OSAA Halting Indoor Training Through Freeze

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

SALEM, Ore.– The OSAA has recieved a six-week guidance from the OHA and the Governor to halt all indoor activity through the two-week freeze.

Here are some key takeaways from the six-page Document:

  • 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.
Outdoor activities can continue during the ‘freeze’ as long as they are following protocols set in place prior to the announcement (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)
  • 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 must 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.

For the Music and Performing Arts, the OSAA is still waiting on clarification from the OHA and ODE in terms of cohorts and in-person instructions methods for the performing arts.

Here are some current information about that:

o    Indoor singing is not recommended

o    Highlights of the Third Round of Results include:

§  Masks – Masks should be worn by students, and masks/bell covers should be on instruments and materials.

§  Distance – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) distancing guidelines of 6 feet by 6 feet should be followed, with additional space (9 feet by 6 feet) for trombone players. The distancing guidelines apply for outdoors as well as indoors.

§  Time – Rehearsals should be limited to 30 minutes. Indoors, the room should be cleared, and leaders should wait until at least one HVAC air change has occurred before the next rehearsal.   

Salem Academy’s Bennet Bos (10) goes up to block a Josh Wart of Amity shot February 7, 2020. Both schools, like many others, had to halt their indoor activities due to the latest guidance’s (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

§  Air Flow – Outdoor activity remains the best place for air flow. Indoors, HEPA filters are strongly recommended to increase the amount of clean air and the number of air changes per hour (ACH).

§  Hygiene – The strong emphasis continues on hygiene, including frequent handwashing, and cleaning of spit valves and storage areas.

The OSAA also said on Twitter that no final decision on the 2020-2021 season in their December 7 meeting, but will be talking about Season 2 and options they will explore. The WIAA has already announced traditional Winter sports will start in February, pushing back and shortening their seasons further, down to seven weeks.