The Ohio High School Athletic Association has officially canceled the winter sports tournaments for wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The start of the OHSAA’s spring sports of softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field and boys tennis is still postponed with schools not being open.
“We are just devastated that the tournaments cannot be completed,” said OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass. “Gov. 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.
“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 weigh-in card.
OHSAA coaches can communicate electronically with student-athletes, but no practices, scrimmages or contests of any kind are permitted.