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OSAA adopts spectator conduct rules for high school events

A word to the wise to high school sports spectators next season: Watch your mouth.

At its executive board meeting last week, the Oregon School Activities Association adopted a handful of proposals from its spectator conduct committee.

Among the proposals adopted was one that makes it a violation of OSAA rules for spectators to "... use vulgar/offensive or racially/culturally offensive language."

Another proposal requires that, "All cheers, comments and actions shall be in direct support of your team. No cheers, comments or actions shall be directed at your opponent or the contest officials. Some examples of inappropriate conduct or actions that will not be allowed: turning backs, holding up newspapers or jeering at the cheerleaders during opposing team introductions; disrespecting players by name, number or position; negative cheers or chants; throwing objects on the floor."

In other action, the board:

Adopted a concussion management board policy that prohibits athletes from participating if they exhibit signs of a concussion after a blow to the head or have been diagnosed with a concussion. Athletes can't participate afterward until they are free from post-concussive symptom and are released to participate by a health-care professional.

Adopted a proposal to create a moratorium week beginning Aug. 2-8 in 2009, during which there will be no high school facility use by administrators, coaches and students, and no contact between administrators, coaches and students.

Adopted a proposal from Class 6A athletic directors to increase the team size maximum for 6A schools effective this fall. In football, for example, Class 6A schools can have a maximum of 60 players in uniform instead of 50.

South Eugene's Elstrott signs with Western Washington

South Eugene's Sophie Elstrott, who won the Class 6A Southwest Conference girls golf individual championship last week, has signed a letter of intent to play for Western Washington University in Bellingham next season.

Elstrott, a 2007 Junior America Cup team member, also was named to the 2008 North Pacific Junior Team. She is part of a recruiting class that includes Alexandria Taylor of Sammamish, Wash.

"We're very excited to have these girls become a part of our program," Vikings coach Bo Stephan said last week. "They are both great students and will play a big part in the future of women's golf at Western."

Winterstein, Langeliers earn baseball honors at George Fox

Former North Eugene High School baseball standout Dan Winterstein and Pleasant Hill product Preston Langeliers of George Fox University were honored last week when the Northwest Conference all-star teams were announced.

Winterstein made the all-league second team and Langeliers was honorable mention for the Bruins, who open play in the NCAA Division III baseball playoffs today in Abiline, Texas, against Trinity University.
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Title Annotation:PrepWeek
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 14, 2008
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