Announcements and Important Events
TO: MHSAA Community
FROM: Mark Uyl, Executive Director
DATE: March 24, 2021
SUBJECT: MHSAA Update
Dear MHSAA Community,
The MHSAA has received additional information today from MDHHS regarding the updated epidemic order and the March 20 guidance for sports as it relates to rapid antigen testing.
- Beginning on April 2, schools must complete an antigen test of athletes one time per week. The first test must be completed between April 2-8, the second test between April 9-15, 16-22 (and so on). There is no requirement that the antigen tests be completed before specific practices or contests; the order simply requires a weekly test of one time per week and schools have the flexibility to schedule the tests at any time within each week. This applies to all high school and middle school teams with participants between the ages of 13-19. Those 12 and younger may participate and are not required to complete rapid antigen testing. Note that wrestlers qualified for the Individual Wrestling Finals will test the day before competition, as they have all season. Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final basketball teams will need to test once in the April 2-8 window.
Spring Break Clarification
Each school will define your “testing week” based on when testing begins relative to your spring break or other considerations. Once testing begins, you would need to test once every 7-day period. When students are not in session and teams are not practicing, there is no testing requirement during that week with no athletes present to test.
For example …
- If your school is on spring break next week from March 27-April 4, your testing week would begin when students and teams return to activity on April 5 in most cases. Your testing window would likely be April 5-11, 12-18, and so on.
- If your school is on spring break the following week from April 3-11, your testing week would begin when students and teams return to activity on April 12 in most cases. Your testing window would likely be April 12-18, 19-25, and so on.
Note that if a school team is practicing out of state during spring break after April 2 (and has completed the required form), those students would fall under the weekly testing requirements. The same would be true for teams that are practicing during spring break the week of April 5 (or later). Scrimmages against other schools are not allowed in all sports this spring, regardless of location.
- Two forms must be completed for each student participant in the MDHHS program, including the MI Safer Sports Participant Code of Conduct form and Consent form. Here are the links to these two forms:
3. Face Masks – Face masks must be worn based on the following guidance for outdoor activity (practice and competition):
- Contact Sports – Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse and Girls Soccer participants must wear face masks at all times. This includes all participants, coaches and all other team personnel.
- Non-Contact Sports – Baseball, Golf, Softball, Tennis and Track & Field participants must wear face masks at all times except when involved in active outdoor participation (in the game, during the round, during the match, during the race/event). Coaches and all other team personnel must wear face masks at all times, including participants when on the bench, in the dugout, between individuals events, etc.
- If practice or competition moves indoors, all individuals (participants, coaches, team personnel) must wear face masks.
- Six feet of physical distancing should be included in all activity whenever possible.
The MHSAA will continue to communicate with schools with new information as it becomes available.