Wildcats News · Contact Sports Moving to New Phase June 22nd

Please see below the information sent from the OHSAA today in regards to the June 18th announcement by the Governor of moving into a new phase for contact sports (Football, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball).

Governor’s Announcements to Responsibly Restart Sports

Phase 2 Announced Thursday . . . What exactly does that mean?

With Thursday’s announcement, Phase 2 permissions will begin on Monday, June 22.  Mandatory and recommended restrictions are posted at: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/Contact-Sport-Practices-Non-Contact-Sport.pdf. Please read these carefully and we would recommend posting these and sharing them with participants and your various attendees in your open gyms/workouts/etc.  Basically:

–        Beginning Monday, June 22, schools may now have open gyms/open fields/workouts/training for Contact Sports.

–        All NON/LOW-Contact sports may continue with competitions previously granted beginning May 26.

–        Daily assessments of participants must still occur as previously required.

–        “Spectators” (parents, others) are permitted but must follow restrictions that include social distancing.

–        While there is no restriction on the number permitted to attend Open Gyms/Fields/Facilities, any individuals not participating in intra-team play or skill sessions must remain socially distanced.  Example: If you have 20 individuals playing in two open gym cross court games, any remaining individuals must remain socially distanced when not playing.  Consider limiting attendance for this reason.

–        Athletic Trainers have restrictions identified that include wearing facemasks when treating an individual.

–        Skill Training identified from May 26 may still occur.

–        Since the OHSAA’s “10-Day Rule” has been waived for the summer of 2020, there is no limit to the number of days in which coaches/schools may conduct open gyms/open fields/workouts/training.

–        Local Health Departments continue to be given control/oversight of schools and facilities within their jurisdiction.  They retain the right to restrict permissions in Phase 2.


Note 1:  The word “Scrimmages” is used in regulations within Phase 2.  In school sport language, the term ‘scrimmage’ generally references competitions between schools that do not have to follow all the normal playing rules of the game.  In the context of the Governor’s orders, ‘scrimmage’ refers to games/competitions being played only with members attending your ‘Open Gym’ or ‘workout.’  Competitions between different schools or communities is NOT permitted at any time during Phase 2 for contact sports. NO ‘7 on 7’s,’ ‘Summer Tournaments’ or ‘Team Camps’ involving different schools or communities is permitted for contact sports during Phase 2.


Note 2:  While many of us have received communications from different venues/colleges announcing ‘Team Camps,’ there is still no date announced by the Governor in which these would be permitted.  Under Phase 2 restrictions, they currently are not permitted.


Note 3:  Many have asked about teams participating in out-of-state ‘events/competitions,’ especially in Indiana. Each state has different restrictions.  While CDC guidelines for sports lists individuals/teams from one geographic area traveling to another geographic areas as the highest risk for spreading COVID-19, there are no mandated restrictions.


Note 4: While “Phase 3” appears as the inevitable next step, there has been NO suggestion or indication of what the date for launching “Phase 3” would be.