OHSAA fall sports practices & golf season begin Monday


COLUMBUS — Fall sports practices and the golf regular-season officially get underway 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.


Golf: Regular Season Begins July 31. Sectional Tournaments Begin Sept. 25

Girls Tennis: Regular Season Begins Aug. 4. Sectional Tournaments Begin Oct. 2

Cross Country: Regular Season Begins Aug. 21. District Tournaments Are Oct. 21

Soccer: Regular Season Begins Aug. 11. Sectional Tournaments Begin Oct. 16

Girls Volleyball: Regular Season Begins Aug. 18. Sectional Tournaments Begin Oct. 16

Football: Regular Season Begins Aug. 14 (first Friday is Aug. 18). Regional Playoffs Begin Oct. 27

Complete OHSAA 2023-24 Calendars: https://www.ohsaa.org/Calendar


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


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


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 matchup 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 on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec 2.


July 31 – Official Start Date for Practice

Aug. 4-12 – Scrimmage Dates

Aug. 14 – Regular Season Begins (first Friday is August 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 Dec. 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

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