4J/Bethel/Springfield Submit Opt-In Proposal for football

Pending approval from the Oregon Health Authority, tackle football will return to the Eugene/Springfield area in the first week of March.

Posted: Feb 17, 2021 10:25 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- On Wednesday night, the 4J school board announced that they had submitted a proposal, along with the Bethel and Springfield school districts, to opt in to a full, 11-on-11, tackle football season. Pending approval from the Oregon Health Authority, tackle football will return to the Eugene/Springfield area on March 4th as part of the OSAA's truncated fall sports season. 

To play tackle football in high and extreme risk counties, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown put forth guidelines that include testing for symptomatic and close contact individuals and signed waivers identifying the risks of contracting CoVid-19 and a commitment to best practices for limiting viral spread. The 4J school board mentioned in their meeting that they are securing testing infrastructure and spoke with coaches and athletic directors about distributing equipment for student-athletes this week. 

The high school football season is part of OSAA's "Season 1", which will run from March to April as part of the governing body's plan to play three seasons over the course of six months in Oregon. Games will begin on March 4th and OSAA's culminating week will be the first week of April. 

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