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Petition calling for high school sports receives nearly 12,000 signatures

But the practicality of a high school sports season this fall during Phase II of Oregon's reopening is a bit tricky.

Posted: Jun 9, 2020 7:25 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 7:31 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Phase II reopening in southern Oregon counties means that tennis and other non-contact sports will finally be able to resume. But contact recreational sports aren't allowed until Phase III, which requires there to be "a reliable treatment or vaccine to be available."

What that means is the fall sports seasons for professional athletes down to "ankle-biters" is in jeopardy. There are talks, however, of finding a safe way to let pro and college athletes take the field this fall, but not for high school sports.

One of the Jackson County Commissioners, however, is trying to change that. Rick Dyer started a Facebook group called 'Let Them Play - Oregonians for Athletes' and a petition under the same name was created by Ryan Mallory. That petition, as of the posting of this article, has nearly 12,000 signatures.

"To me, and the way I feel about it, these sports and what they teach kids and the benefits to kids are so valuable that people understand that and they want to do something about it," Dyer said.

The petition has gained the support of local high school athletes and coaches, urging people to support the push for high school and youth athletics this fall.

College sports are looking at ideas that allow players to return to campus for voluntary workouts. At Oregon, players will be required to have an antibody test done when they arrive and once weekly.

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