Confirmed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), the 2020 fall sports season is expected to start on time as originally scheduled, and will not be moved to Spring 2021.
The MHSAA board met virtually on July 15, to discuss about moving forward with the season as scheduled. They will meet again on July 29 for more further discussion.
“Our student-athletes just want to play, and we’ve gone far too long without them playing. But doing so safely, of course, remains the priority,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said in the post link above. “Our plan moving forward is Fall in the Fall, starting on time. We’re excited to continue moving forward to bring back sports safely. It’s important for keeping students in our schools and keeping students in our sports programs.”
This came after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ‘strongly encouraged’ the MHSAA to have the fall high school sports season to be moved to Spring 2021 in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and as a suggestion from the governor’s Safe Start Plan.
As of present day, only two regions (the Upper Peninsula and Mackinaw/Traverse City areas) are in Phase 5, while the rest of the state is in Phase 4.
Practice sessions for high school football is expected to start on Monday, August 10, while other fall sports can start practice on Wednesday, August 12.
The sports that are slated for the 2020 fall seasons include boys and girls’ cross country, girls volleyball, football, and boys’ (Lower Peninsula) and girls’ tennis (Upper Peninsula).