Fall sports to be “phased in” with additional guidelines

Quinn Newhouse, Sports Editor

Today, July 29, 2020, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) announced their decision to “phase-in” fall sports. This means teams can begin holding practices on their scheduled start date, Aug. 12. The exception being football, for which players can begin conditioning practices without equipment on Aug. 10, and use full player pads starting the week of Aug. 17. Girls’ volleyball as well as swimming and diving practices will be contingent on the reopening of indoor gatherings areas since these sports typically rely on these spaces for practice. Moderate-risk sports — soccer, football, field hockey and volleyball — will have all competitive events delayed until further notice. Decisions regarding competitions for these sports will be announced by Aug. 20. MHSAA also announced that scrimmages will be eliminated until further notice. 

MHSAA Executive Director, Mark Uyl, stated in a press release, “The easy way out would be to postpone all activity to next spring, and we are not taking the easy way out. But we will make wise decisions based on medical guidance.” 

In the end, the final say will be up to AAPS as to how it all works.