On Sunday evening, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced wide-ranging restrictions to help fight the spread of COVID-19, and part of those restrictions will impact high school sports in Michigan.
According to Whitmer, high school sports will be paused for three weeks.
Following Whitmer’s press conference, MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl made the decision to suspend high school sports for the next three weeks. Included amongst the sports which have been suspended are football and volleyball.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended its Fall tournaments for girls volleyball, girls swimming & diving and football, and all winter practices and competitions scheduled to begin over the next three weeks per the emergency order to pause activity announced Sunday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The volleyball and swimming & diving tournaments have one week remaining, with MHSAA Finals for both previously scheduled for Nov. 21. The 11 and 8-Player Football Playoffs also are nearing their conclusions, with the 8-player postseason two games from completion and 11-player down to its final three rounds.
Executive Director Mark Uyl:
“We understand the need for action, and we will explore all options to complete our Fall tournaments when restrictions are lifted. We will assess everything over the next three weeks relative to Fall and Winter sports and come up with a plan that keeps us connected to our goal, for months, of having three seasons that are played to their conclusions.”