Soccer, XC practice can resume Feb. 22; football, volleyball still on hold here


Some high school athletes can begin practicing again later this month, but the fate of football remains on hold as the OSAA awaits new guidance from the state.

“We expect a change to the contact sport guidance by the Oregon Health Authority and Governor’s office in the upcoming days,” Executive Director Peter Weber said Monday during an executive board meeting of the Oregon School Activities Association.

Soccer and cross country can start practicing in all counties on February 22nd. Volleyball games and practices can start then too in counties not under “Extreme Risk” for COVID transmission.

Currently, all of Central Oregon is under “Extreme Risk.”

Depending on the revised guidance, the Board wants to provide as many options as possible for students to be engaged in football like activities if contact remains prohibited, according to the board.

The board approved a plan for schools to offer 7-on-7 and flag football as well as lineman challenges and combine-type activities

“The advocacy doesn’t end until we have all activities available for students to participate in,” Weber said.

This is a developing story.



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