Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association

OHSBCA Poll Voting Guidelines

2023 Poll Voter Application - CLOSED
Deadline September 30, 2022

Eligible Poll Voters have two voting responsibilities:

State Coaches Poll:  Member Teams are rated in each of the four divisions nine times each spring. Poll champions are recognized at the state clinic. There are 32 voting coaches in each division.

All-Ohio Coaches Poll Team: The poll coaches in each division select an All-Ohio Team. All players, of member schools, are eligible (not just seniors). Each division selects a Player of the Year (POY) and a Coach-of-the-Year (COY). They are recognized by the wire services and are awarded a plaque at the annual convention.

Weekly Poll Voting begins Friday, March 18-20 for the Pre-Season Poll and concludes May 20-22nd for final Team Rankings. Poll Team All-Ohio voting begins May 26th and ends May 29th.

State Coaches Poll Guidelines:

  1. 32 coaches vote in each division for the top 10 Teams.
  2. The 1st Place team receives 10 points, 2nd Place receives 9 points, 3rd Place receives 8 points and so on with 10th place earning 1 point.
  3. Poll Results will display the Top 20 Teams in each respective division and list any schools that received votes but did not make Top 20.
  4. Coaches must be a member of the OHSBCA in order to vote, be ranked, or nominate for All-Ohio.
  5. Coaches are selected by their District Representatives upon completion of the application.
  6. Any head coach who is interested in voting must complete an online application. Applications are available online at ohsbca.org starting June 1 and ending in September 30th each year. Current Voters must re-apply each season.
  7. The number of coaches voting in a district will vary, determined by the number of coaches in their respective district. (Determined by member schools per District/Division)
  8. Coaches selected to vote will be notified by their District Reps and their names /emails will be put on the website.  
  9. Coaches who are eligible to vote will receive information on the voting procedure starting in late February.
  10. Coaches who miss two votes will be replaced and are ineligible to be a Poll Voter the following season.
  11. If your team deserves recognition, or if you have a player who should be considered All-State, be sure that the voters have the needed information before the start of the balloting by emailing them and updating team record in the weekly Google Sheet. 
  12. The State Coaches Poll will be conducted for 10 consecutive weeks. Ballots will be emailed to eligible poll voters and recorded between Thursday and Sunday of the indicated weeks. Results will be online on our website the following Monday.
  13. Electronic ballots to be sent to voters via email on the following Tuesday March 14, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23rd. Voting begins at Noon on Friday and ends 11:59PM on Sunday.
  14. The Final Ballot 10th Ballot for All-Ohio will be sent beginning at Thursday, May 24th and Ending Midnight Sunday, May 28th will be the All-State, Coaches Poll Team Ballot. Results released when verified by District Reps and then posted on website prior to State Tournament.

John Bakalar
Chagrin Falls High School
State Poll Director