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Information About Athletics and Activities

November 18, 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.   

August 28, 2020

The Medford School District is hitting the pause button on high school athletics Monday, August 31 through Friday, September 11.  No practices, conditioning or weight training will take place during this time.  Staff will be focusing their full energy on planning for a strong virtual start to the 2020-21 school year. During this time, our athletic directors will continue to monitor county COVID cases in addition to how we are aligning with the metrics outlined by the Oregon Department of Education for returning to in-person instruction. We will provide further communication regarding student activities and athletics prior to the week of September 14.  Click here to view the State of Oregon’s current guidance on athletics and activities. Southern Oregon Middle School Athletic Conference is looking at amending its season calendar for middle school athletics.  At this time, middle school athletics are postponed until a decision has been made by the conference.  Please visit your school’s website for further details.

August 6, 2020

The Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) just released this guidance. The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) shifted its traditional Fall sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-21 school activities calendar. The OSAA’s new calendar provides for three distinct seasons from late December to late June with limited overlap between seasons so multiple sport athletes can still participate in their chosen activities. 

Participation in activities from Aug. 31 - Dec. 27 has been left to the discretion of local school districts but must follow directives from the Governor’s Office, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE). More information on what this means for the Medford School District coming soon.

Summer activities may continue at this time.