“We are communicating to our coaching staff, to our parents, to our student-athletes that they need to plan on being ready for a normal restart of spring sports on Monday, April 13th,” said Nate Baker, athletic director at Wayne in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. “And then if there are updates those will be communicated as it is a fluid situation.”
Most schools shut down practice Thursday. The teams had been practicing since Feb. 24 in all sports. Leagues will be working to determine if they will have time to play only league games in sports such as baseball and softball, and if holding league track and field meets make sense. The OHSAA said spring postseason tournaments and meets will remain scheduled on their original dates.
“Spring sports are always tough to get all your games in because of weather,” Baker said. “So there may be a situation where we defer to conference events and conference championships over a potential rescheduling of nonconference events. That will be discussed at our meeting.”
The state tournaments for girls basketball, wrestling and ice hockey, and the regional tournaments for boys basketball remain postponed indefinitely. Jerry Snodgrass, executive director of the OHSAA, wrote in a memo to the schools, "Given the rapidly changing events nationally and statewide, we are assessing the situation daily. It is impossible to make a determination today."
During this down time, athletes on teams still competing in winter sports tournaments and athletes on spring teams are not allowed to participate or practice with a non-interscholastic team such as an AAU basketball team.
Schools have also been encouraged to cancel out-of-state trips. If refunds can’t be obtained, Snodgrass wrote that the OHSAA has no choice but to permit those trips.