OSSAA Seeks To Proceed As Planned With Fall Football Schedule

Thursday, July 23rd 2020, 9:58 pm
By: Daniel Hawk

TULSA, Okla. -

A shortened season and some shortened playoffs, but the goal of the OSSAA is to proceed with fall sports as planned.

High school football season starts 5 weeks from Friday, if everything stays as scheduled.

"Our plan is to move forward as scheduled with those activities,” said David Jackson, executive director of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

Jackson said the top priority is making sure that athletes are safe.

"First of fall, delay if we need to delay, but still move forward. If we have to stop during the middle of the semester if we are interrupted because of a spike in numbers or the information that we received from the experts say it’s not wise to move on, then we may stop,” said Jackson.

As far as fans at football games, local districts will make those decisions. Come playoffs, Jackson said he hopes fans will be present.

Jackson said, "we want to have fans at our activities. That's such a big part in our minds of the high school experience. Will we have to take some measures to keep people safe, we will. We want to be able to allow as many fans as possible in order for us to create that environment for our kids and yet stay safe."

The OSSAA is monitoring what other states are doing and keeping an eye on the college level as well.

"We look at information on a daily basis in trying to determine whether or not it’s even feasible to consider going forward with activities,” said Jackson.