Ohio’s Arbitrary COVID Rules Allows School Wrestling, But Not Shaking Hands Before Match

This is how unscientific these coronavirus lockdown rules really are: the new rules in Ohio allows schools to reopen their wrestling programs but bars kids from shaking hands before a match.

What “science” could possibly maintain that a handshake is worse than two wrestlers laying their hands all over their opponents’ bodies??

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released an update to their Coronavirus regulations December 1, including some idiotic rules such as the elimination of athlete handshakes pre-and post-match. Also, officials are barred from indicating the victor of the match by raising the winning wrestler’s hand.

Another idiotic rule bans “fist pumping” over a win.

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Other rules are more mundane, including the wearing of masks while in community areas and during team travel, and temperature testing before competition.

Dr. Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, wrote about handshakes in high school sports, saying, “And then there is the new ‘no-no’ that cuts at the heart of high school sports – the handshake. Shaking hands has been a part of our culture for centuries and a mainstream of high school sports forever. It is hard to imagine high school sports without handshakes.”

But now the new rules state the procedure for declaring a match-winner as:

  • At the end of the match, procedure does not declare the winner of the match by raising the winning wrestler’s hand.
  • To conclude the end of match procedure, the official may point to the winning wrestler while raising his/her own arm (with open hand) having the requisite wristband color (red/green) of the winning wrestler.

WLWT-TV added that the OHSAA also requires all student athletes to sanitize their hands before and after warmups, even though they’re not permitted to shake hands.

“Equipment should not be shared. If equipment needs to be shared, OHSAA mandates the proper sanitation between use,” WLWT reported. “Student-athletes must also sanitize their hands before and after warmups, at all timeouts and period breaks any time they leave the competition or practice mats.

This is the arbitrary nonsense of officials who claim to be “following the science.”

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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