COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fall sports practices and the golf regular-season officially get underway on Monday, July 31, for member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
This week, football teams are permitted to conduct their five acclimatization days, which include two days in helmets, two days in helmets and shoulder pads, and one day in full pads with no contact. When a student-athlete has completed the five-day acclimatization period, then full contact is permitted.
FALL SPORTS SEASON CALENDARS
Golf: Regular-Season Begins July 31. Sectional Tournaments Begin Sept. 25.
Girls Tennis: Regular-Season Begins Aug. 4. Sectional Tournaments Begin Oct. 2.
Field Hockey: Regular-Season Begins Aug. 18. Regional Tournaments Begin Oct. 16.
Cross Country: Regular-Season Begins Aug. 21. District Tournaments Are Oct. 21.
Soccer: Regular-Season Begins Aug. 11. Sectional Tournaments Begin Oct. 16.
Girls Volleyball: Regular-Season Begins Aug. 18. Sectional Tournaments Begin Oct. 16.
Football: Regular-Season Begins Aug. 14 (first Friday is Aug. 18). Regional Playoffs Begin Oct. 27.
Complete OHSAA 2023-24 Calendars: https://www.ohsaa.org/Calendar
HEAT ILLNESS PRECAUTIONS
Student-athletes and coaches are reminded to take precautions in hot and humid weather. The greater the humidity, the more difficult it is for the body to cool itself. The air should be tested prior to a practice or competition using a wet bulb, globe, temperature index (WBGT index), which is based on the combined effects of air temperature, relative humidity, radiant heat and air movement.
More information about the OHSAA’s concussion regulations and heat illness prevention are in the complete sports medicine regulations at: http://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports-Medicine/SportsMedicineRegulations.pdf
STATEWIDE FOOTBALL SCHEDULES
The OHSAA football site has two links to statewide regular-season schedules:
– JoeEitel: http://www.joeeitel.com/hsfoot/
– OHSAA Football Home: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football
ALL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAMES ON FRIDAYS
Following a recommendation from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, all football playoff games during the first five rounds will be played on Friday nights. During the first two rounds (October 27 and November 3), the better seeded team in each match-up will host the game at its home field. During the third, fourth and fifth rounds (November 10, 17 and 24), the OHSAA will select neutral sites. The state championships will be hosted at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton November 30, December 1 and 2.
July 31 – Official Start Date for Practice
Aug. 4-12 – Scrimmage Dates
Aug. 14 – Regular-Season Begins (first Friday is August 18)
Oct. 21 – Regular-Season Ends
Oct. 22 – Playoff Qualifiers Announced
Oct. 27 – Regional Playoffs First Round (better seeded team hosts)
Nov. 3 – Regional Quarterfinals (better seeded team hosts)
Nov. 10 – Regional Semifinals (neutral sites)
Nov. 17 – Regional Finals (neutral sites)
Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving
Nov. 24 – State Semifinals (neutral sites)
Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 – State Championships, Canton
August 1 through August 31 is a no-contact period for all coaches (paid and volunteer) in the team sports of baseball, basketball, boys volleyball, ice hockey, lacrosse and softball.
REGIONAL UPDATE MEETINGS
The OHSAA will host in-person Regional Update Meetings in August and September in each of the OHSAA’s six districts. The meetings are designed to help kick off the 2023-24 school year and provide member school administrators with updates on current topics and issues. Superintendents, high school and 7th-8th grade principals, high school and 7th-8th grade athletic administrators and city supervisors are highly encouraged to attend. Media can contact Tim Stried for more information about attending a meeting.
Cambridge Meeting – Thursday, August 24
Athens Meeting – Tuesday, August 29
Streetsboro Meeting – Wednesday, September 6
Westerville Meeting – Monday, September 11
Findlay Meeting – Thursday, September 14
Cincinnati Meeting – Tuesday, September 19
Divisional breakdowns for the 2024 baseball and softball seasons will be announced in the fall. The divisional breakdowns for all other sports for the 2023-24 school year are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Divisional-Breakdowns-2023-24-School-Year