Lakers News · Latest MHSAA Announcement Regarding Winter Sports

Here is the latest from the MHSAA which came out just before Christmas.

Dear MHSAA Community,

First of all, Happy Holidays to you and your families.  The year of 2020 has been unlike any other time in our lives and we want each of you to know how much your efforts since March have been appreciated.

The Representative Council met earlier today and has the following updates.

Completion of Fall Sports

As was shared with you last Friday, the MDHHS created a rapid testing pilot program for the three remaining fall tournaments to finish in early to mid-January.  Details on this program were first shared with the MHSAA and fall schools on Dec. 22 which has created a number of questions and logistical issues.  This is a new MDHHS program with details being created and shared daily with the MHSAA, and this has created changes to tournament dates that were shared with schools last Friday.  We are continuing to work through the details, questions and issues with the involved fall schools and we will share finalized plans/dates soon.

Winter Sports Planning

Under current MDHHS emergency orders, winter practices may begin on Jan. 16.  The first day of competition is Friday, Jan. 22 for basketball, bowling, ice hockey and boys swimming & diving. In competitive cheer, gymnastics and wrestling, the first day of competition is Monday, Jan. 25.   Know that if current orders are amended that allow practice activity prior to Jan. 16, first days of practice and first days of competition would be moved up accordingly.  If current orders further delay activity beyond Jan. 16, the MHSAA staff and Representative Council will devise updated plans that address both winter and spring sports.  This flexible planning has been required of us all since June, and we will continue to advocate for all kids in all seasons with our continued goal of three seasons played to completion.  Remember that skiing is able to proceed now.

The season limits of competition remain unchanged for all winter sports, and the weekly limits of competition also remain unchanged in all sports except for these two modifications for 20-21 in ice hockey and wrestling. In ice hockey, teams may play two games on one non-school day a maximum of two times during the season.  When the two games/one day option is used, ice hockey teams could play 4 games (on three dates) in those two weeks.  For high school wrestling, teams and individuals are allowed two days of competition in a week.  Remember that all regular season wrestling competition is limited to 4 teams at a site (3 matches per student per day of competition).  For middle school wrestling, one day of competition in a week is allowed. Again, all regular season wrestling competition is limited to 4 teams at a site (3 matches per student per day of competition). Schools and/or leagues may elect to play fewer games or use fewer days of competitions

The following winter tournament dates are below for your scheduling purposes which assumes a Jan. 16 (or earlier) start to winter seasons.  Further delays beyond Jan. 16 would require changes to the dates below along with possible modifications to spring dates.

Boys and Girls Basketball
Girls Districts- March 8, 10 and 12; Boys Districts- March 9, 11 and 13
Girls Regionals- March 16 and 18; Boys Regionals on March 17 and 19
Girls QF, Semifinals and Finals- March 22 (QF), March 24 (Semifinals- 2 Sites) and March 26 (Finals)
Boys QF, Semifinals and Finals- March 23 (QF), March 25 (Semifinals- 2 Sites) and March 27 (Finals)

Finals- March 26-27
Regionals- March 19-20

Competitive Cheer
Finals- March 19-20
Regionals- March 13
Districts- March 5-6

Finals- March 26-27
Regionals- March 20

Ice Hockey
Finals- March 25-27
Regionals- March 15-20

Boys Swimming & Diving
Finals- March 26-27
Dive Regionals- March 18
UP Swim & Dive Finals- Feb. 27

Individual Finals- March 26-27
Team Finals- March 19-20
Regional Week- March 8
District Week- March 1

We will continue to keep you updated as things continue to change with COVID restrictions and government orders.

Thank you.