OHSAA provides update on spring sports, fall eligibility

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio High School Athletic Association provided an update to school administrators regarding spring sports and fall eligibility.

The OHSAA announced spring will be cancelled if schools are cancelled for the remainder of the school year.

“If the Governor and Ohio Department of Health deem it safe to reopen school facilities in early May, then we will have a shortened spring sports season that extends into June,” said OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass. “I commend our sports administration staff for putting the schedules together working on state tournament sites.”

More spring sports information includes:

  • The mandatory no-contact period remains in place until at least May 1.  No practices or group workouts may occur through this date.
  • No-contact does not mean ‘electronic’ communication is not permitted.  In fact, we encourage coaches to maintain correspondence, provide workouts, etc. to INDIVIDUALS.
  • The dates below for a spring season/tournaments are tentative.  We are continuing with the Governor’s optimistic direction that schools will re-open on May 4.  We will adjust accordingly. However optimistic this may be, we must PLAN for the return even if that ends up changing.
  • With a current return on May 4, the following schedule has been adopted for spring sports. Specific information relative to Sectional and District Tournaments, playing dates, seeding procedures, game sites, will all be provided in communications from the respective six District Athletic Boards.
  • If for any reason specific sites are shut down due to governor’s orders, ALL sites will be shut down and a tournament will not be held

BASEBALL 

State tournament dates determined by availability of Akron Canal Park.   

Acclimation Period – May 4-8 

Season Begins – May 9 

Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 11 

Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 17 

Sectional Tournaments – May 23-30 

District Tournaments – June 1-6 

Regional Tournaments – June 11-12 

State Tournament at Akron Canal Park (subject to change) – June 19-21 

Season Concludes (regular-season games can be played up until this date) – June 27 

SOFTBALL 

Acclimation Period – May 4-8 

Season Begins – May 9 

Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 18 

Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 24 

Sectional Tournaments – May 30-June 6 

District Tournaments – June 8-13 

Regional Tournaments – June 15-20 

State Tournament at Akron Firestone Stadium (subject to change) – June 25-27 

Season Concludes (regular-season games can be played up until this date) – July 4 

LACROSSE 

Acclimation Period – May 4-8 

Season Begins – May 9 

Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 18 

Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 25 

Regional Qualifying – May 26-30 

Regional Tournaments – June 1-7 

State Semifinals – June 8-10 

State Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University (subject to change) – June 13 

Season Concludes (regular-season games can be played up until this date) – June 13 

BOYS TENNIS 

Acclimation Period – May 4-8 

Season Begins – May 9 

Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 18 

Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 24 

Sectional Tournaments – May 30-June 6 

District Tournaments – June 8-13 

State Tournament at Hilliard Davidson High School (subject to change) – June 18-20 

Season Concludes (regular-season contests can be played up until this date) – June 27 

TRACK AND FIELD 

Athletic facilities at The Ohio State University will not be available in June, so the state tournament will be split into three different sites, per division. Details are below. 

Acclimation Period – May 4-8 

Season Begins – May 9 

Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 25 

Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 31 

District Tournaments – June 9-13 

Regional Tournaments – June 17-20 

State Tournament – June 26-27 

State Tournament Sites (subject to change): Division I at Hilliard Darby; Division II at Pickerington North; Division III at Westerville North 

Season Concludes (regular-season meets can be held up until this date) – June 27 

The OHSAA also clarified fall eligibilty questions and concerns its received during the past few weeks. They stated GPA requirement is not an OHSAA mandate. While law mandates you have one, it is not used for eligibility or ineligibility in our office and added that violating a school’s GPA requirement does not result in forfeiture of a contest. Therefore, if a school utilizing Pass/Fail options for students, parents and students do not need not worry about how that affects fall 2020 eligibility.

The NFHS continues conversation with the NCAA relative to student-athlete fall semester eligibility. The NFHS expects decisions from the NCAA very soon relative to Div. I and Div. II to follow soon after as it relates to Pass/Fail grades and GPA requirements at the NCAA level.

Since the NCAA and NFHS share the same office building in Indianapolis, the dialogue in communication continues efficiently. Much of their info can be found at: ncaa.org/COVID-19.

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