Athletics: Season 1 Information

To:      4J families with interest in athletics

From:  Kelly Bokn

District Athletic Coordinator

Re:       Pre-season optional Training and Conditioning opportunities

 

We are happy to announce 4J High Schools will be offering optional training and conditioning opportunities beginning on January 25th for our High School students in preparation for the OSAA announced seasons. These workouts will follow all OHA and OSAA guidelines with social distancing and be closely monitored for safety protocols to ensure the health and well-being of all participants.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION:

All participants will be required to register through our district sponsored athletic registration platform. This process is different than what has been used in the past so make certain you take the time to register early in the event you have questions. The links to the registration information and process can be found on your High School’s athletic website. Sheldonirishathletics.com

MEDICAL INSURANCE AND PHYSICALS REQUIRED PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION

All participants must have proof of medical insurance. Myers-Stevens offers athletic school insurance at https://www.myers-stevens.com/parents/ .

A current physical is required to participate.  Physicals last for two years. An OSAA approved physical form can be found here.  Physical forms should be uploaded into the registration platform but can be dropped off at the school as well. School buildings are closed but if you are delivering a physical to the school please call 790-6620 or 790-6677 and a staff member can meet you to collect the physical.

If desired, you can schedule an appointment for a physical at either of the district’s two Health centers at North Eugene High School (541.790.4445) or Churchill High School (541.790.5227).

Contact Nancy Kelley with registration questions.  541-790-6651 kelley_n@4j.lane.edu

ATHLETIC FEES

There will be no fee to participate in optional pre-season training and conditioning.

A one-time sport fee of $50 will be collected for athletes that begin any competitive season for the year.  A reduction of this fee will be made available in the registration process for any student that qualifies for the free lunch program.

There will not be fee reimbursements for reduced competition seasons.

SCHEDULES FOR WORKOUTS:

The practice calendars can be located at your local High School athletic website.

Note:  These are optional pre-season workout opportunities.  Not all programs will be providing opportunities for pre-season training and conditioning for all sports.  No inside building access or workouts are allowed at this time. Thus, we will not be accessing the weight room, locker room, gymnasium, team room or training room until further notice.

PARTICIPANT SAFETY PROTOCOLS:

  • All students must come to workouts dressed in athletic apparel ready to participate no more than 10 min. before their scheduled practice start time.
  • Building access and locker areas will not be available to change clothing items.
  • 6 ft of social distancing – face coverings are required to be worn at all times.*
  • Student should bring their own water bottle.
  • Students will check in and check out for every session via google form tracking system and QR code. Cell phones can be used with a QR code reader.  Pencil paper check-in will also be available.
  • Students that fail to follow safety protocols will lose the opportunity to participate in further training sessions.

* “Face covering” means a cloth, polypropylene, paper that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. No gators.

OSAA ANNOUNCES ATHLETIC SCHEDULES:

A full athletic schedule has been announced by the OSAA and can be reviewed at:

https://www.osaa.org/docs/calendar/20-21ActivityCalendarRevised.pdf

These schedules are pending county and state regulations. Currently for season 2, only soccer and cross country are allowed in Lane County. Football and Volleyball will conduct conditioning and trainings workouts with the hope that risk levels are reduced and those activities can resume.

The upcoming Season 2 is as follows: (Previously regarded as Fall season.)

  • Football:  February 8- April 10
  • Cross Country/Soccer/Volleyball:  February 22-April 10

The upcoming Season 3 is as follows: (Previously regarded as Spring season.)

  • Baseball/Softball/Tennis/Golf/Track:  April 5-May 22

The upcoming Season 4 is as follows: (Previously regarded as Winter season.)

  • Swimming/Wrestling/Basketball:  May 10-June 26

COMPETITION SCHEDULES AND PHILOSOPHY:

The High School athletic directors have been working diligently to provide athletic teams contests in our local region. At this time, the OSAA has no plans for State Championships.  Our local contests will provide our students an opportunity to compete in a safe and closely regulated atmosphere. These schedules will be announced as seasons begin to participate in official practices.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CONTESTS:

The academic eligibility requirements have not changed for official OSAA sponsored seasons.  All students must have passed 2.0 credits in the first trimester and must be enrolled in and passing 2.0 credits during the sport season (not including season 1) In addition, the student must be on track to graduate. If a student failed to meet any of these requirements a hardship request may be possible to file with the OSAA. Please contact your school athletic director with academic eligibility questions.

FLEXIBILITY AND UNDERSTANDING:

We all have the best intentions to provide opportunities for our students to participate in athletic activities.  We will need to continue to work collaboratively together as we navigate the challenges we face in providing a safe environment, following the updated OHA guidelines, and OSAA regulations.

The potential opportunity to compete will undoubtedly have some bumps in the road.  One thing we know for sure, a regular season will not be the same experience that we have witnessed in past years.  The seasons have been reduced in length and we may experience limited practice opportunities or the cancellation of contests at the last minute due to a COVID outbreak.  We will need to be prepared to be flexible and understanding as safety will remain our number one priority.

 

Revised January 20, 2021