Smoky conditions could impact the start to high school sports

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Fall high school sports are starting their seasons this week.

But with air quality not looking good in much of the Rogue Valley, how many games will actually be played?

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) says a game has to be canceled if the air quality index is above 150.

For most fall sports, rescheduling a canceled game or event is not hard, but that’s not the case for football.

Their season is nine games in nine weeks, making rescheduling almost impossible without sacrificing a different game on the schedule.

Football coaches are trying and move games up north so they can be sure to play in safer conditions.

“When you go inside, depending on ventilation, you could be stuck in that same smoke from outside and inside, which means you’re not able to play volleyball as well. So, it effects cross country, it effects volleyball, and soccer, and football, so anytime there’s that much smoke, no one is immune to it,” Assistant Executive Director at the OSAA, Kyle Stanfield said.

Stanfield says these smoky conditions in the fall are not new.

He also mentioned the health and safety of the players is always the number one priority.

Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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