Michigan High Schools Sports Return with Latest COVID-19 Rules
So Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services relaxed some of the Coronavirus safety protocols that were previously in place, allowing high schools and college to resume in-person learning
With that comes changes in high school sports as well. according to WZZM, the change in the announcement from MDHHS means that the Michigan High School Sports Athletics Association says they'll resume the fall high school sports tournaments, but with no spectators allowed..
According to the news outlet, the schools are allowed to start practice on Monday, December 21st. The actual Regional Finals will start on January 2nd.
As for Girls Volleyball, and Girls swimming and diving will still be allowed to do tournament play according to WZZM and MHSAA,
The MHSAA’s Football, Girls Volleyball and Girls Swimming & Diving teams and individuals still participating in tournament play will be allowed to do so as part of an MDHHS pilot rapid testing program designed to gain insight and collect data on the spread of COVID-19 as the MDHHS plans to provide expanded rapid testing availability to schools in January.
The following are the recommendations from the MHSAA according to WZZM 13,
- The Football Playoffs will begin again Saturday, Jan. 2, with Regional Finals for 11-player teams and Semifinals for 8-player teams. The 8-player championship games in both divisions and all 11-player Semifinals will be played the following Saturday, Jan. 9. The football season will conclude with the 11-Player Finals in all divisions the weekend of Jan. 15-16. All Semifinals in both 11 and 8-player will be played at home sites. Sites for championship games will be finalized soon and posted to the MHSAA website.
- The Girls Volleyball Tournament will begin again with Quarterfinals on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Semifinals and Finals will be played from Jan. 7-9 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
- The Girls Swimming & Diving Finals with return with its three Lower Peninsula Finals competed during the weekend of Jan. 15-16 with one division at each of three locations. Diving would be completed on Jan. 15, with swimming the following day.