Current Status for 20-21 Sports
(Updated February 23rd)
The MHSAA gives Holland Christian our specific guidance for sports for this unique 20-21 school year. We experienced numerous protocol changes for fall athletes stemming from EO-160 on July 31 through EO-180 on September 9. The winter was no different with MDHHS orders delaying the start of most winter sports from November 15 to February 8. Due to the number of winter athletes still in season, the MHSAA delayed the start of spring sports to March 22 (The MKO delayed the start of middle school spring sports a week beyond this to March 29). As members of the MHSAA and the OK/MKO Conference, spectators, coaches and athletes must accept the rules put forth for all member schools to be in compliance with the MDHHS and each other to compete interscholastically.
The MDHHS limits spectators for our events. Spectators should continue planning on 2 per participant for basketball games and swimming and diving meets. Specific details will be communicated to you by your coach. All spectators must check in at the gate with the roster, practice distancing and wear a mask if they choose to attend. There will be upcoming communication about spring sport spectator limitations as this is yet to be determined. Holland Christian, along with other local schools, are working hard to livestream as many events as possible. See the following link for winter live-streaming information. https://www.hollandchristian.org/hc-live-streaming-options/
Participants (athletes and coaches) must continue wearing masks and distancing when not actively participating. It is not anticipated that this will change for spring sports. Coaches will be in direct communication about upcoming events, but middle school winter sports end during the week of 3/22. High school basketball district week is also the week of 3/22 with regionals and finals weeks to follow. High school boys aquatics ends with finals on 3/27. High school spring sports begin on 3/22 and middle school spring sports begin on 3/29.
Leading up to the start of spring sports on March 22 (March 29 for MS), coaches can include 4-player skill workouts, conditioning sessions and open gyms. The pre-season downtime from March 1-22 is eliminated and allows “open gym” style activity to happen up to the start of the spring season (4-player skill sessions and conditioning is allowed out of season already.). The season start date is when coaches can begin full team instruction. Spring MHSAA tournament dates will not change at the end of the season.
High school strength & conditioning workouts continue to be offered at 3pm beginning in the small gym on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All out of season athletes are encouraged to attend and will be issued a Team Builder account if they do not already have one.
The MHSAA recognizes the importance of the athletic experience for students and is making every effort to maintain and complete all seasons. They remain hopeful the dates above are the scheduling changes we will experience this year. As much as athletics have never been risk free, the MHSAA is actively mitigating physical risks to the best of their ability while considering the mental health risks of athletes as well. Thank you for your support and partnership as we still seek to influence our sports culture for Christ. Our collective actions put God on display as we spectate, practice and compete. Please do your part to stay flexible, positive and respectful at our opponent facilities in addition to our own as we move forward together. While not every detail is known about how to fight the virus most effectively, hygiene, masking, distancing and gathering practices give us the best potential to move forward with school sports for our athletes. We all have a role to play in mitigating the associated risks, but we know God’s faithfulness and his future presence is with us as we move “through it” (Isaiah 43:2) together. Go Maroons.