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MHSAA suspends all postseason events indefinitely over coronavirus concerns

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 15:08:46-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended all postseason events indefinitely, effective immediately, over coronavirus concerns.

On Thursday morning, the association said that all postseason events sponsored by MHSAA scheduled March 12-14 would continue as schedule with restricted attendance. This is a pause in the posteason, they said.

“Earlier today, the MHSAA has made the very difficult decision to suspend all of our winter tournaments, effective immediately. This is due to the new information we’ve received from the governor’s office, Health and Human Services, as well as being in contact with our superintendents group and principals group, as well as all of the other sports leagues, at various levels,” executive director Mark Uyl said in a video posted on the MHSAA website.

“This is a true and real public health crisis at this time, and we need to do what we can to help slow and mitigate the spread of this virus. More information will be coming in the next few days. Please understand that with our winter events, our athletes, our coaches, and our spectators, that this is a suspension of our winter tournaments. We just don’t have enough information at this time, and the information we do have is rapidly changing. So this suspension should give us time to see how the dust settles in a few days.”

As for spring sports, the association said that those decisions to conduct practices and hold competitions are being made at the local school level and parents should contact the school's athletic director.