By Ray Hamill — The state of Oregon has followed the direction of California and Washington and officially pushed back the prep football season to the new year, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) announced on Wednesday.
High school sports competition in the state will now begin on January 11, with football not kicking off until March 16 and featuring just a seven-week regular season.
Similar to Washington, the OSAA decided on three shortened sports seasons to be played between January and June, with the traditional winter sports getting under way first, followed by the fall sports and finally the spring sports.
There will be no overlap.
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) went in a different direction when it announced its sports calendar last month and will feature two sports seasons between January and June, with a packed spring schedule.
Locally, the Humboldt-Del Norte League athletic directors met on Wednesday to discuss the situation here and the league is expected to make a decision next week.
It remains a strong possibility the H-DNL will follow the models of Washington and Oregon and switch to three shortened seasons, which will allow the local student athletes to play all of their chosen sports instead of having to sacrifice one or more in the spring, as the current CIF model would dictate.