(5-19-20) While many Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) members have criticized Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on not including the association as part of a group to oversee safety protocols for sports in Ohio.  Many forget that on April 21st OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass had already set that plan in motion –

“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.

Yesterday Lt. Governor Jon Husted said the state is now hoping to work with the OHSAA after a social media outrage by association members blasted the state on being ‘left out’ of the sports advisory group that was formed by Governor DeWine.

In a recent meeting in early May with the State softball coaches association and OHSAA leadership safety issues were addressed –

What are the new safety precautions that will be put into place for season (handshake, home plate meeting changes)? Too early to plan and discuss as we have to wait for this Covid-19 situation to play out and when the time comes for your spring season they will be announced prior to if any changes need to occur.

On May 15th the Governor’s group released details on guidelines playing both softball and baseball. The announcement caught the OHSAA officials off-guard   and that started to raise red flags about the communication between the state and the OHSAA on the reopening of fall sports.

No information or direction as of this posting has been released by the OHSAA on the their Sports Advisory Board recommendations on safety protocols in the future for fall sports.

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