UPDATE (4/3/20) – The Michigan High School Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons, in compliance with the Thursday (April 2) “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closing school buildings and moving education online for the remainder of the school year to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
For more information and to read the press release from the MHSAA, please click here.
UPDATE (3/24/20) – The MHSAA has extended its suspension of activities in all sports for all seasons through Monday, April 13, to fall in line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s school closure and “stay home, stay safe” orders to deter the spread of COVID-19. All athletic activities to be halted include practices, scrimmages and competitions/games, as well as strength training, conditioning and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports.
With the recent announcement from Governor Whitmer to close all Michigan schools the Crawford Ausable School District in partnership with the Michigan High School Athletic Association has decided to cancel all athletic related activities until Monday, April 6th.
The big question that we are all wondering is what does this mean for our spring sports seasons. At this time all athletic activities including spring sports and any sports currently working on off-season programming are on hold until we return back to school on Monday, April 6th. There will be no practices, contests, volunteer strength/conditioning sessions, etc. allowed during this time. We are entering unprecedented times and right now it is hard to understand or comprehend everything that is going on.
The following is a statement from MHSAA Executive Director, Mark Uyl in regards to the suspension of all athletic activities…
“By suspending all sports activities for the next three weeks, we are taking an additional step to maintain safety and minimize risk first, and also keep a level playing field for our schools and teams during this time of uncertainty,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “A number of schools across the state already were making this decision, and setting this as the standard across our membership is appropriate especially given the quick pace with which this situation is continuing to evolve. Given the rapid, fast-moving and unprecedented events of this week, the MHSAA will use the time during this all-sport suspension of activities to evaluate all options and next steps which will be shared with schools in a timely manner.”
Coaches will be having minimal contact with athletes during this time frame as they have been instructed to not hold any practices, strength/conditioning sessions, etc. Our athletes are encouraged to keep working on their skills and maintain their conditioning on their own without coaches planning, organizing and/or attending them. The primary goal of this closure is to keep the contact among each other to a minimum to help contain and not increase the risk of us being exposed to the Coronavirus.
It is going to be a long and trying three weeks for all of us but I trust and believe that each and everyone of our athletes will keep themselves conditioned and ready to go once we are allowed to continue athletic activities. My ultimate goal is to minimize the amount of events that we lose due to these cancellations but the health and safety of our student-athletes must come first. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns during this break.
For more information and updates from the MHSAA in regards to the Coronavirus please click here.
Thanks and see you in three weeks!!!
GHS Athletic Director