MHSAA Moves Football to Spring
The Michigan High School Athletic Association and its Representative Council announced Friday that its fall 2020 football season has been moved to spring 2021, citing football’s higher risk for spreading COVID-19.
All other fall sports will proceed as scheduled.
Details for the spring football season will announced in the upcoming months.
Volleyball and soccer are considered moderate-risk for virus spread, while cross country, golf, tennis and swimming and diving are considered low-risk. Competitions for golf and tennis programs can begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, while cross country competitions can start on Friday, Aug. 21.
“At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said in a statement. “But while continuing to connect with the Governor’s office, state health department officials, our member schools’ personnel and the Council, there is just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to play football this fall.
“No one is willing to take the risk of COVID being passed on because of a high-risk sport. Decisions have to be made on our other sports as well, but none of those carry the same close, consistent, and face-to-face contact as football.”
The MHSAA’s Representative Council will meet again next week to discuss volleyball, soccer and swimming and diving seasons.