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MHSAA announces updates for fall, winter schedules

The Michigan High School Athletic Association recently announced plans for a restart to the fall sports schedule as well as an updated plan for the 2021 winter sports season.

On Tuesday, the MHSAA announced a schedule adjustment to conclude the 2020 fall sports tournaments. Due to requirements for a pilot rapid testing program from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and upcoming direction within the next week, the MHSAA suspended practices for football, volleyball and girls swimming and driving.

Teams in those sports had previously been allowed to resume practice on Monday.

Fall teams still participating in tournaments are expected to receive rapid antigen tests and instruction next week and the MDHHS will instruct schools on how to administer the tests next week as well.

At the earliest, teams will be allowed to restart practice on Dec. 30.

On Wednesday, the MHSAA announced an adjusted schedule for winter sports, which may restart under current MDHHS orders on Jan. 16.

The first competitions for winter sports will be as follows: Jan. 22 for basketball, bowling, hockey and swimming and driving; Jan. 25 for cheer, wrestling and gymnastics.

The postseason schedule for winter sports is as follows:

Girls Basketball

Districts–March 8, 10 and 12

Regionals–March 16 and 18

Quarterfinals–March 22

Semifinals and Finals–March 24 and March 26

Boys Basketball

Districts–March 9, 11, and 13

Regionals–March 17 and 19

Quarterfinals–March 23

Semifinals and Finals: March 25 and March 27

Bowling

Regionals: March 19-20

Finals: March 26-27

Cheer

Districts: March 5-6

Regionals: March 13

Finals: March 19-20

Gymnastics

Regionals: March 20

Finals: March 26-27

Hockey

Regionals: March 15-20

Finals: March 25-27

Swimming And

Diving

UP Finals: Feb. 27

LP Regionals: March 18

LP Finals: March 26-27

Wrestling

District Week: March 1

Regional Week: March 8

Team Finals: March 19-20

Individual Finals: March 26-27

The MHSAA’s Representative Council also approved one-year changes to competition for hockey and wrestling. Hockey teams are allowed to play two games on one non-school days on two dates this season–four games total are allowed under this format.

Wrestling teams area allowed two days of competition per week this season with competition limited to four teams per site and three matches per wrestler per day of competition.

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