May 19, 2013
What is the OSAA?
In 1918, administrators from 36 Oregon high schools met in Portland to discuss how best to address their shared recognition of the need for consistent eligibility rules for high school athletes. They concluded that an organization was needed to coordinate and regulate high school interscholastic competition and agreed to establish the Oregon State High School Athletic Association. The name was changed to the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) in 1947 to reflect inclusion in the Association of activities outside of traditional athletics, such as choir, band, orchestra, solo music and speech.
Today the OSAA is a private, non-profit association comprised of 287 member high schools representing nearly 200 Oregon cities and communities. The Association is sanctioned by the Oregon State Board of Education every five years. The OSAA is governed by a twelve member Executive Board and a 34-member Delegate Assembly. Nearly 130,000 high school students participate in OSAA-sanctioned activities annually.
Each year the Association administers 80 State Championships in 19 separate activities by classification.
* = separate championship for boys and girls
For more information on the OSAA, go to www.osaa.org.
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