OHSAA Fall Sports Practices Get Underway Monday
- Schools reminded of football
practice guidelines and to take precautions in extreme heat
- COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Summer conditioning programs and 10 days of coaching come to an
end this weekend as the first official day of practice for all
OHSAA fall sports arrives Monday, August 1. Schools are reminded
of several precautionary measures to be taken, including
practice guidelines specific to football.
- OHSAA Fall Sports – Practices
Begins Monday, August 1
Football Notes and
- Of the OHSAA’s 822 member high
schools, 716 sponsor football teams. A total of 224 will qualify
for the playoffs – 32 in each of seven divisions. The
regular-season ends October 29, with final computer ratings
posted October 30.
- Acclimatization Period: A
five‐day acclimatization period is mandatory prior to any
contact drills. Only helmets are permitted on the first and
second days of practice. Shoulder pads may be added on days
three and four. Full pads may be worn on the fifth day. Full
contact is permitted on the sixth day. August 7 and 14 are
mandatory days off.
- Contact Regulations:
The following regulations apply to individual student‐athletes.
Position groups, etc., can alternate contact to adhere to the
regulations listed below. Also, contact with soft equipment such
as bags, shields, sleds, etc., does not count toward contact
- Full Contact Limited During
Two‐A‐Day Practices: When
more than one practice takes place in a day, full contact is
permitted only during one of the practices. With the importance
of recovery time to help minimize concussion risks,
consideration should also be given to the timing of full contact
during the next day (i.e. if full contact occurs during session
2 of two‐a‐days, there should not be full contact in session 1
of two‐a‐days the following day).
- Practice During the Season
(after the first regular‐season game):
- 1. Consider limiting
full‐contact on consecutive days.
- 2. A student‐athlete is limited
to 30 minutes of full contact in practice per day.
- 3. A student‐athlete is limited
to 60 minutes of full contact in practice per week.
- 4. A student‐athlete can be
involved in full contact in a maximum of two practices in a
- Original Press Release:
Football Season and
Football regions and playoff format:
Regional playoff maps:
Associated Press Weekly Polls: begin September 12
Associated Press Weekly Notebooks: begin September 14
Computer Ratings: begin September 20
Regular-Season Ends Oct. 29. Final computer points and playoff
qualifiers posted Oct. 30
- During the playoffs, Divisions
I, II, IV and VI will play on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m., while
Divisions III, V and VII will play Saturday nights at 7 p.m.
November 4 & 5 – Regional Quarterfinals
- November 11 & 12 – Regional
November 18 & 19 – Regional Finals
- November 25 & 26 – State
- December 1-3 – State
Finals, Ohio Stadium - Columbus
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