The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has reached a decision to move football and volleyball from the fall season to spring, effective this school year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to affect the world and specifically Minnesotans.
Only football and volleyball will move seasons. Cross country, girls tennis, boys and girls soccer and girls swimming/diving will begin practices Monday, Aug. 17, with a 30% reduction in competitions. The process to alter schedules to accommodate fewer competitions is currently underway.
The MSHSL does not govern middle school sports and activities, so the district is currently checking with other schools to see if there will be enough competition to hold seasons for seventh- and eighth-grade programs.
Details for the fall
Practices will begin as scheduled on Aug. 17 for the outdoor sports mentioned above. The DHS Activities Office will be sending out a link via email to register athletes later this week.
Practices will proceed with the same guidelines that have been in place for summer events, with social distancing and sanitizing, to the extent possible. No scrimmages against other schools will be held prior to the start of official competition to limit exposure. Tennis will be limited to dual meets, and cross country meets will not include more than three teams. Spectators will be allowed at these outdoor venues but are asked to keep physical distancing guidelines in mind.
Athletes will not need to wear masks during competition, but should wear them on the bus on the way to competitions.
It has not yet been decided whether year-end section and state tournaments will be held.
School activities officials are looking at state guidelines for other activities, such as the fall play, but at this point no spectators are allowed for indoor events, so how and if additional activities proceed is still under review.
Two spring seasons
There will essentially be two spring seasons, running from approximately March 15-May 14 and from May 15-July 15. This may result in a shortened winter season. The first of those spring seasons will be for football and volleyball, if possible, and traditional spring sports will play during the later date range. Exact dates for these seasons have not yet been determined.
The Delano High School Activities Office will be sharing additional information in the future. Questions can be directed to Activities Administrator Ryan Tool at email@example.com.