2021 OIAAA State Conference Registration and Agenda

2021 OIAAA State Conference

November 14, 15, 16

at Columbus Easton Hilton

Event Registration for Members

Log in to the OIAAA AMP site: https://oiaaa.finalforms-amp.com/

1. Click on the “MEMBER” icon

2. Enter your email address for your username and the password for your OIAAA AMP account

3. On your Main Member Page, locate the “Current Events” section on your account page

4. Find the OIAAA event you want to register for (Conference or LTI) and click on the “Register” button next to the event

5. You will be taken to the cost and fees page, Click the “Yes Register” button

6. Complete the registration form of the event you are registering for and when the form is complete, type your name in the signature field and submit the form (Please note the Hotel information is also listed in the form)

7. You will be taken to the checkout page where you can download a “Generated Invoice” if needed for your Treasurer’s Office and/or to mail in with a check payment.  You can also choose to pay online by credit card.

Please remember, your OIAAA Membership fees must be paid to register for the conference and/or the LTI events.

OIAAA and OHSAA “The Bruce Brown Award of Excellence”

OIAAA/OHSAA

“The Bruce Brown Award of Excellence”

2021-2022

Purpose:  To recognize on-going and consistent efforts on the part of Ohio interscholastic athletic departments that demonstrate best practice in the endorsement and promotion of education-based athletic programming.  Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to shift the culture of school-based sport programs as an on-going process.

The name was changed to honor the first Executive Director of the OIAAA, Bruce Brown.

Award Criteria:

  1. Ohio interscholastic athletic departments may submit their data (as indicated below) at any time of the school year.  
  2. An individual school may win the award once during a 36-month period.  
  3. All data submitted must have been deployed, created or accomplished within the past 12-month period at the time of submission.
  4. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of OIAAA membership and OHSAA staff.
  5. Recognition of schools/athletic departments for attainment of the award will be made at an appropriate OHSAA-sanctioned state tournament site (An alternate site may be instituted)

 

Criteria Domains:

  1. Philosophy of Education-based Athletics
  2. Education Strategies
  3. Risk Management
  4. Access/Equity
  5. Assessment
  6. Technology/Media
  7. Sports Medicine
  8. Innovation/Creativity
  9. Continuous Improvement

 

Provisions for submission of evidence:

 

Philosophy of Education-based Athletics:

  • Athletic department philosophy statement which specifically identifies the mission of interscholastic athletic programs as extensions of the curricular/academic program within the school district.  Statement should include educational objectives of the athletic department/programs.
  • Evidence of Board of Education adoption of athletic department philosophy.
  • Evidence of athletic department philosophy posted in/on following:
    • Athletic Department handbook
    • Coach/Athlete/Parent handbook
    • Athletic department statement on school website

 

Education Strategies:

  • Evidence of the athletic administrator’s personal professional development activities specific to interscholastic athletics within the 12 months prior to submission for the Award.  Examples would include, but not limited to:
    • Attendance at the OIAAA State Conference
    • Completion of at least one Leadership Training Course (LTC)
    • Acquiring one or more of the following designations:
      • RAA  (through NIAAA)
      • RMSAA  (through NIAAA)
      • CAA  (through NIAAA)
      • CMAA  (through NIAAA)
      • AIC  (through NFHS)
      • CIC  (through NFHS)
    •  Earning a Master’s degree in Education or Athletic Administration
  • Evidence (copies of agendas) of meetings and in-house sessions for purposes of training, educating, updating in-house coaching of athletic staff members.  Examples might include regular coaches meetings (pre- and in-season), in-services specific to interscholastic athletic topics, mentoring, strategic planning, etc.
  • Evidence of support and promotion of coach education beyond sport-specific (offensive/defensive strategies) training.  Examples of such tactics could include in-house seminars on media/public relations, promotion of Accredited Interscholastic Coach certification (NFHS online courses), etc.
  • Provide a brief (one page or less) overview of the process for mentoring new coaches currently within the athletic department.
  • The applicant school’s athletic administrator must be a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) for the school year of award submission.

 

Risk Management:

  • Provide evidence of cautionary statement provisions shared with parents and students (per sport)- Click HERE for example of a Cautionary Statement
  • Describe protocols currently in place to assess atmospheric (heat, humidity) and severe weather (lightening) emergencies for athletic teams.

 

Access/Equity:

  • Evidence of assessment plan for athletic department and programs relative to accessibility and equity parameters.  Some examples of evidence may include:
    • Facility inventory (listing of boys and girls facilities, age/condition of facilities, fiscal support for upkeep, etc.)
    • Line-item budget comparisons (by sport; by gender)
    • Title IX surveys and/or studies
    • Provisions and accommodations for students with disabilities (“How are special needs students engaged within your interscholastic athletic programs?”)  

 

Assessment:

  • Description of the process utilized to evaluate and assess coaches within your interscholastic athletic program.  More than just the evaluation tool (form), what protocol is utilized to review and target improvement within the coach(es) and the sport-specific program?

 

Technology/Media:

  • Provide five (5) examples the interscholastic athletic department utilizes technology/media in support of education-based athletics.  Examples may include, but not limited to:
    • Posting and accessibility of team schedules
    • Availability of public-access information
    • Utilization of “push” data (e.g., parent alerts, text messaging, Twitter/Facebook feeds)
    • Local/School/Public media access to interscholastic sport programs and events
    • Feedback and survey opportunities for stakeholders and/or community

 

Sports Medicine:

  • Provide evidence of “Emergency Action Plan” protocols that are utilized by interscholastic teams within the school’s athletic department.  Click HERE for example of an Emergency Action Plan
  • EACH team’s plan should include:
    • Facility layout
    • Entry and exit routes (particularly for EMS and evacuation routes)
    • Location of rescue and first aid equipment
    • Location of landline telephones with emergency numbers and personnel posted
    • Location of a cell phone and the person responsible for carrying it
    • Location of keys that may be necessary for access to phones and equipment
    • Location of rescue equipment and first aid kit(s)
    • Location of emergency supplies (e.g. flashlights, fire extinguishers, masks, gloves, etc.)

 

Innovation/Creativity:

  • Provide examples and description of non-contest engagement of students and/or adults within the scope of the school’s interscholastic athletic program.  Examples of such may be:
    • Varsity team members traveling to elementary school to read to students
    • Choir students who audition and perform the “National Anthem” at athletic events
    • Non-participant student involvement; e.g., student media crew for graphics or video board at game events, student host squad for guest teams or game officials, etc.
    • Student-Athlete Advisory Council
    • Community stakeholder engagement with planning, advisory or feedback groups related to interscholastic athletics

 

Continuous Improvement:

  • Identify at least one organized event/activity where the educational mission and purpose of interscholastic athletics is clearly and intentionally addressed.  Specifically, how is the question of “What is the true purpose of having sports within our schools?” being answered with your stakeholders?
  • Provide an example of how the athletic department delivers a continuing message and supports “Respect the Game” and Sportsmanship initiatives within your school and league.

 

The objective of the “Award of Excellence” is to recognize those Ohio interscholastic athletic departments who are purposefully educating and supporting the mission of education-based athletics in Ohio.  Defining success based solely based upon “wins and losses” or the number of championship trophies a school/team possesses misses the mark of what our interscholastic athletic programs should be targeting.  The award is designed to honor and celebrate those school athletic departments that are attempting to shift the sport culture toward the genuine purpose of why sports are a part of our school and community culture in America.

 

As such, the collection and submission of data is meant to be a reflection of what schools are already doing to underscore the mission of education-based athletics.  To create a level of consistency and to maintain an appropriate level of professionalism, submission of school data should follow this protocol:

 

    • Submission of materials should be inclusive of all data that is to be considered.  “Part and parcel” submissions (scattered or segmented submission of data over time) will not be accepted.
    • Electronic OR hard-copy data submissions are permissible.
    • Submission for the award can be made at any time of the year; once all criteria have been met, corresponding data can be submitted.

 

  • Data submission should be sent electronically to:  Glen Gillespie, OIAAA Executive Director at: 1320gleng@gmail.com

 

    • Awards will be presented annually at the Girls/Boys State Basketball Championship games in Columbus (March).
    • Please include the attached “Cover Sheet” with submission. click HERE for the “Cover Sheet”
    • A “checklist” to assist the gathering of all related data – click HERE for the checklist

Deadline date is  Jan. 31, 2022

  • Questions regarding the award and data submission can be directed to Glen Gillespie per the above e-mail address.

 

 

 

APPENDIX:  A—Award Data Submission Cover Sheet

    

 

OIAAA/OHSAA

“Award of Excellence”

Submission of Data

 

Submitting school: ______________________________________

 

Athletic Director: _______________________________________

 

Contact e-mail: _________________________________________

 

Contact phone number: ________________________________

 

Date of Submission: _______________________________

 

Type of submission (check one): ______  Hard copy

 

______  Electronic copy

Please organize your data in the following order and identify each category within your data. Where multiple examples are provided within a category, please title each example for clarity.

 

  1. Philosophy of Education-based Athletics
  2. Education Strategies
  3. Risk Management
  4. Access/Equity
  5. Assessment
  6. Technology/Media
  7. Sports Medicine
  8. Innovation/Creativity
  9. Continuous Improvement

 

Submit your data to: (Electronic copy): Glen Gillespie: 1320gleng@gmail.com

 

(Hard copy): Glen Gillespie, OIAAA

9558 Arbor Mist Court

Sylvania, OH  43560

APPENDIX:  B—Example of Sport-specific Cautionary Statement

 

BASKETBALL CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

 

Basketball is a highly competitive, fast-action game that places demands on the individual player. For this reason, coaches will implement conditioning regimens that are based on scientific principles, and designed to enhance player endurance, quickness and playing skills. While contact and rough play are prohibited by rule, a certain amount of inadvertent physical contact is predictable. To enhance stability and strength, certain weight room workouts may also be prescribed along with a regular practice activity. In addition, the following considerations and cautions will enhance player enjoyment and safety.

 

PREPARATION  FOR ACTIVITY:

  1. Wear all pads, braces and supportive undergarments to all practices and competitions.
  2. Clothing and shoes should fit properly, be comfortable, and allow for maximal physical efforts.  Clothing should be kept clean and sanitary.
  3. Clothing should prevent heat dissipation, or restrict movement.
  4. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4 – 6 glasses of water each day.
  5. Feet should be covered with a thin cotton sock followed by a heavier wool sock. If blisters are a chronic problem or begin to appear, coaches or trainers should be consulted for appropriate responses or preventive actions.
  6. Players who require corrected vision must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses. Glasses must be mounted in break resistant frames, and be held in place by an elastic strap.
  7. Players requiring preventive taping, padding, or bracing should arrive early enough to receive treatment and be able to participate in specialty work.
  8. Remove all jewelry, metal hair clips and hats.
  9. No horseplay, rough-housing, hazing or initiations.
  10. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
  11. High top basketball shoes are suggested and they should be- properly laced up.
  12. The use of braces is recommended.
  13. Mouth guards are highly recommended. IN THE LOCKER ROOM:
  1. Be alert to slippery floors.
  2. Be alert to changes in floor texture and elevated thresholds between lockers and shower rooms.
  3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned lockers.
  4. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
  5. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower area.
  6. Use foot powder in designated areas.
  7. Refrain from rapid movements, rough-house or horseplay in locker/shower areas.
  8. Identify incidents of foot or skin infection to coach(es) immediately.
  9. No hazing or initiations.

 

TRAVEL TO CONTEST/PRACTICE SITE

  1. Be alert to ramps leading to practice/contest area.
  2. Be alert to variations insurfaces of locker room, ramps, stairways, or playing floors.
  1. Be alert to the following:
    1. Ball carts.
    2. Basketballs in flight, rolling, rebounding or bouncing.
    3. Wind sprints or fast break drills.
    4. Proximity of bleachers and walls to playing surface.
  2. Stretch thoroughly and jog easy laps to warm up.
  3. Do not accept rides home from strangers.
  4. Be alert for possible hazards when conditioning in the halls.
  5. Be aware of and avoid contact with bleachers, curtains, and any other miscellaneous peripheral equipment.
  6. No horseplay, .rough-housing, hazing or initiations. HAZARDS SPECIF1C TO BASKETBALL:
  1. Be alert to dehydration symptoms. Dry mouth, inability to cool down, dizziness/light headed. Ingest 4-6 glasses of water during the school day and additional amounts at practice.
  2. Frequent drink breaks will be built into the practice plan and players should make use of each one.
  3. Foot Problems ·Refer to coach(es) or athletic trainer
    1. Blisters.
    2. Calluses.
    3. Ingrown toe nails.
    4. Fungus infections or plantar warts.
  4. Other Skin-Problems ·Refer to coach(es).
    1. Boils.
    2. Rashes.
    3. Floor bums, cuts.
  5. Ankle and other orthopedic problems.
    1. Sprains • new – ice, compression, elevation, rest.
    2. Sprains • old .taping, easy workouts, rehabilitative exercise
  6. Weight training regimens will have separate standards and progressions designed to enhance safety and physical conditioning.
  7. Respiratory diseases can be a major problem. A vitamin supplement, fluids, regular rest, proper nutrition and dress contribute to the maintenance of health. Notify coach about use and location of inhalants.
  8. Check your weight. Sudden or large losses over a month should be brought to the coaches’ attention, especially if you are feeling tired or ill or if you demonstrate cold symptoms and swollen throat or neck glands.
  9. DO NOT hang on the rims or nets.
  10. DO NOT engage in rough, thoughtless play.
  11. DO NOT run under a player who is in the air to shoot or receive a pass. 12. DO NOT swing elbows excessively when clearing a rebound.
  1. Taller players may need to be alert to their proximity to the lower surface of the backboard
  2. DO NOT take an intentional foul that might cause an injury to an opponent.
  3. When taking a charge or screening an opponent, assume a weight-balanced, protected position.
  4. lf a backboard shatters, notify the coach  and keep people away from the broken glass. BROKEN BACKBOARDS ARE THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THOSE WHO BREAK THEM!
  5. Notify the coach or trainer of any injury, no matter how slight it may seem.
  6. DO NOT share water bottles, towels, or anything else that might transmit body fluids or pathogens.

 

EMERGENCIES:

Because of the nature of basketball, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, an occasional situation may require more intense management and may also necessitate involvement of squad members as follows:

 

  1. Be alert to any injury that the coach may not see. He/she will manage the person in trouble.

DO NOT move the victim! Assist by:

 

    1. Stop all practices, scrimmages.
    2. After calling the coach to manage the situation, help with the injured person;
    3. Telephone for additional assistance (phone numbers and information are posted on the telephone); obtain first aid supplies or equipment.
    4. Keep onlookers away.
    5. Sit or kneel in close proximity.
    6. Direct rescue squad members to the site.
  1. Fire or Fire Alarm:
    1. Evacuate and remain 150 feet from the building.
    2. Be prepared to implement emergency procedures.
  1. Bomb Threat:
    1. Evacuate building and remain-200 yards from building.
  1. Tornado:
    1. Go to basketball team room, sit on floor next to and facing lockers.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

 

We certify that we have read, understand, and agree to adhere to the cautions, considerations and responsibilities required for participation on the xxxxxxxxx High School Basketball Team.

 

Parent/Guardian  Signature Date

 

APPENDIX:  C—Emergency Action Plan sample

 

ATHLETICS: “EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN”

 

Team:_______________________________________ Coach:__________________________

2021-2022 Sport Season Coach’s Cell Phone: ______________________________

  1. Each coach must complete all requested data within the first two days of official practice start.  
  2. An Emergency Action Plan PRACTICE must be completed within the first week of each practice season (see notes at bottom of this page).
  3. One copy of this completed page must be on file in the High School athletic office within seven days of the first official start date of practice.
  4. Additional copies of this data should be provided to each coaching staff member, designated first-aid responder and the athletic trainer.

 

Practice site and official address: _______________________________

 

Specific directions to practice/home site from nearest major intersection: _______________________________

 

 

Where should EMS come to have quick access to the injured athlete:

__________________________________

 

Who is to provide primary care to the athlete:_________________

 

Where is the First-Aid kit located: ______________________________

 

Where is the AED located from your area: _________________________

 

Where are the Emergency Medical Information forms: _______________

 

Who calls EMS: ______________________________________________________

 

Where is the phone from which to call EMS:________________________

 

Who notifies the parent(s) that athlete is being transported: ______________

 

Who notifies the trainer and athletic director: ________________________

 

Who manages the remainder of contest/practice: ______________________

 

Who opens doors/gates for EMS: _______________________________

 

Who travels with injured athlete: _________________________________

 

Who does follow-up with parent: __________________________________

 

Who documents the injury: ______________________________

 

Where is the closest weather shelter: _______________________________

 

Who has keys/access to weather shelter: _____________________

 

Who performs daily safety check of field/court area:____________________

 

Date of “Emergency Action Plan” Practice: ___________________________

 

Verified by: ______________________________________

 

Date: __________

 

APPENDIX:  D—“Award of Excellence” Data checklist

 

OIAAA/OHSAA “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” CHECKLIST

Order of submitted data

 

____     “Award of Excellence” cover sheet

____     Athletic Department philosophy statement

____     BOE adoption of Athletic Department philosophy

____     Athletic Department philosophy posting in: Coaches handbook, Athlete/Parent Handbook, online

____     Athletic Administrator’s professional development example

____     Example agenda of in-house coaching staff meeting/training session

____     Example of promotion of coach education

____     Example of Budget process

____     Verification of Athletic Administrator’s membership in OIAAA

____     Example of sport-specific “Cautionary Statement” (identified with school name)

____     Accessibility/Equity example

____     Description of Coach/Program assessment process

____     Five technology/media utilization examples

____     Example of “Emergency Action Plan” (identified by sport-specific and school data)

____     Example of non-contest engagement within interscholastic athletic program

____     Example of promoting educational mission of interscholastic athletics within school/community

April 25, 2021 OIAAA Executive Board Minutes

OIAAA Executive Board Meeting

April 25, 2021

OSAAA/OSBA Building

10:00am Regular Meeting

 

Welcome Guimond

Additional items

Approval of Agenda Motion: Roberts  2nd  Gary Carries 

Approve agenda

 

Approve Minutes from March meeting

Motion: Heath 2nd Chuck Carries

 

  1. OASSA Report Tim Freeman

 

III. OHSAA Report Doug Ute

Discussion of OHSAA proposal

 

  1. Financial Report King

Insurance cost will increase for members from 35 cents to 38 cents per member.

Financial report included in the April documents for the meeting.

Motion Gary 2nd Chuck Carries

 

  1. Reports

 

Conference Chair Powers

NA

Vendor Chair O’Neal

Nothing New at this time waiting on direction from Gov.

Certification Payne

Awards Shumacher

NIAAA winners will be announced this week

OIAAA scholarships proposing 12 scholarships at approx $300

Motion: Roberts 2nd Beck   Carries 

Allocate 12  $500 scholarships for the 2021 year 

 

NIAAA State Award of Merit- Joe Roberts

Jon Payne nominated for Kovaleski Award

Citations – No Applicants

OIAAA Award – What to do with 2020 recipients

We could do a video presentation.

2021 recipients need info to Bill by June.

Years of Service – Difficulties getting accurate information- Asking rep to get the

15 year members

Proposing the Awards committees be composed of people currently sitting on the

Board.

The SW has asked if they could nominate 5 AD of the Year for  2021 (allowed up

 to 4) The membership agreed to allow the SW to have 5 AD of Year for 2021.

 

Webpage Frombach

Discussion on Gipper and Erich/Glen will reach out to see if they may want to sponsor. 

We need to update the calendar or take down the calendar feature.

Erich will pull some analytics of website use.

 

Discussion about AMP and Retired numbers:

Steve asked if we should contact the list of retired ADs to get them to be a part of AMP and should members activate their AMP memberships. 

 

Newsletter Gillespie

Deadline is 4/30

If you would like to add an athlete to the cover send photos to Glen G.

 

LTI Gillespie

Summer institute info will come out the week of 4/25

This will be virtually- ZOOM

We are still looking for a newsletter chair- SW has someone interested

 

  1. Executive Director Report Gillespie

Focusing on the strategic plan 

Will be attending the Section 2 and NEDC

Discussion around the latest OHSAA decisions 

 

VII. Strategic Plan Renner/Roberts

Will be a separate meeting following regular meeting

VIII. Board Reports

Central Rep

May 13 Central meeting  at Hunting Park

Minority Rep

Participated in a State wide MADA meeting 45-50 participants hoping to branch

out through the OIAAA.  Would like to see a minority focus session at the

conference.

Female Rep

NA

Middle School Rep

NA

East Rep

April 30 in person spring conference in cambridge.

Northeast Rep

NA

Northwest Rep

Round table on Wednesday 4/28

Landscape of the NW leagues is changing.

Southeast Rep

NA

Southwest Rep: 

June 2-SWOADA Golf Outing 11:00am-Heatherwoode Golf Course. Dinner and Awards follow golf. 156 Current Members

 

Motion to adjourn  Gary 2nd Chuck Carries

 

Next meeting August 8 at 10:00am at the OHSAA. Conference Planning at 9:00am

 

The Return of SUMMER INSTITUTE in 2021!!!!! Save the Dates!

2021 SUMMER INSTITUTE

The past five summers’ “Summer Leadership Institute” have proved to be one of the most successful professional development opportunities for athletic administrators on record. Nearly 1,200 class roster spots were filled over three days of training the past four years which assisted school leaders in our interscholastic settings.

We will again be hosting this educational event in the summer of 2021!  The Summer Institute is a collaborative project between the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and is scheduled for June 8, 9 and 10, 2021. 

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to provide appropriate training and professional development for audiences directly involved with the education-based athletic programs within Ohio schools.  Target audiences include, but are not limited to, newly appointed athletic administrators, experienced athletic administrators, coaches, building principals, superintendents and other school personnel who have a connection with school-based athletic programming.

With more and more attention being shifted toward the training and certification of Ohio athletic administrators, the Summer Institute can provide coursework credits toward RAA, CAA and CMAA certifications.  Also, additional training will be provided to ensure a more comprehensive and knowledge-based of the OHSAA governance and proactive guidance through the individual sessions.

Below are courses for our 2021 Summer Institute.  Look for specific course information and registration information coming to you this week through your OIAAA AMP account.

SAVE THE DATES:

2021 Summer Institute—June 8, 9 and 10, 2021 on Zoom

  • Leadership Training Courses 501, 502, 503, 504, 506, 508:  These are the core courses which cover “Athletic Administration, A to Z”.  These courses are also required for the national certifications.

  • For those looking to join the Ohio teaching faculty we will offer LTC 790

  • Updates from OHSAA:  As Ohio moves into its fourth full year of working with programs of the OHSAA, like Arbiter and Competitive Balance, we will provide learning sessions to improve and enhance great efficiency and success with athletic department personnel.

Leadership Training ELECTIVE Courses: 640, 709, 714, and 715 . With 40 high-quality and nationally certified courses provided through the NIAAA, Ohio will offer courses that reflect the needs and wants of our membership.  These courses will also provide necessary credit toward CMAA national certification.

 

Six Ohio Schools Tapped for “The Bruce Brown Award of Excellence” 

In 2020 six Ohio high school athletic departments were selected to receive the Annual Award of Excellence. The award, a collaboration between the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) recognizes schools that provide exemplary support and promotion of education-based athletic programming in their school and community. 

 

These awards were to be given at the boys state basketball tourney that was cancelled. This was our former Executive Director Bruce Brown’s award that he created and with the help of the OHSAA presented at the last three state tournaments. Unfortunately Bruce was sick most of the 2020 year and passed in June. The award was not given and was forgotten. OIAAA would like to apologize for this oversight and award the six Athletic Administrators their awards. The award has been changed in name to the Bruce Brown Award of Excellence in honor of the man who created it and to remember the first Executive Director of the OIAAA. 

Recipients of the award are Brunswick High School (John Justice, Athletic Administrator), Fort Frye High School (Barbara Sleek, Athletic Administrator), Plymouth High School (Josh Calame, Athletic Administrator), Shenandoah High School(Eric Sholtis, Athletic Administrator), Streetsboro High School (Randy Tevepaugh, Athletic Administrator) and Turpin High School (Tony Hemmelgard, Athletic Administrator).

The focus of the award is to recognize on-going and consistent efforts on the part of Ohio interscholastic athletic departments that demonstrate best practice in the endorsement and promotion of school-based athletic programming. Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to exemplify the mission and culture of educational-based athletic programs as an on-going process. 

 

Doug Ute, Executive Director of the OHSAA, Rick Guimond, President of the OIAAA and Glen Gillespie, Executive Director of the OIAAA issued the following joint statement on the presentation of the award:    “Ohio Interscholastic athletic programs have always been considered some of the most exemplary programs in the country in reflecting the value our schools and communities place upon education-based sports. The recipients of the ‘Bruce Brown Award of Excellence‘ have demonstrated a consistent and well-developed plan to keep focus of their sport programs upon delivering life-long skills for all participants and mirroring the educational mission of their respective institutions.”

 

The OHSAA and the OIAAA believe there are several benchmarks which identify quality educational based athletic programs: 

School athletic programs are inherently educational

School athletic programs compliment the educational experience 

School athletic programs enhance the educational mission of the school

School athletic programs serve as an extension of the academic classroom 

School athletic programs teach life lessons not regularly available in the academic classrooms

School athletic programs have courts, fields, tracks, pools and courses as teaching classrooms 

Each of the recipient high schools will be honored in a ceremony at the OHSAA offices on March 1.  For additional details on the “Award of Excellence” criteria, go to the OIAAA website ohioiaaa.org.