For Coaches & Athletic Administrators
Ohio High School Athletic Association
4080 Roselea Place
Columbus, Ohio 43214
... TABLE OF CONTENTS .
Letter from Assistant Commissioner Henry Zaborniak page 1
Administrative Information page 3
2012 Season Calendar page 7
Points of Emphasis page 9
You Need to Know! page 9
Out of Season Coaching page 18
Football Questions & Answers page 19
Appendix A- Reducing Head and Neck Injuries in Football page 22
Appendix B- Heat Stress and Athletic Participation page 23
Appendix C- OHSAA Inclement Weather Policy page 25
Appendix D- Football Field Diagram page 26
Appendix E- Sample Varsity Time Schedule page 27
Appendix F- Guidelines for Football Public Address Announcers page 28
Appendix G - Sample Pre-game Public Address Announcement page 30
From Assistant Commissioner Henry Zaborniak
6/18/2012 2012 Football Information
The OHSAA Football Manual is published as an addendum to the OHSAA Football Regulations.
Enclosed in your mailing you will find an OHSAA football manual and NFHS rules materials. Please
take time to review this information. The health and safety of each student-athlete will be enhanced
if coaches, officials, and administrators work cooperatively.
Challenging times are with us. School budgets are stretched to the limit. Superintendents and
School Boards are under tremendous public pressure. It is easy for them to view interscholastic
sports programs as an activity to cut. We need to clearly spell out the importance of education-
based sports in the lives of our student-athletes and for the well-being of our school communities.
Coaches, athletic administrators and sports officials must speak out on the values learned and lived
through athletic participation. Students involved in education-based athletics have higher grade
point averages than their non-engaged peers. Student- athletes have healthier lifestyles and they
are better citizens.
Education-based athletics allow students to learn and practice values such as sportsmanship,
community involvement, teamwork, hard work and integrity. Our business is about helping student-
athletes to prepare for life. Interscholastic football is not about preparing kids to play "at the next
level". All but a few of the 76,000 Ohio students that play interscholastic football will play their final
game as a high school senior. Only about 3% of seniors will play beyond high school!
As coaches, you have the opportunity to sculpt young people into being tomorrow's great
Americans. You have to tell the stories of why football and all education based activities - are
important for young people and important to the life of our country. If you don't speak for kids, who
Remember that participation in interscholastic football is one of the most exciting experiences in a
young person's life! Coaches and athletic administrators are role models for these young men.
Through interscholastic football participation student-athletes can learn that "every moment is a
chance for greatness."
All OHSAA Football related information can be found at www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp.
... REQUIRED MEETING ATTENDANCE
Each Head Football Coach or one of his assistants is required to attend a state rules interpretation
meeting. The state meeting may be attended online at www.ohsaa.org Under "Sports &
Tournament" select football. Select State Rules Interpretation Meetings. There is no fee for any
meeting (drive in or online) prior to August 15. From August 20 to 24, a make-up meeting will cost
$50. After August 24, special permission to make up a meeting must be requested. When a coach
fails to attend a state meeting, that team is ineligible for state tournaments.
INTERPRETERS PHONE E-MAIL
Bruce Maurer 614-889-0523 Bmaurer.email@example.com
Phil Kiser 614-736-0233 (cell) Pkiser9947@aol.com
Henry Zaborniak, Jr. 614-267-2502 x 112 Hzaborniak@ohsaa.org
To receive credit for the drive in meeting a person must arrive on time and stay
until the conclusion. In order to take advantage of the free online option, the
individual will need to complete the entire meeting and the registration protocol.
To participate in the online meeting go to
www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp beginning July 30.
Seventh and eighth grade coaches are also invited to participate in a state rules meeting.
... ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION ...
1. Coach Certification
In order to coach an interscholastic football team whether as a volunteer or paid coach
every coach must:
A. Be appointed by the school board of education or similar governing body.
B. Every coach must have a valid (ODE) Pupil Activities Supervisor Validation which
includes the NFHS "Fundamentals of Coaching" class. Completion of the course is a one
time requirement and can be accessed on the OHSAA website by clicking on the "Coach
C. The OHSAA will conduct random audits of schools and coaches. When a school allows a
non-ODE certified coach on the field it will be fined $250 per occurrence. The coach may
also be fined $250.
2. Coach in Charge
During every interscholastic football practice a coach is required to be present for the entire
session. Coaches are reminded that in addition to teaching proper football technique, player
health and hygiene must be a concern.
3. Conduct of Practice Sessions
A. Practice may begin July 30, 2012 (August 5, 2013)
B. All schools must respect a five-day acclimation period during the first five days of practice.
All athletes joining the team prior to September 25th must participate in a five-day
acclimation period prior to any contact drills. There must be an adequate recovery period
between practice sessions.
C. During practices within the acclimation period, players may wear helmets only on the first
two days. On days three and four, helmets and shoulder pads are allowed. From day five
onward, full pads are allowed. Prior to the sixth day of practice no full contact is
permitted. During the first five days of practice, athletes may engage in conditioning,
speed, strength, agility drills and may use "dummies" for drills and walk throughs.
D. Sundays, August 5, 12 and 19 are mandatory days off.
E. Any practice or workout including two or more school teams or partial teams is a
F. Thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of activity, temperature and humidity readings should
be taken at the site.
G. The temperature and humidity should be factored into the Heat Index Calculation and
Chart and a determination made as to the Heat Index. If schools are utilizing a digital sling
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