Whitmer: MHSAA should consider shuffling sports, including football to spring
High school football in the spring and track and field in the fall?
Well, that could well happen if Michigan High School Athletic Association officials seriously listen to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s advice.
“In Phase 4, students, teachers and staff have to use proper hygiene techniques before and after every practice, event or other gathering,”
With the start of high school practice a little more a month away, Whitmer talked Tuesday afternoon on the subject of high school sports as part of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.
Close-contact sports in the fall, especially football, along with other such sports as soccer and volleyball -— which is played inside — could be pushed to the spring with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full force and looking like it's going to remain through the fall.
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“Spectators are allowed to take part, provided that facial coverings are used, and they observe 6 feet of social distancing at all times. The Michigan High School Athletic Association and the National Federal of State High School Associations are continuing to develop guidance for how sports can be played safely, and so we’re calling on schools to follow those guidelines.
“I’m also calling on the Michigan High School Athletic Association to consider postponing fall sports that have the impossibility of social distancing that’s a part of them; consider moving those to the spring and running some of the more individualized sports like track and field or tennis or golf to the fall. I anticipate a decision coming from them somewhere around July 20 to 25. That’s what they’ve indicated.”