Activities, Athletics and Sports
Executive Director: Tom Welter
Web Link: http://www.ossa.org
About the OSAA
The OSAA is a non-profit, board-governed organization comprised of its member schools, both private and public. The OSAA is dedicated to ensuring equitable competition for Oregon high school students through OSAA-sponsored events. The foundation for that goal lies in a belief that no school, team or individual should be treated as any more or less than another.
OSAA standardized rules of eligibility and competition, and put in place a standard of education regarding participation in interscholastic activities. Administered equally and fairly, OSAA policies strive to allow no one school to outweigh its brethren.
Mission of the OSAA
The mission of the OSAA is to serve member schools by providing leadership and state coordination for the conduct of interscholastic activities, which will enrich the educational experiences of high school students. The OSAA will work to promote interschool activities that provide equitable participation opportunities, positive recognition and learning experiences to students, while enhancing the achievement of educational goals.
History of the OSAA
In 1918, a corps of high school administrators met to establish rules on age, amateurism, attendance and scholarship. The resulting action was the formation of the Oregon State High School Athletic Association.
In 1947, the name was changed to the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) to reflect the widening scope of activities, which included more than sports. Today, the OSAA sponsors 116 state championships for students competing in 19 interscholastic activities. We are a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.
How the OSAA Succeeds
Like any team, the OSAA must work together with schools, businesses and concerned individuals to bring quality endeavors to Oregon students.
The efforts take time and dollars. The OSAA raises its revenues from three main avenues: interscholastic championship events, membership fees, and corporate sponsorship.