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OHSAA Announces Tentative Details for Spring Sports Seasons

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association provided new details to member schools on Wednesday regarding spring sports schedules and tournament information if school facilities reopen in early May.

School facilities are closed through May 1 due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. If the closure is extended beyond May 1, the OHSAA will provide updated information. If school facilities do not reopen this school year, there will not be a spring sports season.

State tournament venues listed below are subject to change.

“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.”

Wednesday’s memo to school administrators also included details regarding Pupil Activity/Coaching Permits, annual awards certificates, District Athletic Board elections and academic eligibility for fall sports and college-bound seniors. The memo is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/school-administrators-update-april-8

“We continue to applaud each of you for helping provide guidance and leadership to your coaches and your efforts to keep students engaged,” Snodgrass wrote to school administrators in the memo. “This crisis has heightened the awareness that students want to be back in the classroom. Teachers want students back in the classroom. In our solid belief that school-based athletic programs are an extension of the classroom, we hold that same belief for our student-athletes and coaches. Getting kids back with coaches is much more than winning and we feel it a vital part of returning life to normalcy.”

SPRING SPORTS OVERVIEW

  • If school facilities are closed for the remainder of the school year, spring sports will be canceled.
  • The dates below for each sport are tentative and are based on the Governor’s optimistic direction that schools will reopen May 4. We will adjust accordingly.
  • The mandatory no-contact period remains in place through May 1. No practices or group workouts may occur through this date, but the OHSAA encourages coaches to maintain electronic correspondence with their student-athletes.
  • With a current return on May 4, the schedules below have 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.State tournament venues listed below are subject to change.
  • If for any reason specific sites are shut down due to Governor’s orders, ALL sites will be shut down and tournaments will not be held.
BASEBALL
Non-Interscholastic Date
May 4
Acclimation Period
May 4-8
Season Begins
May 9
Tournament Entry/Withdrawal
May 11
Tournament Entry/Withdraw w/penalty
May 12-15
Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting
May 17
Sectional Tournaments*
May 23-30
District Tournaments
June 1-6
Regional Tournaments
June 11 & 12
State Tournament
June 19-21
Season Concludes
June 27
* Sectional competition shall NOT begin earlier than the date provided.
SOFTBALL
Non-Interscholastic Date
May 4
Acclimation Period
May 4-8
Season Begins
May 9
Tournament Entry/Withdrawal
May 18
Tournament Entry/Withdraw w/penalty
May 19-22
Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting
May 24
Sectional Tournaments*
May 30-June 6
District Tournaments
June 8-13
Regional Tournaments
June 15-20
State Tournament
June 25-27
Season Concludes
July 4
* Sectional competition shall NOT begin earlier than the date provided.
LACROSSE
Non-Interscholastic Date
May 4
Acclimation Period
May 4-8
Season Begins
May 9
Tournament Entry/Withdrawal
May 18
Tournament Entry/Withdraw w/penalty
May 19-22
Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting
May 25
Regional Qualifying
May 26-30
Regional Quarterfinals
June 1-4
Regionals
June 4-7
State Semi-Finals
June 8-10
State Finals
June 13
Season Concludes
June 13
TENNIS
Non-Interscholastic Date
May 4
Acclimation Period
May 4-8
Season Begins
May 9
Tournament Entry/Withdrawal
May 18
Tournament Entry/Withdraw w/penalty
May 19-22
Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting
May 24
Sectional Tournament*
May 30-June 6
District Tournament
June 8-13
State Tournament
June 18-20
Season Concludes
June 27
* Sectional competition shall NOT begin earlier than the date provided.
TRACK & FIELD
Non-Interscholastic Date
May 4
Acclimation Period
May 4-8
Season Begins
May 9
Tournament Entry/Withdrawal
May 25
Tournament Entry/Withdraw w/penalty
May 26-29
Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting
May 31
District Tournament
June 9-13
Regional Tournament
June 17-20
State Tournament
June 26-27
Season Concludes
June 27
Notes for Participating Schools:
  • If any type of non-interscholastic participation becomes permitted by governors’ orders and has been occurring (which is doubtful) it must be concluded by May 4.
  • Although the regular season(s) will be much shorter, schools can continue scheduling contests until the end of the season.
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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