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Fall Sports Update

ISD 728 Families,

On August 4, 2020 the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) made major adjustments to the typical fall athletic season.  

  • A synopsis of the of the MSHSL Board Meeting can be found here
  • The MSHSL League News article can be found here
  • Here is a article that was published in the Star Tribune this morning

Here are some of the major changes that were approved by the Minnesota State High School League yesterday (this is not a complete list):

Football - Moved to a spring season - approximately March-May (specific dates are still TBD)

  • 20% reduction in weeks
  • 30% reduction in contests
  • No interscholastic scrimmages allowed 

Volleyball - Moved to a spring season - approximately March-May (specific dates are still TBD)

  • 20% reduction in weeks
  • 30% reduction in contests
  • No interscholastic scrimmages allowed
  • No tournaments or invitationals allowed

Girls Tennis - Fall Season starts August 17, 2020, first competition no earlier than August 24, 2020

  • 20% reduction in weeks
  • 30% reduction in contests (contests and match counts)
  • No interscholastic scrimmages allowed
  • No tournaments or invitationals allowed
  • Only dual meets (no tris or quads) allowed
  • Opponents are to be “local” (i.e. conference teams)
  • Spectators will be highly limited due to MDH guidelines (this may change)
  • Only 1 or 2 competitions allowed per week
  • Sport specific procedures for matches will be determined soon by the MSHSL Sport Advisory Committee
  • End of season “culminating event” is TBD 

Girls Swimming - Fall Season starts August 17, 2020, first competition no earlier than August 27, 2020

  • 20% reduction in weeks
  • 30% reduction in contests (contests and match counts)
  • No interscholastic scrimmages allowed
  • No Invitationals allowed 
  • Only dual meets (no tris or quads) allowed
  • Opponents are to be “local” (i.e. conference teams)
  • Spectators will not be allowed
  • Only 1 or 2 competitions allowed per week
  • There may be limitations on team size (this is unknown)
  • Sport specific procedures for meets will be determined soon by the MSHSL Sport Advisory Committee
  • End of season “culminating event” is TBD

Boys and Girls Cross Country Running - Fall Season starts August 17, 2020, first competition no earlier than August 27, 2020

  • 20% reduction in weeks
  • 30% reduction in contests (contests and match counts)
  • No interscholastic scrimmages allowed
  • No Invitationals allowed 
  • Only dual meets (no tris or quads) allowed
  • Opponents are to be “local” (i.e. conference teams)
  • Spectators will be highly limited due to MDH guidelines (this may change)
  • Sport specific procedures for meets will be determined soon by the MSHSL Sport Advisory Committee (modifying start and finish line procedures, etc)
  • Only 1 or 2 competitions allowed per week
  • End of season “culminating event” is TBD

Boys and Girls Soccer - Fall Season starts August 17, 2020, first competition no earlier than August 27, 2020

  • 20% reduction in weeks
  • 30% reduction in contests (contests and match counts)
  • No interscholastic scrimmages allowed
  • No Invitationals allowed 
  • Only dual meets (no tris or quads) allowed
  • Opponents are to be “local” (i.e. conference teams)
  • Spectators will be highly limited due to MDH guidelines (this may change)
  • Sport specific procedures for meets will be determined soon by the MSHSL Sport Advisory Committee (modifying start and finish line procedures, etc)
  • Only 1 or 2 competitions allowed per week
  • There may be limitations on team size (this is unknown)
  • End of season “culminating event” is TBD

We fully recognize that this email pertains to athletics only.  We will be making decisions on school based fine arts and clubs (not governed by the MSHSL) in the near future.

We appreciate all of your understanding and patience.  As things are rapidly changing, we know you have questions.  Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of the answers at this time, but they will be coming.  The key to the year will be flexibility, and we will all be working hard to provide a positive experience for our students!

Sincerely, 

Mike Cunningham
Activities Director
Elk River High School

Dan Ohlgren
Activities Director
Rogers High School

Jaime Hilyar
Activities Director
Zimmerman High School