Football, volleyball moves
to new ‘fourth season’
It will not be a typical fall Friday without high school football. Football and volleyball will be moved to a special spring season starting in March 2021 due to coronavirus concerns.
Fall sports practice is scheduled to start Aug. 17 with a 20% shorter season in weeks and a 30% reduction in games, limited to one or two per week. A decision on postseason play will be determined later.
The decisions were made Tuesday in a virtual board meeting of the Minnesota State High School League.
The new fourth season will come between the end of the winter sports season and the start of spring sports. The MSHSL had concerns about going head-to-head with sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse. Any sports moved to spring would run from March 15 to May 15. And the fourth season would go from May 15 to July 15.”
A fall football season that included a six-week season and no scrimmages against other opponents, was rejected on a 12-6 vote.
The vote to move volleyball first failed on a tie vote before passing 11-7 to be moved to March.
Football in March will consist of six regular season games, no scrimmages and a postseason plan to be determined.
Minnesota becomes the ninth state to delay its high school football season.
Other decisions made by the MSHSL included limiting the number of competing events to one or two per week and scrapped large invitational. Cross-country meets cannot exceed three teams while swimming can only hold dual competitions.
The 20-member high school league board represents 500 member schools and 240,000 students participating in its 43 sanctioned sports and activities.