MSHSL Moves Football, Volleyball to Spring; Other Fall Sports to Start On Time

The Minnesota State High School League's Board of Directors voted to postpone the football and volleyball seasons to the spring.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – In a meeting that lasted throughout the morning and afternoon, the Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors voted to postpone the football and volleyball seasons to the spring. Boys and girls soccer, cross country, girls tennis, as well as girls swimming and diving will be played in the fall with practices starting on August 17th.

The vote to play football in the fall was defeated 12-6 as many of the board members felt it wouldn’t be safe and the chance to play a state tournament was highly unlikely. Schedules will be adjusted as the new “fourth season” will take place from mid-March to mid-May. Other changes to the schedule include no scrimmages, a 20% reduction in weeks and 30% reduction in games.

As for volleyball, the concern for the board was in regards to possibly having games be shutdown by the Minnesota Department of Health since it’s a sport that takes place indoors. Volleyball will also have a reduced schedule, no scrimmages or invitationals and only two teams per event. The MSHSL did vote to allow volleyball and football teams to hold practices during the fall.

In regards to the other fall sports, they will start on time on August 17th with limitations. Those sports include girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, cross country and girls swimming and diving. Those sports would see similar reductions in weeks and competitions. No more than three teams can be involved in cross country meets and no more than two teams can be involved in tennis and swimming, with no more than two events per week. Soccer will also be limited to two a maximum of two games per week with no scrimmages either.

For the traditional spring sports, like baseball and softball, their season will extend into the summer.

For a synopsis on the meeting, click here.

Categories: High School, Sports