OHSAA contact sports games are allowed until July 22 if health guidelines are followed

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday afternoon that the Ohio Department of Health Order that allows high school contact sports to compete against other schools may be extended until July 22 if health requirements are met Can.

Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor John Husted announced a preliminary health order on July 7, allowing various programs to compete in contact sports until July 15, following health requirements.

OHSAA Executive Director Bob Goldring wrote in a memorandum to the member, “Lieutenant Governor Husted stressed that when this ‘trial’ order first came out, we all have a responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19 Continue to practice safe. Friday afternoon in schools.

The extension, for example, would allow an extension for schools competing in seven-point football workouts.

Intra-team (within the same school program) practice, training, open gym and scrimmage are also permitted for contact sports.

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Golding reiterated on Friday that the OHSAA office is moving forward with a normal start to the fall sports season, meaning official practice begins August 1, with 10 of those 10 games postseason tournament series later Has declined.

“We are committed to moving forward to begin our fall game on August 1 and hope that school-to-school competition in all sports will be acceptable,” Goldring wrote.

“As you all have seen during this epidemic, those plans can be quickly amended or canceled, such as the Governor’s Office and all of you, our focus is on the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes. Intercostalistic athletics Paramount in moving forward with. “

The OHSAA also said that its return document to play recommendations would be sent to member schools, when it would be approved by the Governor’s Office and the Department of Health.

Golding wrote, “Since March 12, each member school has developed its own health and safety guidelines to allow student-athletes to train, position and compete in certain sports.

“To that end, we have heard the membership loud and clear that recommendations are needed to play from the OHSAA office. Trust me, we are working tirelessly to finalize such guidance, But we want to be in concert with the governor. The office and the Department of Health to ensure that what we provide is not in conflict with requirements, orders and other recommendations that are in place. “

The OHSAA has 815 member high schools and 760 seventh to eighth grade schools in the association for this upcoming 2020-21 school year.

The OHSAA represents more than 350,000 students in 26 sanctioned sports – 13 for boys and 13 for girls.

Ohio is the fourth largest state for high school sports participation behind California, Texas and New York.