EAST LANSING – The current prohibition against indoor athletic activity is set to expire on January 15. In preparation, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has given schools permission to conduct voluntary outdoor conditioning. These activities must be planned so that a six-foot physical distance is maintained and masks must be worn at all times. The activities cannot be sport specific or use sport specific equipment. Generic conditioning equipment is permitted.
Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Executive Director Mark Uyl talked about the current situation last week on a local radio station. He mentioned that while the current situation is not ideal, but is at least a “start.” He said, “most schools are using the winter workouts to build up some cardio vascular endurance.”
Uyl also talked about the relationship between the MHSAA and MDHHS. “It is getting better everyday and we hope that this good working relationship leads to getting winter sports restarted soon.” He went on to say that the COVID numbers are down when compared to November and December and hopes that practice will resume on January 16.