OHSAA Fall Sports Guidance (So Far)

All fall sports can begin practice, while golf, tennis and volleyball have been approved by the Governor to have contests between schools.

OHSAA Fall Sports Practices Begin Saturday

All fall sports can begin practice, while golf, tennis and volleyball have been approved by the Governor to have contests between schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s fall sports of girls tennis, girls and boys golf, field hockey, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys cross country, volleyball and football officially begin practice Saturday, August 1.

Earlier Friday, the OHSAA Board of Directors reaffirmed their position that the OHSAA fall sports seasons will go forward as planned. While all fall sports can practice, contests between schools in the sports of golf, tennis and volleyball have been approved by Governor Mike DeWine. The OHSAA continues to work with the Governor’s Office toward approval of contests in cross country, field hockey, soccer and football.

“It is important to keep athletic activity moving forward,” said Dan Leffingwell, president of the OHSAA Board of Directors and superintendent of the Noble Local Schools in Sarahsville. “And with that, we believe our member schools provide our student-athletes with the safest possible environment to return to play and that our school programs are the best avenue to help students learn lifelong lessons and provide social, emotional and physical benefits that other programs cannot. Moving forward allows those students to continue to be engaged with their school coaches and teammates. Membership data also supports this decision.”

Friday’s full memo sent to member schools at 2:00 PM is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20200731AdministratorUpdate.pdf

Some schools across Ohio will not be able to begin practice Saturday. That situation and others are addressed in this OHSAA Question and Answer document: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20200731QandA.pdf

Earlier this week, the OHSAA suspended scrimmages in the four fall contact sports that have not yet been approved by the Governor for school vs. school competition (field hockey, cross country, soccer and football). That memo is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20200728Update.pdf

The OHSAA’s COVID-19 correspondence center is posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Home/OHSAA-COVID-19-Correspondence

“If we were to delay, our students will find opportunities to compete in sports through non-school programs that may not be focused on safety and are not education-based,” Leffingwell said. “Should data on COVID-19 change and/or the Governor’s Office makes changes to our plan, we have flexibility that would allow us to look at implementing other models for our seasons.”

Low/Non-Contact Sports (Golf, Girls Tennis, Volleyball)

  • Official practices may begin on Saturday, Aug. 1. 
  • School vs. school scrimmages and/or contests will followper their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations.
  • Golf – 1 scrimmage permitted any time during season; first contest Aug. 5.
  • Girls Tennis – 1 scrimmage permitted after practice begins and prior to first match; first contest Aug. 7.
  • Volleyball – 5 scrimmages and 1 preview permitted after practice begins; first contest Aug. 21.


  • Official practices will begin on Saturday, Aug. 1, with the normal acclimatization period in place.
  • No school vs. school scrimmages are permitted.
  • School vs. school contestswill follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations with a target date of the week of Monday, Aug. 24 (Note: This date is subject to change and subject to the approval from the Governor’s Office/Ohio Department of Health and with the stipulation that COVID-19 testing will not be required).

Other Contact Sports (Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country)

  • Practices will begin on Saturday, Aug. 1, with the normal acclimatization period in place for cross country.
  • No school vs. school scrimmages are permitted in soccer or field hockey.
  • School vs. school contestswill follow per their normal OHSAA permissible dates and regulations with a target date of Friday, Aug. 21, for soccer and field hockey and Monday, Aug. 24, for cross country (Note: These dates are subject to change and subject to the approval from the Governor’s Office/Ohio Department of Health and with the stipulation that COVID-19 testing will not be required).

Additional Notes

  • If contact sports are not approved for school vs. school competition by Friday, September 4, fall contact sports and remaining winter and spring sports will move to a condensed schedule that will take place between mid-December and the end of June. Fall non-contact sports would move forward as scheduled.
  • If the fall seasons begin and, for some reason, are stopped but then resume, the OHSAA has plans to move to a modified fall sports season.
  • If contact sports are approved for school vs. school competition, the OHSAA is prepared to set COVID-19-related requirements for schools to follow for competitions as requested by the Governor’s Office. The OHSAA will govern and issue consequences for the violation of these requirements as prescribed in OHSAA Bylaw 11, Penalties.
  • Conversations with the Governor’s Office/Ohio Department of Health continue regarding the status of field hockey and/or cross country being placed into the low/non-contact category. The membership will be updated if that changes for either or both sports.
  • The OHSAAcontinues with conversations with the Governor’s Office on its plans to ensure we are in concert.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church News

Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:15am on August 2, 2020…………

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Worship in the sanctuary @ 10:15 a.m.

Everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain spatial distancing.

Hand sanitizer will be available.

Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer the message.

Pastor Ralph & Jo will offer an online

worship service at noon at


Average Auto and Home Insurance Premiums for Ohioans Rank Among Lowest in Country

(9th lowest) for homeowners insurance  (13th lowest) for auto insurance…..


COLUMBUS – Ohio insurance consumers pay among the lowest average auto and homeowners insurance premiums in the country according to a recent analysis, Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment announced.

Ohioans paid an average of $862 (9th lowest) for homeowners insurance and $778 (13th lowest) for auto insurance in 2017, according to the most recent data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. That compares to the national averages of $1,211 and $1,005, respectively, producing a combined average savings for Ohioans $576 below the combined national averages.

“We are fortunate in Ohio to have a robust and competitive insurance marketplace that provides consumers many different insurance options,” Froment said. “I encourage consumers to always comparison shop and make sure they secure adequate amounts of coverage.” 

Consumers with insurance questions or concerns can contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 or consumer.complaint@insurance.ohio.gov. Educational insurance information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.  

Blanchard Valley Health System Provides COVID-19 Testing

Guidance for Patients and Employers….

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is encouraging individuals to work with their primary care providers to order the COVID-19 test, if needed. BVHS is collecting outpatient COVID-19 samples with a provider order at the Findlay and Bluffton campuses. These samples are collected by appointment only.

Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are having symptoms related to COVID-19 are also able to be evaluated at Physicians Plus Urgent Care and COVID-19 testing may be ordered and completed onsite.

Employers within the community should contact Well at Work by calling 419.425.5121. Experienced team members will provide guidance on what COVID-19 testing and evaluations BVHS can provide.

BVHS is experiencing a prolonged turn-around time for COVID-19 test results due to the increase in testing across the nation and the impact this has on testing supplies and processing of samples. Results for COVID-19 testing may take 7-10 days at this point in time.

If a patient’s COVID-19 test result is positive, the ordering physician will notify the patient. Patients should not call BVHS or their local public health departments for test results.

Additionally, all COVID-19 test results are available on the BVHS MyHealth patient portal. If you do not have a patient portal account established, then please visit bvhealthsystem.org/patientportal or call the Patient Portal Help Line at 1.877.621.8014.



Livestock Owners Encouraged to Examine Livestock Regularly
and Report Suspected Findings  …..

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (July 31, 2020) –Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today, Friday, announced the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed that an exotic tick, known as the Asian longhorned tick, has been found in Gallia County.

The tick was found on a stray dog originating from Gallia County, which was later transported to a shelter in Canal Winchester. The tick was identified on May 28 by The Ohio State University and sent to the federal lab for confirmation.

“Due to the nature of this pest, the female ticks can reproduce without a male, so it only takes one tick to create an established population in a new location,” said ODA State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “This pest is especially fatal to livestock, so producers should practice preventative measures and be on the lookout for this new threat.”

The Asian longhorned tick is an exotic East Asian tick that is known as a serious pest to livestock. U.S. Department of Agriculture first confirmed the presence of this tick in the U.S. in New Jersey in 2017.

Photo: Asian longhorned tick, adult female dorsal view climbing on a blade of grass -Photo by James Gathany; CDC


Asian longhorned ticks are light brown in color and are very small, often smaller than a sesame seed. They are difficult to detect due to their size and quick movement. They are known to carry pathogens, which can cause disease in humans and livestock, and may also cause distress to the host from their feeding in large numbers.

In the United States, the tick has been found in or near counties with large horse, cattle, and sheep populations. To protect against infestations, farmers should check their livestock for ticks regularly. If producers spot unusual looking ticks or large infestations, report this to your local veterinarian or ODA’s Division of Animal Health at 614-728-6220.

Preventative measures such as keeping grass and weeds trimmed, in addition to clearing away brush on feedlots and pastures, can also help.

ODA state veterinary officials will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal and industry partners to determine the extent and significance of this finding.

Livestock producers and owners should notify ODA’s Division of Animal Health immediately at 614-728-6220 if they notice unusual ticks that have not been seen before or that occur in large numbers on an animal.