OHSAA board OKs per-sport fee for Ohio schools

The Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors has approved a recommendation from OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute that membership dues be collected beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

The measure, approved by a 9-0 vote by the Board on Monday, means each high school will contribute $50 per OHSAA-sanctioned sport in which the school participates.

“First, I want to thank our board of directors for unanimously approving my recommendation,” Ute said. “I also have received favorable feedback from the majority of the administrators with whom I have conversed at our member schools. Levying membership dues does not change our mission, which is to serve our member schools and enrich interscholastic opportunities for students.”

Ute said the measure will help the OHSAA sustain.

“We traditionally have relied on tournament ticket sales for about 80 percent of our revenue,” Ute said. “That financial model has not been sustainable, and the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly not helped.

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