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MSHSL moves forward with fall sports, volleyball & football pushed to spring

Updated: August 04, 2020 10:35 PM

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has decided to move forward with the start date of August 17 for most fall sports.

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In a virtual board of directors meeting, the league voted to allow individual sports. Girls tennis, cross country, and girls swimming and diving have been cleared to play this fall with shorter seasons and fewer events and teams allowed at each event.

Cross country events have been limited to three teams per event, tennis and swimming and diving have been limited to two teams and all three sports are limited to playing in 1-2 contests per week.

The board also voted unanimously to start soccer practices on Aug. 17, but the season will look a bit different. The board voted to reduce the season by 20%, reduce the in number of competitions by 30%, no scrimmages will be allowed, and only 1-2 games will be played per week. Decision on postseason events have yet to be determined.

After multiple votes and a lengthy discussion, the board voted to not have student-athletes play volleyball in the fall. The board voted to shift the season to the spring season. The new start date would be March 15. The MSHSL plans to go with a new "four-season" plan for 2020-21. Fall and winter will go on as scheduled, spring would take place from mid-March to mid-May, and summer would go from May until early July. The traditional spring sports will move to summer schedule.

Football will also not be played this fall in Minnesota. The board voted to move the season to spring with no scrimmages, a shorter season, and fewer games. A decision on the postseason has yet to be determined.

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