Hawaii, Oregon move high school football, other sports to 2021

Hawaii and Oregon are the latest states to adjust their 2020-21 high school sports calendars in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The high school governing bodies from both states announced on Wednesday that they have moved football to 2021.

Hawaii moved “moderate- and high-risk fall sports” to January 2021, according to a release from the The Hawaii High School Athletic Association.

“The HHSAA executive board approved by majority vote to postpone the start of moderate- and high-risk fall sports to January 2021, which affects cheerleading, cross country, football, and girls volleyball. Air riflery and bowling are classified as low-risk sports with the implementation of safety guidelines and are slated to proceed in the fall as scheduled.”

The HHSAA chose to not move any other low risk sports up to the fall.

Oregon has pushed the high school football season to March and the high school basketball season to January, the Oregon School Activities Association announced on Wednesday. Here’s more from the OSAA’s release:

The OSAA’s new calendar provides for three distinct seasons from late December to late June with limited overlap between seasons. Traditional Winter activities will take place in January and February (Season 2), followed by Fall activities in March and April (Season 3), with Spring activities occurring in May and June (Season 4). Each season will feature an equitable 7-week regular season, with adjusted contest limitations, followed by an OSAA Culminating Week. Specific plans for culminating week events will be developed in conjunction with member schools in the coming months in alignment with large group gathering guidelines issued by the state.

The OSAA Association Year will officially begin on August 31 in Season 1 where policies restricting out-of-season coaching have been removed. This allows member school students and coaches, at the discretion of the local school district, to participate in any OSAA-sanctioned activity permitted by directives from the Governor’s Office, OHA and ODE. This participation may include conditioning, practices and interscholastic competitions in those permitted activities provided schools adhere to OSAA policies. 


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