EAST LANSING, Mich. – Dec. 7 – The following statement is attributable to Mark Uyl, executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, in response to today’s announcement by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) extending the “pause” in activities, including school sports, that was set to expire Dec. 8.
“We realize the crisis our medical caregivers and first responders are navigating and understand the need to continue the pause. However, the MHSAA had provided a detailed plan to both Governor Whitmer and MDHHS that would have completed fall tournaments with no spectators as safely as possible during the month of December along with allowing winter sport practices to resume. While we are disappointed in today’s announcement, we will continue to look forward as we remain committed to play three sports seasons to their conclusion. The MHSAA Representative Council will meet on Wednesday of this week to chart out another plan for finishing Fall and restarting Winter.”
The Representative Council will meet Wednesday (Dec. 9) to discuss the next steps for Fall tournaments that remain suspended and Winter sports in the early stages of their seasons. Today’s statement will be the MHSAA’s only comment until the Council meets.