This Week’s Events: NONE

On March 12, 2020, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled all remaining winter and all spring NCAA championships. The decision was based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, their ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during the academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities. Since the NCAA has canceled the spring Track & Field Championships, most colleges and universities have canceled their spring track & field programs.

On March 13, 2020, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass stated that a MANDATORY no‐contact period for all sports is in effect for all school‐sponsored sports from March 17 ‐ April 5, 2020. Additionally, there will be a mandatory shut down of facilities used for the purpose of conducting athletics activities from March 17‐April 5, 2020. With the return to school date tentatively set by Governor DeWine for April 6, the following will TENTATIVELY be in place: April 6 – 10 MANDATORY Practices and/or Acclimatization (if required). On April 11, all scrimmages/regular season contests may begin. OHSAA tournaments will remain on dates as currently scheduled. Since the current situation is rapidly changing, any of these may need to be adjusted.

Lightning Event Management is closely watching the decisions made by the USATF, NCAA, OHSAA, high schools, colleges and universities. We are updating our schedule as soon as decisions are made by hosting institutions.