By Joseph Hayes
It has been that type of season.
Just as it appeared that things would begin to resume some normalcy, as practices for fall postseason teams had resumed, the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced even more changes on Tuesday.
The MHSAA announced it had adjusted the schedule for the conclusion of the fall postseason tournaments for volleyball, football and girls swimming & diving.
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The reasoning being the requirements for the pilot rapid testing program being provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
According to the requirements and the MHSAA’s need for further direction, schools have been instructed to suspend practice immediately for the conclusion of the postseason tournaments.
The MHSAA said it would update its competition schedule to better reflect the requirements of the testing program after further information had been received.
The MHSAA said teams participating in the pilot program can expect to receive rapid-result antigen tests along with further instructions by Tuesday, Dec. 29.
The MDHHS will conduct webinars on Dec. 28-29, to train school personnel that will be involved in the testing process.
After the first tests have been concluded on Wednesday, Dec. 30; team practices can resume.
Schools facing delays in the start of the testing will be allowed to resume practice after individuals have had a negative test.
Competing teams are expected to resume the start of practice on Dec. 30 at the earliest.
When asked to comment on the announcement, Marine City High School football coach Daryn Letson simply said: “I am speechless.”