Bob Huelsman
Bob Huelsman

Bob Huelsman is a former high school teacher, coach and administrator, serving for more than three decades at Covington High School, in Miami County. In his 13 years as head basketball coach at Covington, Huelsman won 228 games and five times guided the Buccaneers to the regional round of the state tournament. Currently, he serves as the associate athletic director at Newton High School, and treasurer for the Southwest District Athletic Board. A former member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Control, Huelsman’s broad background in athletic administration has won the respect of his peers statewide.


Changes in the football playoffs, more questions pertaining to competitive balance, and how you “might” spend your summer vacation head the list of latest OHSAA headlines.

After a one month hiatus, I’m back and catchin’ up! No use making stuff up just to publish an article. In reality, things have been slow in my neck of the woods.

Let’s begin with the Football Playoffs.  It looks like the OHSAA is getting closer to making a decision about the Division I disparity in enrollment situation. The Division I committee is more than likely going to recommend to the OHSAA Board of Directors to split Division I into two separate divisions, leaving Division II thru VI as is.

This would give Ohio seven football champions: a Division I-A, I-B, II, III, IV, V, VI. By doing this, it would not affect the number of teams in Division II thru VI, but cut the number of Division I in half, creating Division I-A and Division I-B.

More than likely, the football championships would begin on Thursday evening, followed by the usual 3 games on Friday and 3 games on Saturday. This would be a change to the General Sports Regulations, and would not require a vote of the schools.

The Competitive Balance Issue is still on the table as the committee has reconvened. The committee is looking to see examples of the effects of the social-economic portion alone, if it is added to the formula; examples of the effects of the tradition factor alone; and the effects of open enrollment alone.

Whether or not this issue is put back on the ballot to be voted on, as a referendum item, remains to be seen.

Presently, there are numerous concerns about summer practices, rules, contact days, etc.  This has been sent to committee, and it is quite possible that you will see the OHSAA drop all the rules that regulate the summer activities.  Right now, it is almost impossible to police all the players, coaches, and school teams.

Yes, this will create a “free for all”, but put the emphasis back on the school, parents, and community for control. This will allow coaches to coach their own team in the summer, rather than an outside person (AAU). Many states already have an open summer.

It is winter tournament time, and presale tickets, as usual, will be on sale for girls’ and boys’ basketball.  This is a tremendous money-maker for all schools in the southwest district.

The Southwest District Athletic Board gives 50% back to the respective school on all presale tickets sold. For every $6 presale ticket sold, the school gets to keep $3. No other district in the state offers anything close to this opportunity.

The cost of tickets at the gate is $7. Why not buy the tickets presale for $6 and help your school out to the tune of $3?  Also, I might add, the cost of $6 or $7 tickets for usually 2 or 3 games is a tremendous bargain. Have you gone to the movies lately?

Once again, the SWDAB will be working with Press Pros Magazine to offer “action photos” of all boys’ and girls’ district basketball games. Please check the SWDAB web site, or at for more information.

Fans attending the boys’ district basketball games this year at the UD Arena will notice the new $1.4 million video boards. The SWDAB has struck a deal with UD officials for use of these boards throughout the district tournament. This will be a great addition to an already great week of basketball!