MSHSL votes to reinstate football and volleyball

On Monday, the Minnesota State High School League board of directors voted to reinstate both the fall football and volleyball seasons this fall.

The decisions came after the league surveyed nearly 400 member schools, most of which wanted to have the seasons played out in the fall rather than a spring “flex season.”

Last month, the league postponed the football and volleyball seasons to spring due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The league reconsidered the decision after hearing from athletes and families.

Both the football and volleyball seasons will start practice on Sept. 28, league officials say.

Football

The football season will be 10 weeks long, with a six-game regular season. The first game will be held on Oct. 9-10.

The football postseason will last two weeks, but will end by Nov. 28. The postseason format has yet to be determined.

The motion passed 15-3.

Volleyball

The volleyball season will last 11 weeks, with 14 dual competitions. The first competition is slated for Oct. 8. The season will begin on September 28 with 10 days of preseason practice.

According to MSHSL officials, COVID-19 restrictions bar spectators from attending indoor events in school facilities, such as gyms or pools. They also limit 250 spectators for any outdoor sporting event.

Winter sports were not part of Monday’s agenda. They will be addressed at the next scheduled board meeting on October 1.

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