Hornets News · Fall & Winter Sports Update

Announcement from the MHSAA:

The MDHHS has announced a pilot testing program that will allow the three unfinished fall sport tournaments to resume under these new testing requirements.  The updated emergency orders continue the pause on all organized sports except those three fall MHSAA sports identified in the MDHHS pilot testing program.  This will allow those schools with teams still playing in MHSAA tournaments (volleyball and football) and individuals in LP girls swimming & diving (Finals qualifiers, only) to resume practice on Monday, Dec. 21.  All safety protocols remain in effect. The tournament schedules for these 3 fall sports are as follows:

  • Volleyball- Quarterfinals on Tuesday, Jan. 5;  Semifinals and Finals on Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 7-9 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
  • Swimming & Diving-  Finals on Friday, Jan. 15 (Diving) and Saturday, Jan. 16 (Swimming) at 3 locations.
  • Football- Regional Finals on Saturday, Jan. 2; Semifinals at home sites on Saturday, Jan. 9 ; Finals on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16.

All details on this pilot testing program will be shared by MDHHS with the MHSAA and those fall sports schools soon.

Unless new MDHHS orders are issued, all winter sports practices and competitions may start when the updated emergency orders expire on Jan. 15.  Only virtual contact is allowed for all sports in all member school facilities, except those fall sport schools and individuals still in the MHSAA tournament following the pilot testing program, at this time.  Schools and coaches should strongly discourage any non-school activity by individuals during this pause to not create more virus spread so that we can return to play.  All winter sport tournaments will conclude by the end of March and updated scheduling guidance and winter sport tournament dates will be finalized and shared with member schools next Tuesday, Dec. 22.  Note that the one outdoor winter sport, skiing, may begin outdoor practices and competition on Monday, Dec. 21 with no change to the published MHSAA Ski tournament dates.  All indoor junior high and middle school sports may also resume when the orders expire on Jan. 15.  All safety protocols remain in effect when winter practices and competitions resume.

At the current time, the updated MDHHS emergency orders do not allow for any spectators at contests for both fall and winter sports.