OHSAA Updates and Precautions as Fall Sports Begin

Media regulations, Board of Directors, academic requirements and divisional breakdowns also covered….

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With practices for all fall sports beginning this Sunday, August 1 and the season kicking off later that month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has sent updates and reminders to it 817 member high schools and 747 member 7th and 8th grade schools.


In addition to the items in this release, the OHSAA’s memo to member schools on July 23 included information about upcoming meetings and other reminders. The July 23 memo is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20210723AdministratorUpdate.pdf


Key dates for all 26 OHSAA sanctioned sports are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Calendar


Heat Precautions

School administrators and coaches are asked to review the heat acclimatization and exertional heat illness prevention section in the OHSAA Handbook prior to any interscholastic practices. The section is on pages 81 and 82 and can be found at https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/SchoolResources/Handbook.pdf. The sport of football has a five-day required acclimatization period and cross country has a 10-day required acclimatization period. All athletes joining the team at any point of the season also must participate in the sport-specific acclimatization period prior to any contact drills (football) or competition (cross country). Visit the sports medicine section of the OHSAA website for additional resources at: https://www.ohsaa.org/medicine.


COVID-19 Update

The Ohio Department of Health released newly revised guidance for K-12 schools on Tuesday, July 27, with some information related to interscholastic sports. Although Ohio lifted most statewide pandemic-related health orders on June 2, 2021, the risk is still there for illness from COVID-19. The OHSAA and ODH urge the membership to continue to follow safe protocols to protect everyone, especially those individuals who are not fully vaccinated. There are currently no mandates regarding vaccinations and social distancing, and the only mandate on masks is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement that masks be worn while using public transportation, which includes school busses. It is highly recommended that coaches and student-athletes who are eligible for vaccinations to be vaccinated and it is highly recommended that those who are unvaccinated maintain social distancing and wear masks in indoor facilities and in outdoor facilities where there are crowded situations.

    The OHSAA’s complete school memo from July 27 is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20210727AdministratorUpdate.pdf


2021-22 Media Regulations

The 2021-22 OHSAA Media Regulations have been approved by the Board of Directors. Similar to last year, for all regular-season events, including all sports and all days of the week, the host school controls all media access and broadcasting permissions, including live video. The OHSAA asks host schools to accommodate the broadcast requests for the visiting school.


For OHSAA postseason tournament contests, Spectrum has exclusive access for live video (TV and streaming) at selected football playoff games, along with the girls and boys basketball state tournaments. The NFHS Network also has exclusive access for live video streaming at selected tournament contests in several sports. If the NFHS Network is covering a contest, delayed video is still permitted with payment of a rights fee. If neither Spectrum nor the NFHS Network is covering a contest, live video is permitted for some contests with payment of a rights fee. The Board will approve the postseason broadcast rates in August. Media shall contact Tim Stried for details.


2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors

The OHSAA would like to thank all school administrators who are serving on District Athletic Boards. The following administrators will serve as the 2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors:

Scott Kaufman, Board President; Athletic Director/Assistant Principal, Lakota West High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Steve Watkins, Board Vice President; Principal, Dalton Middle School (7th-8th Grade Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Bo Arnett, Dean of Students/Athletic Director, Waverly High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Ryan Fitzgerald, Athletic Director, Hamilton Twp High School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Gina Franks, Director of Student Services, Dover High School (Female Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Gary Kreinbrink, Athletic Director, Leipsic High School (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Dr. William R. Nye, Jr., Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Jeff Wheeler, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Meadowbrook High School/Middle School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

TBA – Ethic Minority Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Glen Gillespie, (ex-officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association)

Dr. John Richard, Deputy State Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education (ex-officio, State Department of Education Representative)


Academic Eligibility Reminder

A reminder that for the first grading period of the 2021-22 school year, the OHSAA has suspended the academic requirement that student-athletes must have passed five one-credit courses (or four classes at the 7th/8th grade level) in the final grading period of the 2020-21 school year. Therefore, all student-athletes are eligible with respect to their OHSAA scholarship eligibility, for the first grading period of the 2021-22, unless a school chooses to enforce its own scholarship standard.


However, the OHSAA’s academic requirement will be back in use for the second grading period. That means that fall and winter student-athletes need to be certain they pass at least five one-credit courses at the high school level or four classes at the 7th-8th grade level.


Divisional Breakdowns Remain the Same for 2021-22

Per action by the OHSAA Board of Directors, the 2020-21 enrollment data and tournament divisions will be utilized again in the 2021-22 school year. With some schools not offering sports along with many students transferring to non- traditional learning modules last fall due to COVID-19, the Executive Director’s Office deliberated on how to handle enrollment data, since October 2020 is when the OHSAA traditionally would have received that data (EMIS) from the Ohio Department of Education for use in tournament representation, tournament division breakdowns and classifications for OHSAA District Athletic Board elections. While understanding many schools had various unique enrollment situations this year, it was determined that utilizing the same data for a third and final year was the fairest for all OHSAA member schools since any new data collected would likely be severely skewed and/or an unreliable representation. Constitution Article 6-1-9 allowed the Executive Director’s Office to make this change, and it was subsequently approved by the Board.


Fall Sports (Official Practice Begins August 1)

The starting date for coaching for all 2021 OHSAA fall sports is Sunday, August 1. Each school/school district shall determine if they choose to start on that date or later. As a reminder, at the January 14, 2021, OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting, a recommendation was approved that permits schools to complete the first two days of the football acclimatization period in July. During that time, a helmet is the only equipment that may be worn.

Golf: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/golf

Girls Tennis: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlstennis

Field Hockey: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh

Cross Country: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc

Volleyball: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/volleyball

Soccer: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/soccer

Football: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football


GOST 5K Foot Race for 2021

NB’s “Good Ole Summer Time Festival” is having a 5K Foot Race!


North Baltimore’s “Good Ole SummerTime Festival” is having a 5K Foot Race!
North Baltimore Nutrition and North Baltimore Medical & Diagnostic Center are co-sponsoring the GOST 5K Foot Race as part of North Baltimore, Ohio‘s ‘Good Ole Summerime Festival. The proceeds of the race benefit the North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce.
7 AM – Race Packets available at @North Baltimore Nutrition
7:30 AM Zumba warm-up session
8 AM Race start time
$20 entry fee benefits the NBACC – North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce

GOST 2021 Schedules

Here are the schedules, attractions, activities at GOST #42 (when is it???)

Additional info for any registrations and sign-ups is forthcoming (as far as we know…):

7am – GOST 5K Race Packets – North Baltimore Nutrition
8am – Race begins

8am- Alumni Association Golf Scramble – Birch Run Golf Course

8:30-11am- Car Show Registration – North Main Street

9am – Flag raising, prayer, and national anthem – Gazebo 

9:00a – 8:00p – Street Market 120 Block North Main

9am-4pm Military Vehicles Display – West Broadway/Good Shepherd Lot

9:15am-5K Awards – North Baltimore Nutrition

11:00am-3:30pm- Car Show – North Main Cherry to Walnut

10:00am-11pm: Rides – North Main past Cherry Street/Powell School

11:15am-Marching Band and Cheerleaders at Millstream Lot

12-1pm: Talent Show – Main Stage

12-5pm: Flower Show – NB Library – Wolfe Community Room

2-4pm- East of Cheyenne – Main Stage

3pm- Car Show Awards – TBA

12pm-11:30pm- Beer Tent Open – East Broadway

1-6pm- Bingo (NBVFD Firehall)

3-5pm- Basketball tournament (games tba) Huntington Bank lot

5-7:30- Swingmania – Main Stage

8:30-11:30 Tongue n’ Groove – Main State

10pm- Fireworks – NB Village Park

*Sponsorship announcements will be made between bands.


Good Ole SummerTime Golf Outing supports NBHS Scholarship Fund…..

The Good Ole Summertime Golf Outing will return this summer after taking a break for the Covid pandemic in 2020. 

The event is sponsored by the NBHS Alumni Association and the proceeds are used to provide scholarships for NB students. You do NOT have to be an NBHS graduate to play in this event.  Here is more info:

NB Youth Football 2nd Sign-Up Tonight – July 6

Mike Solly is the Head Coach (419-206-0367). They do most of their communication through Facebook.

“North Baltimore Youth Football 2021

This is for upcoming 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Full Contact

$50 Team Fee

Mike Solly is the Head Coach (419-206-0367). They do most of their communication through Facebook.

The 2nd sign-up is Tuesday, July 6th @ 6:00 pm at the Powell practice field (on North Main Street).

Wednesday, July 7th  will be a mini-camp at the Powell practice field starting at 6:00 pm.

Regular practice will start on Monday, July 12th. All practices will start at 6:00 pm at the Powell.


NB Youth League Dinner Fundraiser

The league is hosting an End of Summer Event at the American Legion in NB.


These will sell out fast. All profits go to the league
The league is hosting an End of Summer Event at the American Legion in NB.
Tickets can be purchased from any officer (listed below):

Cash or checks payable to “NBYTL” are accepted.

Denny Latowski: President

Ryan Clark: Vice President

Heather Dewulf: Secretary

Baley Thiel: Treasurer


GOST Committee Needs to Borrow a Golf Cart

The Good Ole Summertime Committee is looking for a golf cart it could use for the festival on July 31.


The Good Ole Summertime Committee is looking for a golf cart it could use for the festival on July 31.

If you are able to donate one for the day, please contact Ben Pack at (419) 250-2473.

OHSAA Football Regions Fall 2021

Top 16 schools in each region will qualify for playoffs beginning Oct. 29-30…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season on Tuesday. The 10-week regular-season begins the week of August 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs that begin October 29-30.

As previously announced, schools’ divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports.

The 2021 football regions are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2021

In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days from June 1 through July 31 to conduct voluntary conditioning, strength training and instructional opportunities. In football, helmets may be worn during summer voluntary sessions.

Also in the sport of football, there is a mandatory five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes prior to contact. Two of those days can be completed in July so that shoulder pads can be worn on the first day of practice August 1.


2021 OHSAA Football Calendar

Sunday, August 1                First Day of Official Coaching Permitted

August 6-14                        Scrimmage Dates

Monday, August 16           Regular-Season Begins (First Friday is August 20)

Tuesday, Sept. 14                First Weekly Computer Points Released (every Tuesday after Week 4)

Saturday, Oct. 23                Regular-Season Ends

Sunday, Oct. 24                  Final Computer Points and Playoff Qualifiers Announced

Fri./Sat., Oct. 29-30            Regional Playoffs First Round

Fri./Sat., Nov. 5-6                Regional Quarterfinals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 12-13           Regional Semifinals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 19-20           Regional Finals

Fri./Sat., Nov. 25                Thanksgiving

Fri./Sat., Nov. 26-27           State Semifinals

Thurs./Fri./Sat., Dec. 2-4   State Championships in Canton


Arrowwood Archery League Forming

Registration is required. Visit wcparks.org……

Geared towards novice and beginner archers to practice and learn in a friendly competition, this 6-week league will develop foundational skills through friendly competition. Build progress you can see.

League nights are Thursdays June 24 through July 29 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Four age-classes keep competition relevant, starting at 8 years of age through adults.

June 24 will be a skills development program suited towards beginners. League members should attend every week to submit their weekly scorecards. An instructor will be on hand each league night to supervise and equip archers.

Prizes for top shooters are presented at the fun-shoot event on August 12. All archery equipment provided, and personal gear is welcome. Prizes provided by Rock Solid Archery and Bass Pro Shops. There is a $15 program fee that covers the entire league.

Arrowwood Archery Range is located at 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green, OH, 43402.

Registration is required. , or call 419-353-1897.

Photos: NBHS Girls Softball Awards

Another great season of Tiger Softball! plus Congrats to Mia McCartney…..

Thanks to Scott Ferguson for providing outstanding photos of the NBHS Softball Awards for 2021, and also photos of Mia McCartney, signing to play softball for Bluffton University next year.

Fotos by Ferg:

NBHS Softball Team-end of season Awards-June 2021


NBHS Softball Award Winners- June 2021
Mia McCartney “signs” to play softball for Bluffton University
Congratulations to Mia McCartney, shown here with her Parents and Coaches.