Ohio High School Athletic Association

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Ohio High School Athletic Association
Ohio High School Athletic Association logo.png
Map of USA highlighting Ohio.png
Abbreviation OHSAA
Formation 1907
Legal status
Association
Purpose Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 4080 Roselea Pl.
Columbus, OH 43214
Region served
Ohio
Official language
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.

Membership[edit]

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.[1]

Structure[edit]

Districts[edit]

The Association is divided into six districts, each with its own District Athletic Board, including the Central District, East District, Northeast District, Northwest District, Southeast District, and Southwest District.

The District boards conduct Sectional and District tournaments. The main OHSAA board conducts Regional and State tournaments.[2]

Classifications and Divisions[edit]

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 7 divisions (Division 1 being the largest schools). 3 sports have a single division: Boys' Ice Hockey and Girls' Field Hockey and Gymnastics.

History[edit]

OHSAA's 100th Anniversary logo.

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.

The first OHSAA sponsored state tournament, in Track and Field, was held on May 23, 1908 at Denison University. Columbus North became the first state champions, finishing ahead of Dayton Steele.[1]

Commissioners since 1925[edit]

[3]

  • 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[edit]

[3]

Boys[edit]

Season Sport Tournament Structure # of Divisions 1st Tournament 2012-2013 State Tournament Location
Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State 3 1928 National Trail Raceway, Hebron
Fall Football Regional & State 7 1972 Fawcett Stadium, Canton
TBA
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon
TBA
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 2 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
Winter Wrestling-Dual Meet Regional & State 3 2013 St. John Arena, 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 Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts, The Ohio State University, Columbus and Elysium Tennis Center, Plain City

Girls[edit]

Season Sport Tournament Structure # of Divisions 1st Tournament 2011-2012 State Tournament Location
Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State 3 1978 National Trail Raceway, Hebron
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 3 1985 Crew Stadium, Columbus
Fall Tennis Sectional, District, & State 2** 1976 Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts, The Ohio State University, Columbus and Hilliard Davidson High School
Fall Volleyball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1975 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 2 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[edit]

Schools with most team titles[edit]

[3]

Rank # of
Titles
School City # of
Boys
Titles
# of
Girls
Titles
Year of
First
Title
Year of
Last
Title
1 48 St. Xavier Cincinnati 48 X* 1957 2014
1 48 St. Edward Lakewood 48 X* 1978 2014
3 44 Upper Arlington Upper Arlington 26 18 1937 2012
4 35 Walsh Jesuit Cuyahoga Falls 22 13 1982 2013
5 32 Hawken Gates Mills 5 27 1977 2014
6 28 St. Vincent – St. Mary Akron 17 11 1972 2013
6 28 St. Ignatius Cleveland 28 X* 1988 2014
8 27 Canton McKinley Canton 23 4 1937 2010
8 27 Minster Minster 3 24 1976 2012
10 25 Thomas Worthington Worthington 10 15 1938 2013
10 25 Newark Catholic Newark 15 10 1978 2013
12 24 Beaumont School Cleveland Heights X* 24 1986 2012
12 24 Columbus Academy Gahanna 14 10 1977 2013
14 22 Elder Cincinnati 22 X* 1943 2005
15 20 Graham St. Paris 20 0 1930 2014
15 20 St. Henry St. Henry 13 7 1979 2011
* X = single-sex school

Schools with most team titles in one sport[edit]

[3]

Rank # of
Titles
School City Sport First Last
1 35 St. Xavier Cincinnati Boys Swimming 1970 2014
2 28 St. Edward Lakewood Wrestling 1978 2013
3 24 Hawken Gates Mills Girls Swimming 1984 2014
4 17 Upper Arlington Upper Arlington Boys Golf 1941 2006
5 16 Graham St. Paris Wrestling 1982 2014
5 16 Beaumont School Cleveland Heights Girls Track 1986 2008
7 15 Glenville Cleveland Boys Track 1959 2007
8 14 Brecksville-Broadview Heights Broadview Heights Girls Gymnastics 1994 2014
9 13 Canton McKinley Canton Boys Swimming 1937 1961
9 13 East Technical Cleveland Boys Track 1920 1955
11 12 Elder Cincinnati Boys Baseball 1943 2005
11 12 Minster Minster Girls Track 1976 2004
13 11 St. Edward Lakewood Boys Ice Hockey 1985 2008
13 11 St. Ignatius Cleveland Football 1988 2011
15 10 Maple Heights Maple Heights Wrestling 1956 1974
15 10 Magnificat Rocky River Girls Gymnastics 1990 2003
15 10 Columbus Academy Gahanna Girls Field Hockey 1994 2013

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fred Dafler. "The History of the OHSAA". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  2. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.