Cancellation of USATF Ohio Youth Summer Season

4/16/2020
 

 USATF Ohio Youth Clubs,

 We've been watching the coronavirus situation closely and I want to express my deep appreciation to all of you during this very challenging time in the life of our Nation and World. It is encouraging and heartening to see so many Ohioans responding to this pandemic in courageous manner in real-time! 

 Due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and the State of Ohio Shelter in Place orders, USATF Ohio Youth determined the upcoming 2020 Summer season would pose too great of a risk for officials, coaches, athletes, and fans.  Following consultation with the 2020 USATF Ohio Youth meet coordinators and out of concern for everyone who participates in a USATF Ohio Youth meet, we've made the painful decision to cancel the upcoming 2020 USATF Ohio Youth Summer season.  This includes the USATF Ohio Association Championships scheduled for June 20-21, 2020 at Cedarville University.

 This aligns with the USATF Youth Executive Committee decision to cancel the 2020 USATF Youth National Outdoor Championships, the 2020 National Junior Olympic Championships, all Region Championships, and all Association Championships.  If you would like further information about these national events please go to www.usatf.org            .  

 USATF Ohio Youth meet coordinators attempted to come up with alternative dates for the Summer Track and Field season, but conducting a Track and Field meet in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak is practically unmanageable due to the limited resources available to guarantee the medical safety for all participants in a USATF Ohio sanctioned event.

 Therefore, on behalf of USATF Ohio Youth and the meet coordinators, I would  like to send my sincere apologies for the cancellation of the 2020 Summer season, especially to those athletes and  coaches whom have begun preparing and making plans for the upcoming season.  Unfortunately, these are unprecedented circumstances which were beyond our control, but we intend to make next year’s season more spectacular as we all join in the excitement leading up to the 2021 Summer Olympics.

Thanks,

Lloyd Martin
USAT Ohio Youth Chair