MHSAA announces return to play timeline, guidelines

The Michigan High School Athletic Association released a summer guidance update on June 2, following Governor Gretchen Whitmer announcement to ending the Safer-At-Home order.
Schools may begin summer activities at school facilities as long as two conditions are met. The first condition, school or school district has declared school facilities open to students and staff.
Per Clarkston Community Schools the Clarkston Junior High School track and tennis courts are expected to be reopened. The facilities at Clarkston High School will remain closed due to construction going on.
The second condition is the academic year has ended.
Guidelines to be followed include it must be outdoor activity for workouts and practices in groups of 100 or less, keeping in mind the 6-foot physical distancing.
Since activity must be outside, indoor facilities such as weight rooms, gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools are still closed.
The use of restrooms and indoor training rooms can be used if proper cleaning and physical distancing is followed. Within, their 6-page update The MHSAA also shared guidelines for low-risk sports, moderate-risk sports, and higher-risk sports.
Within each sport, all athletic equipment should be cleaned during practices and workouts especially common equipment including balls.
As athletes prepare for the fall, golfers and cross country runners should stay 6-feet away from each other. Sideline cheer cannot have any physical contact and can only do chants and jumps. Swimmers may use outdoor pools and swim relays and divers must maintain physical distance.
Drills that keep athletes physically distant for football, soccer and volleyball players are allowed. For football, no contact with other players is allowed and there should be no use of tackling dummies, shields or sleds. Helmets may not be shared and helmets are the only allowed protective equipment to be used right now.
All coaches and students should be screened daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before workouts or practices begin, including a temperature check.
MHSAA will continue to provide updates when there are changes in government actions.

— Wendi Reardon Price

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