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OSAA Executive Board shows no support for potential shift of activities to summer

High school sports are still on hold through late April.

The Oregon School Activities Association Executive Board on Wednesday decided to continue its current suspension of all spring activities through April 28.

Meeting online, the board chose not to cancel any remaining state championships.

The board noted "there is a very real potential that students may not return to school this academic year." If Gov. Kate Brown orders schools shut down through the school year, the OSAA would continue to align with that, it said, and cancel all of its spring activities and state championships.

The board also said it will explore potential track and field venues for its Class 3A, 2A and 1A championships, as the designated site, Western Oregon University, has closed its facilities until June 30.

The OSAA board did not support shifting spring sports and championships to summer, at least not at this time.

The OSAA said it has been working with its chief medical advisor, Dr. Mick Koester, to develop guidelines by which sports could be resumed, with an emphasis on student safety, if schools are able to reopen this spring.

The board would want a seven-day period with practices only, limited to one per day of no more than three hours and no more than six consecutive days, with heat warnings and baseball pitch count limitations.

It also would limit the number of contests allowed in a week to numbers to be determined by sport, emphasizing late-afternoon starts and weekend games when possible to limit the loss of class time.

The board will meet again online on April 15.

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