(4-21-20) In a memo released and during a teleconference today by OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass there seems to be some ‘laws being laid down‘. In the past Snodgrass says that he worked at the pleasure of his membership, it seems that he is not going that route since COVID 19.
There is no ‘I’ in OHSAA.
“I also have to go with the fact that my number one concern that I have, over everything, is the health and safety of everyone involved. It’s not just our student-athletes. It’s the parents, coaches, umpires, officials, the scorekeepers. All those things enter into this. It’s a tough decision and it’s one that I and all the other Executive Directors of the other states never thought we would have to do. Never did I think this would be the case, but I’ve tried to be as prepared as I could every step of the way.”
In recent twitter posts –
“As we have stated in our previous communications, today’s announcement by Governor DeWine to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year also will now result in the cancellation of OHSAA-sponsored spring sports seasons including tournaments.”
“July is a very physical month for our student-athletes entering fall sports, so we have already started looking at, if this continues through the summer, we’ll have the potential of having a lot of kids who haven’t had the physical activity that they would normally have going into a fall season. So for the health and safety of everyone, we have to look at the acclimation periods going into the fall, if that happens. We have to be prepared for that. We’re also talking about that, if this does go through the summer, what is the likelihood that a student can get in to get a physical (annual medical exam). We have a sport medicine advisory group that is looking at that. They are looking at all aspects such as whether artificial surfaces need to be treated. We are relying on the advice of experts in our decision making.
- Who is looking at acclimation periods?
- Who is a part of the special medicine advisory group? Who selected them?
- Limiting number of games in the fall, based on what?
- How many took the School administrator survey, what were the questions and some of the replies?
What Snodgrass said today during his media teleconference-
Shortening the season or limiting number of games in fall sports is “on the table.” Schools who depend on football income for the athletic budget will be sinking in red ink if this happens.
Playing regular-season games without fans in the fall is each school’s decision, tournament games would be the OHSAA’s decision.
He’s not in favor of canceling all fall sports if some can be played. If there are some group size restrictions still in place that render some sports games or meets impossible, but allows others (like golf), he’s in favor of holding what could be held.
A survey of school administrators across Ohio showed they are supportive of the no-contact period being extended as long as school building closure is in effect.
No layoffs or furloughs are in place for the OHSAA staff in the immediate plans and the OHSAA has applied for funds under the CARES Act.
On the status of the OHSAA budget:
“The financial ramifications are serious. We lost a good share of our ticket revenues. Football attendance was down this year. In the spring, everything but track is profitable. It’s not all about profit, but we are a business.”
If you don’t think there is a problem with the current way things are being handled…wait until the Executive Director says the OHSAA needs $2,000 a year from your school to be a member to cover the recent lost income.
So who is making up the above guidelines? Member schools need to become more active in decisions that will affect their school systems in the future. Short memos from the OHSAA informing administrators about the changes that have been implemented after it has already been decided…is not enough.
Martial Law???? Agree or disagree you can see that the OHSAA membership is not able give input to many of these decisions. Down the road schools may have to ‘pay up’ for what is taking now.