MHSAA gives go-ahead for summer activities

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association updated guidelines for reopening school sports on Tuesday.

The update came after Governor Gretchen Whitmer lifted the stay-at-home order on Monday.

MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said member schools can begin summer activities at school facilities as long as two conditions are met: First, school administration has announced school facilities are open to students and staff. Second, the academic school year (last day of online instruction/exams) has ended.

Uyl also said indoor facilities, including gyms and weight rooms, remain closed. Competition is not yet allowed because of social distancing.

Balls may be used among participants, but participants should clean such common equipment as permitted and “continue to maintain proper hygiene and social distance.”

Uyl said schools are on step two for outdoor activities, which allows gatherings of up to 100 people. Indoor activities are on step one, with gatherings of 10 or fewer.

“We were excited and encouraged by Governor Whitmer’s announcements Monday,” Uyl said. “The opportunity for outside gatherings of up to 100 allowed us to rework a number of guidelines that we had published Friday as part of the MHSAA/NFHS reopening document. Our schools have been cautiously eager to take this long-awaited first step. We will continue to provide updates in accordance with the Governor’s directives for reopening the state, always prioritizing safety for all involved in school sports programs.”


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