This week's announcement by Governor DeWine to extend mandatory school closures through May 1st, has the OHSAA thinking about possibilities for the current spring sports season as well as what might occur with the fall season of 2020.
The OHSAA says the mandated No-Contact period between coaches and players has been extended through May 1st to assist with the Governor’s ‘stay at home’ order, to prohibit coaches from privately meeting with student-athletes AND to put all schools on an equal level relative to future competitive opportunities.
Commissioners say it should be noted that the No-Contact Regulation was never intended to discourage or prohibit electronic communication with student-athletes. For the mental well-being of student-athletes, it is actually encouraged but is NOT intended for coaches to encourage any form of group gatherings or instruction.
No practices or competitions may occur through this date- May 1st.
Since other events and activities are not permitted by the current Governor’s orders, OHSAA believes they can continue looking at abbreviated schedules for spring sports. While cancellation remains on the table with all other options, there are many factors that enter into possibilities.