State Senate, House Hold Hearings on Indoor Winter Contact Sports Restrictions
The Michigan Senate and House Oversight Committee held hearings Thursday morning to discuss the current restrictions on indoor winter contact sports.
Student-athletes, high school administrators, coaches and parents were among those to speak Thursday in Lansing.
The Senate adopted a resolution to urge Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to lift the suspension on high school and youth sports and to allow play to resume immediately.
As of now, competitive cheerleading, wrestling, basketball and hockey are waiting for competition to start on Feb. 21 after the current restrictions were extended last week.
— Jason Friday (@jfri45) January 28, 2021
Those in attendance Thursday argued that these four sports should return on Monday, Feb. 1. They pointed to the results from the COVID-19 testing used during the finals stages of the volleyball, football and swimming and diving postseasons where just 1.1% positivity was found in athletes tested.
Cheboygan boys basketball coach and athletic director Jason Friday was one of those who spoke Thursday.
“The worst part about all of this is the inconsistency with what MDHHS is doing,” he said. “I can be in a classroom of 30 kids, walk in the halls, play sports in gym class, be in locker rooms, be in a packed bus to and from school, but I have to stay six feet apart in practice and I can’t play games?”
Those in attendance also brought up the mental health of student-athletes, how students are permitted to take part in other extracurricular activities at school and the negative effect this has on spring sports.