It's unclear when or if the football season will begin. Other sports will start play almost a month later than planned.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Century's Chance Sparks drags a Centennial defender following a catch during the Jaguars' game against the Eagles Sept. 27, 2019, at Century High School.The Oregon School Activities Association on Wednesday, July 22, delayed the first competition date for several fall sports while leaving open the possibility of a shortened high school football season.

Cross country, soccer and volleyball seasons will start Sept. 23 instead of Aug. 27.

The first day of practice for those sports remains Aug. 17, with school districts allowed to decide when to begin practices according to its plans for students restarting school and local conditions.

Football, as a contact sport, cannot be played under current restrictions imposted by the Oregon Health Authority and Gov. Kate Brown. Cheerleading and dance and drill also fall under those restrictions and cannot happen until conditions change.

In order to play a modified (shortened) high school football season, restrictions prohibiting full-contact activities must be lifted by Sept. 28.

The OSAA Executive Board, which announced the delay for fall sports after three days of meetings, plans to meet again Aug. 3 and update its plans.

The OSAA announcement Wednesday is different from neighboring states.

Washington has moved some fall sports, including football and volleyball, to a March-to-May season. California has postponed all high school sports until at least December.

The OSAA also mandated that student athletes must complete at least nine practice days before participating in competition. It also changed its eligibility requirements so that students who would become ineligible because of incompletes following the COVID-19 shutdowns can use their previous grading period to determine eligibility.

Paul Danzer
Sports Reporter
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