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Football to start July 31
The Ohio High School Athletic Association recently announced an adjustment to the 2017 football season calendar, which moves the official start date for practice one day earlier, back to July 31.
The original practice start date had been established Aug. 1, which matched the start date for all other OHSAA fall sports.
In addition, the OHSAA Board of Directors is scheduled to meet April 6 for its regularly scheduled April meeting and will be presented with the new divisional breakdowns for all fall sports.
For the first time, competitive-balance roster data will be added to the base enrollment numbers in the fall sports of football, volleyball and soccer.
Pending board approval, divisional breakdowns for all fall sports will be posted at OHSAA.org April 5, including the school-by-school divisional assignment in the three fall sports affected by competitive balance.
Winter sports divisional breakdowns will be presented to the board at its June meeting, while spring sports will be presented in August.
The change in the start date for football practice was approved so that schools can have the traditional amount of practice time before their first scrimmage the following week, which is usually a teaching scrimmage mid-week, followed by a live scrimmage that Friday or Saturday. An OHSAA Jamboree Game, which is a third scrimmage played under game conditions, is then permitted the following week.