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MHSAA restarts fall sports season, these schools are playing

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 3:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2020 at 8:02 AM EDT
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(WILX) - Immediately following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement of an executive order that permits gyms and pools to open at 25% capacity, as well team sports to resume with caution, the MHSAA announced the return of the fall sports season.

Football practices may resumed Tuesday, Sept. 8 while games may resume one week. Soccer, swimming and diving and volleyball are all underway.

The season will still be far from a normal one.

Not all schools that have canceled their seasons will necessarily return, and game schedules will be handled by individual schools.

The MHSAA released more details about the structure of football this year:

  • 6-game regular season schedule. All 11-man and 8-man football teams will make the state playoffs in the fall.
  • Practices with only helmets/shoulder pads on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 with full strength practices beginning on Sept. 10.
  • State finals pushed back one week for both 11-man and 8-man football.
  • Schools that opt out of the fall season can play in the spring, but there will be no state tournament in the spring.
  • Only two fans per player on the court/field will be allowed in the stands. This applies to all sports.

News 10 is working to verify the status of schools and districts regarding their plans for fall sports. To report what your district is doing, email: newstips@wilx.com.

The full announcement from the MHSAA can be viewed HERE.

So far WILX News 10 has heard back from a few of the schools who will be deciding if they will play fall sports or not. We’ll update our list as we gain more information.

  • Bath - Playing fall sports.
  • Bellevue - Announcement incoming. Per their Facebook page: “We will be starting football Practice at 5pm on Tuesday!! More information about the season will be given out Tuesday at practice.”
  • Charlotte - Unknown
  • Columbia - Unknown
  • Concord - Unknown
  • Dansville High School - Unknown
  • DeWitt - Fall sports resuming with precautions in place.
  • East Jackson - Unknown
  • East Lansing - Unknown
  • Grass Lake - No decision yet. “Reviewing all participation opportunities.”
  • Grand Ledge - Unknown
  • Haslett - Playing all fall sports. “All mandates in the Executive Order and guidelines issued by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) will be strictly followed, including a new mandate requiring facial coverings to be worn except when swimming.”
  • Hanover-Horton - Playing all fall sports. “We are planning on following the guidance from the MHSAA and will resume our athletic programs.”
  • Jackson - Looking over the Governor’s executive order and the MHSAA’s decision. Will have a decision Tuesday.
  • Lansing - Unknown
  • Lansing Catholic - Unknown
  • Laingsburg - Unknown
  • Leslie - Unknown
  • Perry - Unknown
  • Pewamo-Westphalia - Unknown
  • Portland St. Patrick - Unknown
  • Stockbridge - Unknown
  • Webberville - Unknown
  • Portland - Unknown
  • Lansing Christian - Unknown
  • Mason - Unknown
  • Michigan Center - Unknown
  • Napoleon - Unknown
  • Northwest High School - Playing fall sports.
  • Okemos - Playing fall sports. “We’ll transition into allowed activities as we get safety precautions in place.”
  • Ovid-Elsie - Unknown
  • Potterville - Unknown
  • Springport - Likely to field some teams, unsure which yet.
  • St. Johns - Unknown
  • Stockbridge - “Will follow MHSAA guidance for fall sports.”
  • Vandercook Lake - Playing in all fall sports. “We will have JV, Varsity and Middle School Volleyball, as well as Varsity and Middle School Football and Sideline Cheer to go along with the teams that are already competing Girls Golf, Middle School and High School Cross Country.”
  • Waverly - Unknown
  • Western - Playing all fall sports.

This is a breaking news story. WILX News 10 is working to get more details on this story and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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