2 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS OHSAA? WHAT OHSAA DOES ASSIGNERS: GAMES & CONTACTLOCAL ASSOCIATIONS: GETTING ALONGMEETINGS: STATE & LOCALRENEWALS & UPGRADING: DOING ITOFFICIAL REPORTS: THE FINAL DUTYmyOHSAA AND CONTRACTSThroughout these slides, a citation to “HB” is to the 2013 version of OHSAA’sHandbook for Officials, unless otherwise noted.
3 OHSAA’S MISSION REGULATE & ADMINISTER COMPETITION FAIRNESS PROMOTION OF PARTICIPATION VALUESRECOGNIZE & PROMOTE:ACADEMICS, SAFETY, GOOD CITIZENSHIP & LIFELONG VALUESThe OHSAA Mission goals coincide with the Coaches’ Code of Ethics, the Officials’ Code of Ethics and the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Statement on page one of the rulebook.
4 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS OFFICIALS’ CODE OF ETHICS:WE PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATIONWE MUST EXERCISE GREAT SELF-DISCIPLINEMASTER RULES & MECHANICSWE WORK WITH OHSAABE HONORABLE IN ALL DEALINGS
5 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS PREPARE PHYSICALLY ANDMENTALLYDRESS APPROPRIATELYBE ON TIMEBE PROFESSIONALWE INFLUENCE PARTICIPANTCONDUCTENFORCE THE RULES
6 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS MAKE CONTEST SAFESAFE PLAYING FIELD &EQUIPMENTBE AWARE OF POSSIBLEEMERGENCIES
7 OHSAA’S COVENANT 1. NONDISCRIMINATORY, PERFORMANCE- BASED ASSIGNMENTS & ADVANCEMENT2. EFFECTIVE SECURITY AT CONTESTS3. SUPPORT DIMINISHING LIABILITY4. ADVANCE NOTICE OF WHAT ISEXPECTED OF OFFICIALS5. FAIR TREATMENT DURINGINVESTIGATIONIncludes regular season and tournaments.Bylaw 3.3.1: Recognized law enforcement officials should be given specific instruction by the school administrator as to duties before, during and after the contest. This will include keeping spectators from the field or floor during the contest, supervision of parking and safe conduct of contest officials and visiting team from contest area. Failure to protect the contest, the teams or the officials constitute a violation of the Bylaws.OHSAA supports efforts to reduce officials’ liability from their reasonable and customary officiating decisions.Whatever OHSAA expects an official to do will be communicated beforehand.Investigation of an official’s improper or inadequate discharge of duties will be fair and the official will be given an opportunity to be heard.
8 CRIMINAL CONDUCT NO LICENSE WILL ISSUE: UNREVERSED CONVICTION OF SEXUAL OFFENSE INVOLVING A MINOR, CRIME OF VIOLENCE OR ANY SEXUAL OFFENSECONVICTION INVOLVING ILLEGAL DRUGS UNTIL FIVE YEARS AFTER COMPLETION OF SENTENCE, COMMUNITY CONTROL SANCTION AND POSTRELEASE CONTROLMULTIPLE DUI/OMVICURRENTLY SERVING A SENTENCE OR ON PAROLE OR POSTRELEASE CONTROL FOR OTHER THAN SIMPLE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONFOR REINSTATEMENT, SEE HB VI(2)(D)HB X(9). CRIMINAL CONVICTIONSA. New Permit Application or Reinstatement – An officiating permit will not be issued or reinstated for anyone:i. Convicted, or adjudicated with a finding of fault, guilt or violation, in regard to an offense involving a minor, a crime of violence, any sexual offense unless/until such offense has been reversed by proper authority with jurisdiction over the matter; or,ii. Convicted, or adjudicated with a finding of fault, guilt or violation, in regard to an offense involving any illegal/illicit drug or controlled substance as prescribed by federal or state law or regulation, prior to five (5) years following the completion of any sentence/parole/probation period imposed for the offense; or,iii. Convicted of multiple DUI/OMVI.iv. Currently serving a sentence or a parole/probation period for any offense or adjudication of guilt imposed by any court, judge, or administrative body, other than simple traffic violations.B. Currently Permitted Officialsi. When a current OHSAA official is indicted or charged with any criminal offense or charged with a violation of any statute pertaining to minors, a crime of violence, drugs or a controlled substance, such permit will automatically be suspended, pending resolution of the indictment or charge. Conviction or adjudication of fault, guilt or a violation under any such indictment or charge shall result in immediate and automatic forfeiture of the officiating permit.ii. Current OHSAA sports officials must inform the OHSAA of any such indictment of charge immediately upon receipt of or upon having knowledge of such indictment or charge. Failure to notify the OHSAA shall itself be a basis for immediate and automatic forfeiture of the officiating permit.
9 OTHER UNETHICAL CONDUCT EXAMPLES:FAILURE TO FILE OFFICIAL REPORTUNAPPROVED UNIFORM WORNCONFLICT OF INTERESTTOBACCO USEUNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT TOWARD PARTICIPANT OR SPECTATOROHSAA Tobacco Regulation “School participants (coaches, players, trainers, managers, statisticians, scorekeepers, cheerleaders, etc.) and contest officials in an athletic are prohibited from using any form of tobacco at the playing site of an interscholastic contest. Penalty for violation by school participants is disqualification from that contest. Violations by contest officials shall be reported to the OHSAA.HB X(10) UNETHICAL CONDUCTA. Unethical conduct covers a multitude of indiscretions: Failure to accurately complete an Officials Report and submit it in a timely manner; failure to wear the approved uniform; chronic tardiness to games; disruptive behavior during meetings; officiating a contest where there is a conflict of interest; inappropriate dress arriving at or departing from a contest site; use of tobacco at a game site (locker room, field, boiler room, etc.); consuming alcohol on game day prior to a game; disrespectfully addressing fans, players, coaches, administrators, officials; failure to cooperate with OHSAA personnel; illegal gambling; gambling on high school events; campaigning for tournament assignments; and lack of preparation are some examples of unethical conduct. Certainly this listing is not intended to be all-inclusive.i. Conflict of Interest is any situation which would cause a reasonable person to question the integrity or fairness of an official.B. Conduct determined to be unethical may be penalized. Penalties include, but are not be limited to, letters of reprimand, public censure, single or multiple contest suspensions, monetary fines up to $200 per incident and suspension as an OHSAA official.i. Individual officials and officiating crews that communicate with coaches and/or administrators in order to solicit tournament votes will become immediately ineligible for tournament officiating.
10 ANNUAL RENEWAL WITHOUT PENALTY: JUNE 1-30 $50 PENALTY: JULY 1-31 NO RENEWAL AFTER JULY 31ONLINE RENEWAL SAVES $$$ONLINE CONCUSSION COURSE EVERY 3 YEARSDo NOT procrastinate.Renew as soon as you receive notification.If you renew online, you usually save $$$$
11 ANNUAL MEETINGSYEAR OF ADULT EDUCATION CLASS (INCLUDING BRIDGE COURSE):NO STATE OR LOCAL MEETINGSSUBSEQUENT YEARS:ONE STATE RULES MEETINGFOUR LOCAL RULES MEETINGSAdult education class members: You are not required to attend any state or local rules meetings in the school year you pass the class. E.g., if you become licensed through adult education or the bridge class in March, you must attend one state rules interpretation meeting and four local rules meetings after you renew your license in June, for the coming school year.Good idea to go, though, to make sure your are up to speed on the rules changes and to get yourself known.Subsequent years: You are like everyone else and must attend one state rules meeting and four local rules meetings.NOTE: There are face-to-face and online state rules meeting opportunities, so it is easy to get state rules meeting credit.
12 ANNUAL MEETINGS YEAR OF USSF RECIPROCITY (GRADES 1-7): FOUR LOCAL MEETINGSNO STATE MEETINGSUBSEQUENT YEARS:ONE STATE RULES MEETINGFOUR LOCAL RULES MEETINGSIf you receive an OHSAA license via a USSF license: You need not attend a state rules meeting but must attend four local rules meetings in the school year of initial licensure.In subsequent school years, you must attend a state rules meeting and four local rules meeting.NOTE: There are face-to-face and online state rules meeting opportunities, so it is easy to get state rules meeting credit.
13 ANNUAL MEETINGS YEAR OF OTHER STATE RECIPROCITY: 4 LOCAL MEETINGS, NO STATE MEETINGSUBSEQUENT YEARS:ONE STATE RULES MEETINGFOUR LOCAL RULES MEETINGSIf you receive an OHSAA license via a high school license in another state: You need not attend a state rules meeting but must attend four local rules meetings in the school year of initial licensure.In subsequent school years, you must attend a state rules meeting and four local rules meeting.NOTE: There are face-to-face and online state rules meeting opportunities, so it is easy to get state rules meeting credit.
14 ASSIGNERS ONLINE LIST AT myOHSAA CONTACT EACH ONE IN YOUR AREA INTRODUCE YOURSELFYOUR EXPERIENCE AS OFFICIAL, COACH, PLAYER, COLLEGE, REC, USSFWHEN YOU ARE AVAILABLECAN FILL IN AS EMERGENCY SUBSTITUTE?HOW FAR CAN YOU DRIVE?ASK HOW MATCHES ARE ASSIGNED2013 OHSAA Regulations for Assigners, contained in HB: REGULATIONS FOR OHSAA CERTIFIED ASSIGNERS1.1 An OHSAA Certified Assigner shall be required to submit an annual registration form and fee and to attend an OHSAA Assigners certification seminar biannually.1.2 An OHSAA Certified Assigner will be familiar with OHSAA regulations and officiating classification requirements. Assigners will assign/contract only those officials who possess a current and appropriate OHSAA permit.1.3 An OHSAA Certified Assigner shall execute a contract with the school(s) or league(s) for which assignments are made. This contract shall clearly outline the assigner’s fee and each party’s expectations. A current valid contract shall be submitted with the annual application form.1.4 An OHSAA Certified Assigner shall assign officials that are mutually acceptable to the competing schools. An Assigner shall obtain a list of acceptable officials from the schools for which assignments are made.1.5 An OHSAA Certified Assigner shall assign officials to contests without regard to race or gender.1.6 An OHSAA Certified Assigner will assign officials based on competence and certification; officiating assignments may not be denied based on the official’s membership (or not) in a local association.1.7 An OHSAA Certified Assigner or administrator will issue valid OHSAA contracts to officials. Valid OHSAA contracts shall include the contest date, time, place and fee (site TBAs are acceptable). Contracts must be signed by an OHSAA Certified Officials Assigner appointed by the school administrator or the home school administrator.1.8 Payment for games must come from schools or an independent payment system (such a Refpay), not from Assigners personal accounts.
15 ASSIGNERS CANNOT CHARGE “BOOKING” FEES MAY BE PAID BY LEAGUE/SCHOOL CAN BE ELECTED BY LOCAL ASSN.CANNOT ESTABLISH MATCH FEESMAXIMUM $100 FINE PER VIOLATION1.9 An OHSAA Certified Assigner shall not allow officials to schedule their own substitutes or give their assignment to another official. Officials who fail to honor contracts shall be reported in writing within 10 days of the violation, to the OHSAA Officiating Commissioner.1.10 An OHSAA Certified Assigner shall not accept money or gifts from officials receiving assignments. Assigners that assign officials to interscholastic contests shall not require individual officials to pay “ booking” fees.1.11 An OHSAA Certified Assigner may be paid by the school(s) or league(s) for which assignments are made. A local officials association may, by majority vote of all of its members, elect an Assigner. Elections of Assigners must be held annually by secret ballot and the results certified to OHSAA in such form as the OHSAA may require. If the membership elects an Assigner and wishes to establish a salary for the Assigner, the salary must be established by a majority vote of all members.1.12 An OHSAA Certified Assigner may not establish game fees.1.13 An OHSAA Certified Assigner is expected to be honest in all dealings with officials, school personnel and OHSAA staff. Assigners who fail to follow OHSAA bylaws or regulations will be subject to penalties which include, but are not limited to, a maximum fine of $100 per violation, public censure, probation and suspension as an Assigner.1.14 These regulations shall apply to home school administrators as they assign officials.1.15 An OHSAA Certified Assigner is ineligible for OHSAA post-season tournament assignments at the Regional or and State tournaments.
16 http://officials.myohssa.org/Logon Log on Username Password Click onEnter username and password.16
17 After Log-on: DASHBOARD OfficialClick on the word “Official,” not on the icon.17
18 YOUR HOME I KNOW: BUT DO READ THE USER GUIDE! MY ASSIGNMENTS—LOOK AT EVENT REQUESTSTAKE CARE OF CONTRACT OFFERSLOOK OVER YOUR SCHEDULE
19 YOUR HOMEREQUESTSYOUR CALENDARASSIGNMENTS IN BLUE BOX
20 MORE HOME REGULAR SEASON CONTRACTS TOURNEY ASSIGNMENTS TOURNEY CONTRACTS
21 MY PROFILE CLICK ON IT ON MENU ON LEFT CHECK AND CORRECT ALL DATA MAKE SURE OF !!!!!!!!SHOWS LOCAL ASSN. MEMBERSHIPSHOWS LOCAL MTGS. ATTENDEDSHOWS STATE MTG. ATTENDED
22 myOHSAA CONTACT: ANGIE LAWLER 614.267.2502 firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Angie for username, password or if you cannot figure out what to do.
24 THE CONTRACT WHERE, WHEN, WHO, FEE OFFICIAL AGREES TO: 1) BE LICENSED 2) SHOW UP AND OFFICIATE3) PAY FOR NOT SHOWING UP UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED4) SUFFER OTHER DISCIPLINE FOR A NO-SHOWHB X(5)(A)FAILURE TO FULFILL GAME CONTRACTRegular Season: When an official fails to fulfill a regular season game contract, the offended home school’s administrator or certified assigner may require that official to pay the contract amount to the offended school or league.If the official does not comply with the directions of the administrator or assigner, the OHSAA shall be notified where upon the official’s permit may be suspended.An official suspended for failure to comply with the above directions will not be reinstated until the fee is paid.A game contract is not assignable to any other party without the express written consent of both parties (official and assigning agent).When either of the contracting parties fails to fulfill/honor a game contract and the act is found to be willful (ex: changing a contract date or time; officiating another game – high school or college), the offending party shall pay the other the contract amount.The OHSAA may impose an additional penalty not to exceed $100 per occurrence.
25 THE CONTRACT5) PAY DAMAGES FOR RELEASE TO DO ANOTHER MATCH &/OR DISCIPLINE6) SCHOOL NOT REQUIRED TO PAY IF CANCELLED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL FOR WEATHER, EPIDEMIC OR OTHER EMERGENCYHB X(5)(B)TournamentThe OHSAA Commissioner may void tournament contracts, at any level of an OHSAA tournament, when it is considered in the best interest of the OHSAA.Sectional/DistrictContracts voided through mutual consent are not “actionable.”When an official fails to fulfill a sectional/district tournament contract, the District Athletic Board may require the official to pay the contract amount.The District Athletic Board is authorized to void future contracts in the sectional/district tournament when it is considered to in the best interest of the OHSAA sectional/district tournaments.Regional/StateThe OHSAA Official’s Administrator may require payment of the contract fee of an official who fails to honor a regional/state tournament contract.
26 THE CONTRACT7) OFFICIAL DOES NOT HAVE TO OFFICIATE IF TEAMS NOT THERE WITHIN 30 MINUTES, UNLESS NOTIFIED OF LATE ARRIVAL8) CUTOFF DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE9) OFFICIALS ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS10) USE RULES ADOPTED BY OHSAA +OHSAA REGULATIONSLeave time for questions.
27 THE CONTRACT11) HONOR EACH CONTRACT ACCEPTED, EXCEPT FOR ILLNESS, INJURY, FAMILY EMERGENCY BEYOND CONTROL12) EXEMPLARY CONDUCT CLAUSE13) FAILURE TO HONOR CONTRACTWITHOUT JUST CAUSE DISCIPLINE
28 OFFICIALS REQUIREDVARSITY: MINIMUM OF TWO CLASS 1, TWO CLASS 2 OR A COMBORESERVE OR JV: SAMEFRESHMAN OR MIDDLE SCHOOL: ONE CLASS 1, 2 OR 3IF ONLY 1 OFFICIAL IS PRESENT, CONTEST MAY BE PLAYED IF BOTH COACHES + THE OFFICIAL AGREECLUB LINES NOT PERMITTED!It is important to note that even where both coaches agree the official is NOT required to officiate the match alone.2013 OHSAA Soccer Reg. 10(B)(9)SOCCERRegular Season Officials RequirementsHigh School Varsity — Minimum of two OHSAA Class 1 or Class 2 officials required. Regardless of number officiating, all must be OHSAA Class 1 or Class 2 soccer officials.High School Reserve/Junior Varsity — Minimum of two OHSAA Class 1 or Class 2 officials required. Regardless of number officiating, all must be OHSAA Class 1 or Class 2 soccer officials.Freshman/7-8th grade — minimum of one OHSAA Class 1, 2 or 3 required. All other officials shall be OHSAA Class 1, 2 or 3 officials or officials in training.Note: If only one OHSAA official is present to officiate the contest, the game may be played if opposing coaches agree.Must attend 4 local rules meetings and 1 state rules meeting.There is no express provision in the NFHS rules or the OHSAA Regulations, permitting use of club lines. They are PROHIBITED!
29 REQUIRED UNIFORM PRIMARY: GOLD WITH BLACK STRIPES WEAR GOLD UNLESS CONFLICT WITH FIELD PLAYERS…..PERIOD!ALTERNATES WITHOUT PRIORITY: RED OR BLACK WITH STRIPESALL WEAR SAME SLEEVE LENGTHOHSAA does NOT permit use of the USSF blue or green shirt.Wearing of an improper shirt is fineable up to $100 by OHSAA.HB Required UniformGold jersey with black pinstripes or broader black stripes, either long or short-sleeved. All officials are to wear the same color and sleeve length. Either the red jersey with black pinstripes or broader black stripes or the black jersey with white pinstripes or broader white stripes, when the head referee determines that the gold shirt does not contrast with the jerseys of either team’s field players.There is no preference as to the red or black jersey as an alternate.The officials may wear a mixture of pinstripes and broader stripes and still be considered properly uniformed.All black shorts which may contain the USSF logo.Black socks with three white rings near the top of the sockAll black shoes and laces.The OHSAA soccer official’s patch shall be worn on the left breast pocket. No other logos, patches, emblems or numbers are permitted on the uniform.Exception: An American Flag patch/emblem is optional and, if worn, shall be on the left sleeve approximately two inches below the shoulder with the star field facing to the front.Jewelry shall not be worn except for a wedding band and/or a medical alert necklace or bracelet. A religious medallion which is not visible is permitted. A watch is permitted only when an official has a duty for timing during the contest.
30 REQUIRED UNIFORM BLACK SHORTS: USSF LOGO O.K. BLACK SHOES & SOCKS WEAR OHSAA PATCH ON LEFT BREAST POCKETNO JEWELRY EXCEPT MEDICAL I.D.,WEDDING BAND AND WATCH
31 MORE ON UNIFORM SOLID BLACK BASEBALL CAP OPTIONAL JERSEY & SHORTS MAY CONTAIN USSF LOGOUSSF BLUE AND GREEN JERSEYS ILLEGAL
32 TOO MANY HALVES 38 HALVES PER SEASON 3 HALVES PER DAY HOW TO HANDLE FOURTH HALF:PLAYER IS RED-CARDEDTEAM PLAYS SHORTHANDEDFILE OFFICIAL REPORT1.) You will probably not encounter this problem in your matches. It is mostly self-policed by the schools OHSAA Soccer Reg. 10(A)(1.1).2.) This comes into play during jv-varsity doubleheaders. If you can prove that a player has played in a fourth half on the same day, then, follow steps four through six on the slide.3.) You can be proactive and attempt to prevent such problems by reminding coaches of the rule prior to the varsity match.4.) A “too many halves rule” question is usually raised during the second, i.e., thevarsity contest, of a doubleheader. The referees should refer to the official scorebook ofthe first game and the second game as the best means of verifying the athlete’sparticipation. Absent the official scorebooks, the referee may make inquiry of the teamwith the allegedly infringing player. The referees may also rely on their own memories,but this is not a very strong basis for enforcing this regulation unless the athlete inquestion has been booked or otherwise noted on the referees’ game card. The mattershould be discussed with the coaches of both teams. Should the referees not havesufficient evidence to indicate a violation, then the athlete should be permitted toparticipate in one or both halves of the second game, per the regulation. An OfficialReport must be made of any violation which has sufficient evidence to support it. Wherethe alleged violation is not supported by the referees’ game cards, the officialscorebooks, or the offending team’s verification of its own violation, then the matter neednot be reported to OHSAA, because there is no evidence to support it.
33 EJECTED PLAYEREJECTED STUDENT: UNDER SUPERVISION OF SCHOOL PERSONNEL: 4.5.4CANNOT SEND STUDENT AWAY2013 OHSAA Bylaw 4.5.4: “Any students who are ejected or disqualified from an athletic contest in any sport for unsporting conduct or a flagrant violation shall be immediately placed under the direct supervision of a school official.”Remember, we are dealing with minors here, but the bylaw applies even if the student is 18.2013 OHSAA Gen. Sports Reg. 13.1:Player is ineligible for the rest of the day.Player is ineligible for all matches at all levels of soccer until two regular season/tournament matches are played at the same level as the ejection.
34 EJECTED COACH MUST BE OUT OF SIGHT AND SOUND OF PLAYING FIELD CANNOT COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY WITH TEAM OR STAFFCANNOT GO TO SPECTATOR AREAPENALTY = FORFEITURE2013 OHSAA General Sports Reg. 12: “… A coach who has been disqualified shall be ejected from the vicinity of the playing area and is prohibited from further contact, direct or indirect, with team members, managers and other coaches during the remainder of the contest. The coach must return to the locker room or team bus or leave the premises. The coach shall not go to the spectator area.The penalty for failure of the coach to comply with the ejection regulation shall result in the forfeiture of the contest.Note: When national playing rules refer to a disqualification for unsporting conduct or a flagrant violation, this is considered an ejection as referenced in this regulation.”
35 EJECTED COACHTEAM MUST BE SUPERVISED BY PERSON AUTHORIZED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION, OR FORFEITURE: GENERAL SPORTS REG. 12AUTHORIZED PERSON = ASST. COACH FOR THAT TEAM, A.D., PRINCIPAL OR ASST. PRINCIPAL2013 OHSAA Gen. Sports Reg. 12. Ejection of Coach (Disqualification for unsporting conduct or flagrant violation)A school (coach, athletic administrator or principal) must file a written report with the OHSAA, within 10 days, any time a coach is ejected from a contest, home or away. If a coach is ejected/disqualified from a contest and no other coach or a person authorized by the Board of Education from that school is present (Bylaw 3-2-1), the contest shall be forfeited. A coach who has been disqualified shall be ejected from the vicinity of the playing area and is prohibited from further contact, direct or indirect, with team members, managers and other coaches during the remainder of the contest. The coach must return to the locker room or team bus or leave the premises.The coach shall not go to the spectator area.The penalty for failure of the coach to comply with the ejection regulation shall result in the forfeiture of the contest.Note: When national playing rules refer to a disqualification for unsporting conduct or a flagrant violation, this is considered an ejection as referenced in this regulation.2013 OHSAA Bylaw 3.2.1: “The principal or representative(s) authorized by the principal, in addition to the coaches, shall be present throughout all varsity football and varsity basketball games. In all other sports, the coach or a person authorized by the Board of Education shall be present throughout the contest.”
37 EJECTION FORM USER’S GUIDE FOUND UNDER “EJECTION FORMS” ON YOUR DASHBOARDDOWNLOAD AND READVERY EASY TO WORK WITHEjection Report User’s Guide--OfficialeYou must submit Reports using the online form provided here. All fields must be entered as you complete the form.1. Select the Sport, Gender and Level of the contest for which you are submitting the report2. Click the Event Date field to pull up a calendar- choose the date which the event took place3. Click the Event Time drop down menu-choose the time which the event took place4. Enter the name of the location of the event5. Click the “Select a school” option for the Offending Schoola. Begin typing the name of the school: a list of schools will appear for you to select in a matter of seconds-choose the appropriate Offending schoolb. The name of the school, Athletic Director, and AD address will appear for you once a school has been selected6. Click the “Add a school” option for the Opponent School(s)a. Begin typing the name of the school: a list of schools will appear for you to select in a matter of seconds-choose the appropriate schoolb. Repeat this process to add more than one Opponent School (if necessary)
38 EJECTION FORM: “HOW TO” ONCE AT YOUR DASHBOARD: “SUBMIT NEW EJECTION FORM”CHOOSE SPORTCLICK “EVENT DATE” TO PULL UP CALENDARCLICK “EVENT TIME” FOR DROP-DOWN MENUENTER LOCATIONSELECT SCHOOL BY TYPING IN NAMECLICK “ADD A SCHOOL” FOR THE OPPONENTCLICK “ADD AN OFFICIAL” TO PUT IN YOUR COLEAGUES7. Click the “Add an official” option to select additional members of your Officiating crewBegin typing the name of the official: a list of officials will appear for you to select in a matter of seconds -choose the appropriate officialb. Repeat as many times as necessary to completely identify members of your crew8. Click the “Add a person” option to select the person you are reportinga. Enter the first and last name of the individualb. Select the coach, player, or other option9. Select the type of report that you wish to submita. Ejectionb. Equipmentc. Sportsmanshipd. Injurye. Facility10. Enter specific details about the issue. Please be as thorough as necessary in this official report11. Use the Submit Report option to electronically send your Report to OHSAA and the schoola. Once you’ve submitted the report, this process is complete12. In the event of an Ejection, make sure that you contact the appropriate Principal or Athletic Director at the school to advise them of the situation.
39 MORE “HOW TO” CLICK “ADD A PERSON” TO SELECT THE PERSON REPORTED SELECT TYPE OF REPORTENTER DETAILS. BE THOROUGH!CLICK “SUBMIT”YOU ARE FINISHEDOHSAA DOES THE REST
40 REPORTS CAN ALSO BE USED FOR: EQUIPMENT UNIFORMS SEVERE INJURY GOOD OR POOR SPORTSMANSHIPFACILITY OR FIELDOHSAA will notify you of school’s response.2013 HB IX(3) Required Reports: 3. REQUIRED REPORTS (Ejection Reporting)A. Officials shall file a written report with the OHSAA office whenever a coach or player is ejected from an athletic contest within 48 hours of the ejection.Step 1: Speak with offender’s principal/athletic director – Whenever an ejection occurs, the ejecting official shall speak with the offender’s principal/athletic director no later than the first school day following the ejection.Step 2: Submit Report Form – Officials are encouraged to fill out the form electronically at Forms sent via mail or fax will also be accepted. Please use one form per offending school.Note: Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher is needed and can be downloaded free atB. The Officials Report Form may also be used to report good or poor sportsmanship, severe injuries, facility problems, or equipment problems.C. Ejections other than players or coaches and other items of which the Commissioner should be made aware must be provided.D. The OHSAA will send a copy of the report form to the reported school along with a school response form.E. The reporting official will receive notification of resolution upon receipt of the reported school’s reply.F. An official failing to follow the ejection protocol and/or failing to file the Officials Report may be penalized in accordance with Section X.8. of this Handbook.
41 OFFICIAL REPORTS USE ONE FORM PER SCHOOL EACH REPORT HAS A DOCUMENT NUMBERNOTE: THIS FORM NOT USED FOR CONCUSSIONS
42 LEAVING CONTESTTEAM LEAVING BEFORE END OF CONTEST IN DISSATISFACTION WITH OFFICIATING COACH DISCIPLINE2013 OHSAA Bylaw 8.3.3: “Any team leaving the contest area before the conclusion of the contest because of dissatisfaction with the officiating will render the school liable to disciplinary action by the Association.”
43 LEAVES TEAM AREAMEMBER OF SQUAD WHO LEAVES TEAM AREA & ENTERS SPECTATOR AREA TO ENGAGE IN ANY TYPE OF CONFLICT INELIGIBILITY OF STUDENT FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEARSCHOOL ON PROBATION PENDING INVESTIGATION2013 OHSAA General Sports Reg. 14.14. Participants Leaving The Playing AreaNo member of any school-sponsored interscholastic athletics squad shall leave the ‘playing area ‘ in which a contest is being conducted and enter the ‘spectator area’ of the facility to engage in any type of conflict—verbal or physical. If a student-athlete leaves the ‘playing area’ and enters the ‘spectator area’ of a facility to so engage a person, the minimum penalties shall be:14.1) The student-athlete’s privileges to participate in interscholastic athletics shall be revoked and the student-athlete shall be ineligible for the remainder of the school year.14.2) The school shall be immediately placed on probation pending an investigation (and report) into what happened, what caused it to happen, what was done by the school to diffuse what happened and what ‘safeguards’ have been implemented by the school to prevent future happenings.
44 UPGRADE TO CLASS 1 WHY BOTHER? TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY YOU WILL KNOW MOREYOU WILL GET BETTER ASSIGNMENTSYou must be OHSAA Class 1 to be eligible for sectional, district, regional or state tournament assignments.You will learn more about the OHSAA Bylaws and Regulations, as well as National Federation rules, interpretations and mechanics.You should receive better regular season assignments and be more highly regarded by assigners, local associations and your peers.
45 UPGRADE TO CLASS 1 2 YEARS’ SUCCESSIVE EXPERIENCE SUBMIT APPLICATION THROUGH LOCAL ASSOCIATIONLOCAL ASSOCIATION RECOMMNEDS
46 UPGRADE TO CLASS 1 DONE IN SAME CALENDAR YEAR PASS TWO ON-FIELD OBSERVATIONS80% ON CLOSED-BOOK RULES80% ON CLOSED-BOOK MECHANICSBOTH TESTS ONLINE2013 HB VIII(2): 2. CLASSIFICATION UPGRADENote: The promotion from one class to another class does not become effective until the year following, provided the official renews their officiating permit.A. From Class 2 to 1 or Class 3 to 2 – All sports except Girls Gymnasticsi. Application & Examination Deadlines – Class UpgradesSports Season : Fall; Upgrade Application Deadline : November 1-15; Examination Dates : NovemberNote: Class 3 officials must apply to move to Class 2, no test required. In sports where no Class 2 exists, Class 3 officials may apply to move to Class 1, no test required.Step 1: Submit Upgrade Materials – Print upgrade form at complete Section A and return it to the local association secretary. See application deadlines and test dates in Section VIII.2.A.a above.Step 2: Prepare for Officiating Exam – Study your rule books in preparation for the online test. Applicants will be provided via their username and password, and directions for the online test prior to the test dates.Step 3: Take Officiating Exam – Applicants must receive a passing score of 80% or higher on an online review exam. See examination dates in Section VIII.2.A. Two attempts will be permitted.Step 4: Pass Observation of officiating in two scheduled athletic contests – The observation of the applicant will be conducted according to local association standards and procedures. Both observations must be signed by the observing official. Observations may not be conducted by a Class 1 official working in the same athletic contest as the applicant official.Step 5: Receive Endorsement of Local Officiating Association – A Local Association officer must endorse the applicant has successfully completed the upgrade requirements and recommend their promotion. The form will be sent to the OHSAA by the secretary prior to the deadline.
47 TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY BOYS’ OR GIRLS’ TOURNAMENT, 2013:10 REGULAR SEASON VARSITY AS REFEREE OR A.R. IN 2013PLUS 10 IN 2012 REGULAR SEASON2013 HB XV(7)(B): B. Tournament Officials Requirementsi. Tournament level to which applicable — Sectional, District, Regional, State.ii. Minimum Requirementsa. Must be a current Class 1 OHSAA soccer official.b. Must have been a Class 1 official in good standing during the previous year.c. Must be physically fit.d. BOYS — Must officiate a minimum of 10 regular season boys varsity high school soccer games during the current Ohio season and must have officiated a minimum of 10 regular season boys soccer games during the previous Ohio season.GIRLS — Must officiate a minimum of 10 regular season girls varsity high school soccer games during the current Ohio season and must have officiated a minimum of 10 regular season girls soccer games during the previous Ohio season.Exception: A Class 1 soccer official who officiates both boys and girls varsity soccer meets the games eligibility requirements for both boys and girls tournaments if the official officiates a minimum of 8 regular season varsity girls games and a minimum of 8 regular season varsity boys games in the same year.e. Must complete an online application through myOHSAA certifying the above requirements.
48 TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY 2013 BOYS’ OR GIRLS’ TOURNAMENT:QUALIFY FOR BOTH IF YOU OFFICIATE 8 BOYS’ AND 8 GIRLS’ REGULAR SEASON VARSITY IN 2013PLUS 8 OF EACH IN 2012 REGULAR SEASON2013 HB XV(7)(B): B. Tournament Officials Requirementsi. Tournament level to which applicable — Sectional, District, Regional, State.ii. Minimum Requirementsa. Must be a current Class 1 OHSAA soccer official.b. Must have been a Class 1 official in good standing during the previous year.c. Must be physically fit.d. BOYS — Must officiate a minimum of 10 regular season boys varsity high school soccer games during the current Ohio season and must have officiated a minimum of 10 regular season boys soccer games during the previous Ohio season.GIRLS — Must officiate a minimum of 10 regular season girls varsity high school soccer games during the current Ohio season and must have officiated a minimum of 10 regular season girls soccer games during the previous Ohio season.Exception: A Class 1 soccer official who officiates both boys and girls varsity soccer meets the games eligibility requirements for both boys and girls tournaments if the official officiates a minimum of 8 regular season varsity girls games and a minimum of 8 regular season varsity boys games in the same year.e. Must complete an online application through myOHSAA certifying the above requirements.
49 TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY CLASS 1 PERMIT CURRENT YEARCLASS 1 PREVIOUS YEARSTATE RULES MEETING4 LOCAL RULES MEETINGSPHYSICALLY FITFILL OUT ONLINE APPLICATION2013 HB XV(7)(B): B. Tournament Officials Requirementsi. Tournament level to which applicable — Sectional, District, Regional, State.ii. Minimum Requirementsa. Must be a current Class 1 OHSAA soccer official.b. Must have been a Class 1 official in good standing during the previous year.c. Must be physically fit.d. BOYS — Must officiate a minimum of 10 regular season boys varsity high school soccer games during the current Ohio season and must have officiated a minimum of 10 regular season boys soccer games during the previous Ohio season.GIRLS — Must officiate a minimum of 10 regular season girls varsity high school soccer games during the current Ohio season and must have officiated a minimum of 10 regular season girls soccer games during the previous Ohio season.Exception: A Class 1 soccer official who officiates both boys and girls varsity soccer meets the games eligibility requirements for both boys and girls tournaments if the official officiates a minimum of 8 regular season varsity girls games and a minimum of 8 regular season varsity boys games in the same year.e. Must complete an online application through myOHSAA certifying the above requirements.
50 TOURNAMENT SELECTIONTHESE VOTE: OHSAA, DISTRICT ATHLETIC BOARD, ASSIGNERS, LOCAL ASSOCIATION, ATHLETICS DIRECTORSVOTES MULTIPLIED BY AVERAGE COACH’S RATING = POOL POINTS2013 HB XI(2)(C): C. Baseball, Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey, Softball, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Volleyball, Wrestlingi. Selection is based on information from head coaches, athletic administrators, assigners, local officials associations, District Athletic Board members and OHSAA staff.ii. Officials are ranked in each respective athletic district highest to lowest.a. Rankings are based on the following formula: (Average Coach Rating) X (AD Vote + Assigner Vote + Local Association Rating + District Athletic Board Vote + OHSAA Rating).iii. Ranked officials are then divided into pools – groups of officials eligible for various levels of tournament.a. The state and regional pool is approximately three times the number of officials needed.b. The district and sectional pool is approximately twice as large as the number of officials that will be assigned.iv. All tournament eligible officials must accurately complete a tournament application through their myOHSAA account.v. Upon completion of the application process, the rankings and pools are reviewed to make certain there are enough officials in each pool.
51 TOURNAMENT SELECTIONTOTAL POOL POINTS PLACE YOU IN SECTIONAL, DISTRICT, REGIONAL OR STATE POOLNO DIFFERENTIATION BY POINTS WITHIN EACH POOLREGIONAL & STATE POOLS: 300% OF OFFICIALS NEEDED FOR EACH TOURNAMENTSECTIONAL & DISTRICT: 200%D. District and Sectionali. Finalized by/through the District Athletic Boarda. District Athletic Boards receive lists of officials receiving state and regional assignmentsb. The sectional and district pools are separated to make each pool more manageable for assigning.E. Regional and Statei. Finalized by one or more individuals including state interpreter(s), Director of Officiating Development, and an OHSAA staff member and are based on several criteria:a. be in the respective poolb. utilize the proportional representationc. possesses the physical ability consistent with the sport/contestd. diversitya) geographicalb) racec) experienced) gendere. utilize proper NFHS/OHSAA mechanicsii. OHSAA Certified Assigners are not eligible to officiate regional and state tournament contests in the sports they assign.
52 LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS BEST TO JOIN AT LEAST ONE LOCAL MEETINGS COST $10 ADVISES YOU OF WHAT IS GOING ONHELPS YOU WITH ASSIGNMENTSHELPS YOU WITH TRAININGBANQUETS, ETC. GETTING YOURSELF KNOWNLOCAL SECRETARIES KEEP YOUR MEETING ATTENDANCEJoining at least one association gets you known.If you join one, you do not have to pay to attend a local rules meeting anywhere else in the state.You will be kept apprised of what is going on.You will get five hours of training per year via local rules meetings.There will be social and networking opportunities.The local association secretary keeps your local rules meeting attendance.
53 UNSATISFACTORY OFFICIATING REPORT BY ATHLETICS ADMINISTRATOR, ASSIGNER, BOARD OR STAFF MEMBEROHSAA CAN REQUEST OBSERVATION, ALONG WITH OTHER REPORTSCAN INSTRUCT AND/OR DISCIPLINEUnsatisfactory officiating is usually handled in this way, as long as it does not involve unprofessional conduct:Athletics administrator contacts assigner or local association’s president or secretary.Local association officer indicates that local association’s rules interpreter or mechanics instructor will counsel the official.That’s where it usually ends, but official may also be blocked from assignments at complaining school for next school year.If matter involves unprofessional conduct, athletics administrator may contact OHSAA. Assistant Commissioner Henry Zaborniak, who is Supervisor of Officials, will gather information, contact the official and make a decision that can range from notice that the official did nothing wrong, counseling, fine, probation, suspension or license revocation.Officials have an appeals process, contained in OHSAA’s 2013HB X(11).Assigners are usually the first to hear about unsatisfactory officiating and usually take their own actions, which usually include counseling by the local association, a call to the referee and, where appropriate, blocking the official from that team’s matches the next season and switching matches during the current season.
54 INSURANCE CHECK ONLINE VERSION OF LATEST OFFICIALS’ HANDBOOK Check the online and current version of the 2013 HB.
55 OHSAA BYLAWSBYLAWS AND SPORTS REGS CANNOT BE WAIVED, MODIFIED OR AMENDED BY MUTUAL CONSENT OR AMONG CONTESTING SCHOOLS: 1-1-3THIS INCLUDES OFFICIALS!OHSAA CHOOSES PLAYING RULES: 1-4-3Officials and coaches and/or athletics directors CANNOT agree to waive rules or regulations. PERIOD.This is especially important when it concerns safety matters.
56 INTERSTATE PLAY PLAY IN OHIO, FOLLOW OHSAA REGULATIONS AND NFHS RULES ~ OHSAA BYLAW 9-2-52013 OHSAA Bylaw 9.2.5: In all interstate contests, each participating school shall follow the contest rules of the host state.
57 OHSAA BYLAWS GIRLS AS MEMBERS OF BOYS’ TEAM: 1-6-2 BOYS AS MEMBERS OF GIRLS’ TEAM:MIXED GENDER CONTESTS PROHIBITED: 1-7-19TH GRADER CANNOT PLAY BELOW 9TH GRADE LEVEL: 2-2-31.) Girls must follow all contest rules and regulations applicable to boys.2.) Boys cannot play on girls’ teams unless the overall opportunities for interscholastic competition for boys are less than for girls and both coaches agree.3.) Teams of the opposite sex shall not compete against each other in any interscholastic athletic contests. This includes scrimmages, previews and practices.
58 OHSAA BYLAWS OFFICIAL’S DECISION IS FINAL, NO MATTER HOW WRONG! NO PROTESTS ALLOWED: 8-3-1COMMISSIONER CANNOT ORDER REPLAY OR OVERTURN DECISIONAnd there have been some doozies……………..2013 OHSAA Bylaw 8.3.1: “Protests arising from the decisions and interpretations of the contest playing rules by officials will not be considered, and those decisions shall be final. The Commissioner’s office does not have the authority or jurisdiction to order contests replayed, or to overturn decisions of contest officials regarding the decisions and interpretations of contest playing rules. The decisions and interpretations of the rules by the contest officials are final.”