The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be sending an adjusted spring sports timeline to its member schools after Gov. Mike DeWine announced March 30 that school buildings will remain closed through May 1 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Athletes and coaches in spring sports currently are in a no-contact period that began March 17 and initially was to run through April 5, but the OHSAA released the following statement March 30 via its Twitter account, @OHSAASports: “@GovMikeDeWine has announced schools will continue with ‘distance learning’ through May 1. As previously announced, there cannot be school sports if school facilities are not open. #OHSAA staff & @Jerry_Snodgrass will send update to schools with adjusted spring sports timeline.”
On March 19, Snodgrass, the OHSAA executive director, announced that he and his staff were putting together contingency plans in case school buildings remained closed past April 6.
The OHSAA canceled the remainder of the winter postseason for boys basketball, girls basketball, hockey and wrestling on March 26.
“We disseminated to our schools (March 13) a tentative schedule for our spring sports,” Snodgrass said March 19. “We put the no-contact period in immediately to discourage people getting together and complying to increase social distancing. We also tried to understand the mental being of our athletes, so we’re encouraging them to do teleconferencing, whatever it may be, to really discourage any social gathering.
“I’ve heard from so many that talk about how important a softball game, a track meet … how important it is in their lives. … All decisions are not going to be made upon emotions. We have to make the best judgments we can make in fighting that war that the governor indicated. We’ve already identified that coaches play such an important role in the lives of our student-athletes that they need that mental support, and that’s something we continue to stress.”