TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Who, if any, can stand in the stands for Ohio high school sports competitions could change.
According to Governor Mike DeWine during his press conference on Tuesday, the OHSAA, working with the governor’s office, recommends that schools limit attendance only to participants’ parents or exclude all spectators for their winter sports competitions until December 31st for the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
“We would like to follow this recommendation so that our children can continue to compete,” said Doug Ute, executive director of OHSAA. “We believe it is crucial that parents get to compete in their children’s competitions, but large crowds at our indoor sports competitions are not a good idea right now. We all need to work together to give our children and schools the best possible chance of a full winter season. “
Schools determine how parents participate in sports competitions, e.g. B. How many are allowed and where they will be placed to follow the competition.
Regarding media coverage, the OHSAA urges schools to continue allowing media coverage of their competitions. However, the number of media present should be limited to those who report regularly on the teams involved. Schools are encouraged to provide live video streaming of their sports competitions for those who are unable to participate.
The OHSAA made the following recommendations for member schools:
- For the schools that choose to accept parents, list the names of the parents on a roster sheet located at your ticket counter / entry desk. This will help clarify who should / should not be allowed and will hopefully exclude nonparents from participating.
- Limit the media to those who normally cover your school and consider using a streaming service so fans can watch your competitions.
- There is no ban on cheerleaders and pep bands, but schools should make their own decisions about whether these students will attend and strongly consider not sending cheerleaders to away competitions.
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