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Cross Country Tourney Assignments Changed



Girls and boys cross country teams will be in the same division for tournaments beginning in the fall.

That was the decision of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors at its Thursday, Jan. 10 meeting.

Beginning this fall, boys and girls enrollments at Ohio high schools will be added together and divided in half in order to determine the enrollment number, and subsequent tournament division, for that school in cross country.

Currently, divisional alignment is determined separately for boys and girls. Over 50 schools were affected by having their girls and boys teams in different divisions.

Even if they are in the same division, an additional 50-plus schools could have their girls and boys qualify to different regional tournaments, as Archbold has done the past two years.

The AHS boys ran at the Division III regional race at Youngstown, while the girls ran at Tiffin.

The change ensures that girls and boys teams that are currently in the same division from the same school will be assigned to the same regional site.

Football

The board also approved a recommendation regarding the seven-division tournament format for the 2013 football state championships.

There will be one game Thursday night, Dec. 5; three games Friday, Dec. 6; and three games, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Per the previously approved contract, the 2013 state championships are in Canton and Massillon before moving to Ohio Stadium in Columbus in 2014 and 2015.

Exact game times and assignments for which divisions will play on which date/time slots will be determined later.

Golf

The golf coaches association made a proposal that would permit coaches to talk with their players on the course at any time except when the player is on the putting surface or in a sand bunker.

Currently, coaches are only permitted to talk to their players from the time they leave the green to the tee box of the next hole.

The board is expected to vote on the proposal at its April meeting.

Volleyball

The volleyball coaches association made three proposals.

•The net height for junior high should be raised to the high school height of 7 feet, 4 1/8 inches.

Currently, the junior high net height is 7 feet.

•The number of dates that high schools are permitted to schedule their 22 varsity matches be expanded from 20 dates to 22.

•During high school varsity tri-matches (and other events with more than two teams), the winner can be determined by a best threeout of-five format by mutual agreement of the competing athletic administrators.

Currently, tri-matches are decided by a test two-out-ofthree format.

The board is expected to vote on the proposal at its April meeting.



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