FROM STAFF REPORTS
Some schools will be allowed to open football practice earlier starting this year after approval by the Ohio High School Athletic Association's board of directors last week.
By a 7-2 vote, the board allowed schools that start classes Aug. 16 or earlier this year to begin football practice on Aug. 1, while all other schools will begin on the previously established date of Aug. 5.
By a 6-3 vote, the board approved an out-of-season coaching instruction proposal that will allow expanded opportunities for School Board-approved coaches in team sports to provide instruction outside the regular season.
The regulation becomes effective Sept. 3. Team sports covered are soccer, volleyball, field hockey, football, ice hockey, basketball, softball and baseball.
Out-of-season instruction already is permitted in golf, tennis, cross country, wrestling, swimming and diving, gymnastics, bowling and track and field.
The board approved an updated policy for concussion management. A law signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, which goes into effect April 26, adds several aspects to previous OHSAA regulations.
Among the changes is that no student who exhibits symptoms of a concussion shall be permitted to return to play on the same day he or she was removed from a contest. Previously, an authorized medical professional could approve a student to return to play on the same cay if it was determined that no concussion was sustained.
The regional and state tournament draws in softball and baseball were conducted at last week's meeting and will be posted at www.OHSAA.org, as will tournament regulations in softball, boys tennis and track and field. Baseball regulations will be approved at a later date.
The board appointed Beau Rugg to the position of OHSAA assistant commissioner. He will oversee the officiating program and serve as administrator for football and wrestling.
The OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all 12 games from the girls and boys basketball state tournaments. The network feed is free for radio stations to carry.
The network also is producing a series of OHSAA-branded pregame shows that stations can air before their own tournament broadcast pregame shows.