During a regular meeting with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association board of directors they voted to cancel the 2020 dead week and discussed how fall sports will look for 2020.
Before any association business took place David Jackson, Executive Director for the OSSAA, discussed the business and finance of the organization and said that due to the cancellation of state tournaments for basketball and spring sports the organization will need to look at cost cutting measures for the rest of the year and start of the new fiscal year.
Jackson told board members that a loss of $175,000 during the month of May and an overall loss of $620,000 was reflected. They discussed measures at the end of the meeting but decided to move on to other items.
In the plan for fall activities, Jackson said they have been working every day to put together a plan in case of the need to stop for COVID-19 reasons but he said the start should go as planned.
“We are optimistic about the fall…we are planning on starting as scheduled,” Jackson said. “We are also working on a policy that we will bring later that will address some various scenarios which will be addressed if interrupted by the virus.”
After telling members of the board they are looking at scheduling a meeting later in June or early July, Jackson went to the next agenda item which approved the 2020-2021 school year calendar.
The next item was a petition about fall and spring baseball that brought up major discussion between football playing schools and fall baseball schools that don’t have football.
With a few minutes of discussion, the board voted to form a committee to discuss the petition further to try and meet the concerns of the petition.
Board members also heard from Jackson about the Dead Week Policy that went into effect last year and was looking to enter year two of the plan.
Jackson recommended to suspend the dead period only for this year due to lost time and reiterated his recommendation to the board that he hoped they voted for.
“We feel like the dead period that is scheduled for the end of June and early July takes away what we are trying to accomplish,” Jackson said. “So we are recommending to suspend for this year only the dead week period.”
The board agreed and with a 14-0 vote passed Jackson’s recommendation to cancel the dead week for the summer of 2020.
With the meeting wrapped up, Jackson said they will announce when the next meeting will take place at a later date and hoped to have a plan of action to present to member schools.