Firebirds News · OHSAA Adjustments to Eligibility/Physicals for Fall 2020

Released by OHSAA on Friday, May 29, 2020

Questions?  Please contact the Fairmont Athletic Office!


Adjustments to OHSAA Bylaws

With the passing of an OHSAA constitution issue during the recently-completed referendum voting, the OHSAA Office has been given authority to temporarily suspend strict compliance to various OHSAA constitution articles, bylaws and/or sports regulations if the non-compliance is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and provided the suspensions remain consistent with the purpose of the rules and regulations.

Fall Scholarship Eligibility:  Due to the wide-range of academic grades being given for classwork during the final grading period, all students entering grades 7-12 will be eligible for 2020 fall sports insofar as academic eligibility is concerned.

PPE/Athletic Physicals: The following has been recommended by the OHSAA’s Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine:


  1. Continue with the requirement for an annual Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) – every 13 months – for all 7-12 grade students.
  2. Recommend strongly discouraging the use of mass physicals for this upcoming school year for the benefit of public health and to recommend all students receive a PPE in a private setting.
  3. Strongly recommend that the physical exam be done at a medical home.
  4. Allow a student who has had a PPE within the last year to conduct his/her 2020-21 PPE in person or via telehealth as long as the usual forms are filled out, signed and in the provider’s hands prior to the visit.