Oregon School Activities Association suspends competition and practices through at least March 31

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team was one of the state's best last spring, but the Pacers will have to wait until at least April 1 to resume their season following an OSAA order related to the new coronavirus outbreak.The high school spring sports season is on hold, at least for now.

In a release sent out Friday, March 13, by the Oregon School Activities Association, the OSAA has suspended interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for all member schools effective through March 31.

"It is certainly shocking for all of us to think that circumstances have brought us to this point," said Lakeridge athletic director Nathan Stanley. "When one considers the abrupt nature of the cancellation of the winter championships, we're thankful that we may be able to return to practices and competitions after the moratorium."

"No doubt this is an unfortunate time for all of us, most importantly, the senior student-athletes," said Lake Oswego athletic director Brigham Baker.

According to the OSAA's Friday press release, "During this suspension we will evaluate this evolving public health situation with the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education, the OSAA Executive Board, the OSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and member school administrators from throughout the state to determine when, or if, to resume the spring season."

If, and when, the high school spring sports season resumes, there are still other considerations to look at before competition begins.

"If we're able to return to play on April 1, I don't know that too many changes need to be made to schedules with the exception of one or two sports," Stanley said. "If we have further delays, I think playing a reduced amount of contests will probably be considered. There might also be some adjustments in how we conduct contests or manage events."

"I think the only thing that gives me any kind of peace is what I heard from a student — Trace Salton — yesterday after school," Baker said. "I was telling (Salton, a member of the LO boys basketball team) how sorry I was for him, and he said to me, 'Yes, it is too bad, but we understand this is a way bigger thing than any of us.'"

OSAA-sanctioned spring season sports include baseball, softball, boys track and field, girls track and field, girls tennis, boys tennis, boys golf and girls golf.

Boys and girls high school lacrosse are not sanctioned by the OSAA. The Oregon High School Lacrosse Association (boys lacrosse), had this message from OHSLA commissioner Pete Schlesinger on its website this morning: "To the OHSLA Community. With all that is going on in a World being effected with the Coronavirus19 we want to update everyone with where OHSLA Officers are at this moment. The Officers are monitoring the OSAA and other State sport entities. At this moment we are continuing with the 2020 Lacrosse season. We, as stated, will monitor the OSAA and how they handle the upcoming spring sport season. If, and when there are changes, we will act accordingly. Please refer and monitor the OHSLA website for further updates."

The Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association has this message on its website today: "OGLA Community — Due to the recent school closures and taking into consideration OSAA's suspension of spring sports, OGLA will suspend all youth and high school practices and games through March 31, 2020. During this time, the OGLA Board will establish a plan for the season going forward and relay this to our community as soon as it becomes available. Additionally, due to the changes and potential extension of our season, Oregon will not be sending a team to the 2020 National Tournament during Memorial Day weekend. OGLA will continue to follow OSAA as it pertains to spring sports. Any and all updates to the season will be sent to the entire community. Thank you."

— Miles Vance contributed to this story

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