You are the owner of this article.
breaking

High school spring sports season further delayed, but not canceled

  • 0
IMG_0117.JPG

The La Grande softball team celebrates a home run hit by Jayce Seavert (1) during the state semifinals last year. OSAA announced Wednesday it is further delaying the 2020 spring season in conjunction with the Oregon school closure, which runs through April 28, but it left the door open that a shortened season could be played.

WILSONVILLE — A day after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown extended the closure of Oregon’s schools through April 28 in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Oregon School Activities Association adopted the same timeline, as late Wednesday it announced all practices and contests are now suspended through April 28.

Two of OSAA’s activities, the state speech championships and the solo music state championships, have been canceled, as they had dates set for late April or early May.

The governing board of Oregon high schools sports, though, left the door open for an abbreviated spring sports season.

If practices were to resume April 29, and games shortly after, it would result in a sports season of about 2-1/2 weeks for golf (state championships are slated for May 18-19), three weeks for tennis (May 22-23), four for track and field (May 29-30), and five for baseball and softball (June 5-6).

Peter Weber, executive director for OSAA, told The Observer on Wednesday afternoon the dates of those championship competitions played into the decision to try to salvage the season, even if it is shortened.

“We feel like those events are far enough out that there is a possibility they could take place,” Weber said.

The OSAA Executive Board is scheduled to meet April 1 and April 15, and by then the members will have a better idea of the outlook for the spring.

If teams were to resume practice April 29, the outcome could be for some of the sports — like golf, Weber said — to have just a district tournament and the state tournament.

Sports such as baseball and softball, though, would still need some form of a season to determine who makes the playoffs.

“Baseball (and) softball, I’m not sure how that would work with no regular season,” Weber said. “It would certainly be truncated.”

He added adjusting the dates of championship events could be on the table too.

“That’s a potential consideration, (though) there could be some venue constraints,” Weber said. “There are a lot of things on the table depending on how things shake out,” he said. “I don’t know how far we would go. We’re already going into early June.”

In the release, OSAA also announced the track and field championships, should they take place, would be moved from Hayward Field in Eugene “due to construction timelines” for the completion of the University of Oregon’s new track venue. Like they were a year ago, Classes 1A, 2A and 3A would be held at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, and 4A, 5A and 6A would be at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Weber said the delay in construction at Hayward was not related to the coronavirus.

“It was going to be hampered anyway,” he said. “Ultimately with them trying to get ready for the Olympic Trials, it was not going to work out this year.”

East Region Sports Editor

Ronald's primary beats are Eastern Oregon University, La Grande High School and the other eight high schools of Union and Wallowa counties. As an avid sports fan, he is primarily reading about or watching sports when he isn't covering a game.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Coronavirus Sections

Get breaking news!

Coronavirus FAQ

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Can I get COVID-19 from my pets or other animals?

There is no reason at this time to think that any animals, including pets, in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States.

Pets have other types of coronaviruses that can make them sick, like canine and feline coronaviruses. These other coronaviruses cannot infect people and are not related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, such as washing your hands and maintaining good hygiene.

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the new coronavirus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets.

What about imported animals or animal products?

CDC does not have any evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States.

What precautions should be taken for animals that have recently been imported from outside the United States?

At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets and service animals, can spread COVID-19. As with any animal introduced to a new environment, animals recently imported should be observed daily for signs of illness. If an animal becomes ill, the animal should be examined by a veterinarian. Call your local veterinary clinic before bringing the animal into the clinic and let them know that the animal was recently imported from another country.