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Upper Michigan schools happy with MHSAA Fall sports announcement, awaiting official guidelines

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 3:34 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) -

High school athletics in Michigan are set to begin on time. This, according to the governing body, the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

"For us, knowing how important sports are to the development of youth and everything like that, we want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to safely have these seasons take place with an on time start this Fall," said Alex Tiseo, MSHS athletic director, and MHSAA council representative.

In a press release Friday morning, the MHSAA announced it will be moving forward with the Fall sports seasons as scheduled. This means football players will report for training on August 10, and all other fall sports on August 12. There will of course be plenty of guidelines in place to ensure the safety of players, coaches, officials, and fans.

"We're working with the MHSAA staff on developing a sport by sport return to play list of guidelines for schools to use," said Tiseo.

These guidelines include strict sanitation measures, social distancing rules, and mandatory mask wearing by fans, and possibly even coaches and referees.

"It is very much a week by week scenario, where we're taking a look at these things as they come through and evaluating, do we need to move to a potential fall back plan," said Tiseo.

Fall back plans include Upper Peninsula only seasons, eliminating play with opponents downstate and in Wisconsin. There is also still a possibility fall sports can be pushed back to the Spring. The MHSAA says this is a fluid process, and situations can likely change day by day.

“We’ll take their advice and guidance but at the end of the day, there’s a long time between now and the start of fall sports, so a lot could change,” said Bryan DeAugustine, superintendent The MHSAA will continue its guideline discussions, with another meeting scheduled for July 29.

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