OHSAA establishes more virus guidelines


The Ohio High School Athletic Association has outlined procedures that will be conducted while the state battles COVID-19.
Practices for all fall sports teams began on Saturday with social distancing and sanitization protocols in place.
The OHSAA recently announced there will be no preseason scrimmages permitted for the contact sports of football and soccer.
The sports of golf, girls tennis and volleyball, which are considered non-contact, will be permitted to play scrimmages.
Golf teams are allowed one scrimmage any time during the season.
The golf season is scheduled to begin on Wednesday of this week.
Girls tennis squads may conduct one scrimmage after practice begins and prior to the first contest of the regular season.
The tennis season is set to begin on Friday.
Volleyball teams will be permitted to play five scrimmages and one preview after practice begins.
The volleyball regular season is scheduled to begin on Aug. 21.
Cross-country is currently considered as a contact sport and would not start the season on time if soccer and football are delayed.
There are currently talks under way between the OHSAA, the Ohio Department of Health and Gov. Mike DeWine’s office to reclassify cross-country as a non-contact endeavor.
The OHSAA has established guidelines if football and soccer seasons are not permitted to begin on time.
If contact sports are not approved for school vs. school competition by Friday, Sept. 4, the fall contact sports and the remaining winter and spring sports will move to a condensed schedule.
That new schedule would take place between mid-December and the end of June.
Fall non-contact sports would move forward as originally scheduled.

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