No baseball and softball this fall, no pads this summer

At this time, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has no interest in swapping spring and fall sports and has issued action to prohibit the use of protective equipment in summer football activities.

The Executive Board made the decisions while meeting in a closed, executive session on Wednesday, July 1.

Numerous states have discussed playing typical spring sports (baseball, softball, tennis and track and field) to the fall as these sports involve greater distance among participants. Typical fall sports (football, volleyball and cross country) would me moved to the spring in hopes the spread of Corona Virus would be lessened with time. In executive session, the board stated they are “not interested in pursuing the concept of swapping Fall and Spring sports seasons.”

The decision does not close the door on the idea, but it appears the OSAA is not building any plans on swapping the sports.

The OSAA also clarified and mask issue. Following the governor’s guidelines, the organization directed “masks, face shields or face coverings are not required when at an indoor space and engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face shield or face covering not feasible, such as strenuous physical exercise, or performers singing or playing an instrument if at least six (6) feet of distance is maintained from others. Those not involved in strenuous physical exercise (coaches, athletes on the sidelines, etc.) should follow the Governor’s requirement.”

Schools looking to get a jump on the football season need to hold off as the board issued a directive prohibiting football protective equipment for the summer. Teams will be allowed to begin official practices on August 17, but the board warned that date also is subject to change.

More information of the fall season should come after the board’s annual Summer Workshop starting July 20. The meeting will be virtual, but will provide an update.