'Fluid' situation about a new start date for high school sports

Shocking video shows high school football player in Texas attack referee
Posted at 6:03 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:03:06-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association says it is talking with the new state health director to try to get winter high school sports back in the game.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer paused the sports until February 21 but allowed bars and restaurants to reopen on Monday. There is growing speculation that could soon be changed.

A group called Let Them Play has also been leading a campaign. A rally is planned for Saturday at the state capitol in Lansing.

Twice last year students, parents, and supporters held rallies in Lansing to allow sports to continue.

Mark Uyl, Executive Director of the MHSAA, said during a Zoom news conference COVID tests of 5,300 students, coaches, and cheerleaders this fall showed only a 1% positivity rate.

He said everybody understood the new lockdowns put in place in November with numbers in Michigan going up. Uyl also said the testing in November increased to 30,000 in schools with a .02% positivity rate.

Uyl also points out that 38 states including Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin are playing high school sports.

Boys and girls basketball, wrestling, competitive cheerleading, and hockey remain on hold for practices and games.