You know that saying, “You can’t teach size?” It’s an old cliche that coaches and media members love to throw around. It’s become an overused saying for a reason: It’s true.
T he MHSAA approved a plan Wednesday to pause fall sports and to push back winter sports until Dec. 9.
Fall sports such as volleyball and football are in their postseasons, and will take a hiatus in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 before finishing out the tournaments in early December.
Winter sports will be able to begin practicing on Dec. 9 if allowed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, with games scheduled to begin on Jan. 4.
“We understand where COVID numbers were trending, and that’s why we have been supportive of the order to pause,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “But these Fall sports deserve closure, and this strategy provides the best opportunities without further interruptions to a normal course of training and competition.
“A very small percentage of our teams remain active in our Fall tournaments, also limiting potential exposure to the virus across the state. Meanwhile, by waiting until January to begin winter competition, the Council is allowing our teams to continue activity but also restricting the mixing of communities to further promote reducing COVID spread.”
The MHSAA council will meet once more on Dec. 4 to discuss further adjustments for the winter season.
For the full MHSAA press release, click here.
If you’re reading this, tonight’s Iron Mountain-Gwinn district semifinal is still scheduled to be played, which is worth noting because few other teams in the state have had a more arduous experience attempting to take the field than the Mountaineers.