Ohio high school spring sports are canceled.

Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 11:20 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/21/20

The Ohio High School Athletic Association officially canceled the spring sports season on Tuesday. The governing body of high school athletics in Ohio took the action 1 day after Governor Mike DeWine ordered that schools remain closed for the rest of the academic school year.

Jerry Snodgrass, the executive director of the OHSAA, said based on the current COVID-19 state of emergency the decision was inevitable

"We faced the reality that spring sports needed to go...and they did. Emotional? Yes, I can't even begin to describe that emotion. It's been that tough. But now we've got to begin to forward think"

The action affects the sports of baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse and track and field.


Monday's decision by Ohio governor Mike DeWine to schools closed, while continuing home schooling appears to have brought an end to the high school athletic scene for the academic year.

The governing body of high school athletics in Ohio hasn't issued an official cancellation of the spring sports seasons as yet. But the Ohio High School Athletic Association issued a release on Saturday restating it's position that moving forward with the spring sport season was dependent upon the re-opening of schools.

The OHSAA conducts spring sports in baseball, softball, track and field, tennis, and lacrosse

"I'm waiting on the final determination for the OHSAA which I think I'll receive tonight or tomorrow. " said Marietta High School athletic director Cody Venderlic. "I don't see this outcome going any differently. I feel like this is something that's going to have to happen

Warren High School athletic director Steve Harold added "In the best interest of everyone's safety and health , I think it's a decision that Governor DeWine had to make and it's a decision that's in the best interest of all of us. It's such a sad say for all our coaches and athletes."

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