OHSAA Mission
The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s mission is to regulate and administer interscholastic athletic competition in a fair and equitable manner while promoting the values of participation in interscholastic athletics as an integral part of a student’s educational experience. The OHSAA represents its member schools by recognizing and promoting academics, the safety of participants, good citizenship and lifelong values as the foundation of interscholastic athletics.
OHSAA Commitment
The Ohio High School Athletic Association is committed to serving its member schools by being the nation’s premier non-profit athletic administration organization.
We will:

  • Provide exemplary athletic oversight through swift, fair, consistent and impartial regulatory rulings;
  • Operate with openness that generates trust and with strict fiscal accountability;
  • Provide impartial, responsive and inclusive leadership;
  • Conduct tournaments of nationally recognized excellence; and
  • Honor our ultimate purpose, which is to foster lifelong values, good citizenship, ethics and a fair-play approach to life among student-athletes while promoting safe and sporting-like athletic environments.
OHSAA Financials: Did You Know?
The OHSAA is the only high school state association in the United States that combines all of the following financial benefits:

– Member schools do not pay any annual membership dues.

– Member schools do not pay any tournament entry fees.

– Schools receive travel expenses reimbursement for some regional and state tournaments.

– The OHSAA pays the entire premium for the catastrophic insurance coverage for all student-athletes.

– Schools have the opportunity to sell presale tickets to some regional and state tournaments and keep a portion of the revenue.

– The OHSAA receives no tax dollars or any kind.

– Annually, an average of $2.6 million is distributed to schools in the form of travel reimbursements and ticket bonuses.

The Budget: The OHSAA’s budget is comprised of three main sources of revenue: 78% comes from ticket sales at regional and state tournaments. 11% comes from annual officiating permit renewals. 11% comes from corporate sponsorships. 

District Athletic Boards
The OHSAA member schools are divided geographically into six districts and are represented by District Athletic Boards. The District Athletic Boards conduct sectional and district tournament contests. Member school administrators are elected to six year terms as District Board members by a vote of the high school principals of the member schools in that district. Each class (A, AA, AAA) has two members on the six member board, in addition to one ethnic minority representative, one female representative and one junior high representative. Two members are elected to the State Board of Directors and serve two year terms. The District Board contracts with a Treasurer and Secretary to conduct the financial and administrative responsibilities of the Board.