Wildcats News · OHSAA Fall Sports Update


First, we continue in conversations with the Governor’s Office on our plans to ensure we are in concert. Secondly, initial
data received from our membership survey has been shared and is helpful to both the Governor’s Office and ours in the
decision making. Additionally:

1.) We are on track for the low/non-contact sports of golf, girls tennis and volleyball to begin practices on August 1,
with school vs. school scrimmages and contests to follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and
regulations.

2.) We are on track for the contact sports of football, soccer, field hockey and cross country to begin practices on
August 1. We are waiting for more guidance from the Governor’s Office and Department of Health on when
school vs. school competition can begin and are hopeful of that permission being granted for our normal contest
dates later in August. To that end, school vs. school scrimmages are SUSPENDED. We do not anticipate that
suspension changing soon and there remains the possibility that no scrimmages will be permitted in the contact
sports of football, soccer and field hockey. We will certainly keep you updated if that changes.

Note: We continue to have conversations regarding the status of field hockey and/or cross country being placed
into the low/non-contact category. Again, we will certainly keep you updated if that changes for either or both
sports.

3.) Our discussions with the Governor’s Office are clear . . . If we want our student-athletes to learn the lifelong
lessons and receive the social, emotional and physical benefits that the privilege of participating in education-
based interscholastic athletics programs provide, we all have to be accountable for following all mandates and
requirements. By not following the mandates and requirements, we are putting our student-athletes at risk of
not only contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 but also at risk of losing the season for themselves, their
families, their teammates, their schools and their communities. Mandates and requirements put into place must
be followed in order for the Governor’s Office to continue to allow us to participate.

4.) To that end, the OHSAA is working to finalize contest day mandates and requirements that are to be strictly
enforced, and our administrators, coaches and student-athletes will be held accountable for non-compliance. So
as to not cause alarm, these mandates and requirements will be to elevate many of the recommendations that
were provided in the OHSAA Return to Play Recommendations document to the level of mandates and
requirements and should not require wholesale modifications to your game-day protocol.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, and we will continue to provide updates as they
become available!