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Michigan high school sports orders change; again

By Joseph Hayes

It was a crazy sports world in 2020.

According to the changes announced on Wednesday, unfortunately it appears that craziness will continue to be extended.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer hosted a pandemic update on Wednesday, in which Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon outlined further changes to the sports scene.

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Non-contact sports such as gymnastics, bowling and swimming and diving will be allowed to have competitions beginning Saturday.

But sports that involve contact such as competitive cheerleading, basketball, hockey and wrestling will be forced to remain in a practice-only mode.

The new order is set to begin on Saturday and will run through Jan. 31.

Practice for sports such as basketball were supposed to begin Saturday and the changes immediately throws teams influx.

“We are glad to have three more sports join skiing in returning to full activity, but we understand the disappointment and frustration on the part of our athletes and coaches whose sports are not yet able to restart completely,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said.

“We will continue to adjust schedules to provide all of our winter teams as substantial an experience this season as possible, as part of our greater plan this school year to play all three seasons to conclusion.

“We have shown with our remaining fall sports this month that our schools can participate safely, and we’re confident teams will continue to take all the appropriate precautions as we jump back into indoor winter activities.” 

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