Ohio high school athletes get the okay for non-contact skills training

(Ohio) – Per the go-ahead from Lt. Governor Jon Husted during last week’s coronavirus briefing, high school athletes can begin non-contact workouts this week at schools where it is permitted to do so locally.

However, state officials noted scrimmages and games are still not permitted and workouts must be overseen by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Guidelines that will need to be followed include:

  • Parents and guardians that stay to watch the training are required to follow 6-foot social distancing practices and no additional spectators are allowed.
  • Social distancing will be required among everyone participating and coaches must designate 6 feet spacing between each player.
  • Players are not permitted to physically come in contact with each other. This includes high fives, huddles, or other close contact at any point before, during, or after the workouts.
  • Groups are not permitted to congregate before or after the workouts.
  • Coaches, players, parents, and guardians are required to do a self-symptom check before going to the training session or practice and anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Facilities, clubs, and teams must all ensure that the practice facilities have adequate space to allow for social distancing on and off the field of play.
  • Parents and/or guardians are required to wear face coverings inside the facility.
  • Officials should allow for time between sessions for teams to exit fields/facilities before the next teams arriving.
  • Equipment must be sanitized before, during, and after every event. If it cannot be sanitized during the activity, only participants of a single team will be permitted to use said equipment.
  • Additionally, all protocols found in the Responsible RestartOhio Guidance for Gyms, Dance Instruction Studios, and Other Personal Fitness Venues must be followed.

Also, bowling alleys, batting cages, and miniature golf areas are now permitted to open as of this week while also following COVID-19 precautions.

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