Chargers News · MHSAA Update 1/13

Here is initial guidance to schools based on today’s announcement and release of the updated MDHHS order:

  • No changes have been made to the three remaining fall sports in the MDHHS pilot rapid testing program; since the updated order goes into effect on Saturday, the two fall non-contact sports of girls swimming & diving and volleyball must continue with testing this week.
  • Winter teams may continue with OUTDOOR conditioning activities through Friday, Jan. 15.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, the following changes go into effect for school sports:

  • The non-contact winter sport of swimming and diving- boys in the LP and both boys and girls in the UP- may begin practices on Jan. 16 and compete starting on Jan. 22.
  • The non-contact sports of bowling and gymnastics may begin practice on Jan. 16 and compete starting on Jan. 25.
  • The four winter contact sports as defined by MDHHS include basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling.  These four sports may begin indoor practices with no physical contact on Jan. 16.  There must be at least 6 feet of distance between each occupied workout station with spaces and activities set up to maintain 6 feet between all persons at all times.
  • Based on the order, the first day of competition would be on Feb. 1 for these 4 sports with new MHSAA tournament dates.  We will provide updated MHSAA tournament dates for these four winter sports by the end of this week.
  • The MHSAA will continue to actively advocate for an earlier start to competition and physical contact practices in these sports given the non-school sports activity within our state, and the school and non-school activity in our three bordering states, all include competition now in winter sports, including wrestling.
  • Spring sports and fall sports not involved in the MDHHS pilot testing program may begin indoor 4-player workouts and resume conditioning activities on Jan. 16.  Note that all of this out-of-season activity must be NON-PHYSICAL CONTACT work at this time.
  • Masks are required of all participants except when actively participating in swimming & diving and gymnastics.
  • School weight rooms are now open for lifting and conditioning with physical distancing and NO PHYSICAL CONTACT activities and masks being worn at all times.