March 26, 2020
OHSAA Executive Director, Jerry Snodgrass, announced that remaining winter sports were now canceled and that spring sports remained postponed.
March 23, 2020
Rugby Ohio announced the cancellation of the 2020 spring season therefore ending the season of SJA Rugby.
March 13, 2020
Please see below the information that was sent to OHSAA member schools by Executive Director, Jerry Snodgrass on March 13, 2020. Key points for SJA Athletics:
- There is a MANDATORY no-contact period in effect for all school-sponsored sports from March 17-April 5, 2020.
- As was already the case at SJA, there will be a mandatory shut down of all facilities used for the purpose of conducting athletics activities until April 5.
- Our two non-OHSAA spring sports, Crew and Rugby will be following the same guidelines as those provided by the OHSAA
- The OHSAA Non-Interscholastic Rule is still applicable to all athletes, including spring sport athletes. For spring sport athletes, they are in violation of the non-interscholastic rule if they participate in any non-school sport in the same season if they have already participated in a scrimmage or contest for the school team in that sport. Both SJA lacrosse and softball, teams have scrimmaged so this rule must be followed. Additionally, at no time are they permitted to participate in any non-school sport exceeding the 50% limitation defined in General Sport Regulation 7.
- With the return to school date tentatively set by Governor DeWine for April 6, the following will TENTATIVELY be in place:
- April 6-10: Mandatory practices can begin
- April 11: All scrimmages/regular season contests may begin. Tournaments will be remain on dates as currently scheduled
- Since this situation is rapidly changing, any of these dates may be adjusted.
Full announcement from the OHSAA:
March 13, 2020
TO: Member School Administrators
FR: Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Executive Director
RE: Winter and Spring Sports Update
Good afternoon to each of you in these challenging and unique times! This communication is to update you on several issues that are related to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recent order mandating school closures beginning next week and their impact on school-based athletics. Please note this communication contains an attachment of “Q and A’s” that should address all questions you and/or coaches may have. Those can be found here: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports/OHSAASpr-WinQ’sA’s.pdf
I am asking that you share this communication with your administrative team to include principals, superintendents and athletic administrators and be especially sure that all coaches are aware of the items in this communication.
OHSAA Regional and State Boys Basketball, State Girls Basketball, State Ice Hockey and State Individual Wrestling Tournaments
As announced Thursday, the above-mentioned tournaments are postponed indefinitely. Given the rapidly changing events nationally and statewide, we are assessing the situation daily. It is impossible to make a determination today . . . the reason for continuing them to be ‘postponed.’ If your team remains in the tournament, you need to remind them that the “non-interscholastic rule” remains in effect. Further, we have implemented indefinitely a no-contact period, which prohibits any coach, paid or volunteer, approved by the Board of Education to provide coaching, instruction or supervising conditioning and physical fitness programs or open gyms to members of a school team in their sports. Again, we are assessing this daily and we WILL keep you up-to-date on a regular basis.
A MANDATORY no-contact period is in effect for all school-sponsored sports March 17-April 5, 2020. Additionally, there will be a mandatory shut down of facilities used for the purpose of conducting athletics activities from March 17-April 5, 2020.
A couple key points to remember:
1.) We are RELYING on your communication with your coaches to ensure compliance. Bylaw 11 (Penalties) of the OHSAA Handbook outlines the ability to assess penalties for violation. Obviously, we do not want violations, which makes your oversight and communication vital.
2.) The OHSAA Non-Interscholastic Rule is still applicable to all athletes, including spring sport athletes. For spring sport athletes, they are in violation of the non-interscholastic rule if they participate in any non-school sport in the same season if they have already participated in a scrimmage or contest for the school team in that sport. Additionally, at no time are they permitted to participate in any non-school sport exceeding the 50% limitation defined in General Sport Regulation 7.
Spring Sport Out-of-State Travel
Obviously, this is highly discouraged, and we urge all schools to cancel these trips. We also know that it is impossible in a few cases to obtain refunds. In those instances, we have no choice but to permit that to continue. However, please note:
– Any contest played will be counted toward the total number permitted;
– No NEW trips may be scheduled that have not previously been scheduled, and
– It is highly recommended that the conditions outlined in Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton’s order be followed regarding the number of individuals permitted at the event (see the Q’s and A’s for more information).
With the return to school date tentatively set by Governor DeWine for April 6, the following will TENTATIVELY be in place:
April 6 – 10 MANDATORY Practices and/or Acclimatization (if required)
April 11 All Scrimmages/Regular Season Contests may begin
Tournaments will remain on dates as currently scheduled
Please note: Since the current situation is rapidly changing, any of these may need to be adjusted. IF they are, notification will go out immediately to schools. Thank you for your attention to this matter!
SJA Announcement 3.12.20
**The Saint Joseph Academy athletic department has suspended all athletic practices and games until further notice. Coaches will communicate with team members via email.**
Please see the full SJA announcement below:
Dear Saint Joseph Academy Community,
In a press conference this afternoon, Governor DeWine announced that all K-12 schools in the state of Ohio will be on an extended leave for three weeks, effective at the end of the day Monday, March 16. Saint Joseph Academy has made the decision that students will remain home as of today (March 12).
The Saint Joseph Academy faculty and staff will begin the implementation of the plan we have developed for instructional continuity immediately. We will move from face to face instruction to online instruction. We have secured internet access for all of our students to ensure continuity of learning and a sense of community. Tomorrow is dedicated to troubleshooting the tools and technology that will support our efforts. Details, guidelines and a schedule for instruction will be shared with parents/guardians and students by Monday, March 16, 2020.
As previously communicated, all school events, rehearsals, and trips have been canceled or postponed. In addition, the Athletic Department has suspended all practices and games until further notice. Coaches will communicate with team members via email.
Information about this pandemic is evolving. We will continue to follow recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health as well as the directives of Governor DeWine. Please be assured that we will continue to inform you of important updates.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate this fluid situation. Please keep the Saint Joseph Academy community, those affected by the virus and their caretakers in your prayers.
Mr. Jeff Sutliff