MHSAA Announces Fall Sports to Start as Scheduled
The MHSAA announced on Friday that the fall sports season will begin as traditionally scheduled. There are some potential interruptions as well due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fall sports will start as scheduled, with football practices to begin on Aug. 10 and the rest of fall sports to begin on Aug. 12.
If the situation changes, fall practices and competitions could be delayed. If that happens, low-risk fall sports that can be played will be completed while higher-risk sports will be postponed to later in the school year. If fall sports are suspended, the schedule would change where fall and spring sports could potentially extend into July 2021. Winter sports would begin in November.
The MHSAA did consider swapping fall and spring sports, but decided against it due to high-risk sports in the spring as well. They did not want to make athletes choose between a fall or spring sport if they put the low-risk sports in the fall and the high-risk sports in the spring.
The plans will depend on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan. The MHSAA Representative Council will meet again on July 29 to discuss more of their plans. They will build more coronavirus-related policies for fall sports and will have those available once the season approaches.