MSHSL - fall sports
Pat Sweeney | Aug 4, 2020 AT 12:36 pm
The Minnesota State High School League has pushed this fall's football and volleyball seasons to next spring because of coronavirus concerns. The league also decided Tuesday that soccer and individual fall sports can start practice on time on Aug. 17. All seasons will be shorter.
High school football and volleyball would shift to a new “fourth season” starting in March.
The board also discussed moving the girls' and boys' soccer seasons but instead approved resuming the sport on time. A decision on postseason play will be made later.
Motions to play football and volleyball in the fall failed.
The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors has decided to move the football and volleyball seasons from the fall to the spring because of COVID-19. The League will also go to a four-season plan for the coming school year.
At its meeting today (Tue) to decide the fate of fall sports, the board voted to allow football and volleyball to hold practices this fall, but no games until spring.
The board also decided that football will have no scrimmages, a shorter season and fewer games. A post-season plan is still to be determined.
Meanwhile, soccer, cross-country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving have been approved for the fall with restrictions.
According to a spokesman, the MSHSL in 2020-21 will have fall and winter seasons as scheduled, with the spring season from mid-March to mid-May, and a summer season from May until early July. Traditional spring sports will move to the summer schedule.
In addition, the board said
spring sports that lost their seasons last spring will be allowed to hold
practices this fall.