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

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - The West Linn boys lacrosse team was one of the state's best last spring, but the Lions 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.

"While we are saddened by the cancellation of winter state championships, as well as the closing of schools and cancellation of practices and games until at least (March 31), we understand the gravity of the situation," said West Linn Interim Asst. Principal/Athletic Director Ian Lamont. "We appreciate all that our district, the OSAA and our local, state and federal government agencies are doing to help keep us safe."

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.

But right now, West Linn officials are more focused on keeping students and staff healthy.

"We are working closely with our district office and the OSAA to try to keep all of our kids, staff and all families safe and healthy as best we can," Lamont said. "We hope everyone has a safe and healthy break from school."

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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