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MHSAA says plan is to play all fall sports

LANSING — After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the “Return to School Roadmap” on June 30, the MHSAA announced that its current plan is to play all scheduled fall sports in the fall.  
     Executive director Mark Uyl also said the association will do “everything within our control to safely have all three high school sports seasons in 2020-21, even if conditions change that would require creativity to provide those three seasons. We owe it to our kids to plan this way, especially during these uncertain days of the pandemic.”
Uyl said contingency planning has been ongoing since March and this continues with the release of the Return to School Roadmap. One possible contingency for consideration could be a swap of fall and spring sports as there are concerns with indoor sports (volleyball and girls swimming and diving) being able to be conducted in the fall, along with differing views on football.   
    Over the coming days, the MHSAA will meet virtually with the leadership of the fall sport coaches associations and Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association representatives on a sport-by-sport basis to provide updates, exchange ideas and receive feedback and input from these leaders. This membership-driven feedback and input will be an important part of the MHSAA’s planning and decision making.
     Circumstances, data and decisions made at the professional and collegiate ranks with their set fall schedules, along with high school associations in other states, will be valuable and instructive over the next few weeks in finalizing MHSAA plans for the fall, Uyl said.
“We understand that schools need lead time to plan, and final decisions will be made by late July. It is a challenging balance in waiting as long as possible to have the most current, accurate picture and data points of the probable August situation while also giving everyone involved lead time to adequately prepare and plan.   
“The only certainty we have had since March is the need to be flexible and nimble in light of the public health situation and its ever-changing impact on schools. We will continue to communicate with all involved over the next few weeks as fall details are finalized for our member schools, students, coaches, officials and school communities.”