Athletics at OSSB

Participation in athletics plays an important role in the development of the students. Young men and women have the opportunity to compete in track, swimming, wrestling, and cheerleading. Competition is scheduled with other schools for students with visual impairments with a sixteen-state conference. Dual meets, triangular meets, and the annual conference tournament sponsored by the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB) provide students with many valuable athletic, social, and educational experiences. Academic eligibility requires a year-to-date 2.0 GPA for participation.

Click the following link to visit the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB) Website. NCASB Conference

Athletic Director

Alison Brewer-Wood | abrewer@ossb.oh.gov

Cheerleading

The cheerleading program consists of 3 squads: Varsity Squad (7-12), Pep Squad (7-12), and Pee Wee Squad (K-6), to support and cheer on the Wrestling Panthers. The OSSB cheer season begins with tryouts for Varsity and Pep Squads (and “Raja” the Mascot and Manager positions) the first week of November and ends with the NCASB Competition at the end of January. Varsity Squad practices 2-3 times a week to learn sidelines and a complete cheer and dance routine, competing in 2-3 meets throughout the winter season. Pep Squad practices once a week learning sideline cheers and creating spirit items. They participate with the Varsity Squad during home meets and scrimmages, along with the NCASB send-off pep rally.

The Pee Wee Squad season begins the first week of February (anyone may participate) and culminates in the Pee Wee Sports Meet (swimming, wrestling, and cheerleading) at the beginning of March. Practices occur after school 1-2 times a week to learn sideline cheers and a short cheer and dance routine. All participants must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher).

We are very proud of our Braille Cheer, courtesy of Mrs. Patricia Wilson (2009):
Dot 6, Dot 6, OSSB.
We’re Ohio As You Can See.
We Got The Stuff And We Are Tough.
Dot 6, Dot 6, OSSB!

To check out OSSB’s most recent NCASB ranking, please visit: http://ncasb.org/Cheerleading.php

GO PANTHERS!!!

Forensics

High School (7-12) students may participate in forensics (public speaking). Competition occurs in the spring of the school year and is scheduled with teams from other state schools for students with visual impairments. Academic eligibility requires a 2.0 GPA for participation.

Goalball

OSSB Goalball Meet with Indiana and Kentucky from 10/29

Goalball is a team sport played exclusively by the visually impaired. The object of the game is to roll a ball which contains bells past the opposing team. There are two teams of 3 players which alternate rolling and defending. The offensive team rolls the ball in a manner that is either hard or soft, depending upon player style, in an attempt to get the ball past the opposing three players. The defensive team listens for the approach of the ball and attempts to prevent or block the ball from crossing the goal line. The ball is rolled back and forth with the offensive and defensive team alternating until time expires for the half. The game is played in two five or seven minute periods and the team with the most points wins. There are women's and men's teams with no variations in equipment or rules. Academic eligibility requires a 2.0 GPA for participation

Swimming

High School (7-12) students may participate in swimming. Competition occurs in the spring of the school year and is scheduled with teams from other state schools for students with visual impairments. Academic eligibility requires a 2.0 GPA for participation.

Track

Track and Field 2016

OSSB 2016 Track and Field Team Picture

Girl's Team Coach's Letter

The end of the Track season has arrived! I hope the season included fun memories of friends, learning new events, faster times, longer jumps, further throws and many smiles and happy stories to share. This group has been a pleasure to work with!

We started off our season with a meet in Nashville against the Tennessee School for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind, Arkansas School for the Blind and Missouri School for the Blind. At this meet a new school record in the Girls Shot Put was recorded. Asia Quinones-Evans threw 20’1”. Congratulations Asia!

The following week we hosted a dual meet between Indiana and saw improvement with our athletes all around. Last weekend we travelled to Indianapolis where both teams performed well. Both coaches were very proud of the track team accomplishments. After winning the NCSB Sportsmanship award last year it was our turn to choose a replacement. We passed along the Team Spirit Award to Arkansas.

The girls team was small, but mighty this year! The team was led by Senior captain Asia Quinones-Evans. Varsity Letters were earned by many girls this season. I was impressed with the team earning 101 points in our first meet and consistently giving 100% effort, even when they were sick or injured. This was an excellent group of girls who have talent and are strong. I can’t wait for next year! This spring we are planning on participating in the 5K Girls on the Run Race for fun! More information to come!

Thank you for supporting our student-athletes as they embarked on a fabulous track season. We are so proud of all that the Panthers accomplished this season! We look forward to seeing everyone next fall!

Sincerely,

Laura Shearer

Boy's Team Coach's Letter

The Ohio State School for the Blind Boys Track team enjoyed another successful season marked by some record setting performances. Some season highlights and noteworthy proclamations include:

It has been a pleasure and privilege to coach these young men who have not only improved their physical skills, but gradually united to pool their strengths and personalities into one cohesive team where spontaneous acts of brotherhood became commonplace. Additional gratitude goes out to my fellow coach, Ms. Shearer along w/ Monica Roberts and Ben Horton for their invaluable assistance throughout the season.

Coach Charlton

Track begins in the fall on the second day of school. High School students (7-12) may participate and compete as long as an academic 2.0 GPA is maintained. The top 10 best boys and top 10 best girls on the squad will travel to the NCASB Track championships to represent OSSB.

Want to know what it takes to be the best here at OSSB? Click below to view the OSSB Track All-Star boards.

OSSB Outstanding Boy Track Athletes
Donald Stewart 2015
Sam Shepherd 2010
Chris Cifone 2009
Corey Grandstaff 2006
Bob Scott 1994
Brian Rust 1996
Mike Letterman 1992

OSSB Outstanding Girl Track Athletes
Katie Robinson 2007

Ohio Track Athletes Voted as NCASB Outstanding Track Athlete by the NCASB Coaches
Donald Stewart 2015
Sam Shepherd 2010
Chris Cifone 2009
Corey Grandstaff 2006

Boys Track Stars Class-A
Boys Track Stars Class-B
Boys Track Stars Class-C

Girls Track Stars Class-A
Girls Track Stars Class-B
Girls Track Stars Class-C

Wrestling

High School (7-12) students may participate in wrestling. Competition occurs in the winter of the school year and is scheduled with teams from other state schools for students with visual impairments. Academic eligibility requires a 2.0 GPA for participation.

Want to become the best? Check below for the wrestling records

Click below for OSSB School Individual Wrestling Records
OSSB Individual Wrestling Records

Click below for a list of the past trophy winning OSSB Wrestling Teams
OSSB Trophy winning teams (1981-Present)