Michigan high school basketball start date to be delayed after ‘non-contact sports’ decree – Detroit Free Press

There will be some more schedule shuffling for the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement on Wednesday, allowing indoor exercise classes and some non-contact this weekend, the MHSAA has released new information on how they will proceed with winter sports.

Boys and girls basketball, wrestling, hockey and competitive cheer can begin non-contact practice on Saturday. The expectation is to begin competitions for these sports on Feb. 1.

The MHSAA said it will adjust its state tournament schedules for these sports and announce new dates later this week. 

Competition for boys swimming and diving, girls swimming and diving in the Upper Peninsula, gymnastics, boys and girls bowling and remains on schedule. The swimming and diving will start Jan. 22 and the other sports Jan. 25.

Athletes must wear masks except when they are actively participating in the pool or in gymnastics. Fans, of which can’t exceed 100 people in a school gym or 250 in stadiums, must observe social distancing guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

“We are glad to have three more sports join skiing in returning to full activity, but we understand the disappointment and frustration on the part of our athletes and coaches whose sports are not yet able to restart completely,” MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said. “We will continue to adjust schedules to provide all of our winter teams as substantial an experience this season as possible, as part of our greater plan this school year to play all three seasons to conclusion.”

Two other winter sports, boys and girls skiing, have been in competition since December.

The state volleyball semifinals and finals, girls swimming and diving finals in the Lower Peninsula, football eight-man finals and 11-man semifinals are this weekend. Those student-athletes are enrolled in the state’s rapid testing pilot program.

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

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