April 27, 2021
Madras, OR – This week, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has updated its mask guidance for non-contact sports. Outdoor sports include cross country, track and field, tennis, swimming, cheer and dance. The new guidance allows non-contact sports athletes to remove masks during competition.
“We are revising the current guidance on the use of masks outdoors during competition,” OHA said in a statement. “The guidance will allow people to take off face coverings when competing in non-contact sports outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others and the other virus protective protocols.” Although the masking exception allows athletes to take off face covering during competition, OHA says athletes will still be required to wear masks during practice. “The exception will not apply while training and conditioning for these sports or for competitions,” the OHA statement reads. “The exception will not apply before and after competing.”
Other athletic updates at Madras High School
Just a reminder to spectators, that while Jefferson County remains in high Covid risk, home competitions or traveling competitions will not be allowing traveling spectators. For home competitions, the high-risk spectator capacity for outdoor facilities is 15%.
For track, baseball and softball, staff will continue to monitor the number of spectators that show up to watch competitions. If the number of spectators begins to creep upwards toward the maximum capacity at 15 percent, then staff will begin to administer tickets to future competitions.
Staff are continuing to ask home competition spectators to be responsible about their social distancing and wearing masks when on school property. So long as our county stays in high risk, concession stands will stay closed. As the risk level changes, staff will continue to reevaluate how spectators are able to participate in MHS athletic events. Regardless of the risk level, staff intends to continue live streaming each of our home competitions throughout the rest of the athletic seasons.
MHS has completed its opt-in paperwork to begin indoor athletic events the week of May 10th (this will be a week of practice; competitions start the week of May 16th). Season 4 sports include basketball, swimming and wrestling. These indoor sports require heavy guidelines and required waiver forms similar to that required of football.
MHS Changes in Head Coaches
Congratulations to the newest MHS Head Coach, Scott Jividen, who was hired this past week as the Head Swim Coach.
We also want to recognize Natalie Villanueva for serving as the MHS Head Volleyball Coach for the past two years. She recently resigned her position, and we are now seeking a new head coach.