November 18, 2020
This evening, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz released Emergency Executive Order 20-99 which initiates restrictions on all organized youth and high school sports beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. These restrictions directly impact all Minnesota State High School League fine arts and athletic programs that are in-season or projected to start in the next three weeks. The restrictions remain in force through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.
In preparing for the implementation of these restrictions, League guidance for the current week of the football postseason and the volleyball season is provided in the attached document. Regions are now required to complete section football play by the end of day on Friday, Nov. 20. The volleyball regular season will also end on Friday, Nov. 20. In receiving feedback from many member schools and groups, including the LEAD Liaisons, the Return to Participation Task Force, and Region Secretaries, additional flexibility is provided in the guidance for both sports to complete their competitions this week. In football, scheduling adjustments may be made at the region level. In volleyball, there is an option for member schools to schedule one additional match this week which may assist in providing some closure for teams.
The dance season is completing the second week of its season and must stop all in-person practice and competition from Nov. 21 through Dec. 18. Coaches may maintain virtual connection with their student-athletes and provide support, mentorship and individualized workouts. Further guidance will be provided regarding virtual coaching by the end of this week.
The League will provide additional guidance prior to the end of this week regarding other programs including remaining winter sports and fine arts activities. In addition, work will continue in studying options for the remaining seasons as well as those scheduled to begin in the spring.