OHSAA reveals revenue from fall's tourneys

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Columbus -- At its April board of directors meeting, the Ohio High School Athletic Association reported revenue of $3.68 million from the 2012 football regional and state playoffs games, which is about 30 percent of its 2012-13 overall operating budget of $12.5 million.

The football playoffs include 186 games at various locations statewide, with the finals played in Canton and Massillon.

The board also received information on revenue from other fall sports playoffs. The state volleyball tournament saw 11,239 attend -- down 2,405 from 2011 -- for a net profit of $54,625, while cross country recorded a net loss of $50,193 despite a paid attendance of 9,596 at the state meet. Admission is not charged at the regional meets.

In field hockey, the regional and state tournaments resulted in a profit of $4,618.

The OHSAA staff will make a proposal at the board's May meeting regarding dates when each of the seven divisions will conduct football playoffs in 2013, including which state final will be played on Dec. 8, the first Thursday night finale ever.

The board OK'd a new contract with Rawlings to be the official basketball provider for OHSAA tournaments.

In a 5-4 vote, the board denied a proposal from the volleyball coaches association to raise the height of the net for seventh- and eighth-graders to the high school level of 7 feet, 4 1/8 inches.

By a unanimous vote, the board approved a proposal from the volleyball coaches to allow 22 permitted regular season contests to take place on no more than 22 dates. Previously, only 20 dates were permitted.

The board tabled until its May meeting a proposal from the golf coaches association that requests one coach per team be allowed to coach golfers at any time on the course except when the player is in a bunker or on the putting surface. Currently, coaches can instruct golfers only during the walk between the green and the next tee box.

Other proposals from the ice hockey and basketball coaches associations will be decided at the June meeting.

Basketball coaches proposed that a mandatory film exchange prior to regional and state tournament contests be added to the regulations.

Hockey coaches are seeking a tiered suspension policy for disqualifications and that when a contest has a 10 or more goal differential heading into the third period, it be allowed to continue with either normal timing or a running clock.

The board noted that Cleveland native Harrison Dillard is part of the next induction class into the National Federal of Sate High School Associations Hall of Fame. He led Cleveland East Tech to three state track championships. He won four gold medals in the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games.

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