Due to unfortunate circumstances and the growing number of cases surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has officially cancelled the remainder of this year’s winter sports and the full spring sports season.
Their press release said this will be first full cancellation of any Finals for MHSAA since 1942-43 (during World War II).
The MHSAA has also stated that Governor Whitmer’s closure of all public and private schools was also what led to the cancellation.
“We are heartbroken to not be able to provide these opportunities for Michigan’s student-athletes, and especially seniors. We continue to hear from dozens asking us to hold out hope. But safety always must come first, and Governor Whitmer is making courageous decisions to safeguard the people of our state,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We understand as much as anyone how much school sports mean to athletes and their communities. We had ideas and hopes for finishing Winter and Spring and helping bring some sort of normalcy after this long break. But this is the correct decision, and we will play our part in bringing schools and communities together again when the time is right.”
“For now, we cannot state strongly enough that all students, staffs and others follow the guidelines established to slow the spread of this virus – we all must do our part,” Uyl added.
The MHSAA will be coming up with a plan in a few weeks to provide guidelines as they prepare for the upcoming 2020 offseason.