MHSAA to meet, reevaluate plan for fall, winter sports

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 16:23:15-05

(WXYZ) -- The Michigan High School Athletic Association says it will meet this week to reevaluate plans to finish fall sports and restart winter sports.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday an extension of current COVID-19 restrictions, which include high school sports.

“We realize the crisis our medical caregivers and first responders are navigating and understand the need to continue the pause," MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said in a release. "However, the MHSAA had provided a detailed plan to both Governor Whitmer and MDHHS that would have completed fall tournaments with no spectators as safely as possible during the month of December along with allowing winter sport practices to resume."

Under the MHSAA's previous plan, football and volleyball playoffs would have resumed December 15, and Lower Peninsula swimming and diving finals would have been held December 22-23. Winter sports practices would have resumed December 9, with games beginning January 4.

"While we are disappointed in today’s announcement, we will continue to look forward as we remain committed to play three sports seasons to their conclusion," said Uyl. "The MHSAA Representative Council will meet on Wednesday of this week to chart out another plan for finishing Fall and restarting Winter.”