On behalf of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and our 831 member high schools, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2009-10 school year and wish the student-athletes, coaches, support personnel and fans the best for a successful season.

On behalf of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and our 831 member high schools, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2009-10 school year and wish the student-athletes, coaches, support personnel and fans the best for a successful season.

Participation in interscholastic athletic programs enriches a student's high school experience, so we should not lose sight of what is learned during this opportunity. While we trust that young people are playing because they're having fun, participation in interscholastic athletics also promotes citizenship and sportsmanship, instills a sense of pride in community, teaches lifelong lessons of teamwork and self-discipline, and facilitates the physical and emotional development of our youth. In short, interscholastic athletic programs are vital to our youth because they provide lessons that are as important as those taught in the classroom and they help prepare our sons and daughters for the next level of life.

In most interscholastic athletic contests, there will be a winner and a loser, but athletic participation in itself produces winners. So let's make sure our focus - win or lose - is to recognize and celebrate the commitment, dedication and determination of the young people competing in the events. Let's represent our schools and communities in a positive and respectful manner by speaking and acting responsibly and showing courtesy and respect for our fellow fans, officials, coaches, contest administrators and authority figures and, of course, our team and the opponents. Let's remember to "Respect The Game!"

I wish everyone the best of luck and a season full of great, great memories!


Sincerely, Dan Ross

Commissioner, Ohio High School Athletic Association