OSSAA plans to move forward with fall sports

Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 5:08 PM CDT
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(KXII) - The OSSAA is moving forward with football and all other fall sports as scheduled, with the warning, the plan could change.

The OSSAA addressed many questions in a Thursday media zoom call. The primary message was addressing safety with the idea of moving forward with activities. Oklahoma high schools are moving forward with intention of playing in the fall. The OSSAA will defer most safety measures and fan attendance issues to the school districts. They are also leaving the door open to play fall sports in the spring if it comes to it.

“Based on what we have right now, our plan is to move forward and try to provide our activities in the fall,” OSSAA Executive Director David Jackson said. “Some of our activities have already started practice. Our plan is to move forward as scheduled with those activities, knowing that before we start competitions, there may have to be a delay.”

Flexibility will be a key component of the upcoming school year. The OSSAA admits that things could change, and it is possible that fall sports could be played in the spring. Shortened seasons would also be a possibility in an attempt to get seasons completed.

The Ardmore Tigers are preparing to move forward as they get ready for their season opener with Ada. Tigers head coach Josh Newby was encouraged by the announcement.

“They (the players) know it can be taken away at any time,” Newby said. “They are enjoying what they are doing. We play Ada on September 4th. We are really looking forward to that. But again, we have to be flexible this year if interruptions happen.”

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