OSAA approves summer workouts-with limits

WILSONVILLE – Schools around eastern Oregon were due some good news. In a memo received today by schools throughout the state, the news is at least encouraging regarding the return to high school competition.

The Oregon School Activities Association is reentering competition in three phases. Phase one, at this time, will occur for at least 21 days before phase two is considered. The initial phase includes guidelines for facility cleaning, entrance/exit strategies for the facility, limitations on gatherings, pre-workout screenings, face coverings, hygiene practices, hydration/food, travel, locker room areas, weight rooms, and use of athletic equipment.

The OSAA further provided guidelines for individual sports.

Cross Country – Runners should maintain at least 6 feet of distancing between individuals, no grouping (i.e. starts and finishes).

Track and Field – Runners should maintain at least 6 feet of distancing between individuals, no grouping (i.e. starts and finishes). No sharing of implements / equipment. Padded equipment should be cleaned between use.

Swimming – Swimming pools are closed statewide.

Golf – Maintain appropriate physical distancing 6 feet apart.

Tennis – Conditioning, no sharing of balls, each player may use own can of balls to serve and uses racket to pass other balls (singles only), ball machine use by individuals only. Players may do individual drills, wall volleys and serves. Wipe down rackets and balls after.

Volleyball – Conditioning, individual ball handling drills, each player has own ball. A player should not use a single ball that others touch or hit in any manner.

Soccer – Conditioning, individual ball skill drills, each player has own ball, feet only (no heading/use of hands), no contact.

Baseball – Conditioning and tee work. Players should not share gloves or bats or throw a single ball that will be tossed among the team. A single player may hit in cages, throw batting practice (with netting as backstop, no catcher). Prior to another athlete using the same balls, they should be collected and cleaned individually.

Softball – Conditioning and tee work. Players should not share gloves or bats or throw a single ball that will be tossed among the team. A single player may hit in cages, throw batting practice (with netting as backstop, no catcher). Prior to another athlete using the same balls, they should be collected and cleaned individually.

Basketball – Conditioning, individual ball skill drills, no contact or sharing of balls. A player may shoot with a ball(s), but a team should not practice/pass a single ball among the team where multiple players touch the same ball.

Football – Conditioning and individual drills. A player should not participate in drills with a single ball that will be handed off or passed to other teammates. Contact with other players is not allowed, and there should be no sharing of tackling dummies / donuts / sleds. Protective equipment prohibited.

Wrestling – Conditioning, mirror drills with spacing, no contact. Wrestlers may skill and drill without touching a teammate (as long as physical distancing is adhered to).

Cheerleading – Conditioning and individual technique/choreography work. Students may not practice/perform partner or group stunts. Chants, jumps, dance, tumbling without contact are permissible as long as physical distancing is adhered to.

Easternoregonsports.com will continue to provide updates as schools begin the process of returning to competition.

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