(8-7-19) In the beginning…8-Man football is coming to Ohio. With that many schools, teams, schools coaches and student-athletes and fans will be making adjustments and playing new rivals. That is why the Stateline Network hopes to help in the process.
- 8 Man Football Coming To Ohio, Thanks To Low Numbers
- NFHS 8 Man Football Rules And A Look Back In Rule Changes Over The Years
OHSAA Status on 8-man football-
OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass told the Times Leader–
“Sanctioning is a loosely-used term. We recognize 8-man football, which means it is covered by our rules, enabling it to be covered by our catastrophic insurance. We provide services to 8-man, but there is no membership and we do not sponsor a tournament. I don’t know for sure how many schools in Ohio have 8-man teams. My guess would be around 15. It is more prevalent in Michigan.
“Eight-man football gives schools an option to maintain football. Many schools come back with 11-man teams. You can play 11-man football one week and then 8-man the next week, but you cannot be eligible for the post-season. Schools are not permitted to have both an 11-man program and an 8-man program.”
In a recent Sandusky Register story, Tim Streid, senior director of communications for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, said the OHSAA has been asked about the possibility of sanctioning 8-man football. He thinks about a dozen Ohio high schools are fielding 8-man teams this fall.
“There would have to be a lot more teams for us to consider that.”
What the O8FBC will feature during this transition season for many schools –
- Ashtabula St John
- Sandusky St. Mary’s
- Toledo Christian
- Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans
***Do you know of any other 8-man football schools in Ohio? Let us know in comments below.
- Weekly scoreboard – including links to area stories on games
- Weekly Standings
- Players of the Week
- Yearly O8FBC All-Staters
and much more…
How to keep updated –
Scoreboard – Ohio (8-Man) Football Central SCOREBOARD
Twitter – https://twitter.com/StateSportsNet
Just a small way to help unite those schools that are making a major change.