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MHSAA announces updated protocols for winter sports

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Jan 13, 2021

(WXYZ) -- The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced plans Wednesday for restarting practice in sports classified as "contact" or "non-contact," following the latest epidemic order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Girls gymnastics, girls and boys bowling, and girls and boys swimming & diving - deemed “non-contact” sports - are allowed to resume practice January 16, with competition in swimming & diving scheduled to begin January 22 and gymnastics and bowling January 25.

Girls and boys skiing - classified as an outdoor non-contact sport - was allowed to begin in December.

Sports designated as "contact" - basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling - may begin non-contact practices January 16, with competitions scheduled to begin February 1.

“We will continue to adjust schedules to provide all of our winter teams as substantial an experience this season as possible, as part of our greater plan this school year to play all three seasons to conclusion," MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said in a release. “We have shown with our remaining Fall sports this month that our schools can participate safely, and we’re confident teams will continue to take all the appropriate precautions as we jump back into indoor Winter activities.”