By Ray Hamill — This past weekend, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to give the go-ahead to high school sports returning without restrictions.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association voted on Friday against a three-phase plan to resume prep sports activities within the state, opting instead to conduct all summer activities under normal rules and policies.
This means that as of next week there will be no COVID-19 restrictions on any of the state’s high school teams in their preparation for next year.
The vote was a close call, falling 7-6, meaning not everyone in the state is in agreement with the decision.
According to local reports, athletic directors in several districts within the state indicated they are likely to implement their own precautions.
All high school sports activities in California are on hold for now, and will remain so at least until the schools open their doors again.
But preparations for a return appear to be building momentum.
Also last week, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) released a document offering guidelines and recommendations on how to safely resume competition, suggesting a three-phase plan as a gradual return.
It will be interesting to see how many more states may follow Oklahoma’s lead in the coming weeks.