COVID-19

Some high school sports will go on

MHSAA says everything but football can continue up north - volleyball, soccer, and swimming should stay outdoors in the rest of the state.

Everything but football is set to continue for high schools in the upper peninsula and northern lower peninsula. That’s according the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).

The group announced Thursday that they’re waiting on guidance from the state to decide on competitions for sports in the rest of the state but encouraged volleyball, soccer, and swimming teams to continue practices outdoors.

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“We decided that instead of shutting everything down and waiting for further executive orders, let’s continue to practice for the sake of the mental health of everybody involved,” said MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl, according to an article on MLive. “I just think for all of those social and emotional issues, it’s best to have our kids with their school coach and that’s what we’re doing.”

Last week, the MHSAA gave the go-ahead for cross country, girls golf and boys tennis to have competitions because those sports are considered at low risk of spreading COVID-19.

The group postponed the football season until spring 2021.

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