MHSAA delays start of fall sports season by two weeks

Source: MHSAA
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 3:20 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi High School Activities Association’s Executive Committee assembled Tuesday morning to vote on a plan for the fall sports season.

After meeting for close to five hours, the MHSAA’s Executive Committee voted to delay the start of the fall sports season by two weeks.

For high school football, this means the first game of the season will take place on Sept. 4 with practices beginning on Aug. 17. Teams can begin practicing in full gear on Aug. 24 with scrimmages able to start Aug 28.

According to a release put out by the MSHAA, scrimmages beginning Aug. 28 are not allowed to take place between teams from other schools. Schools will only be allowed to hold scrimmages between their own teams, such as varsity vs. JV. On Sept. 4, teams will be allowed to hold scrimmages with other schools.

Games scheduled for the first two weeks of the season will not be made up, which means teams will miss out on competing in two non-district matchups.

State Championships for football are slated for Dec. 4 and 5 which would still be on schedule.

Other fall sports such as newly introduced volleyball, cross country and swim will begin practicing on Aug. 10 with matches beginning Aug. 24.

MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton shared his support of the decision by the Executive Committee.

“We believe this is the right decision at the right time,” Mr. Hinton said in a statement released by the MHSAA. “As we’ve said since last spring, this is an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation where new information can and will alter plans and schedules at any time.

For a full breakdown of the 2020 fall football schedule, click here

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