OSAA moves sport seasons start back to February, keeps three-season plan
Altered calendar shortens seasons to six weeks
In a much-anticipated move, the OSAA on Monday decided to push back the start of its sports seasons as it continues to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
The executive board moved to adopt a three-season plan with six-week seasons, starting with fall sports contests March 1 and followed by spring (April 12) and winter (May 17). The seasons include an “opt-in culminating week,” as an option for postseason competition.
Fall sports practices are scheduled to begin Feb. 22, except for football, which will start Feb. 8. Spring and winter practices begin April 5 and May 10, respectively.
Opportunity for each sport season is still bound by the current State, County and OHA restrictions and guidelines.
Specific schedules for Jefferson Sports Teams will be determined in the next few weeks and likely to be available in early January. Registration for each sport season will begin in late January and early February.
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State Mandated Restrictions Impact JHS Athletics
The newly issued state restrictions on social and community activities issued by the Governor and set to begin on Dec. 3rd will prohibit K-12 Indoor sports for any county at the Extreme Risk level for COVID transmittal. No indoor sports are currently allowed within Marion County.
The Jefferson Lions Winter Sport Mini-Season set to begin on Dec 3rd is cancelled as result of this new directive from the governor and the OHA. Jefferson Lions Athletic Activities will be on hold until further notice.
We are still hopeful that the State and the OSAA will authorize moving forward with the regular winter sport season, scheduled to start on Dec. 28th.
To all Jefferson Lion Athletes and our community, the Athletic Department and I wish you the very best holiday season and hope that we all remain safe and well.
Dan Fritz, Athletic Director
UPDATE TO SPORTS ACTIVITIES DURING STATE MANDATED FREEZE
The district admin team has directed the following steps be taken regarding Jefferson Lion athletic activities in response to the Governor's state mandated freeze order that goes into effect on Wed. Nov 18.
Jefferson High School athletics will:
- Pause all indoor athletic activities starting on Wed. Nov 18th.
- The last practice for Volleyball is Tuesday No. 17th. There will be no volleyball on Thursday Nov 19th.
- Outdoor sports may continue to hold practice on Thursday (11/19), the last day of this mini-session.
- Mini-season 3 (winter sports) start date is moved to Thursday, Dec 3rd and will proceed as scheduled through the last day of practice on Thursday Dec. 17th.
We will further restrict participation with regard to any athlete that travels outside of the state. If an athlete has left the state within the current 2 week period, that athlete is not allowed to participate and will be restricted for a period of 14 days. (or longer if develops any symptoms)
Jefferson Lions athletic department thanks the community of Jefferson, the parents and the athletes for their cooperation and support during these difficult times. We look forward to the beginning of regular season sports.
Thank you GO LIONS
Daniel M. Fritz, Athletic Director
OSAA Adopts Revised 2020-21 School Activities Calendar - Aug. 5th
The OSAA has adopted a new Oregon Sports and Activities Calendar. The new calendar moves the first competitive season to late December beginning with traditional winter sports. These will be followed by fall sports set to begin in late February. Spring sports will return in April and continue through June.
“Today’s decision by the Executive Board provides a framework to maximize the potential opportunity for students in Oregon to participate in three seasons during the 2020-21 school year,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director.
With the goal to encourage a strong and healthy start to the academic school year and provide a period of transition for our student-athletes, the JHS athletic staff and school administration will take advantage of a delayed start for the OSAA athletic year and begin the process to develop, review and implement a plan that provides the best opportunity for a safe return to athletic activities during the off season this fall. All JHS summer activities will end as of August 7th.
Once our instructional teams and teachers have implemented the district academic plan for the students of Jefferson, we will start to phase in a return of athletic activities to the extent that is made possible under the direction of the ODE, OHA and our Governor's guidelines.
Thanks to all of you for helping make our summer sports activities a success and for the cooperation and support of our coaches, the athletes, their parents and our community as we work our way through these difficult times and look forward to a return of Jefferson Lions Sports. -- GO LIONS!!!