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MSHSL to hold special meeting Monday regarding fall sports

Garrett Short
Created: September 16, 2020 11:17 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota State High School League announced Wednesday they will hold a special meeting Monday morning to reconsider the fall sports schedule.

In early August the MSHSL chose to postpone the fall football and volleyball seasons. The decision has been highly controversial. But now the board may reverse their decision, or at least that is what coaches think may be on the horizon next week.

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"I mean hopefully it does. And hopefully we're not getting our hopes up for nothing," Grand Meadow volleyball coach Sue Wilson said.

Coaches have heard the rumors of the possibility of the sports being played in the fall instead of the spring, and took appropriate measures.

"When we knew that this was a possibility, we were going to practice twice this week. We added an extra practice on Monday just in case we were going to be able to get back out there again. Just fun to see the excitement in their eyes," Grand Meadow Athletic Director and football coach Gary Sloan said.

There is sure to be a long list of rules and regulations if football and volleyball are allowed to play this fall. But regardless of what hoops the players may have to jump through, getting to play is worth it.

"Everyone is so ready to play that they would be willing to do just about anything, follow any guidelines in order to play, so whether that's wearing a mask during a game or practicing social distancing during practice," Wilson said.

There is no guarantee the board will double back on their decision. Several coaches said they have to be prepared for whatever decision the MSHSL makes, and know that health and safety is at the core of whatever happens this fall.

"Safety is number one and it always is. We'll follow guidelines like we have been doing. If we want our kids to have an opportunity we need to follow the rules," Lourdes football coach Mike Kesler said.

With how quickly things have been changing the last few months, schools will be prepared to quickly start scheduling practices and games if the MSHSL reverses their decision.


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