Ohio State is Making Players Sign a COVID-19 Waiver Before They Return to Voluntary Workouts

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day | Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Want to work out with the team this summer, Ohio State Buckeyes stars? Well, if you want to hit the weight room and get ready for the Big Ten campaign, get ready to sign some documents first.

Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are making players sign a coronavirus risk waiver before they return to Columbus for voluntary workouts.

Essentially, the university is saying that if they fail to either clean the facility properly or enforce COVID-19 protocols and a player gets sick, the student is responsible.

Referred to as the "Buckeye Pledge," the two-page form asks players to “pledge to take responsibility for my own health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19.”

While the document asserts that the university is following all local and federal social distancing and COVID-19 procedures, it also states that players signing it know that they "can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections."

Ohio State is getting a ton of flak on social media for asking their players to sign the waiver. The student-athletes are putting themselves at risk by returning to campus to workout, yet the administration thinks they need to take things one step further with this latest decision. We'll see if other schools follow suit.