(12-17-20) Below is the latest OHSAA Update to member schools.

HIGHLIGHTS

Winter Tournaments –

While understanding that our focus is on the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all participants in the interscholastic environment,at this point we have no plans to change the dates for our upcoming winter tournaments.

However, we will continue to study the data on COVID-19 and continue in discussions with the Governor’s Office to determine if we need to make any changes. If we do, we believe we have flexibility that would allow us to look at implementing other models for our winter and/or spring seasons and tournaments.

Crowds…risk of losing the season –

We also want to reemphasize that administrators should do all that you can to keep crowds to a minimum, even going below the Ohio Health Director’s Sports Order that limits spectators to the lesser of 15 percent permanent, fixed seats or 300. Our (OHSAA) recommendation is that you limit your crowds to parents and immediate family members.

By not being cautious and reducing the number of spectators, we are putting our student-athletes at risk of not only contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 but also risking the possibility of losing the winter sports seasons

Observer’s visits –

Concerns expressed to the OHSAA about various sites not following protocols may prompt our office to assign or reassign an observer to your school.

Quarantine time –

If a student-athlete ends quarantine in a shortened timeframe of seven or 10 days, are they permitted to resume sports such as basketball and wrestling?

A.To minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission, student-athletes should wait until 14 days of symptom monitoring have passed since they would not be able to social distance or wear a mask during active practice or play. Such student-athletes ARE permitted to return to class sooner since they can social distance (at least sixfeet) and wear a mask when around other sit in class.

Student-athlete returning after COVID 19 –

As a reminder, the Ohio Health Director’s Sports Order says that a student-athlete who tests positive for COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, shall not return to sports activities until a documented medical exam is performed clearing the individual prior to the individual returning to participate in practice or games.

Wrestling Hand Shakes – (this has gained national attention)

Eliminate handshakes pre-and post-match between competitors

Ohio’s Curfew Order –

The new Ohio curfew Order does not mean schools must be home from their competitions strictly at 10:00 p.m., but venues/gyms need to be vacated by 10:00 followed by transportation back home.

While consideration by schools and conferences/leagues should be given to move starting times for contests earlier, the new Order DOES mean it is imperative that administrators work with student-athletes and coaches to emphasize that, once the contest ends or participants and coaches return from road trips, everyone should go home and not congregate at someone’s house or a local restaurant. Those types of gatherings have proven to help spread the virus and may play a major role in pausing a school’s season.