OHSAA Sets Sites for Spring Tournaments

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has determined the sites of the 2021 springs sports tournaments. The announcement was made on Friday following the OHSAA Board of Directors meeting on Thursday.

Track was the only sport to see a major change in its tournament locations. Instead of competing at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University, the tournament will be broken into three different sites.

The Division I meet will be held at Hilliard Darby High School, Division II will be at Pickerington North High School and Westerville North High School will host Division III. The tournament draw is May 2 with the meets scheduled for June 4-5.

The baseball state tournament will remain at Canal Park in Akron. The championship tournament is scheduled from June 10-12 with the tournament draw on May 9. The baseball tournament moved from Huntington Park in Columbus to Canal Park for the 2019 season.

The softball tournament will return to Firestone Stadium in Akron on June 3-5. The tournament draw is May 2 to determine the field fighting for a chance to play at the former home of the Akron Racers.

The boys tennis tournament will stay at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason. The tournament is scheduled for May 28-29 with the draw on May 2. The site has been the home of the boys tennis tournament since 2016.

The boys and girls lacrosse tournaments will also maintain a similar format to 2019 – the 2020 spring tournaments were canceled due to COVID-19 shutdowns.

The lacrosse tournaments will have their semifinals (June 1-2) on neutral sites with the championships taking place at Ohio Wesleyan University on June 5. The draw will be May 9.

In other news, the OHSAA turned a profit from the winter sports tournaments. But the revenue was down $2 million compared to what the governing body received in 2019 due to a lack of attendance because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The OHSAA staff also proposed to the board a charge for member schools beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The proposal calls for a $50 due per OHSAA sanctioned sport offered by a school. The OHSAA Board of Directors will meet on May 3 to vote on the proposal.

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