guidelines still in place it was questionable if we would even be able to obtain a insurance policy / coverage due to the pandemic. It was described to us that it would be like a car salesman selling a new car to a person, knowing they have no auto coverage for that vehicle. We know there is a high risk there, so they were not able to promise coverage acceptance.

It is recommended that you begin contacting your parents to arrange for refunds. We know this is going to be a slow process, and we encourage all towns and individuals to please be patient with each town officer as they being this process. With family discounts and additional parents shirts ordered, the process will be something each town needs to complete on their own level.

NOTE: it is NOT permitted for any town to host, hold or organize any league using the Southwood name under any circumstances.

Regards,
Southwood League

GOV DeWine MESSAGE:

The following businesses and operations are to remain closed per existing Stay at Home Orders unless a variance is granted or until related orders are amended or rescinded.
* K-12 schools.

* Restaurants and bars.
* Carry-out and delivery services are permitted.

* Personal appearance/beauty services.
* Includes hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing locations, tanning facilities, massage therapy locations and similar businesses.

* Older adult day care services and senior centers.

* Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in congregate settings.

* Rooming and boarding houses, and workers’ camps.

* Entertainment/recreation/gymnasium sites.

* Includes, but is not limited to:
* All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as:
* Laser tag facilities, roller skating rinks, ice skating rinks, arcades, indoor miniature golf facilities, bowling alleys, indoor trampoline parks, indoor water parks, arcades, and adult and child skill or chance game facilities remain closed.
* Gambling industries.
* Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas.
* Movie theatres, performance theatres, and concert and music halls
* Public recreation centers and indoor sports facilities.
* Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals.
* Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks, children’s play centers, playgrounds, and funplexes.
* Aquariums, zoos, museums, historical sites, and similar institutions.
* Country clubs and social clubs.

* Spectator sports, recreational sports tournaments and organized recreational sports leagues.

* Health clubs, fitness centers, workout facilities, gyms, and yoga studios.

* Swimming pools, whether public or private, except swimming pools for single households.

* Residential and day camps.

* Campgrounds, including recreational camps and recreational vehicle (RV) parks.

* Excludes people living in campground RVs with no other viable place of residence.

* Excludes people living in cabins, mobile homes, or other fixed structures that are meant for single families and where preexisting residential activity already has been established. (E.g., for people who have part-time preestablished residences at campgrounds for the summer months.)

OHSAA Announces Divisional Assignments for Football, Soccer and Volleyball

The Board also approved new regional assignments for football.

OHSAA Announces Divisional Assignments for Football, Soccer and Volleyball

Football regions also approved by Board of Directors during their meeting Wednesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced new divisional assignments for the upcoming fall sports of football, soccer and volleyball. Details were sent to member schools Thursday following action taken by the OHSAA Board of Directors during their April meeting Wednesday.

The Board also approved new regional assignments for football. The new divisions and regions are posted at the link below.

No divisional changes will occur for the fall sports of golf, cross country, girls tennis and field hockey (one division), as those sports are not affected by the OHSAA’s competitive balance process. The upcoming 2020-21 school year will be the second year of the two-year cycle using base enrollment numbers provided by the Ohio Department of Education in October 2018. A new two-year cycle of base enrollment numbers will begin with the 2021-22 school year.

2020 Football Division and Region Assignments

https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2020

2020 Girls and Boys Soccer Division Assignments

https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Soccer/Soccer-2020

2020 Volleyball Division Assignments

https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Volleyball/2020-Volleyball

Overall divisional breakdowns for the 2020-21 school year are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Divisional-Breakdowns-2020-21-School-Year

More on the competitive balance process is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center

NB Youth Ball Leagues “On Hold”

No decisions from Hancock County League or SouthWood League…

The North Baltimore Youth League has not been given any direction from either the Hancock or Southwood leagues regarding the 2020 ball season.

Being that school has been cancelled for the remainder of this year, parents probably are wondering the status of ball. League officers, we will get the word out when they know something definite.

For now please stay safe!

More info on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=nbyl-%20summer%20travel%20ball

OHSAA Cancels Spring Sports as School Facilities to Remain Closed 

Snodgrass also addressed the summer and start of fall sports in the interview.

OHSAA Cancels Spring Sports as School Facilities to Remain Closed 

No-contact period remains in effect at least until May 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association informed member schools Monday, April 20, that spring sports are now cancelled, as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced earlier in the day that school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the coronavirus COVID-19.

OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass sent the memo to school administrators following Governor DeWine’s press conference. For weeks, the OHSAA has communicated with schools that spring sports would be canceled if school facilities were closed. In addition to facilities not being opened, it would be impossible to ensure the health and safety of all individuals and support personnel involved in practices and contests at all member schools.

“As we have stated in our previous communications, today’s announcement by Governor DeWine to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year also will now result in the cancellation of OHSAA-sponsored spring sports seasons including tournaments,” Snodgrass wrote Monday.

The OHSAA’s mandatory no-contact period for all interscholastic sports remained in effect until at least May 3, which could be extended. Coaches and school administrators are encouraged to have non-mandatory electronic and online communications with their student-athletes. The closure of school facilities includes all athletic facilities for any interscholastic training, practice or competition.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Snodgrass reflected on the unprecedented times that the pandemic has brought to the nation and the impact it has had on schools and interscholastic athletics. 

“I’ve heard from so many people who have said ‘You really need to understand what this means to our kids,’” Snodgrass said during the interview. “I’m a parent. I was a coach. I grew up every day as a player and a coach wanting to play high school sports and get to the state tournament. So I do think I understand that. I also have to go with the fact that my number one concern that I have, over everything, is the health and safety of everyone involved. It’s not just our student-athletes. It’s the parents, coaches, umpires, officials, the scorekeepers. All those things enter into this. It’s a tough decision and it’s one that I and all the other Executive Directors of the other states never thought we would have to do. Never did I think this would be the case, but I’ve tried to be as prepared as I could every step of the way.”

Snodgrass also addressed the summer and start of fall sports in the interview.

“July is a very physical month for our student-athletes entering fall sports, so we have already started looking at, if this continues through the summer, we’ll have the potential of having a lot of kids who haven’t had the physical activity that they would normally have going into a fall season. So for the health and safety of everyone, we have to look at the acclimation periods going into the fall, if that happens. We have to be prepared for that. We’re also talking about that, if this does go through the summer, what is the likelihood that a student can get in to get a physical (annual medical exam). We have a sport medicine advisory group that is looking at that. They are looking at all aspects such as whether artificial surfaces need to be treated. We are relying on the advice of experts in our decision making.

The OHSAA will continue to communicate throughout the spring and summer regarding any adjustments to OHSAA off-season regulations, academic eligibility standards, sports medicine updates and more.