High school spring sports suspended until at least May

Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement that Minnesota schools will remain closed until May means the high school spring sports season will be under a serious time crunch, if it happens.

While schools will be teaching students via distance learning until May 4, high school practices and competitions can’t take place as long as students are in the school buildings.

Most spring state tournaments are slated to be completed during the first two weeks of June. If those dates remain, that would equal about a two-week period between the start of spring sports practices and the playoffs.

In a release Wednesday, the Minnesota State High School League said “no decisions regarding the cancellation of spring activities have been made at this time.”

Perhaps the state tournament dates could be pushed back to allow for a preseason practice period or an extended regular season, or section play could be condensed to speed up the postseason process. But that’s all assuming schools are back in normal sessions come May.

“League staff are engaged in ongoing conversations with board members, partner organizations and member schools regarding the needs of our students, staff, and schools including options for the current spring season,” the MSHSL said in its release.

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