COVID-19 Sports Update
November, 18th 2020
The Governor’s Office and Oregon Health Authority posted new statewide freeze guidance for K-12 sports, yesterday, which is effective Wednesday, November 18 through Wednesday, December 2 but could be extended.
The guidance may be summarized as follows per the Oregon School Activities Association:
- Prohibition on all K-12 School Sports indoors, including conditioning, training and competition.
- Outdoor training, conditioning and competition is still allowed for non-contact and minimal/medium contact sports for schools utilizing On-Site, Hybrid, or Comprehensive Distance Learning.
- Outdoor training and conditioning is still allowed for full-contact sports for schools utilizing On-Site, Hybrid, or Comprehensive Distance Learning provided they don’t include full contact of any kind.
- Mask/face coverings must be worn when actively participating in an outdoor sport.
- Closure of indoor and outdoor swimming pools, licensed spa pools and indoor sport courts.
- Limit the maximum capacity for each outdoor K-12 school sporting event to 50 people. Maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet per person.
- Individuals are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Oregon if they have traveled out of state for recreational purposes or as part of an athletic traveling team.
In summary, any high school sport which occurs indoors, including conditioning, training and competitions, are prohibited for at least the next two weeks, beginning today. Outdoor training and conditioning is still allowable for football. Outdoor training, conditioning and competitions are allowable for softball, baseball, soccer, flag football, tennis, golf, cross country, track and field and sideline (no contact) cheer and dance.
Coaches will be in contact with their respective teams to communicate plans during the two week freeze. Please direct any questions to your child's high school coach should you need clarification. You may also follow up with your school's athletic department.