Linn County high schools explain plans for sports under moderate risk level

Moving from high to moderate risk means high school sports can allow a limited number of spectators.

Posted: Feb 24, 2021 6:26 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2021 9:45 PM

LINN COUNTY, Ore. -- Lebanon and Sweet Home high schools explained their plans for sports under the moderate risk category on Wednesday.

"We get 150 for outdoor venues now," Lebanon High School Athletics Director Keith Pantling said.

But Sweet Home High School Athletics Director Nate Tyler said that depending on the sport, this doesn't make a big difference.

"For football, we're limited to 150. But about 100 of that is going to be made up of teams and game management. So that only opens up about 50 spots," Tyler said. "For volleyball, having 100 people in the gym now. We're going to have opportunities now to have family and friends watch."

Pantling said the limited number of spots makes it difficult to send invitations.

"You have the issue of which parents are you gonna say yes to and which parents are you gonna say no to. You have to be equitable," Pantling said.

Both athletic directors said the number of students participating in sports went down during the pandemic. 

Sweet Home High School soccer player Katie Robeck explained what games and practice have been like.

"It's been a lot of cancellations. You're gonna get to play, we're gonna have to push it back a little. So it's a lot of getting your hopes up," Robeck said. "It's kind of awkward to play for an empty stadium."

Robeck also said what it means to have crowds back on the bleachers.

"Just to have parents and a few people come out and watch is actually a lot of help," Robeck said.

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