With the implementation of the 3-week break from the OHSAA and the Governor’s office, I know there are evolving questions about student athletes working with non-school programs during this break, especially with the implementation of the sandlot/travel baseball and softball leagues that are spreading on Twitter. These are of large concern, and I know you all have many questions.
It is important to note that coaches are still able to have communication with student-athletes. The OHSAA is simply asking for no physical interaction, participation or instruction during this time. Please remember that students should NOT be practicing or participating together. Any team-related practices that are organized by parents or players is highly discouraged. A parent and child, or two teammates, playing catch in the front yard would not be considered a “team-related practice”. The goal is to avoid gatherings of any sort (small or large).
The non-interscholastic rule states that a student is considered a member of their school team once they have participated in a scrimmage or contest for their school team. If they have not yet participated in a scrimmage, they are permitted to participate with non-school programs (maximum of 4 per on a team from any given school), but the Lorain High athletic department highly recommends that athletes do NOT do this at this time. The purpose of this 3-week break is to decrease gatherings and practice social distancing. We are trying to do our part in limiting the exposure and we ask you to help us do that.