(7-30-20) Despite assurances from the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) that the fall sports seasons will be moving forward, school districts around the state are making their own decisions if that will happen.
Three major announcements on fall sports came from the western part of the state from Toledo to Middletown. The Toledo Public Schools and the Middletown City Schools have cancelled all fall sports. The Greater Western Ohio Conference (Beavercreek,Centerville, Fairmont, Miamisburg, Northmont, Springboro, Springfield and Wayne) announced today that they will only play other conference members in the fall and cancelling all non-conference scheduled games.
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The major impact will come in football, with states like Kentucky delaying the start of the fall seasons and Illinois moving football games to the spring some Ohio athletic directors are now scrambling to fill their schedules at a very late date.
Governor Mike DeWine has not issued his final orders on the future of contact sports in Ohio. Plus the recent announcement from the OHSAA that stopped scrimmages from taking place, put football in a sports ‘purgatory’.
The OHSAA will now face some tough decisions as schools make announcements on fall sports participationas the school year approaches…one question is will there be state tournaments?
Today’s announcements –
Middletown Schools Suspends Fall Extracurricular Activities
Middletown City School District (MCSD) today announced the suspension of all fall extracurricular activities and campus activities, such as athletics and marching band, effective today until further notice. On July 20, MCSD announced a remote start to the 2020-21 school year.
Middletown Schools is in regular communication with the City of Middletown Health Commissioner as well as the Butler County Health Commissioner and the City of Hamilton Health Commissioner. All three health departments are communicating the rising positive cases and community spread are cause for serious concern. If MCSD does not take exceptional safety measures now, then the district jeopardizes the chances of returning to school in fall 2020.
Jackie Phillips, City of Middletown Health Commissioner
“In this ever changing, complicated, emotional season we have been placed in, we cannot lose focus on what is most important. The focus should be on the safety of our children, educators, staff, and all the families involved as we move forward with the main objective of educating our youth. We must remain vigilant and flexible and if ever there was a time that the old adage is paramount ‘it takes an entire village’ it is now!”
In the State of Ohio, some school districts and local schools, including MCSD, have confirmed positive cases among students and staff. In Middletown Schools, officials want to keep students and staff safe and healthy. While the fall extracurricular suspension will disappoint many people, MCSD knows it is the right decision to flatten the curve and keep the district on track to bring students back to the classroom.
Marlon Styles, MCSD Superintendent
“If our families and friends want schools to open in the fall, we need to get serious and we need to mitigate the community spread. We need to social distance. We need to mask up. By suspending fall extracurricular activities, we are giving our students the best opportunity to get back to the classroom.”
Regular Season Will Be GWOC Only Due to Pandemic
The Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) Superintendents and Executive Board recently met to discuss the upcoming fall athletic season in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the COVID-19 pandemic there have been many changes to our way of life and the GWOC is adapting to those changes. As such the GWOC has made the decision that all athletic contests played during the fall athletic season will be played against GWOC member schools only. This applies to all sports. This was a difficult decision but one that was made in the best interest of our student-athletes. The primary focus is to provide the student-athletes every opportunity to compete and this decision helps achieve that. While we realize challenges await we will remain flexible and adaptable to inevitable challenges that await as we navigate the pandemic.
Toledo Public SchoolsBoard of Education voted today and approved that all TPS schools open for the 20-21 school year under a red light scenario meaning all students will engage in remote learning.
This also will suspend all TPS fall sports to Oct. 1. This means all games, practices, meetings, workouts are suspended until the district decided to move to the yellow light status.