High-school sports activities resume now

Tom Firme
Sports Editor

Oklahoma high-school sports are cleared to start immediately. In a special meeting Friday, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rejected 7-6 a three-phase plan to open schools' programs, both for sports and non-athletic activities like band. The plan, which was based on collaboration with state agencies, physicians and the Centers for Disease and Prevention, would have started face-to-face contact with secondary-level students with precautions on June 1 but with no practice or camps or clinics or leagues. Football would have been set for a June 29 start to noncontact practice only and all activities would have been limited to 60 minutes. Other fall sports, as well as band, would have been set to start unrestricted practice July 15.
With the measure voted down, camps, clinics, leagues and other activities can occur beginning today, according to OSSAA policies. Previously, the OSSAA had suspended sports activities through June 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, during a sports radio interview after the meeting, OSSAA executive director David Jackson said camps, in-person workouts and other activities can resume today.