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With vast majority of member schools in favor, MHSAA’s Representative Council votes to move start of spring sports back a week

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, February 22, 2021, 2:56 pm

It isn’t Groundhog Day, and nobody saw any shadows, but it turns out spring sports will be a week later than expected. 

After consulting with member schools and spring coaching associations, the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Monday that the start of practices for spring sports would be pushed back one week to March 22, and the start of competition on March 26.

All spring tournament dates remain the same, concluding with the final weekend of championships — baseball, softball and girls soccer — on June 19. 

Noting that the schedule change should help alleviate the logjam of teams needing to use indoor facilities in what would potentially be an overlap with the conclusion of winter sports, the MHSAA’s Representative Council voted Monday to make the change with spring sports. In part, the decision was based on a survey which saw 74 percent of responding member schools in favor of moving the start back at least a week. 

Aside from the currently ongoing ski finals, the remainder of the winter postseasons will begin to wrap up in in mid-March, with UP swimming and diving finals on March 13, and finish with boys and girls basketball finals on April 10.