Madras decides to keep fall for practices only
Since the Oregon Schools Activities Association divided the 2020-2021 calendar year into four seasons instead of three, schools all over Oregon have been racing to decide what to do during season 1.
Instead of fall athletics starting in late August as would normally be the case, due to COVID-19, the OSAA has shortened all three sports seasons and moved fall sports to the spring.
However, that doesn't mean that schools will not be allowed to have athletic opportunities in the fall. Rather, each individual school district is allowed to determine what sports will practice when during season 1, which runs from Aug. 31 to Dec. 27.
Madras High School has elected to divide season 1 into four sections.
The first is a sports moratorium period, which started on Monday, Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 27.
"Most of our coaches are teachers and that allows them to get into that distance learning," Madras High School athletic director Evan Brown said. "It also allows our kids to transition into the distance learning. It's going to look a lot different than it did last spring, so both groups are going to need a little grace to get into that mode."
MHS athletes will then be allowed to resume practice beginning Sept. 28 with spring sports having the priority. Spring sports programs will practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Oct. 3, with fall and winter sports being allowed to practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fall athletic teams then have priority from Oct. 6 through Nov. 20, practicing three times a week, while spring and winter teams may practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Madras will then close all of the practice facilities Nov. 21-29 during the week of Thanksgiving.
Following a week off, practices will resume with winter sports having the priority. Basketball and wrestling will be allowed to practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Dec. 20, with fall and spring programs being allowed to practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The school will once again declare a moratorium on practice from Dec. 21-27 before the official OSAA winter season kicks off on Monday, Dec. 28.
Brown added that although competition is allowed during the OSAA season 1, Madras High School is not planning on having any competitions at this time.
"We will revisit that when we are in face-to-face learning," he added.
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