The Oregon School Activities Association is looking carefully at all of its options regarding fall high school sports. They are also seeking clarification regarding Gov. Kate Brown’s recommendation that all sporting events with large crowds be canceled or modified through September.
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Responding to Gov. Brown, the OSAA met virtually last week, and plans to continue meeting this week. The hope is to be able to balance those restrictions with a full slate of high school athletic activities across Oregon next school year.
The biggest piece of the puzzle is figuring out if kids will be going back to school. With that question being unknown, it’s impossible to be certain of anything.
OSAA Executive Director Peter Weber has sought out volunteers from the Oregon athletic directors’ conference to gather names of AD’s and coaches who would be part of a decision-making panel for each fall sport.
The groups are meeting this week to come up with a rough draft for next season. Some of the questions being brought up when discussing these sports are as follows:
- Is the sport is feasible under social distancing guidelines?
- What would it look like under those practices?
- How could the sport be modified for a safer environment?
- Could the sport be moved to later in the year?
One option OSAA is exploring, is the idea of breaking up traditional blocks of fall, winter and spring sports. The idea would be to make the fall schedule a collection of sports that naturally allow for proper social distancing practices, while larger contact sports be pushed back.