While golf, tennis and volleyball have been approved to compete, contact sports such as football, soccer and field hockey, as well as cross country, are awaiting approval from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. The OHSAA suspended scrimmages in contact sports on Tuesday.
The OHSAA announced, “If contact sports are not approved for school vs. school competition by Friday, September 4, fall contact sports and remaining winter and spring sports will move to a condensed schedule that will take place between mid-December and the end of June.
“If the fall seasons begin and, for some reason, are stopped but then resume, the OHSAA has plans to move to a modified fall sports season.”
Among the other details in the memo were:
• Golf teams can scrimmage once at any time during the season and start competing Aug. 5.
• Girls tennis teams can also scrimmage once after practice begins and before the first match. Those teams can start competing Aug. 7.
• Volleyball teams can scrimmage five times and participate in one preview after practice begins Aug. 1 and before the first matches, which can be held as early as Aug. 21.
• Soccer and field hockey teams can hold their first matches Aug. 21, while cross country meets can start Aug. 24.