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OHSAA Winter Tournaments Move from Postponed to Cancelled

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12, are now cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that schools will not be able to reopen for many weeks, which prevents interscholastic athletics from taking place.

The start of the OHSAA’s spring sports of softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field and boys tennis is still postponed, which coincides with schools not being open. 

Earlier Thursday, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass and his staff communicated with the schools that were still competing in those winter tournaments to announce the decision. 

“We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed,” said Snodgrass. “But our priority is the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, communities and officials. Governor Mike DeWine is asking all Ohioans to do everything they can to stop the spread of this virus. That request, along with our schools not being able to reopen for weeks, means that school sports cannot happen at this time. Even if our schools reopen this spring, it will be difficult to find facilities willing to host the tournaments. Most campus are shut down until mid to late summer.

“We are already planning for ways that these student-athletes will be honored at next year’s state tournament,” said Snodgrass.

The 16 schools that qualified for the girls basketball state tournament and the four teams that qualified for the ice hockey state tournament will all receive state tournament programs. The 672 student-athletes who qualified for the wrestling state tournament will all receive a program, certificate and their weigh-in card.

These four winter state tournaments and a few events during World War 2 (1941-45) are the only sports cancellations in the history of the OHSAA, which was founded in 1907. 

No state champions will be listed for these four sports in 2020. The OHSAA does not use state polls from the media or coaches associations to determine state champions. 

A reminder that OHSAA coaches can communicate electronically with their student-athletes, but no practices, scrimmages or contests of any kind are permitted until further notice. 

On March 13, Snodgrass sent this memo to member schools:

More information regarding spring sports will be provided when available.

But we’re still open. Visit our Facebook Page for the latest updates… because as Spring continues, the mowing and trimming will need to get done!

OHSAA Winter TournEYs Postponed… For Now

Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association held a news conference Thursday, responding to questions from school administrators and members of the media at the OHSAA offices. 

Snodgrass as emphatic in stating cancellation is on the table in discussion pertaining to the Winter and Spring Sports seasons.

The State Tournaments for Girls Basketball, Ice Hockey and Wrestling and the remainder of the Regional Tournament for Boys Basketball were placed on hold as Governor Mike DeWine ordered an extended three week spring break for schools to lessen the spreading of the COVID-19 virus. 

Snodgrass said in another 24 to 48 hours, the OHSAA may make a decision to cancel the Winter Tournaments.

“We have to” said Snodgrass, adding “I think it’s imperative that we have to and cannot procrastinate. I do not want to lead people on. That’s the one thing I don’t want to do.”

As for the Spring season, the no contact extension for coaches and their players is still in place during the school break to April 6th. However, Snodgrass encourages kids to work out on their own.

The OHSAA is keeping the Spring Tournament dates on the calendar, but Snodgrass said he would keep an eye on what the Governor does pertaining to permitting schools to reopen or extended the current break. Then the OHSAA would have to revisit the calendar and what to do next.

Sectional tournament dates begin as early as May 9th for Softball with Track & Field, Baseball and Boys Tennis to follow. The Tennis State Tournament dates begin the last week of May, followed by Lacrosse, Softball and Track & Field the first week of June and Baseball the second week of June.

From Around the Web: Prospect League; OHSAA Announcements

The Chillicothe Paints retweeted a message from the Prospect League:
“To all our loyal fans. Thanks you for showing tremendous patience during this difficult time. We are currently planning to play the 2020 Prospect League season as scheduled. We will continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and relay updates as they become available.

The Paints won the PL Championship in 2019, with hopes of repeating in 2020. The season is scheduled to begin May 28, 2020.

What’s ahead for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Winter tournament season and Spring Sports? We should find out more at noon Thursday.