The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that volleyball, boys soccer and girls swimming and diving competitions may begin in Regions 6 and 8 on Friday, Aug. 21.
Schools in Regions 6 and 8 – northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula – are permitted to host competitions.
Volleyball, boys soccer and girls swimming and diving programs in remaining regions (1-5, and 7) can continue outdoor practice, pending further executive orders from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but are unable to host events. Those teams can travel to Regions 6 and 8 for competition.
Cross country, girls golf and boys tennis seasons are underway throughout the entire state.
“Our Council has made clear it is ready to offer students these opportunities, pending approval from Governor Whitmer that we may do so,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said in a statement. “We have been told that within a week, future guidance will address athletic issues that exist in current executive orders. We are awaiting that guidance.
“The MHSAA and Representative Council are committed to following all current and future Executive Orders and safety precautions. However, we need more answers before we can give all of our member schools the go-ahead to play each other again, and the majority of our schools are in regions that are not yet allowed to take part in volleyball, soccer and swim.”
Attendance for volleyball events in Regions 6 and 8 will be limited to 250 people or 25% of a facility’s capacity. Indoor pools for Regions 6 and 8 will have a 25% capacity. Outdoor competitions in Regions 6 and 8 may have 500 people of 25% capacity. Capacity for all three sports includes all participants, officials and school and game personnel, media and fans.
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, all spring sport teams are allowed 16 voluntary, out-of-season contact dates with players and coaches until Saturday, Oct. 31. Football teams may schedule their contact days from Monday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 31.
Football athletes are permitted to participate in only one football season per academic year. Students who move out of the state to participate in football will not be permitted in the spring 2021 football season in Michigan.
The MHSAA plans to release a calendar for football in spring 2021 later this fall.
The MHSAA and its Representative Council are scheduled to meet again next week.
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