MHSAA Releases Guidelines for Football Practice
With the 2020 high school football season set to begin in just over a week when preseason camps commence, the Michigan High School Athletic Association has released a new set of guidelines.
The week of Aug. 10-16 is referred to as “Acclimatization Week.” As part of its COVID-19 guidelines, the MHSAA has prohibited scrimmages and practice sessions between other schools this year.
What is allowed for the Week of Aug. 10:
- Agility equipment: Bags, ropes, balls, boxes, chutes and gauntlet machines
- Hand shields/ hand-held dummies
- Blocking and tackling sleds
- Skill work can include 7-on-7, handoffs, quarterback-center exchanges, etc.
- Any team, group or positional meetings should be held outdoors with physical distancing or be held virtually until indoor facilities are open
- Sanitize equipment as frequently as possible during practice sessions
- No single practice session should exceed three hours
- Total practice time for days with multiple practice sessions should not exceed five hours
What is NOT allowed for the Week of Aug. 10:
- Shoulder pads
- Lower body pads with football pants