MHSAA issues statement after extension of COVID-19 restrictions

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services made the decision earlier today to extend their round of current COVID-19 restrictions, which includes high school sports.

Had the restrictions expired without an extension, high school football and volleyball playoffs would have been scheduled to resume December 15; winter sports practices would have resumed on December 9 with game play scheduled to begin in early January.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association plans to meet soon to re-evaluate their plans.

“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.”

“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.”

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