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OSAA approves football alternatives

The OSAA executive board met on Monday to discuss the timeline for high school sports and present alternative options for contact sports.

Posted: Feb 8, 2021 8:02 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2021 10:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon School Activities association approved alternatives to traditional 11-on-11 football on Monday

The executive board approved schools to play 7-on-7 and flag football. There were also discussions of a virtual lineman challenge and virtual combine that student-athletes could participate in.

With contact sports prohibited across the state coaches and athletes will have to wait for new guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority before proceeding with traditional football.

OSAA Executive Director Peter Weber says he hopes the state will issue new guidelines regarding contact sports some time this week.

If the guidelines don't change those unable to play contact football can start alternatives next week.

Weber says just because these alternative options are in place doesn't mean the OSAA will stop advocating for a traditional sports season.

Weber also says they've taken data from other states that have returned to play and brought that information to Gov. Kate Brown's office.

"We're helping by providing information from other states about what they've been doing that has worked, how they've been able to do that from the ones that have played in the fall, and the ones just here recently that we've seen open up like New York, Illinois, New Mexico, and we've seen some changes in Washington." Weber says. "Sharing that information with the opportunities that we believe in, with the mitigation protocols, with the procedures in place, that it can be done safely."

As for other sports -- cross country and soccer can begin practice February 22nd in all counties.

Volleyball can also begin February 22 but only at schools in counties not labeled as "Extreme Risk." 

Volleyball may need to be played outdoors in extreme risk counties.

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