No return to school means no spring sports in Ohio

Published: Apr. 10, 2020 at 6:43 PM EDT
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A plan by the Ohio High School Athletic Association laid out April 10 for spring sports ended up being for naught, as K-12 students will not be returning to class in the 2019-2020 school year.

Locks are still on the gates to the diamonds and the track on campus.

Some around Ohio use their keyboards on social media, arguing to start the spring sports season even with schools closed. But the OHSAA made it clear this week, if Ohio schools close for the rest of the 2019-20 school year there will be no spring sports season.

"My brain is here, my heart is here so when I see those memos that come down from the state that show, 'Hey, we have a Plan B in place,' kudos to them for putting that schedule together," Perrysburg athletic director Chuck Jaco said.

The OHSAA had contingency plans in place for the spring season had school returned to the buildings, including running spring sports tournaments will run as late at July 4.

"I think any AD in the state, any school district would be willing to accommodate any type of state tournaments -- districts, regionals," Jaco said.

Prior to Monday's announcement by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to close schools for the remainder of the academic year, Jaco was busy with plenty of video conferencing meetings as he tried to figure out how to make all of this work for 402 spring sport athletes at Perrysburg High School if the building re-opens.

But Jaco is also a father, and one of his kids is a junior on the Yellow Jackets boys lacrosse team.

"We've learned over the few weeks in our conversations health and safety has always been our number one priority," Jaco said. "We stress it all the time at parent code of conduct meetings and coaches meetings, so why would this be any different?"

High school athletic directors already have their minds on the fall and beyond. If there is no fall sports season, that means no football season, which will hurt the budgets for all sports at a school since the ticket money at home football games funds most of the other school sponsored sports.

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