Middletown, a charter member of the Greater Miami Conference, had 671 boys and 637 girls in its OHSAA enrollment as a Division I program in the 2019-20 school year.
OHSAA interim executive director Bob Goldring told WCPO Tuesday morning a district’s decision on the style of learning during the pandemic doesn’t have a significant impact on athletics.
“No real implications in Ohio other than, whether virtual, in-person or blended learning, students are still required to take and pass five one-credit courses or the equivalent in order to be eligible the second grading period,” Goldring said. “As an organization, we may need to review that regulation to see if temporary modifications to the five credits makes sense.”
Official OHSAA practice starts Aug. 1 with the Middletown golf season starting a few days after that.
Foust said the Middies already have some remote learning student-athletes including those involved with Midd State, an online option through a partnership with Middletown City Schools and Cincinnati and some home school students, too.
“I don’t see it as a problem as long as the kids are attending the remote learning and that just because it’s just going to be like normal school but they are going to be doing it from home,” Foust said.
“So as long as they are logging in, they’re attending each class and doing the work we’re going to be able to track eligibility, attendance and then hopefully that will still give us the power to have sports.”
Foust said the Middletown athletic department decided to use vans for transportation this fall. It plans to utilize buses for athletics events along with the assistance of parents and/or guardians for transporting student-athletes.
“I think at this point we will do whatever we need to do for the kids to have a season,” Foust said. “I think the kids have been through enough from last spring and taking school away and graduations and that. This upcoming senior class - whatever needs to be done to make sure that these kids have a great high school experience and complete a season, I’ll do.”
Foust said Middletown will continue its dialogue with the GMC to make sure all 10 schools are on the same page for athletics.
Colerain athletic director Craig Ulland, president of the GMC athletic directors for the 2020-21 school year, said the conference athletic directors met virtually for about three hours Monday to discuss the fall sports season.
“It was a very productive meeting,” Ulland said. “There are many folks working diligently to give our student athletes the best chance to compete this fall.”