The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season on Tuesday … and they’ll look an awful lot like the ones from 2020.
Identical, in fact.
Delaware Hayes and Olentangy Liberty will compete in Division I, Region 2; Olentangy Orange in Division I, Region 3; Big Walnut, Olentangy and Olentangy Berlin in Division II, Region 7; and Buckeye Valley in Division III, Region 11.
The 10-week regular-season begins the week of Aug. 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs that begin Oct. 29-30.
As previously announced, schools’ divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports.
In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days from June 1 through July 31 to conduct voluntary conditioning, strength training and instructional opportunities. In football, helmets may be worn during summer voluntary sessions.
Also in football, there is a mandatory five-day acclimatization period for all student-athletes prior to contact. Two of those days can be completed in July so that shoulder pads can be worn on the first day of practice Aug. 1.