Bulldogs News · Bulldog Athletic Update with Return to Skills Training Information


The Olmsted Falls High School Athletic Department would like to provide an update on our upcoming “Return to Skils Training” and Weight Room information.
The Olmsted Falls City School District is working collaboratively with the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Ohio Department of Health to slowly begin the Return to Play for student-athletes. Beginning on June 8th, the skills training and workouts will be open and available for the slow transition. Because safety remains our top priority, the recommended guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Health and supported by the Ohio High School Athletic Association will be in effect.
Student-Athletes Return to Play reminders:

  • Limited bathrooms will be available at OFHS
  • Athletes are required to bring their own water bottles. No sharing of personal supplies.
  • Locker rooms are closed and athletes need to show up prepared for training
  • Cleaning products will be provided by the OFSCD. Athletes must wipe down each piece of equipment used before and after each use.
  • All coaches will be required to wear masks while working directly with students inside the building. While outside and with social distancing, masks will be recommended.
  • The Ohio Department of Health recommends that athletes wear masks
  • Attendance and a Pre Screening checklist will be taken at each training event
  • Pre-screening of student-athletes must be conducted at home and prior to the training session. Athletes experiencing symptoms must remain at home and are not invited to participate in the training sessions. (symptoms include: coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell)
    Pre-screening temperature checks will need to take place at home with the parent/guardian, and prior to each training session
  • Indoor training fitness stations – spray bottles and hand sanitizer will be available at all indoor areas. Athletes and staff will wipe down all equipment after each use. Athletes and coaches will hand sanitize as they enter and exit the training facility.

Workout and Training Guidelines for Phase I (June 8th – June 21st)

  • Athletes will work in small groups
  • Athletes will remain in small and assigned groups during Phase I
  • No outside visitors allowed (OFHS Student-Athletes and Board Approved Coaches only may participate)
  • When the training session has concluded, athletes are asked to leave the grounds immediately.
  • Athletes are encouraged to shower at home after each training session
  • The social distancing with six feet will be enforced by coaches at all times
  • Athletes and staff will not engage in immediate and close gatherings along with touching
  • Our coaches have been working diligently on their skills training documents. Each program will share with the families their team/program-specific plan.
  • Our trainers have been preparing for the training sessions as well. Please note that anyone in the training room must wear a mask. This will be enforced by the trainers and is in full support of Southwest General who oversees our trainer’s programming.
  • Please note, that this is all voluntarily to participate. Any student or family that is not comfortable in attending the sessions are free and excused from any activities. They can return when they feel comfortable with the process. We ask that everyone stay safe and adhere to the guidelines that have been set forth. By doing so, this will help us transition into phases II and III later this summer.

For further information, please see the documents:

  • Overall Return to Skills Training Protocols and Procedures for OFHS

Guidelines for Opening Athletic Facilities at OFHS June 8 2020

  • Weight Room Training Guidelines

Guidelines for Opening Weight Room at OFHS June 8 2020

  • Required OFCSD Waiver – this must be signed, dated and turned into the coach prior to any training

COVID19 Return to Skills Protocols Waiver

COVID19-Return-to-Skills-Protocols-Waiver

  • A coaches directory

2019-2020-Coaches-Directory

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

What students are permitted in our athletic activities this summer?
Olmsted Falls High School Student-Athletes in grades 9 – 12.

How do I know if my child’s sport is participating in the summer skills and weight room training?
Coaches will be contacting their athletes and letting them know of the summer training plan and guidelines
Families can contact the head coach directly
Families can email the athletic director directly at rcoxon@ofcs.net
Questions on middle school athletics can be directed to the middle school athletic director at dwillson@ofcs.net

Has the Fall 2020 season been canceled or postponed?
No. Fall sports have not been canceled or postponed by the Ohio Department of Health or the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The OHSAA is planning and preparing for the possibility of a condensed fall season, in the event that the Pandemic transitions our schools into the fall. Currently, all fall sports teams are preparing for an August 1st official start date of practices and tryouts. Programs are actively preparing their calendars to reflect the start date.

What is the status of Fall 2020 academic eligibility?
On May 28th, the OHSAA announced that the scholarship bylaw would be waived for the first grading period of the 2020 – 2021 fall sports season (only) and all fall sports student-athletes in grades 7-12 would be declared academically eligible by the OHSAA. Please note, that this scholarship bylaw will then go into effect for the second grading period where student-athletes will be required to be passing a minimum of five one-credit classes in the 1st quarter grading period in order to be academically eligible for the second grading period.

What is the status of all summer youth and team camps?
At this time the summer youth camps have been canceled for the month of June. Coaches are evaluating whether they can hold the camps later in the summer. The program’s team camps are also being evaluated and more information will be sent out to the families and athletes once the school receives more information from the Department of Health and the host sites.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the athletic department or head coach.

Thank you and Go Bulldogs!