By Ray Hamill — The Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) decided this week to push back the starting dates for multiple fall sports, while continuing to prohibit any football activities for now.
The OSAA will meet again on August 3.
Starting dates for soccer, cross country and volleyball have been pushed back until late September, with football on hold.
According to the OSAA statement, “football is considered a full contact activity per the Governor’s and OHA guidelines and is currently prohibited. No definitive date has been established by the state for a review of this prohibition.”
The statement added that unless football is given the all-clear by September 28, it will not be possible to hold even a modified regular season and playoffs.
Earlier in the week, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced it plans to feature four shortened seasons, with some non-contact sports going ahead in the fall and sports such as football, soccer and volleyball not starting until March. This would include three seasons between January and June.
On Monday, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) postponed all prep sports in California until the new year, while condensing the three traditional sports seasons into two.
The news has been criticized by many local coaches and fans, with nine different high school sports now scheduled to take place from March to June, putting pressure on many programs to field competitive teams, while forcing numerous local student athletes to choose one sport over another.