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MHSAA to release potential schedules later this week

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan High School Athletic Association held a informational Zoom call Monday morning that included information about Sunday’s announcement from the association to suspend the completion of the fall sports season and the start of the winter sports season.

By late Wednesday or early Thursday, there will be an update released by the association with revised schedules, pending a Dec. 9 restart.

The fall schedule will be revised for the restart, while the winter sports schedule will have dates for practice or the start of competition.

Fall sports may end up resuming with minimal or zero fans allowed at the tournament or playoff games.

“The bottom line is to give the student athletes the experience of finishing their fall tournaments,” said MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl. “If to get to the finish line with completion of the tournaments and playoffs means not allowing fans, that’s what may have to happen.”

The goal, as long as there are not extensions to the current restrictions, is to finish the fall tournaments by the end of the calendar year, Uyl added.

In other discussions:

— There is a possibility of football games being played on week days, with at least four days between games.

— Ford Field will still most likely be available to host the 11-player finals, despite the three-week pause. The Detroit Lions and the Ford family have been very accommodating, especially since Sunday night’s announcement from the governor’s office, Uyl said.

— Further discussion with Northern Michigan University about availability of the Superior Dome may occur in the coming weeks. Currently, the Superior Dome is not available for use for MHSAA football games, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The remaining two weeks of the 8-player football playoffs are scheduled for outdoor games, while two of the last three weeks of the 11-player playoffs are scheduled for outdoor games.

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