The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) expects to begin the fall sports season as traditionally scheduled based on a press release dated July 17.

 However, the MHSAA Representative Council, a 19-member legislative body, will meet again July 29, so things could change. At this time though, high school football practices are expected to begin Aug. 10 while other fall sports will start practices Aug. 12.

 The MHSAA is moving forward with a plan that first calls for fall sports to be played as scheduled with the idea that if it’s necessary, seasons can be suspended or postponed until later in the school year. The MHSAA’s plans remain reliant on progression by schools and regions across the state according to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan.

 “Our student-athletes just want to play, and we’ve gone far too long without them playing. But doing so safely, of course, remains the priority,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “Our plan moving forward is Fall in the Fall, starting on time. We’re excited to continue moving forward to bring back sports safely. It’s important for keeping students in our schools and keeping students in our sports programs.

 “We remain grateful to the governor for the opportunity to build the schedule and policies for returning sports to schools. We will continue to support her directives and those of the state and local health departments as we work to create the safest environment for all involved in our activities.”

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