August is officially cancelled

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Ohio High School Athletic Association
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Administrator Update

TO:
OHSAA Member Schools’ Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Administrators
FR: Bob Goldring, Interim Executive Director

Good evening! As has been done previously, we wanted to provide updated information on the plan to begin our sports seasons on August 1.

First, we continue in conversations with the Governor’s Office on our plans to ensure we are in concert. Secondly, initial data received from our membership survey has been shared and is helpful to both the Governor’s Office and ours in the decision making. Additionally:

1.) We are on track for the low/non-contact sports of golf, girls tennis and volleyball to begin practices on August 1, with school vs. school scrimmages and contests to follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations.

2.) We are on track for the contact sports of football, soccer, field hockey and cross country to begin practices on August 1. We are waiting for more guidance from the Governor’s Office and Department of Health on when school vs. school competition can begin and are hopeful of that permission being granted for our normal contest dates later in August. To that end, school vs. school scrimmages are SUSPENDED. We do not anticipate that suspension changing soon and there remains the possibility that no scrimmages will be permitted in the contact sports of football, soccer and field hockey. We will certainly keep you updated if that changes.

Note: We continue to have conversations regarding the status of field hockey and/or cross country being placed into the low/non-contact category. Again, we will certainly keep you updated if that changes for either or both sports.

3.) Our discussions with the Governor’s Office are clear . . . If we want our student-athletes to learn the lifelong lessons and receive the social, emotional and physical benefits that the privilege of participating in education-based interscholastic athletics programs provide, we all have to be accountable for following all mandates and requirements. By not following the mandates and requirements, we are putting our student-athletes at risk of not only contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 but also at risk of losing the season for themselves, their families, their teammates, their schools and their communities. Mandates and requirements put into place must be followed in order for the Governor’s Office to continue to allow us to participate.

4.) To that end, the OHSAA is working to finalize contest day mandates and requirements that are to be strictly enforced, and our administrators, coaches and student-athletes will be held accountable for non-compliance. So as to not cause alarm, these mandates and requirements will be to elevate many of the recommendations that were provided in the OHSAA Return to Play Recommendations document to the level of mandates and requirements and should not require wholesale modifications to your game-day protocol.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available!
 
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FlyingEagleMan

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In one breath the OHSAA says "We just regulate state tournaments, it will be up to each school on their season" and in their new breath, "All contact scrimmages suspended and if you try it there will be serious consequences."
 

cknights

Well-known member
what the heck? start practice, games on time, but no scrimmages? im tired of this.
Agreed. Call it or play it. Scrimmages are important for many reasons. Especially in football. Technique. Ease into full game hitting. Tweak plays to keep skill players safe. In reality, scrimmaging is maybe one of the most important aspects of the season when it comes to player safety.
 

Massillon#82

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A complete disaster from the OHSAA and the state of Ohio. Again giving no clear directives on anything just continuing to kick the can down the road. They have zero plans on how to move forward because they do not want to be the bad guy.
As it gets closer they will pass it on to the non elected health boards so they can be the bad guys and the elected officials won’t “lose votes”. Although at this point from the POTUS down to the guy on the local city council should all be voted out.
In 10 years when 2020 is discussed in history class it will be called the biggest sht show this country has ever been a part of.
Sad !
 

ghsknightsfan

Well-known member
Agreed. Call it or play it. Scrimmages are important for many reasons. Especially in football. Technique. Ease into full game hitting. Tweak plays to keep skill players safe. In reality, scrimmaging is maybe one of the most important aspects of the season when it comes to player safety.
scrimmages are absolutely essential. you at least need one. I don't care, 5 game season with 1 scrimmage is better than 10 games with no scrimmages to me. NO DIFFERENCE between a game and a scrimmage. you have both or have none.
 

ghsknightsfan

Well-known member
As it gets closer they will pass it on to the non elected health boards so they can be the bad guys and the elected officials won’t “lose votes”. Although at this point from the POTUS down to the guy on the local city council should all be voted out.
In 10 years when 2020 is discussed in history class it will be called the biggest sht show this country has ever been a part of.
Sad !
this wouldn't be happening if it wasn't an election year..
 

BHSspartans13

Well-known member
How many outbreaks have we had from little league baseball, summer swim teams, etc?? Cross country is deemed as more of a contact sport than volleyball, golf teams aren't going to be able to compete against one another? Or cross country duals? Give me a break. California has had a mask mandate since they opened, cases surging. Countries in Europe are having flares. Same with Israel. It is a virus. It is going to run its course. No, that doesn't mean everyone take their masks off, crowd in bars and disregard social distancing. It means demonstrate common sense, stay home and watch games on tv, wear a mask indoors at a restaurant or eat outside, but trying to put the world back on freeze isn't going to work and only make more people fed up and disregard the basic guidelines like hand washing and distancing that would make a difference.
 

Maxie

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As it gets closer they will pass it on to the non elected health boards so they can be the bad guys and the elected officials won’t “lose votes”. Although at this point from the POTUS down to the guy on the local city council should all be voted out.
In 10 years when 2020 is discussed in history class it will be called the biggest sht show this country has ever been a part of.
Sad !
FYI. Elected officials, like mayors, serve on health boards.
 

BHSspartans13

Well-known member
Been saying this from the start. It's his MO.

A little at a time before he finally gets his way.
He doesn't even try to hide it. He thinks he's so coy when he says "not yet but Thursday you'll hear something." The guy wants to close bars and restaurants again, you watch. Thankfully a judge in Columbus put an injunction on the Columbus 10pm bar closures which just this afternoon DeWine said he wholeheartedly supported.

Would I go to a bar, or recommend all of you yappsters go? No, but shutting the hours down doesn't magically keep people or the virus away.
 
scrimmages are absolutely essential. you at least need one. I don't care, 5 game season with 1 scrimmage is better than 10 games with no scrimmages to me. NO DIFFERENCE between a game and a scrimmage. you have both or have none.
I agree that scrimmages are important as well. Teams are only being denied scrimmages with other teams. They can do all the intersquad scrimmaging they want.
 

powerpost

Active member
How many outbreaks have we had from little league baseball, summer swim teams, etc?? Cross country is deemed as more of a contact sport than volleyball, golf teams aren't going to be able to compete against one another? Or cross country duals? Give me a break. California has had a mask mandate since they opened, cases surging. Countries in Europe are having flares. Same with Israel. It is a virus. It is going to run its course. No, that doesn't mean everyone take their masks off, crowd in bars and disregard social distancing. It means demonstrate common sense, stay home and watch games on tv, wear a mask indoors at a restaurant or eat outside, but trying to put the world back on freeze isn't going to work and only make more people fed up and disregard the basic guidelines like hand washing and distancing that would make a difference.
yes
 

CometCountry

Well-known member
Expect on Thursday for a push back of 2-3 weeks and follow what KY and WVA (surrounding states) by starting 8/17 or 8/24---if the #'s improve in Ohio as COVID infection rate is about 6%, which is similar to KY and Indiana and higher than WVA's 3%.
 
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powerpost

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We also can't have it both ways. Some on here are saying it is dangerous to not have scrimmages(i agree) but also wanted to move football to spring and have kids play two seasons in 8 months.
 

AllSports12

Moderator
He doesn't even try to hide it. He thinks he's so coy when he says "not yet but Thursday you'll hear something." The guy wants to close bars and restaurants again, you watch. Thankfully a judge in Columbus put an injunction on the Columbus 10pm bar closures which just this afternoon DeWine said he wholeheartedly supported.

Would I go to a bar, or recommend all of you yappsters go? No, but shutting the hours down doesn't magically keep people or the virus away.
and the media, minus one person, laps it all up
 

jonmoxon

Member
We also can't have it both ways. Some on here are saying it is dangerous to not have scrimmages(i agree) but also wanted to move football to spring and have kids play two seasons in 8 months.
You act like these kids only play football. Some kids in June will have football, basketball, and baseball all in the same day.
 
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