High School Sports Warming Up
Football, soccer, volleyball and cross country season starts Feb. 22
Student athletes are gearing up for school sports. High school teams have been engaging in no-contact training and conditioning activities. Now football, soccer, volleyball and cross country have gotten the green light to start their seasons.
In this year's abbreviated OSAA athletics calendar, traditional fall sports start Feb. 22, spring sports are tentatively scheduled to start in April and winter sports in May.
The Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts have collaboratively agreed to opt in to permit high school football, starting practices next week and games the first week in March. The lower-contact outdoor sports, soccer and cross country, already were already permitted. Volleyball teams also are expected to be able to play if local COVID rates continue to improve.
Rigorous health and safety protocols are required. No spectators are allowed.
Full-contact sports were prohibited until recently, when Governor Kate Brown announced last week that schools would be allowed to opt in to outdoor contact sports with extra health and safety protocols in place.
This additional step toward returning to familiar routines and activities is a positive one for our student athletes, as coaches, teammates and physical activity play an important role in students' overall health and well-being.
The success of all on-site athletic and academic opportunities depends on everyone doing their part to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. This includes wearing face masks correctly, keeping physical distance as much as possible, and following other recommended public health practices—both on the field and off.