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OHSAA announces tentative spring sports schedule if schools are able to reopen in May

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 15:25:44-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has provided tentative details surrounding spring sports schedules and tournaments for schools across the state if they are to reopen in early May.

The governor has not given any indication when schools, whose buildings will be closed throughout April, will reopen.

“If the Governor and Ohio Department of Health deem it safe to reopen school facilities in early May, then we will have a shortened spring sports season that extends into June,” said OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass. “I commend our sports administration staff for putting the schedules together working on state tournament sites.”

If school facilities across Ohio are not reopened this school year, there will not be a spring sports schedule, the OHSAA said.

Practices and in-person meetings are not allowed through May and may be extended even later depending on the governor’s orders, according to OHSAA.

If any of the specific sites selected in the tentative plan are shut down due to state orders, all sites will be shut down and tournaments will not be held, according to OHSAA.

The following tentative schedule has been released by OHSAA and may change as the COVID-19 pandemic develops:

BASEBALL
State tournament dates determined by availability of Akron Canal Park.

  • Acclimation Period – May 4-8
  • Season Begins – May 9
  • Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 11
  • Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 17
  • Sectional Tournaments – May 23-30
  • District Tournaments – June 1-6
  • Regional Tournaments – June 11-12
  • State Tournament at Akron Canal Park (subject to change) – June 19-21
  • Season Concludes (regular-season games can be played up until this date) – June 27

SOFTBALL

  • Acclimation Period – May 4-8
  • Season Begins – May 9
  • Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 18
  • Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 24
  • Sectional Tournaments – May 30-June 6
  • District Tournaments – June 8-13
  • Regional Tournaments – June 15-20
  • State Tournament at Akron Firestone Stadium (subject to change) – June 25-27
  • Season Concludes (regular-season games can be played up until this date) – July 4

LACROSSE

  • Acclimation Period – May 4-8
  • Season Begins – May 9
  • Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 18
  • Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 25
  • Regional Qualifying – May 26-30
  • Regional Tournaments – June 1-7
  • State Semifinals – June 8-10
  • State Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University (subject to change) – June 13
  • Season Concludes (regular-season games can be played up until this date) – June 13

BOYS TENNIS

  • Acclimation Period – May 4-8
  • Season Begins – May 9
  • Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 18
  • Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 24
  • Sectional Tournaments – May 30-June 6
  • District Tournaments – June 8-13
  • State Tournament at Hilliard Davidson High School (subject to change) – June 18-20
  • Season Concludes (regular-season contests can be played up until this date) – June 27

TRACK AND FIELD
Athletic facilities at The Ohio State University will not be available in June, so the state tournament will be split into three different sites, per division. Details are below.

  • Acclimation Period – May 4-8
  • Season Begins – May 9
  • Tournament Entry/Withdrawal – May 25
  • Tournament Draw/Coaches Meeting – May 31
  • District Tournaments – June 9-13
  • Regional Tournaments – June 17-20
  • State Tournament – June 26-27
  • State Tournament Sites (subject to change): Division I at Hilliard Darby; Division II at Pickerington North; Division III at Westerville North
  • Season Concludes (regular-season meets can be held up until this date) – June 27