COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday that scrimmages between schools in the contact sports of football, soccer and cross country have been suspended, and that the organization does not anticipate the suspension changing soon.

Football scrimmages for county schools were scheduled to start the week of August 10. Local scrimmages for boys and girls soccer were set to begin next week for county teams.

In the update sent to member schools administrators, the OHSAA said practices for the contact sports, as well as the low/non-contact sports of golf, girls tennis and volleyball, are still on track to start this Saturday.

School vs. school scrimmages and contests in low/non-contact sports are able to be conducted and the OHSAA continues to have discussions to move cross country to the low/non-contact sport category.

The OHSAA said it continues to have conversations with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's office, and that member schools will be updated if anything changes.

"Our discussions with the Governor's Office are clear ... If we want our student-athletes to learn the lifelong lessons and receive the social, emotional and physical benefits that the privilege of participating in education-based interscholastic athletics programs provide, we all have to be accountable for following all mandates and requirements," the memo stated. "By not following the mandates and requirements, we are putting our student-athletes at risk of not only contracting and/or spreading COVID-19 but also at risk of losing the season for themselves, their families, their teammates, their schools and their communities."

Competition for county golf teams can begin on Wednesday, August 5 with the girls tennis season set to begin in the state on August 7. Competition for boys and girls soccer and volleyball are set to begin Friday, August 21 with competition for cross country and football set to begin the following week.