- Ohio High School Athletic Association
Ohio High School Athletic Association Abbreviation OHSAA Formation 1907 Legal status Association Purpose/focus Athletic/Educational Headquarters 4080 Roselea Pl.
Columbus, OH 43214
Region served Ohio Official languages English Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D. Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations Staff 20 Website ohsaa.org Remarks (614) 267-2502
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is the governing body of athletic programs for junior and senior high schools in the state of Ohio. The OHSAA governs eligibility of student athletes, resolves disputes, organizes levels of competition by divisional separation of schools according to attendance population, and conducts state championship competitions in all the OHSAA-sanctioned sports.
- 1 Membership
- 2 Structure
- 3 History
- 4 OHSAA–sponsored sports tournaments
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
There are approximately 820 member high schools and 850 more schools in the 7th-8th grade division of the OHSAA. Most public and private high schools in Ohio belong to the OHSAA.
The Association is divided into six districts, each with its own District Athletic Board.
- Central District
- East District
- Northeast District
- Northwest District
- Southeast District
- Southwest District
The District boards conduct Sectional and District tournaments. The main OHSAA board conducts Regional and State tournaments.
Classifications and Divisions
Member high schools are divided into 3 classifications (A, AA, AAA). Prior to 1989 many sports held tournaments based on these classifications. Since then, each sport individually divides into numbered divisions based on enrollment, taking into account the total number of schools offering that Varsity sport and placing an equal number of schools in each division.
The Classifications (A being the smallest schools, AAA the largest) are still used to fill spots on the District Athletic Boards (2 representatives from each class).
The number of divisions vary based on how many schools offer that sport. Football has the most, with 6 divisions (Division 1 being the largest schools). 5 sports have a single division: Boys' Ice Hockey and Bowling, and Girls' Field Hockey, Bowling, and Gymnastics.
The OHSAA is an unincorporated, non-profit organization founded in 1907. Members of the Western Ohio Superintendents Round Table had frequently discussed the need of a central organization for high school athletics. In 1906 they passed a resolution to appoint a committee, headed by George R. Eastman, the first President of the Board of Control.
Commissioners since 1925
- H.R. Townsend (1925–1944)
- Harold Emswiler (1944–1958)
- W.J. McConnell (1958–1963)
- Paul E. Landis (1963–1969)
- Harold A. Meyer (1969–1977)
- George D. Bates (1977–1980)
- Richard L. Armstrong (1980–1989)
- Clair Muscaro (1990–2004)
- Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D. (2004–Present)
Prior to 1925, the Board of Control officers handled duties now associated with the Commissioner.
OHSAA–sponsored sports tournaments
Season Sport Tournament Structure # of Divisions 1st Tournament 2010-2011 State Tournament Location Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State 3 1928 Scioto Downs, Columbus Fall Football Regional & State 6 1972 Fawcett Stadium, Canton
(Divisions I, V, VI)
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon
(Divisions II, III, IV)
Fall Golf Sectional, District & State 3 1927 (Spring sport 1927-1974) The Ohio State University Golf Club, Columbus Scarlet Course (Div I & II)
North Star Golf Resort, Sunbury (Div III)
Fall Soccer Sectional, District, Regional & State 3 1976 Crew Stadium, Columbus Winter Basketball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1923 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus Winter Bowling Sectional, District, & State 1 2007 Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Winter Ice Hockey District & State 1 1978 Nationwide Arena, Columbus Winter Swimming and Diving Sectional, District, & State 2 1928 C. T. Branin Natatorium, Canton Winter Wrestling Sectional, District, & State 3 1938 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus Spring Baseball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1928 Huntington Park, Columbus Spring Track and Field District, Regional, & State 3 1908 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus Spring Tennis Sectional, District, & State 2** 1922 Stickney Tennis Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Season Sport Tournament Structure # of Divisions 1st Tournament 2010-2011 State Tournament Location Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State 3 1978 Scioto Downs, Columbus Fall Field Hockey State Qualifying & State 1 1979 Upper Arlington High School, Upper Arlington Fall Golf Sectional, District & State 2 1993 The Ohio State University Golf Club, Gray Course, Columbus Fall Soccer Sectional, District, Regional & State 2 1985 Crew Stadium, Columbus Fall Tennis Sectional, District, & State 2** 1976 Stickney Tennis Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus and Hilliard Davidson High School, Hilliard Fall Volleyball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1975 Ervin J. Nutter Center, Wright State University, Dayton Winter Basketball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1976 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus Winter Bowling Sectional, District, & State 1 2007 Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Winter Gymnastics Sectional, District, & State 1 1977 Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard Winter Swimming and Diving Sectional, District, & State 2 1977 Branin Natatorium, Canton Spring Softball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1978 Firestone Stadium, Akron Spring Track and Field District, Regional, & State 3 1975 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus
- **(Individual/Doubles only, no Team championships)
Past team state champions
Schools with most team titles
Rank # of
School City # of
1 43 Upper Arlington Upper Arlington 26 17 1937 2011 1 43 St. Xavier Cincinnati 43 X* 1957 2011 3 42 St. Edward Lakewood 42 X* 1978 2011 4 33 Walsh Jesuit Cuyahoga Falls 22 11 1982 2010 5 28 Hawken Gates Mills 5 23 1977 2011 6 27 Canton McKinley Canton 23 4 1937 2010 7 26 Minster Minster 3 23 1976 2011 8 25 St. Ignatius Cleveland 25 X* 1988 2010 9 24 Newark Catholic Newark 14 10 1978 2007 9 24 Thomas Worthington Worthington 10 14 1938 2007 11 23 Beaumont School Cleveland Heights X* 23 1986 2008 12 22 Elder Cincinnati 22 X* 1943 2005 13 21 St. Vincent – St. Mary Akron 14 7 1972 2011 14 20 Columbus Academy Gahanna 12 8 1977 2006
- * X = single-sex school
Schools with most team titles in one sport
Rank # of
School City Sport First Last 1 32 St. Xavier Cincinnati Boys Swimming 1970 2011 2 26 St. Edward Lakewood Boys Wrestling 1978 2011 3 21 Hawken Gates Mills Girls Swimming 1984 2011 4 17 Upper Arlington Upper Arlington Boys Golf 1941 2006 5 16 Beaumont School Cleveland Heights Girls Track 1986 2008 6 15 Glenville Cleveland Boys Track 1959 2007 7 13 Canton McKinley Canton Boys Swimming 1937 1961 7 13 East Technical Cleveland Boys Track 1920 1955 7 13 Graham St. Paris Boys Wrestling 1982 2011 10 12 Elder Cincinnati Boys Baseball 1943 2005 10 12 Minster Minster Girls Track 1976 2004 12 11 St. Edward Lakewood Boys Ice Hockey 1985 2008 12 11 Brecksville-Broadview Heights Broadview Heights Girls Gymnastics 1994 2011 14 10 Maple Heights Maple Heights Boys Wrestling 1956 1974 14 10 Magnificat Rocky River Girls Gymnastics 1990 2003 14 10 St. Ignatius Cleveland Boys Football 1988 2008
- Ohio High School Athletic Association official website
- Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association website
- Miami Valley Tennis Coaches' Association website
- ^ a b Fred Dafler. "The History of the OHSAA". http://www.ohsaa.org/general/about/history.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". http://www.ohsaa.org/general/about/default.asp. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". http://www.ohsaa.org/. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations (NFHS)
AL: AHSAA • AK: ASAA • AZ: AIA • AR: AAA • CA: CIF • CO: CHSAA • CT: CIAC • DE: DIAA • DC: DCIAA • FL: FHSAA • GA: GHSA • HI: HHSAA • ID: IHSAA • IL: IHSA • IN: IHSAA • IA: IHSAA / IGHSAU • KS: KSHSAA • KY: KHSAA • LA: LHSAA • ME: MPA • MD: MPSSAA • MA: MIAA • MI: MHSAA • MN: MSHSL • MS: MHSAA • MO: MSHSAA • MT: MHSA • NE: NSAA • NV: NIAA • NH: NHIAA • NJ: NJSIAA • NM: NMAA • NY: NYSPHSAA • NC: NCHSAA • ND: NDHSAA • OH: OHSAA • OK: OSSAA • OR: OSAA • PA: PIAA • RI: RIIL • SC: SCHSL • SD: SDHSAA • TN: TSSAA • TX: UIL • UT: UHSAA • VT: VPA • VA: VHSL • WA: WIAA • WV: WVSSAC • WI: WIAA • WY: WHSAA
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