High School Sports Set To Resume In Michigan
The MHSAA announced that the fall tournaments and winter sports would restart after MDHHS restrictions were lifted last week.
High Schools were in the heart of the fall playoff schedule, and winter sports had just begun practices when the pause was put into effect by Michigan health officials. Everything changed when Michigan health officials announced that high schools and colleges could resume face to face learning after the end of the year. That sent the MHSAA into action to get the fall tournaments finished.
The MHSAA released a statement shortly after the announcement from Gov Whitmer that they would be completing the fall tournaments. The MHSAA also announced plans for a new testing program leading up to the restart.
The MHSAA’s Football, Girls Volleyball and Girls Swimming & Diving teams and individuals still participating in tournament play will be allowed to do so as part of an MDHHS pilot rapid testing program designed to gain insight and collect data on the spread of COVID-19 as the MDHHS plans to provide expanded rapid testing availability to schools in January.
There will be one major difference with the restart that has many people upset. There will be no fans allowed at any of the games. This has many parents upset, but this year it feels like there's been nothing to make everyone happy.
The schedule of the restart according to the MHSAA is listed below.
• The Football Playoffs will begin again Saturday, Jan. 2, with Regional Finals for 11-player teams and Semifinals for 8-player teams. The 8-player championship games in both divisions and all 11-player Semifinals will be played the following Saturday, Jan. 9. The football season will conclude with the 11-Player Finals in all divisions the weekend of Jan. 15-16. All Semifinals in both 11 and 8-player will be played at home sites. Sites for championship games will be finalized soon and posted to the MHSAA Website.
• The Girls Volleyball Tournament will begin again with Quarterfinals on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Semifinals and Finals will be played Jan. 7-9 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
• The Girls Swimming & Diving Finals with return with its three Lower Peninsula Finals competed during the weekend of Jan. 15-16 with one division at each of three locations. Diving would be completed Jan. 15, with swimming the following day.
Not all sports are restarting right away though. According to the MHSAA all indoor winter sports will remain paused until the order from the MDHHS is lifted on January 16th.
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