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OHSAA Coaching Regulation Change For Club Teams - 2017-07-26

Ladies & Gentlemen,
I have confirmed with the OHSAA - “a HS coach is permitted to coach a CLUB TEAM that may include as many as 3 athletes from the HS program that employs the coach.”

The OHSAA has made a landmark decision relating to the availability of a High School coach to COACH a club team that may have as many as 3 of the athletes from the HS coaches program. This ruling will have a large impact on the availability of HS coaches to club programs.
There are many questions that OVR club directors will have; DO NOT contact the OHSAA! The OVR will be providing a document before Sept. 1, 2017 that we hope will address all of your concerns and questions.

In your “spare time” I would ask club directors compile a list of questions/concerns that will be presented to the OHSAA – from a club perspective!
Remember, the OHSAA policies govern the interscholastic programs and impact the athletes involvement in those programs. The OVR goal is to implement the new policy into our club structure. PLEASE, email the list to my office,  price@ovr.org
Do not expect a response to your questions until the publishing of the OVR document sometime in August.

This decision has created some fantastic opportunities for our clubs; and some not so fantastic scenarios!  #1 - Athletes/clubs utilizing the early signing  contract option for the 2017 –2018 season are valid and will be recognized by the OVR. Please make it a habit to visit the OVR website on a regular basis for important updates, stay tuned!

Bob Price

Ohio Valley Region - USAV

Good morning,


Thank you for reaching out! Here are a few items to help clear up the sport regulation allowing school coaches to coach their athletes in the off-season:

  • Last year, this same rule was implemented in grades 7-8, so the OHSAA extended the rule to grades 9-12;
  • The 50% limitation MUST be followed—for the sport of volleyball, if a school coach coaches his/her athletes in the off-season on a non-school team, there can only be 3 or less players on the non-school team, from the school team;
  • Coaches may coach their student athletes (3 or less players for VB) at any time, EXCEPT during the mandatory no-contact period;


It is rather simple regulation, other than it being a significant change! As mentioned on the phone, the two items to remember in this scenario are that the 50% limitation must be followed, and this can occur at any time EXCEPT during the no-contact period.


Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you!



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11. Mandatory No Contact Periods — Coaches

11.1) Any coach, paid or volunteer, approved by the Board of Education to coach basketball, field

hockey, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer or volleyball is prohibited from providing

coaching, providing instruction or supervising conditioning and physical fitness programs or

open gyms to members of a school team in their sport for the period of time starting with the

first day after the school’s last interscholastic contest and ending 28 days later. This includes


any type of tryouts in or out of school for purposes of non-interscholastic competition.



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