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:
Districts–March 8, 10 and 12
Regionals–March 16 and 18
Semifinals and Finals–March 24 and March 26
Districts–March 9, 11, and 13
Regionals–March 17 and 19
Semifinals and Finals: March 25 and March 27
Regionals: March 19-20
Finals: March 26-27
Districts: March 5-6
Regionals: March 13
Finals: March 19-20
Regionals: March 20
Finals: March 26-27
Regionals: March 15-20
Finals: March 25-27
UP Finals: Feb. 27
LP Regionals: March 18
LP Finals: March 26-27
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.