OHSAA announces 6-game football schedule, all teams eligible for playoffs

Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - In a letter sent to high school administrators Friday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced a plan for a six-game football season for all teams in the state, and that all schools would be eligible for the state football playoffs.
The revised regular season would begin the week of Aug. 24, and the state playoffs would begin the week of Oct. 9. With all teams being eligible for the postseason, the number of playoff rounds would be determined by how many teams opt to play, with Sept. 17 being the deadline for schools to decide on the matter.

#OHSAA FOOTBALL -- - The 2020 season will be adjusted if games are approved by the Governor and Ohio Department of Health. The Board of Directors voted 9-0 to accept the proposal, which gives schools the best chance to have a season, if approved. https://t.co/rsHMP4Ti2h pic.twitter.com/nnGrhbfIuO

— OHSAASports (@OHSAASports) August 7, 2020

According to the press release, the playoffs' seeding would be determined via a coaches' vote, to be held on Sept. 28, though all matchups through the regional semifinals would be hosted by the higher seed.

Schools that do not choose to participate in the postseason - along with those that are eliminated from the playoffs - will be allowed to schedule additional regular season games through Saturday, Nov. 14, with a maximum of 10 games allowed for the season.

This announcement from the OHSAA comes just a week after the reaffirming their intention to begin the high school football season on time. However, this season will only play out if approved by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

Gov. DeWine said in his Friday press briefing that he would be releasing new guidance for Ohio sports teams - high school and professional - next week.