On Tuesday August 4th, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors met to discuss the 2020-21 fall activities season. Based on votes taken by the Board, the following actions pertaining to fall sports were approved:
APPROVED the fall season 2020-21 for Soccer, Girls Swimming and Diving, Cross Country, and Girls Tennis. All of those sports will have a reduction in the number of contests, limitations on the number of contests per week, no large invitational events, and a post-season or season culmination yet to be determined.
APPROVED moving Football and Volleyball to a “fourth season” at a yet to be determined time. The exact dates will be coming soon, but the framework allows for a shortened season sandwiched between winter sports and spring sports. This move will also require movement in dates for spring sports... as the League said they do not want to place FB/VB on top of traditional spring sports. The early framework would indicate a spring sports season that starts later (more like May) and doesn’t wrap up until well into summer (July).
APPROVED allowing FB and VB to have limited practice only contact this fall. The length and dates will be coming in the near future.
APPROVED allowing spring sports the opportunity to have limited practice only contact this fall since they missed last spring. The length and dates will be coming in the near future.
Complete MSHSL press release can be found here- https://www.mshsl.org/about/news/league-news/mshsl-board-directors-meeting-august-4-2020
In the coming days and weeks, updated schedules for CC, swim and dive, and girls’ tennis will be posted on the district website. At this time, those sports are scheduled to start practices on Mon August 17. Announcements regarding the practice only sports will be made once the final parameters have been established.
The actions taken today by the MSHSL are unprecedented in the history of the League. We know that there will be many conversations happening in your homes and you will have many questions. We will be learning more in the coming days about what the schedules for fall will look and what restrictions will be in place for Football and Volleyball in a practice only model for this fall. We will continue to communicate updates as we get them.