OHSAA Continues To Plan And Remains Hopeful For A Fall Sports Season

It's a question being asked in communities all across the state these days: With the COVID-19 health crisis prompting many districts to decide to begin the school year with remote learning, will there be high school football and a fall sports season this year? The answer is unclear, even to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. OHSAA Director of Communications Tim Stried joined the Joel Riley show to discuss the organizations plans for the fall and told us he's hopeful and optimistic that sports will be held, but admitted much of what happens is out of the OHSAA's control. Stried told us there are daily discussions with Governor Mike DeWine's office and with Lt. Governor John Husted and ultimately, the fate of high school football and other sports, comes down to what the Governor, state health officials and local school districts decide. Currently the OHSAA, following the guidelines laid down by the Governor's office, is allowing non-contact sports including golf, girls tennis and volleyball to not only practice beginning August 1, but also compete against other schools. It's a different story for contact sports which include football, girls field hockey and cross country. Those sports can practice but competition is currently not allowed. Meanwhile, Hilliard and New Albany on Wednesday, became the latest districts to follow the recommendations of local health officials and temporarily suspended all fall extra curricular activities. It was a thorough and informative discussion with Stried, who gave us a detailed account of what is currently allowed, what the OHSAA is hoping for and more. If you missed it and are interested in the fate of fall high school sports, it's worth a listen. You can check it out by clicking here to go to Joel's podcast page.