Update from OHSAA

runohio

Member
The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors today reaffirmed their position that the OHSAA fall sports seasons will go forward as planned. That means low/non-contact sports and contact sports will be permitted to begin official practices tomorrow (August 1) as had been previously announced. Additional details on the fall sports seasons are below.

“It is important to keep athletic activity moving forward,” said Dan Leffingwell, president of the OHSAA Board of Directors and superintendent of the Noble Local Schools in Sarahsville. “And with that, we believe our member schools provide our student-athletes with the safest possible environment to return to play and that our school programs are the best avenue to help students learn lifelong lessons and provide social, emotional and physical benefits that other programs cannot. Moving forward allows those students to continue to be engaged with their school coaches and teammates. Membership data also supports this decision.

“If we were to delay, our students will find opportunities to compete in sports through non-school programs that may not be focused on safety and are not education-based,” Leffingwell said. “Should data on COVID-19 change and/or the Governor’s Office makes changes to our plan, we have flexibility that would allow us to look at implementing other models for our seasons.”

Low/Non-Contact Sports (Golf, Girls Tennis, Volleyball)

• Official practices may begin on Saturday, Aug. 1.

• School vs. school scrimmages and/or contests will follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations.

Golf – 1 scrimmage permitted any time during season; first contest Aug. 5.

Girls Tennis – 1 scrimmage permitted after practice begins and prior to first match; first contest Aug. 7.

Volleyball – 5 scrimmages and 1 preview permitted after practice begins; first contest Aug. 21.

Football

• Official practices will begin on Saturday, Aug. 1, with the normal acclimatization period in place.

• No school vs. school scrimmages are permitted.

• School vs. school contests will follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations with a target date of

the week of Monday, Aug. 24 (Note: This date is subject to change and subject to the approval from the Governor’s

Office/Ohio Department of Health and with the stipulation that COVID-19 testing will not be required
).

Other Contact Sports (Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country)

• Practices will begin on Saturday, Aug. 1, with the normal acclimatization period in place for cross country.

• No school vs. school scrimmages are permitted in soccer or field hockey.

• School vs. school contests will follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations with a target date of

Friday, Aug. 21, for soccer and field hockey and Monday, Aug. 24, for cross country (Note: These dates are subject

to change and subject to the approval from the Governor’s Office/Ohio Department of Health and with the stipulation

that COVID-19 testing will not be required
).
 

xcandtrack

New member
The domino's are falling in NEO-Cuyahoga County many schools are announcing remote learn only and no extra curricular (sports). Our district has suspended all in-person activities beginning now.
 

Running Man 101

Active member
Even if they cancel the XC season, at least we've given the kids something to do over the summer, some way of relieving the stress the adults have caused. I have no issue if that is the only reason. Got to work with the runners.

I do know that we are planning for all the big meets to get canceled and prepping to hold 2-3 more home meets and just a round robin hosting event with 4-5 schools.
 

Supertramp

New member
Even if they cancel the XC season, at least we've given the kids something to do over the summer, some way of relieving the stress the adults have caused. I have no issue if that is the only reason. Got to work with the runners.

I do know that we are planning for all the big meets to get canceled and prepping to hold 2-3 more home meets and just a round robin hosting event with 4-5 schools.
I really hope we are able to at least have dual or tri meets this season, but I agree with this as well: At least we had a good summer. Our team had a lot of good fun and got some hard running in.

It was nice while it lasted.
 

grange45

Active member
Even if they cancel the XC season, at least we've given the kids something to do over the summer, some way of relieving the stress the adults have caused. I have no issue if that is the only reason. Got to work with the runners.

I do know that we are planning for all the big meets to get canceled and prepping to hold 2-3 more home meets and just a round robin hosting event with 4-5 schools.
I wonder if the Bob Schul Invite will still be held?
 
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