UPDATED: 11-12-20 Zeps Hoops (@zepshoops) for Shenandoah HS Basketball tweeted the following on a survey sent out by the OHSAA on winter sports participation –

No official word has come from the Governor’s Office on ‘pausing the start of the winter sports season’.

(11-11-20) Today’s 5:30 pm COVID 19 update from Governor DeWine was an eye opener for Ohio Residents.

This part of what he said today grabs the attention of high school administrators, coaches, athletes, parents and fans –

It is essential that we also remember the existing orders that are already in place to slow the spread of the virus. In April, we issued an order to limit gatherings of more than 10 people. That limit is still in effect and applies to public events and private gatherings.

Despite this order, we have seen rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals. We have seen great tragedy associated with such events. It’s not the ceremonies causing the problem. It’s the party afterward.

To address this, we will be issuing a new order soon to place significant new restrictions on these social activities.

Specifically, open congregate areas can no longer be open. The order will require everyone to be seated and masked unless they are actively consuming food or drinks and it will prohibit things such as dancing and games.

During the start of the fall sport seasons he OHSAA emphasized social distancing and wearing masks, many adjustments were made to accomodate the Governor’s demands. Football went to a six game regular season and playoffs started during week 7. The Governor also assigned investigators to go to football games to report on schools enforcing social distancing.

….and on August 18 the Governor said….

With today’s new rulings and more to come…let’s hope we finish the football playoffs and start the basketball season on time. The next couple of days will tell us if the Governor decides to pull the plug on high school sports.

Tonight in Indiana ….