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OHSAA Winter Tournaments Move from Postponed to Cancelled

Winter tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey will not be completed

March 26, 2020
Notes to Media: The OHSAA will not hold a press conference today due to the Governor’s “Stay-at-Home” order. Please see the release for quotes from OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass. Additional questions can be emailed to Tim Stried.
 
Also, these four winter state tournaments and a few events during World War 2 (1941-45) are the only sports cancellations in the history of the OHSAA, which was founded in 1907.
 
 
 
 
News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association
Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director
 
 
For Immediate Release – March26, 2020
Contact – Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org
 
OHSAA Winter Tournaments Move from Postponed to Cancelled
Winter tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey will not be completed
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12, are now cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that schools will not be able to reopen for many weeks, which prevents interscholastic athletics from taking place.
 
The start of the OHSAA’s spring sports of softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field and boys tennis is still postponed, which coincides with schools not being open.
 
Earlier Thursday, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass and his staff communicated with the schools that were still competing in those winter tournaments to announce the decision.
 
“We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed,” said Snodgrass. “But our priority is the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, communities and officials. Governor Mike DeWine is asking all Ohioans to do everything they can to stop the spread of this virus. That request, along with our schools not being able to reopen for weeks, means that school sports cannot happen at this time. Even if our schools reopen this spring, it will be difficult to find facilities willing to host the tournaments. Most campus are shut down until mid to late summer.
 
“We are already planning for ways that these student-athletes will be honored at next year’s state tournament,” said Snodgrass.
 
The 16 schools that qualified for the girls basketball state tournament and the four teams that qualified for the ice hockey state tournament will all receive state tournament programs. The 672 student-athletes who qualified for the wrestling state tournament will all receive a program, certificate and their weigh-in card.
 
These four winter state tournaments and a few events during World War 2 (1941-45) are the only sports cancellations in the history of the OHSAA, which was founded in 1907.
 
No state champions will be listed for these four sports in 2020. The OHSAA does not use state polls from the media or coachesassociations to determine state champions.
 
A reminder that OHSAA coaches can communicate electronically with their student-athletes, but no practices, scrimmages or contests of any kind are permitted until further notice.
 
On March 13, Snodgrass sent this memo to member schools: https://www.ohsaa.org/news-media/articles/ohsaa-winter-and-spring-sports-update
 
More information regarding spring sports will be provided when available.
 
 
 
Tim Stried
Director of Communications
Ohio High School Athletic Association
Office: 614-267-2502, ext. 124
Fax: 614-267-1677
4080 Roselea Place
Columbus, OH 43214

 

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