COLUMBUS, Ohio – Practices are slated to begin Thursday, Aug. 1, for member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association in the sports of girls tennis, golf, cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. In addition, schools that begin classes Aug. 16 or earlier may begin football practice Thursday, Aug. 1, while all other all schools may begin football practice Monday, Aug. 5.
Of the OHSAA’s 821 member schools, 714 sponsor football teams, with a goal of being among the 224 playoff qualifiers when the final computer ratings are announced Sunday morning, Nov. 3.
The OHSAA’s football postseason field expands to seven divisions this fall after having six divisions from 1994-2012. Eight qualifiers in each region (four regions per division) will earn playoff berths, except in Division I, where there are only two regions and thus there will be 16 regional qualifiers. See the link below for the regional maps.
During the 2013 playoffs, divisions II, III, IV and VI will play on Friday nights, while divisions I, V and VII will play on Saturday nights. One of the divisions playing on Friday night will play its state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The other Friday divisions will play their state championship games on Friday, Dec. 6, while the Saturday divisions will play their state championships on Saturday, Dec. 7. Game times will be announced after the state semifinals.
The state championship games will be at Canton Fawcett Stadium and Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium before moving to Ohio Stadium in Columbus for 2014 and 2015.
Tim Stried is the Director of Information Services for the OHSAA, located in Columbus, Ohio.