COLUMBUS — Fall sports practices and the golf regular-season officially get under way 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. Sectionaltournaments begin Oct. 16.
Girls Volleyball: regular-season begins Aug. 18. Sectional tournaments begin Oct. 16.
Football: regular-season beginsAug. 14 (first Friday is Aug. 18). Regional playoffs begin Oct. 27.
Complete OHSAA 2023-24 calendars are available at: 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:
– MaxPreps: https://www.maxpreps.com/news/PhsocT_EMUSliWlcEKJOdA/ohsaa-2023-ohio-high-school-football-schedules.htm
– 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 (Oct. 27 and Nov. 3), the better-seeded team in each match-up will host the game at its home field. During the third, fourth and fifth rounds (Nov. 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 Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2.
July 31 – official start date for practice
Aug. 4-12 – scrimmage dates
Aug. 14 – regular-season begins (first Friday is Aug. 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
Aug. 1 through Aug. 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.
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.