OSAA adjusts 2020-21 calendar for all high school activities
Read the full text of the update from OSAA (December 7, 2020)
December 7, 2020 – (Wilsonville, OR) The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Executive Board has revised the Association’s calendar to start activities in February. The OSAA Executive Board was hopeful that the state’s landscape was going to improve when it adopted the current calendar back in August, but that has not proven to be the case as COVID‐19 cases continue to rise, county risk level metrics have changed and restrictions on prohibited activities have not been lifted by the Governor’s Office and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
Board members made it clear with comments during the meeting that the OSAA and its member schools are bound by the rules, regulations, and guidance set forth by the Governor’s Office and the OHA. Neither the OSAA Executive Board nor the OSAA Executive Director is able to waive state mandates or provide exceptions for certain activities or counties in the state.
In the revised calendar, Fall sports are moved to Season 2 and will begin in February with multiple activities permitted by state guidance. This allows time for case counts to decrease in the new year and for counties to subsequently move out of the Extreme Risk category. Cross Country and Soccer, like outdoor sports, are permitted by the Governor’s Office and OHA in all counties. As an indoor activity, Volleyball is tied to the Governor’s County Risk Level Guidance and only allowed in those counties deemed as Lower, Moderate, or High Risk. Full contact football remains on the Governor’s prohibited list of activities at this time. Discussions around possibly moving Football later in the year were not supported at this time due to concerns expressed by the OSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) regarding the impact that a later contact football season would require modifications to the Fall 2021 football season.
Season 3 features the traditional Spring activities (Baseball, Softball, Golf, Tennis, and Track & Field), all of which are permitted by state guidance as outdoor activities. These will begin on April 5 and extend into the third week in May.
The sports calendar wraps up with Season 4 and traditional winter sports (Swimming, Basketball, and Wrestling) beginning in mid‐May and extending into late June. The shift of wrestling and basketball to the end of the calendar provides the most runway for their prohibition to be lifted by the state. The OSAA has been given no indication that a change will be made in this designation but remains hopeful that a change could occur prior to Season 4. Swimming is currently allowed outdoors for all counties and indoors for those counties not in the Extreme Risk metric.
The activities schedule was revised to allow more time for school buildings to be accessible to their programs. Activities like Choir and Band/Orchestra have been pushed back to the end of the school year to provide their programs the opportunity to rehearse in person if school district policy allows. Cheerleading and Dance/Drill culminating weeks have also been adjusted to allow more time for facilities to open or have weather to improve enough to move outdoors.
The Executive Board also voted to extend Season 1 through February 21, 2021, to allow training, workouts, and even competitions to occur in those areas of the state that are allowed per the Governor’s Office, OHA guidance, and local school district policy. The Board plans to revisit participation limitations for all seasons, out‐of‐season coaching policies for seasons 2, 3, and 4, and the need for further decisions as a result of updated state guidance or changing risk level metrics at upcoming work sessions.
Brookings-Habor High School Athletics & Activities Update (Dec. 2020)
Information from Athletic Coordinator Jean Shearer
Here is a more detailed view of BHHS athletics and activities of the practice schedule for Extended Season 1 and the newly updated dates for Season 2, 3, and 4.
Extended Season 1 practice opportunities:
- Week 1: Jan. 4-8 - Extended OSAA Season 1 - Bye week
- Week 2: Jan. 11-15 - Extended OSAA Season 1 - Spring athletics and activities practice (Softball, Baseball, Track & Field, Golf)
- Week 3: Jan. 18-22 - Extended OSAA Season 1 - Spring athletics and activities practice (Softball, Baseball, Track & Field, Golf)
- Week 4: Jan. 25-29 - Extended OSAA Season 1 - Winter athletics and activities practice (Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer, Band/Orchestra, Choir)
- Week 5: Feb. 1-5 - Extended OSAA Season 1 - Winter athletics and activities practice (Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer, Band/Orchestra, Choir)
- Week 6: Feb. 8-12 - Extended OSAA Season 1 - Fall athletics and activities practice (Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheer, Band, Color Guard)
- Week 7: Feb. 15-19 - - Extended OSAA Season 1 - Fall athletics and activities practice (Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheer, Band, Color Guard)
- Week 8: Feb. 22- OSAA Season 2 Begins (Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheer, Band, Color Guard)
On Friday, Dec. 18, Curry County will officially enter the “Red/Extreme Risk” category. That means that there will be no indoor practices allowed for at least two weeks (which aligns with BHSD17C Winter Break time).
- BHHS Fall Sports (now Season 2): Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country.
- BHHS Fall Activities (now Season 2): Cheer, Band, Color Guard.
- BHHS Spring Sports (now Season 3): Softball, Baseball, Track & Field, Golf
- BHHS Winter Sports (now Season 4): Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling
- BHHS Winter Activities (now Season 4): Cheer, Band/Orchestra, Choir
2020-21 Updated OSAA Seasons Calendar for BHHS:
- Season 1: Extended to Feb. 21
- Season 2: Feb. 22-April 4 (football starts two weeks earlier on Feb. 8) (OSAA week April 5-11)
- Season 3: March 22-May 16 (OSAA week May 17-23)
- Season 4: May 10 to June 20 (OSAA week June 21-27)Graphic of the calendar.
Azalea Middle School Athletics & Activities Update (Dec. 2020)
Information from AMS Assistant Principal Marco Thorson
In light of the recent OSAA updates and several of the counties in our league being in the "red" zone, our middle school league has decided to go with the following plan.
We will try to start practices for our middle school "season 1" on Feb 8th (with OSAA season 2)
Each sport will get an equal 5-week opportunity to hold their season:
- Season 1 Feb 8 - March 12 - Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country
- Season 2 March 15 - April 23 - Track
- Season 3 April 26 - May 28 - Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling
Our cheer season may happen during either season 2 or 3. The plan above was agreed upon by all the middle school athletic directors in our coastal league (Siuslaw, Coos Bay, North Bend, Myrtle Point, Coquille, Bandon, Powers, Gold Beach, Port Orford, Waldport)
Coaches have been told that games may not happen this year. The league has talked about Saturday tournament-style games for each sport (this is due to the shortage of subs to cover teachers, lack of available buses and drivers, afternoon cohort students potentially missing large chunks of instruction to travel for athletics, and afternoon cohorts ending so late in the day).
If Saturday games are not feasible, then the middle school season will look similar to what the high school did this early fall, having practices and training, but no competition.