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MSHSL alters athletic calendar: High school football, volleyball moved to spring

Garrett Short
Updated: August 04, 2020 07:16 PM
Created: August 04, 2020 01:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota State High School League board met Tuesday, altering the high school athletic calendar, including big moves that will have the volleyball and football seasons in the spring.

18 board members voted on how sports would proceed this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cross Country, girls swimming and diving, girls tennis and boys and girls soccer will all be played this fall. However, there will be changes that include a shorter season. Cross Country events will be limited to three teams per event. Tennis and swimming and diving will be limited to two teams per event.

The big changes are that volleyball and football will not be played this fall, although teams can still practice. Instead those sports will play from March and into May.

The schedule change has larger implications than just field conditions for football. Things like recruiting will not look much different for seniors. With the football season right before graduation, there will be less time for players to think about where they want to play in college.

The same can be said for volleyball. Additionally, the change may affect volleyball rosters all across the state. The high school season will now clash with the club volleyball season, meaning players may have to choose one or the other.

"Would you choose a two-month, condensed high school season that's played against local teams only? Or would you play a six month J-O season that you get to travel nationally and play some of the top competition and get recruited by college coaches? So my concern is that some of those girls that want to be college volleyball players and that are used to playing on the national-level club teams might have to make a difficult choice," Kasson Mantorville volleyball Head Coach Adam VanOort said.

The athletic calendar has a new look in 2020-21. While the dates of fall and winter sports aren't changing, sports traditionally played in the spring will instead be played in the summer from May through July.

Spring sports that had their seasons canceled this past spring will also be able to practice this fall.


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