2020 has dealt another low blow. The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced the postponement of the high school football season. The news is a heartbreaker for communities that have come together on Friday nights to cheer on the home teams as well as for the players and coaches who had already been putting in weeks of practices and preparations. But the news is no surprise in a year of cancellations and postponements.
Mark Uyl, Executive Director of MHSAA, explained in a video that football carries greater risks of sustained contact than other fall sports like soccer and golf, therefore, the difficult decision to postpone was made out of concern for the safety of the players. Emotions run high when it comes to high school football and in the video, Uyl gets emotional when he reveals that he is also the parent of a senior football player. He went on to say, “While this is tremendously disappointing, we will do everything possible to provide the best possible experience in the spring while adding football into the calendar.”
Michigan has over 34,000 high school student-athletes with over 600 teams affected. The move to spring will push other sports to summer.
Guidelines for volleyball and boys soccer are expected to be announced on August 19.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland