(5-30-20) Due to schools moving to online classes in March at the start of the pandemic the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is making all students entering grades 7 through 12 academically eligible for the fall sports season.

In a memo sent out on Friday by OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass

“Due to the wide range of academic grades being given for classwork during the final grading period, all students entering grades 7-12 will be eligible for 2020 fall sports insofar as academic eligibility is concerned.”

This adjustment to the OHSAA bylaws was made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in schools around the state closing in March and moving to online classes. The OHSAA was asking member schools  to consider using the grades from the third grading period if they were not issuing grades for the fourth grading period this spring, but would be using pass/fail grading.

“The grades the students received at the end of the 3rd grading period would be what you use to determine their eligibility for fall sports. This would essentially be turning your 3rd grading period into your 2nd semester or final grading period of the 2019-2020 school year.”

Other issues were addressed in the memo including some transfer issues.


OHSAA says every student entering grades 7-12 will be academically eligible for fall sports season