MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — High schools around Minnesota will be surveyed Wednesday to decide whether or not to bring volleyball and football back this fall.
The Minnesota State High School League previously decided to push both sports to the spring due to COVID-19 concerns. Now, however, the league says it’s ready to adapt should the schools decide to play football and volleyball this season.
While the two sports were considered high-risk for spreading the coronavirus, coaches and families have expressed a desire to play in the fall. In a workshop on Tuesday, school and health officials spoke with the league about what restarting the season might look like.
A few things to consider are:
– Preventative measures to help keep the spread of COVID-19 as low as possible
– Scheduling for students, coaches and facilities
– Adapting to other possible scenarios mid-season.
“So I’ve been in contact with the executive directors of our surrounding states and asked about their experiences, how things are going,” Erich Martens, the executive director of the MSHSL. “They do have some times when games need to be canceled or postponed due to infections.”
On Wednesday, the survey goes out to member schools. The league expects to vote on the topic either Friday or Monday, depending on how quickly the survey results are returned.
Also happening Friday is a hearing for a lawsuit that was filed this month on behalf of three families of high school athletes against the MSHSL. More details on that lawsuit are expected this week.