On August 19, 2017, the Massillon Museum will open a new exhibit titled, “Paul Brown: Innovator.” Be sure to check it out. And also stop by for some free Tiger-Striped ice cream following the kickoff rally on August 23.
The following information was received from Michelle Wolfe of the WHS Ticket Office:
Adult Season Tickets will be on sale until Friday, August 18th. Prices are $49.00 for Front of the Roof/East Side and $56.00 for Under the Roof.
Student Season Passes are on sale now. They are $20.00 each and are good for all home games.
Away game tickets for season ticket holders only will be on sale from Monday, August 14th.through Friday, August 18th. The orange away game/playoff card must be presented when purchasing tickets.
Individual tickets for the first home game vs. Mentor will go on sale starting Monday, August 21st. All remaining home and away game tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday, August 29th. This includes the McKinley game (there is no limit on the number of tickets you want to purchase).
The admission fee for the August 18th scrimmage vs. Lake St. Edward is $3.00. Tickets will be sold at the gate.
North Parking Passes are still available at $50.00 each.
Fall Passes for all fall sports (except Varsity Football) are $10.00 each. They are on sale the day of the event at the gate. Individual prices are Adults $5.00 and Students $3.00 – MCSD students are free.
Ticket Office Hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. Note: the office is closed on Mondays starting August 28th.
The Ticket Office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Cash. No personal checks are accepted. Tickets can also be purchased online at ticketracker.com
The first Touchdown Club meeting will be held on Tuesday August 22nd, 2017 at the Eagles F.O.E. 190 in downtown Massillon. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will take place at 12:00 p.m.
Membership dues are $25.00 for the season and meals are $8.00 per week with exception to McKinley week which is $12.00.
Please contact Matt Keller for more information or an application letter.
The Orangemen are scheduled to meet this Thursday, July 20th at 6:30 pm in the East Press Box of Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with some refreshments available.
The cost of the annual membership is $150.00 (checks made payable to “The Orangemen”). Membership includes a LOWER WEST STADIUM PARKING PASS.
Your name will also be prominently listed on the Orangemen page of every home football program if your dues are received before the August 1st printing deadline.
The Massillon Tigers begin their preparation for the 2017 season with two 7 on 7 scrimmages this week at PBTS. Monday July 17 @ 6:00 PM the Tigers will host Green, Akron Buchtel, Louisville and Triway.
On Thursday, July 20 the Tigers will entertain New Philadelphia, Alliance, Barberton and Blackhawk H.S. from Pennsylvania. Also on Thursday at 6:00 PM our Freshman team will have a 7 on 7 with North Canton Hoover in the Paul David Indoor Facility.
In the case of inclement weather the varsity 7 on 7’s will be moved to the Paul David Indoor Facility.
Print a copy of the roster from the link below and get an early look at our 2017 Massillon Tigers!
The Chris Spielman Football ProCamp, sponsored by AultCare, is slated for Tuesday, July 18, at Massillon Washington High School. The event will run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and is free of charge for boys and girls entering grades 1 through 8.
Throughout his one-day camp, Chris Spielman, along with area high school and college coaches, will offer tips and hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental football skills stations, contests and non-contact games in a high-energy, fun and positive environment. Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure that each child gets maximum instruction.
The comprehensive camp experience is great for athletes of all skill levels, whether they are new to the game or have been playing for years. Individual team awards will be given in each age group.
Each attendee will receive a souvenir autograph from Chris Spielman, a camp team photo with Chris Spielman and a limited-edition Chris Spielman Football ProCamp t-shirt.
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By Gary Vogt.
This Saturday morning, July 15, your Massillon Tiger players will be canvassing the Massillon neighborhoods selling Booster Club memberships.
By supporting the Booster Club with your membership, you will be helping to provide the resources necessary to keep our football program among the best in the state of Ohio. The standard membership can be purchased for $10. Also available above the standard membership are the Bronze ($25 or more), the Silver ($50 or more) and the Gold ($100 or more). The Bronze, Silver and Gold members are recognized in the Massillon game program each week during the season. Each member will receive a Membership Card and a hand painted Obie Tiger lapel pin, a tradition started in 1952. Corporate memberships are also available and are also displayed in the game program.
Please welcome our Tiger Players and support our Booster Club, Team, School and Community with your membership. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you!
The National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS) continues to tweak its rules governing high school football, this year focusing on protection of defenseless players. Below is a summary of these changes:
- A defender will no longer be permitted to punish a receiver in an attempt to jar the ball loose while the receiver is in the act of catching it. In addition, this type of contact must be withheld until the receiver completes the catch and turns himself into a runner. Prior to this, the defender can use only open hands.
- A defender can use only open hands against a quarterback who is in the act of throwing the ball or just after releasing the ball.
- No contact is permitted against a runner whose forward progress has been stopped by other players or who is in the act of sliding feet first.
- No contact is permitted against a player who is considered to be out of the play.
- Only open hands can be used against the receiver of a punt or kickoff until he turns himself into a runner.
- Blindside blocks can only be administered using open hands.
- The pop-up onside kick has been eliminated in order to protect defenseless receiving players.
Other rule changes include:
- Face guarding by a pass defender is now permitted provided he does not make physical contact with the receiver.
- A defender is not permitted to contact a center’s arm or the ball until the ball has been released from the center’s hand.
- During the last two minutes of either half, an offended team can opt to have the clock restarted on the snap rather than immediately after the penalty has been enforced.
- Home jerseys must be dark in color and contrasting to white. This may ultimately eliminate those light gray uniforms.
Starting with the 2017 season, the OHSAA will begin assigning each school to a football playoff division using both its current enrollment and an adder that takes into account the number of roster players that arrived at the school via the transfer route. Termed “Competitive Balance (CB),” the goal is to “level the playing field,” particularly with the parochial schools, who are perceived to have an advantage over public schools in drawing area when it comes to securing players. The idea is that moving certain parochial schools up a division will level the field within each division.
Ohio’s football playoff system has been in place since 1972. Throughout its 45 years of existence, the parochial schools have claimed a sizeable number of state championships when compared to public schools, in spite of comprising just 18% of the total school count. In recent years, parochial schools have dominated the playoffs in the upper divisions, capturing 9 of the last 10 titles in D1, 4 of the last 5 in D2, the last 8 in D3 and the last 3 in D4. In 2016, the state title went to a public school only in Division 6. This history of imbalance has caused the ire of many public school administrators and led to a 2012 proposal to conduct separate playoffs for public and parochial schools.
Although a majority of school superintendents approved a referendum to place the proposal on the ballot, the OHSAA intervened fearing that if passed the parochial schools would leave the OHSAA. Thus they engineered a compromise that changed the proposal to an “adder” system. In 2014, the proposal was approved and it is scheduled for implementation starting with the current season.
In essence, if a student from outside the school district enrolls in a public high school, two points are added to the school’s enrollment. If the student had originally enrolled in the school system in the seventh or eighth grade, one point is added. For parochial schools, if a student from a public school enrolls in the high school, two points are added. If a student from a parochial elementary school enrolls in the high school, one point is added. An exception is that a parochial high school may identify a home elementary school and no points are added for any enrollees from that school. The adder can have the effect of moving a school up a single division, but not two.
Here are some observations as CB takes affect:
- For Division 1, splitting the playoffs would have produced a more competitive environment among the public schools. However, CB will only create the potential for adding yet more parochial schools to the division and make it that much harder for the public schools to compete. It’s only a coincidence that no parochial schools were added this year.
- Several schools moved up or down throughout the various divisions, mostly due to changes in base enrollment. However, many parochial schools moved up a division due to the effects of the CB adder. This was likely the intent of the change.
- As expected, the highest CB adders belong to the parochial schools. Top among the group is Lakewood St. Edward, with an adder of 381. In terms of percent change in enrollment, the highest is Toledo Central Catholic (TCC), with an adder of 94%. Interestingly, the change in base enrollment would have dropped TCC from D3 to D4. However, the adder was sufficient enough to move them up two divisions to D2. But per the rules schools can move up only one division. Thus TCC finds itself back in D3. Avid football fans will note that TCC annually dominates its conference, which is comprised primarily of D1 and D2 teams.
- While D1 remains effectively unchanged, D2 got stronger with the addition of Cleveland Benedictine, Akron Hoban, Mentor Lake Catholic and Dayton Carroll, which join holdovers Cincinnati LaSalle, Toledo St. Francis, Toledo St. John’s, Walsh Jesuit and Columbus St. Charles.
- The only large public school to move up a division due to CB was Tiffin Columbian. Tiffin advanced from D3 to D2 on account of a CB adder of 88. Massillon Perry moved up to D1, but this is due only to an increase in base enrollment, not their CB adder of 21.
- Traditional large public school powers Mentor, Toledo Whitmer, Hilliard Davidson, Huber Heights and Cincinnati Colerain do not have open enrollment. Thus, their adders are in the single digits. Of course, they’re D1 anyway.
- Massillon is the 32nd largest school in D2 (104th largest school the state) with an enrollment of 500. With the CB adder, Massillon climbs to the 18th position in D2 (90th in the state), with an adjusted enrollment of 538 or an increase of 8% (7th largest increase among public schools in D2; 189th largest increase among all schools in the state).
- It takes an adjusted enrollment of 618 to qualify for D1. Therefore, with a current adjusted enrollment of 538, it does not appear likely that Massillon will return to D1 anytime soon.
- The OHSAA may need to modify its CB formula in a couple of years after they find little change in the playoff results. Either that or administrators may once again push to split the playoffs.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has released its regional assignments for the 2017 football playoffs and Massillon once again finds itself in Region 7, along with several Columbus-area schools. However, some modifications have been made to the list owing to the incorporation of “competitive balance,” with five schools from last year moving out and five new schools moving in.
Those vacating Region 7 and moving up to Division 1 include Groveport, Delaware and Perry, last year’s Division 2 state runner-up. Mansfield and Tri-Valley have been reassigned to Division 3. Newcomers to Region 7 from Division 1 include North Canton and Westerville South. Moving up from Division 3 are Ashland, Columbus Whetstone and Columbus Whitehall.
The new divisional assignments were the result of (1) basic changes to school enrollment for the coming year, and (2) adjustments to school enrollment as part of the new competitive balance strategy. The goal of competitive balance is to “level the playing field” by moving schools up a division when they enjoy a high number of transfer students that participate in the given sport. The method was particularly directed at parochial schools. However, none of last year’s Division 2 parochial schools moved up to Division 1, whereas several parochial schools shifted from Division 3 to Division 2, including Cleveland Benedictine, Mentor Lake Catholic and defending Division 3 state champion Akron Hoban, all of which are in a loaded Region 5.
Once again there are 27 teams in Region 7. Eight of these will qualify for the playoffs once the season has ended. So who should fans keep an eye on? If the current regional assignments had been in place for the last ten years, one can determine those teams from Region 7 that would be considered contenders. These include the following, based on the number of times (in brackets) they would have qualified over this time period:
(6) Ashland, Canal Winchester
(5) Lake, Wooster, Westerville South, New Albany, Licking Heights, Big Walnut
(4) North Canton, Boardman, Dublin Scioto, Worthington Kilbourne, Logan
Of course, knowledgeable fans would look to Massillon, Westerville South, Dublin Scioto and Worthington Kilbourne as the favorites to advance, with Lake, North Canton and Boardman as the dark horses..
For a complete list of the teams in Region 7, click Here.