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!!!
JHS LIONS SUMMER WORKOUTS TO OPEN JUNE 29th
The OSAA and our District have approved, the Jefferson Lions to hold summer workout activities starting June 29th.
Coaches of each individual sport will contact athletes to notify them of days and times that the respective sport will begin to conduct workouts and instructional activities.
We will also publish a calendar of activities once it is finalized in the next couple of week.
ALL FALL SPORT ATHLETES, the online registration will open to enroll in your fall sport starting July 1st and remain open through the the end of August. Also remember to have a current sports physical - they are good for 2 years.
UPDATE ON OSAA MANDATED ATHLETIC MORATORIUM
The following is an excerpt from the recent update issued by the OSAA - dated May 12th:
"While many areas of the state are preparing to re-open under the Governor’s latest information, the current OSAA Sports moratorium-like suspension of facilities and coach/student physical interaction remains in place through the end of the Association Year (May 25) regardless of your county’s phase.
OSAA Staff is continuing to seek clarification on the Governor’s latest information and are working with our partners at Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE), along with our own Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), on guidance for schools for summer activities, summer camps, use of school facilities, etc.
The OSAA Executive Board will meet on May 20 to review the latest information and we plan to have updated information out to schools shortly thereafter. For current guidance, please see information posted by the OSAA at: http://www.osaa.org/
Your Jefferson Lions Coaching Staff and I will update all athletes regarding the summer and next fall sports season as soon as we have specific direction from the OSAA and Jefferson School District
Until then, stay safe, healthy and well.
Dan Fritz, Jefferson Lions Athletic Director.
TO THE STUDENTS OF JEFFERSON:On Friday April 24, 2020 - we will burn our stadium lights for you as a symbol of hope and assurance that all of you are in our heartsBrighter days are ahead.At 8:20 (2020 - Z Time) we will light the stadium for 20 minutes to honor the JHS Lions Class of 2020. Thanks to each of you for all you have brought to the Jefferson Community and JHS!!!Remember to alway "Be the Light"Community members are encouraged to drive by (honk)and show their support (we can not gather at the field)
SPRING SPORT ATHLETES
To all of the spring sport athletes, who will miss out on their 2020 sport season, from the Jefferson Lions Athletic Department and Coaches – WE SALUTE YOU!
Danny Aguilar * Diego Aguilar * Tim Dwire * Haden Grough * Owen Martin
Cristian Medrano * Jonathan Medrano * Caleb Rodriguez
Brandon White * Zach Wusstig
LilyAnne Alford * Madison Brunk * Lilly Courtney * Aleeya Ils
Madison Kubishta * Della Lovato * Liz McCall * Melissa Nunez * Jayden O’Neil
Kimberly Peterson * Lilly Roth * Savannah Vetter * Nashea Wilson
Track and Field
Christian Aguilar * Bradley Bowser * Baylie Campau * Luis Cortes
Abraham Cortez * Trevyn Eddie * Oliver Gorman * Nathalie Graf
Lukas Hudec * Jazmyn Kennedy * Madeleine LaCross * Jonathan Lopez
Diana Escamilla * Edgar Mendoza * Simon Olen * Elijah Reade
Jeremiah Reade * Sierra Reeves * Diego Rincon * Leon Romo Jr
Richard Sanchez * Braydon Soders * Thayne Tubbs
And to the Seniors a very special THANK YOU:
Track and Field Softball Baseball
Wyatt Jurgens Sierra Alford Isaac Deleon
Hannah Grantom Haley Landrum DJ Krider
O’Ryan Hutley Ciera Lindsay Diego Rodriguez
Stay true to the Purple and White and always remain …
SPRING SEASON ENDS
Under the direction of Gov. Brown and the OSAA, the 2020 High School Sports Season is officially cancelled. Effective April 8th, the following message was received from the OSAA Executive Director, Peter Weber:
“Today’s heart wrenching decision is difficult for all members of the OSAA family, We empathize with students and school communities, especially our graduating seniors, but recognize that these cancellations will allow our collective focus to remain where it’s most needed at this time - on the health and safety of all Oregonians.”
"We had maintained hope for an abbreviated Spring season to help bring a sense of normalcy to these uncertain times,” but “Now more than ever we need to apply the lessons learned through participation in education-based activities – teamwork, sacrifice, resilience – and play our role in adhering to the public health guidelines. We all look forward to the day when we play again.”
Current OSAA policies prohibiting the use of school facilities and coaches from organizing or directing workouts and practices remain in effect until further notice. The OSAA Executive Board will meet in the coming weeks to discuss policies for summer activities, along with academic eligibility concerns for Fall 2020
Within the Jefferson Lions Pride, we understand the emotions that come from such a decision. On behalf of the coaches and staff at JHS, I extend our heartfelt hope that all will be well and we can soon return to the field of play. To the seniors that have lost the opportunity for this final season, we are sorry, and extend our best wishes in what the future will hold. Know that if I or a coach can do anything to help, do not hesitate to ask.
More information regarding the process to bring the season to a close will be forthcoming and your team's coaches will be in contact. We are developing a plan for the return of equipment and uniforms and for the refund of participation fees already paid.
Again thanks for the opportunity to serve the Jefferson Community and we look forward to when next the Lion Purple and White competes
Dan Fritz, Athletic Director