Despite new COVID guidelines, Central Oregon HS basketball gives advice, masks in place

(Update: added video, comments)

‘I hope the powers that be will take a close look at it,’ says parent

BEND, Oregon (KTVZ) – After months of delays due to the pandemic, high school basketball is finally underway in central Oregon.

In one of the first contests on Monday night, Summit High’s JV girl team faced off against the Sisters High School Lady Outlaws.

Despite Governor Brown’s recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions based on new CDC guidelines, high school players must still wear masks during practice and competition.

And it is raising some concern among parents like Chris Mayes, whose daughter plays on the Sisters High basketball team.

“I would say they probably don’t need to wear them during competition,” Mayes said.

A Prineville high school basketball player collapsed during practice last week, blaming her mask for the loss of oxen and raising questions about whether or not players should be required to wear face coverings during a match.

Let parents like Mayes focus on the best course of action for their child’s safety when it comes to masks.

“Yeah, we absolutely did,” Mayes said. “We were actually talking a little bit about the mask to wear and safety, but also about the practical nature of a mask, and the ability to get her back to breathing and get as much oxygen as she needs for it. match. “

According to OSAA website, its member schools are bound by the councils of the governor and the Oregon Health Authority and cannot modify, waive or provide for exceptions.

And while many off-camera parents have told NewsChannel 21 that they’re just thrilled to see their kids back on the pitch, they wish they could play without a mask.

Mayes says he understands safety precautions, but college and professional teams aren’t required to wear the mask during the game.

“I hope the powers that be will take a close look at it,” Mayes said. “Look at the pros and cons of wearing a mask while competing.”

For now, players and parents will continue with the guidelines in place, and only time will tell if masks will still be part of the game.

The girls of Sisters High managed to defeat Summit with a final score of 45-42.

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