MHSAA Announces Return of Fall Postseason with Enhanced Testing
The MHSAA announced on Friday that the high school fall sports postseason will return following the latest update from Governor Whitmer and the MDHHS. Teams can start practicing on Monday, Dec. 21.
On Friday, Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS released an updated gathering guidelines from Dec. 21 to Jan. 15, which included not allowing indoor sports and contact sports still. However, MDHHS director Robert Gordon said, “We will also be offering a new pilot program for fall sports, including contact sports, that use antigen tests in order to ensure safety as students complete high school fall championships.”
The high school football season will return on Jan. 2 with the 11-player regional finals and 8-player semifinals. The 11-player semifinals and 8-player championship games will be Jan. 9. The 11-player semis will be at home sites. The state championship games for 11-player football will be on Jan. 15 and 16. The locations for the state championship games will be finalized soon and posted to the MHSAA website.
The volleyball tournament will have quarterfinals on Jan. 5. Semifinals and Finals will be played from Jan. 7-9 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
The girls swimming & diving finals in the lower peninsula will be during the weekend of Jan. 15-16 with one division at each of three locations. Diving would be completed Jan. 15, with swimming the following day.
There will be no spectators allowed at the fall tournament events. All indoor winter sports remain on pause until Jan. 16 without the pilot rapid testing. Ski teams can practice on Monday, Dec. 21. The MHSAA Representative Council will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 22, to discuss plans for the rest of winter sports. All spring sports are expected to start on time.