MSHSL APPROVES ALL WINTER SPORTS WITH 30 PERCENT CONTEST REDUCTION

The Minnesota State High School League met Thursday morning and approved all winter sports with a reduction of contests at 30 percent.  The story from the meeting is below. 

ATHLETIC CALENDAR FOR WINTER SPORTS-
At the start of the meeting, former Crookston Pirate Wrestling Coach and current Pierz High School Wrestling coach, Skip Toops, spoke to the board.  Toops said there isn’t a sport that is more prepared and safer than Wrestling to deal with COVID-19.  The coaches and athletes already have outstanding health and safety protocols and they have been doing contact tracing for years.

Return to Play Task Force Chair, Jill Johnson the Activities Director at Waconia, presented the information on the Winter sports seasons to the board.  She said the goal was to have minimal overlap between the fall and winter sports season and the winter and spring sports season.  She also said they wanted to make sure the spring sports would have a full season.

The MSHSL Board of Directors unanimously (17-0) approved a “Maximized” Winter Sports schedule.

A “Maximized” Winter Sports Season with a 30 percent reduction of games (same as fall sports).  Teams can have two contests per week.  In the last two weeks of the season, teams can have three events per week to get any postponed games in. Games/events will be against conference, section, and local teams.
Start dates are below –
November 9 – Dance
November 16 – Adapted Floor Hockey
November 23 – Boys Hockey and Boys Basketball
November 30 – Girls Hockey, Wrestling, Boys Swimming and Diving, Nordic and Alpine skiing.
December 7 – Girls Basketball and Girls Gymnastics

A decision on the Winter sports postseason will be made at the December 3 meeting.