2020-21 School Year
SMA Indoor Athletics on 2-Week Pause
(November 17, 2020)
Given the rise in infection rates in the region, the decision has been made to place a 2-week pause on all newly beginning and indoor in-person athletic activities at St. Mary's beginning November 17. SMA teams who have been doing virtual activities or are beginning new virtual activities are not impacted by this pause.
The decision to begin or resume indoor in-person athletic activity beyond the 2-week pause will weigh several factors including guidance expected this week from the governor/Oregon Dept. of Education specifically pertaining to K-12 athletics, as well as the trend in COVID cases.
Registration for newly beginning in-person athletic activities will continue as posted on the Athletic Eligibility and Registration page. In the meantime, all students are still welcome to participate in virtual workouts hosted by SMA Strength and Conditioning Coach Brittiany Roberts. Sessions are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm and can be found at:
(during Thanksgiving Week sessions will be held at 9 am Monday and Tuesday only)
Thank you for your patience and support; stay safe Blues!
UPDATE: SMA In-Person Athletic Activity
St. Mary's Academy Athletics will continue to offer optional, in-person athletic activity and will leave the decision on whether or not their student participates up to each family. Governor Brown's new 2-week restrictions and closures clearly addressed high school athletics citing the policy would not effect outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, and K-12 sports currently allowed.
Please check directly with your student's coach for any changes to currently scheduled activities.
SMA Athletics Inside and Out
In early August, the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) and Governor Brown made announcements that had a dramatic impact on the face of high school athletics in Oregon for the 2020-21 school year.
Citing the impact the pandemic restrictions have on the mental health of children and teenagers, Governor Brown gave K-12 schools that were operating in comprehensive distance learning only the option to offer in-person athletic activity. She recognized the clear benefits of physical activity and connection with coaches and teammates this provided when schools followed OHA/ODE sanctioned safety protocols.
The OSAA restructured the association’s seasons into four with the first 4 months of the school year being identified as a time to reconnect, condition and compete outdoors in certain sports as well as condensing their three competitive seasons into 8 week time periods and moved the traditional fall sports in between the winter and spring sports seasons.
- Season 1 – All sports conditioning and competition outdoors for non- and minimal contact sports – non-OSAA sanctioned competitions – focus on the opportunity to exercise/connect
- Season 2 - Winter sports (basketball, swim, alpine ski, nordic ski): December 28 – Feb. 28
- Season 3 - Fall sports (cross country, soccer, volleyball): Feb. 22 – April 25
- Season 4 - Spring Sports (golf, lacrosse, tennis, track & field): April 19-June 20
Guidelines for In-person Activity:
• Training, conditioning and competition for outdoor non-contact and minimal/medium contact sports.
• Training and conditioning for outdoor full-contact sports.
• Training and conditioning for all indoor sports.
Training and conditioning, such as weightlifting, running drills and intra-squad scrimmaging, cannot include full contact of any kind.
Schools offering some version of in-person learning may allow their school sports teams to participate in any indoor and outdoor non-contact and minimal/medium contact sports.
The following definitions apply:
- “Full-contact sports” means sports that involve a requirement or substantial likelihood of routine, sustained close proximity or physical contact between participants, and includes but is not limited to football, rugby, wrestling, cheerleading, basketball, hockey, dance, water polo, men’s lacrosse. Full-contact sports are prohibited at this time.
- “Minimal- and medium-contact sports” include but are not limited to softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, women’s lacrosse, flag football.
- “Non-contact sports” include but are not limited to tennis, swimming, golf, cross country, track and field, sideline/no-contact cheer and dance.