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OHSAA: The Ohio governor's office is expected to announce a change regarding residential team camps

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 15:52:13-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio High School Athletic Association executive director Jerry Snodgrass said early Sunday afternoon the Ohio governor's office will soon announce a change to the prohibition of residential team camps this summer for athletes.

The Ohio governor's office announced a Phase 2 order June 18 that permits intra-team scrimmages for contact sports in high school such as 3-versus-3 in soccer, open gyms and 7-on-7 football practices among the school's own players within the same program.

That portion of the Phase 2 order for school teams hasn't changed within contact sports.

However, the Ohio governor's office is now expected to announce it will allow residential team camps.

"Resulting from recent court proceedings, we were informed the order that has prohibited competitions between teams in geographically different areas will be amended today and will now permit this for residential team camps - camps in which athletes reside over night," OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass told member schools in a memo.

"This would now permit an overnight soccer camp or a 'team basketball camp' at, for example, the University of Findlay to take place provided the participants spend the night and follow all the restrictions in the amended order."

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Snodgrass said the amended order and the online posting will likely be made available on Monday to OHSAA member schools.

"As mentioned previously, the OHSAA has no jurisdiction over team play this summer," Snodgrass said. "Decisions to participate in these camps is entirely up to the individuals attending - there are no OHSAA consequences to teams or coaches who attend these residential/overnight camps."

High school contact sports teams are still waiting for word on when travel between teams in geographically different areas for scrimmages may be permitted.

Aug. 1 is the scheduled official start date for OHSAA fall sports practice around the state, according to the OHSAA calendar.