In conjunction with the new school-building closure deadline, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) postponed the start of spring sports. OHSAA extended the coaches’ no-contact period through May 1. OHSAA added that the no-contact regulation was not intended to discourage or prohibit electronic communication with student-athletes.
In late March, the organization cancelled all winter sports tournaments (basketball, hockey, swimming, wrestling), citing uncertainty about the school-building closure and stay-at home orders.
“Since other events and activities are not permitted by the current Governor’s orders, we collectively believe we can continue looking at abbreviated schedules for spring sports,” according to a statement from OHSAA after Gov. DeWine announced the extension on Monday (March 30). “While cancellation remains on the table with all other options, there are many factors that enter into possibilities. Availability of venues for any events, Dept. of Health guidelines and Governor’s orders are all part of the equation.”