The Ohio High School Athletic Association sent out a memo to school administrators Thursday extending the no-contact period to June 1.
In the statement, it says that “this is to assist with Governor (Mike) DeWine’s stay-at-home order and to ensure that school facilities remain closed and are not open to school coaches and/athletes. Further, per an order signed by Dr. Amy Acton, Director of Health on April 20, all school buildings that provide any K-12 instruction are to remain closed until 11:59 p.m. June 20.
The statement reiterated that this no contact period prohibits any coach, paid or volunteer, to provide coaching, instruction or supervising conditioning and physical fitness programs or open gyms, to members of a school team in their sports. This does not include communication to your student-athlete, nor does it include electronic individual workouts, as long as those workouts can be done individually and do not promote group gatherings.
‘The maximum penalty for violating the no-contact period shall result in ineligibility for the head coach to coach in the first round of the postseason tournament in that respective sport for which the violation occurred,” the statement says. “Per Bylaw 11, penalties are assessed as they are deemed appropriate by the OHSAA administrative staff. Electronic communication and programming is still permitted, as long as it continues to discourage any type of group instruction or gatherings. We understand the importance of any type of instruction or communication that can be provided to your student-athletes during this uncertain time for the mental well-being of your student-athletes, which we highly encourage. As always, we will re-evaluate should there be any different directives from the Governor’s office.”
In addition to the extension, the OHSAA has waived the 10-day coaching rule. Previously, the regulation allowed up to 10 days of coaching instruction for fall sports coaches in June or July each summer.
Coaches will be permitted to coach once the facilities are open until the beginning of fall sports practice Aug. 1.
Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.