One of the recent proposals that the OHSAA approved was the age limit for participation in Ohio high school sports.
Although I am not always on the same page as the OHSAA, I like this rule. My two cents – big deal I know.
My question was always why the date. One person makes the deadline by one day, while another person misses the deadline by one day. And I realize that when there is specific deadline, someone is going to lose.
Regardless of deadline, when a person reaches 20, no matter what the date, his or her eligibility ends, period, no more protest. Obviously, this is good and has to be.
Thought readers might be interested in this new regulation.
Bylaw 4-2-1, Age (amend Bylaw 4-2-1 while retaining Exception 1 with revisions and deleting Exception 2)
This permits all 19-year-olds, regardless of date of birth, to continue to participate in interscholastic athletics provided the eight-semester rule is observed. This also means that once a student turns 20, no matter where the 20th birthday falls on the calendar, his or her eligibility ends. Exception 1 would be retained to provide latitude to approve participation opportunities for students who are truly disabled.
541 in favor; 143 opposed
The eight semester rule is still effect. Of course, he or she has to be academically eligible. The rule applies to age.Read More »