Training for all high school sports can begin May 26

The Blade
Thu, 21 May 2020 20:25:02 GMT

link -- with images

COLUMBUS — Training for all high school sports in Ohio will be permitted May 26, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced Thursday.

Husted said both non-contact and contact sports, such as football and basketball, will be allowed to hold training at their schools. Previously, the Ohio Department of Health prohibited school building use until June 30.

"Use of these facilities is up to the local school district and subject to their rules of operation as well," Husted said. "For all of the student-athletes out there, I know you are anxious for more certainty about your future. We will get back to you on those issues as soon as we can, working in conjunction with the athletic association. For now, there's a reason for optimism, so let the training begin."

Husted once again mentioned a joint effort between the state and the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Scrimmages and games are not allowed for contact sports.

"So long as safety protocols are followed, this includes but are not limited to, weight training, agility skills, and other types of conditioning you would use to prepare for those sports," Husted said.

Later Thursday the OHSAA tweeted it planned to give member schools further instruction.