(8-1-20) As August begins and fall sports are given the green light to start by the OHSAA, many are seeing that all of this reminds us of a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode with Rod Serling.
Added after story posted – (8-2-20)
On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health’s latest director’s order included troubling passages.
Per the order –
“practices, and/or open gyms with another team or club, or competitive inter-club/team play are not permitted for contact sports unless all involved teams comply with the requirements set forth in Section 10 of this Order so as to minimize the spread of COVID-19.”
Players, coaches, athletic trainers, support staff and officials must “receive a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling to competition” and that test “must be administered to each athlete and team staff member participating in the competition no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the competition and the results must be in hand prior to the start of the competition.”
Only Rod Serling could be writing this story!
This week numerous school districts and conferences made announcements, cancelling fall seasons or only playing conference members. To end the week yesterday the Dayton area saw school districts opting out.
The DPS move was made on the recommendation of the health department –
The Montgomery County Health Department recommended that all schools discontinue extracurricular activities that could pose a high risk to students.
In order to protect students and staff, Dayton Public Schools will follow this public health recommendation and suspend all extracurricular activities, including football, soccer and band, until it is safe for these activities to resume.
This is not an easy decision to make, but we believe it is the best decision to protect the health of DPS students. We understand that many students, families and staff will be disappointed by this news, but it is our hope that activities will be able to resume when it is safe to do so. As always, the safety of students and staff is our top priority.
Trotwood-Madison, a football power and the defending OHSAA D III State football state champion, made the announcement yesterday that they would shut down fall sports for the first nine weeks of the school year.
The Miami Valley Conference, joined the Great Western Ohio Conference and has decided to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season.
Schools who had schedules that included games with these districts or conferences are now scrambling to fill those dates. These announcements followed announcements that were made on Thursday, adding to the statewide surge of schools forgoing fall sports.
- OHSAA Board of Directors Email To Administrators…Fall Sports Still A Go, Includes Some ‘What ifs’
- ‘It was a tough Thursday’…Ohio School Districts Make ‘Tough’ Choices On Fall Sports
- Cleveland Schools Will NOT Participate In Fall Sports, Including Football
The OHSAA, although they say fall sports are a full go, they also have added in recent memos ‘what ifs‘ could change all of that. One of those could be the Governor, what will he do next with contact sports…still waiting to hear. With changes to bars and taverns operating hours on Friday, due to confirmed cases rising in the state, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see new orders in place for contact sports.
In the Stateline area, today Mercer County went over 500 (513) confirmed COVID 19 cases since the numbers were kept during the pandemic. Mercer County ranks in the top 5 in the state per capita on cases confirmed.
How does all of these announcements effect state championships? Toledo, Cleveland and Dayton schools have all dropped out for the fall. The conference who are only playing member teams, will they want to compete against non-conference teams in tournament games?
Good luck Joe Eitel with football computer points…
Many questions still out there and no answers to any of them.
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call “The Twilight Zone”.