The Michigan High School Athletic Association plans to keep the traditional schedule for fall sports, with the awareness that a contingency plan may need to come into play.
Acknowledging that the future is unknown, the MHSAA said “That contingency plan could mean that higher-risk sports would be postponed to later in the school year. If all Fall sports must be suspended, they will be rescheduled during a reconfigured calendar that would see Winter sports begin in November followed by the conclusion of Fall and Spring seasons potentially extending into July 2021.”
High-risk sports include football, girls’ volleyball, girls’ swimming & diving, and boys soccer because they include athletes in close contact or are played indoors. According to MHSAA, “Moving only selected Spring sports, like all low-risk to Fall, was not considered sound because it would force student-athletes to pick between sports they’ve previously played.”
The MHSAA Representative Council will meet again on July 29th. Football practices are scheduled to begin August 10th, with other sports following on August 12th.
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland