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OHSAA's 'Respect The Game', Does Not Include The Flag

OHSAA PSA - This Is Sportsmanship

9-22-16 - The OHSAA's 'Respect The Game' does not include a statement about respecting the flag (see story below OHSAA To 'Turn Blind Eye" To Anthem Protesters).

According to the OHSAA web site, About 'Respect the Game':

Created in 2004, the Respect the Game program was the culmination of the OHSAA's Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee along with ideas and input from administrators, coaches and student-athletes across Ohio.

The above is what the OHSAA has placed on their site about the 'Respect the Game' printed material. The line used for the OHSAA in the process:

• Honor our ultimate purpose, which is to foster lifelong values, good citizenship, ethics and a fair-play approach to life among student-athletes while promoting safe and sporting-like athletic environments.

For the fan:

• I will not use bad language and will not harass athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators.

Complete 'Respect the Game' site

What pops out in all of this, is phrases used in the program like good citizenship, not use bad language and not harass athletes. Kneeling during the national anthem is showing good citizenship? According to the recent memo the OHSAA sent out to all sanctioned officials yesterday, mind your own business don't worry about those kneeling. However; using profanity and harassing athletes will get you kicked out of the game. So kneeling during the anthem is your right, but using profanity and harassing a player or coach is not expressing your freedom of speech. 'Pandora's Box' seems to have been opened.

So will kneeling to protest America during the playing of the national anthem, allow student-athletes and teams the opportunity to pray together before or afther their game? It's their right and this current situation may have opened that door, that many have tried to close over the years.

OHSAA 'Respect the Game' PSA's

includes PSA's from former St. Henry athletes, Bobby Hoying and Jim Lachey


OHSAA To 'Turn Blind Eye" To Anthem Protesters

(9-21-16) The Ohio High School Athletic Association has asked their game officials in a Wednesday memo to ignore athletes or coaches who might kneel during the national anthem and to not make judgements on them.

The OHSAA did tell their officials, it is our (OHSSA) expectation that you stand and face the flag during the National Anthem.


“As officials, you are there to officiate. It is not within the purview of officials to make judgments on personal, social, or political opinions of any player or coach. It is neither proper nor warranted for officials to express their pleasure or displeasure with how players act during the National Anthem.”

“As OHSAA officials, it is our expectation that you stand and face the flag during the National Anthem. Athletes and coaches have their expectations set by their school. These expectations are set by the school (and) are not within the official’s purview.”

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Celina Wins!

SSN's Dave Schmidt with the call...

1991 Ohio High School Regional Championship basketball game. Last second shot by Jill Froning for unranked Celina wins the game over Ohio's #1 rated Pickerington (were also rated in USA Today Top 5)...Celina went on to win the Ohio D1 State Championsip game. Game was played at Bellefontaine HS, Dave Schmidt doing the play-by-by for Celina Cable TV.


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