The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and its board of directors sent a message about just how strongly they feel about schools being active in understanding and following the organization's eligibility rules.
According to executive director Ed Sheakley, 107 of the 479 member schools have not attended one of the OSSAA's mandatory eligibility workshops and could face a penalty that includes being prohibited from hosting playoff events at their school.
The OSSAA held five workshops over the summer at various locations around the state, including one at the Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic last month in Tulsa.
A makeup workshop is scheduled for noon Saturday at the lecture hall in Heritage Hall Upper School, located at 1800 NW 122nd St.
If any of the 107 schools do not have an administrator at Saturday's workshop, those schools will be placed on warning for one year and not allowed to host playoff contests in the 2012-13 school year.
Sheakley told the board he knew the penalty might seem stiff to some, but the board showed its belief that ongoing eligibility issues centering around a lack of understanding the rules need to be curbed.
The workshops are designed to inform and instruct school administrators on how to handle new students regarding athletic eligibility, including the paperwork and other information needed by the OSSAA to approve eligibility of a student-athlete.
DEER CREEK RB ADDS SIZE
Deer Creek senior running back Brennan Miyake has put on around 15 pounds since last season.
“He's added some strength to his frame, but the good thing about it is he's maintained his speed,” Antlers coach Grant Gower said. “We're really excited about what he brings to that one-back spot for us.”
Miyake ran for nearly 1,000 yards last year and is also a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.
Miyake and the rest of the Deer Creek team are going through some early mornings this week as Gower looks to avoid the heat of the day.
The Antlers are getting on the field around 5:45 a.m. and practicing until 8 a.m. Gower said they might do the same next week if temperatures are still in triple digits.
EARLY RETURNS LOOK GOOD FOR WAYNE
Coming off a Class A state championship, Wayne is poised for another run at a title.
With eight starters back on each side of the ball, the Bulldogs return mostly intact.
Senior quarterback Sam Martin said that experience has led to crisper early workouts.
“We're farther along than we have been,” Martin said. “It definitely helps having a bunch of guys back who know what they're doing.”
Although the Bulldogs did lose prolific running back Josh Way to graduation, they return Martin, who ran for about 1,600 yards, and Louden Johnson will take over as Wayne's primary running back.
“Me and Louden, we've got to get used to each other a bit like me and Josh did,” Martin said. “But we'll get there. I've added a little bit of speed and arm strength and Louden has gotten better.”
BRICKTOWN BALLPARK TO HOST FALL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAIN
The fall baseball state championship games will return to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in October, after the OSSAA board of directors approved a motion to keep the games in the facility Wednesday.
The games were played at the Brick last fall, with popular reviews. The OSSAA is still working to get the spring title games moved there as well, but scheduling difficulty remains.
The facility is in regular use in May, between the Oklahoma City RedHawks' games and the Big 12 Baseball Tournament.
OTHER OSSAA NEWS
The OSSAA Board approved the finalized Average Daily Membership numbers that will be used to classify schools in basketball and other sports that do not use a two-year districting cycle.
Those sports, like football and baseball, will not utilize the current numbers, because the current districts in those sports were set for the next two seasons using last year's average attendance numbers.
In addition, the OSSAA increased its formula for reimbursing football playoff teams for hosting or travel expenses.
Sheakley said schools felt the previous reimbursement formula did not meet the needs for hosting costs, in particular. In all, the OSSAA increased its allotment for reimbursements by $74,000, or more than 50 percent over its previous cost.