| Detroit Free Press
There will be yet another schedule change for Michigan high school winter sports, including boys and girls basketball.
In reaction to the latest state restrictions update from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan High School Athletic Association will take a few days to reconfigure the schedules for basketball, hockey, wrestling and competitive cheer.
“We found out about this decision at 9:30 a.m. like everyone else, and we will address it as quickly as possible after taking the weekend to collect more information,” MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said in a released statement on Friday. “We did not anticipate this delay in winter contact practices and competition, and today’s announcement has created many new questions.
Whitmer’s announcement, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, extended the ban on contact sports until Feb. 21. Indoor dinning, on a limited basis, will start back up on Feb. 1.
Last week, the MHSAA announced that these contact sports could run non-contact practices. The plan then was for basketball to begin full practice on Feb. 1 and start the season on Feb. 4.
But that won’t be the case now.
“Obviously, this is disappointing to thousands of athletes who have been training with their teams over the last week and watching teams in other states around Michigan play for the last two months,” Uyl said.
Competition for boys swimming and diving, girls swimming and diving in the Upper Peninsula, gymnastics, boys and girls bowling and remains on schedule. The swimming and diving was schedule to start Friday and the other sports on Monday.