MPSSAA an­nounces that 2020 Fall and Win­ter sports are post­poned

Post­poned sports could be played in sec­ond se­mes­ter

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

The Mary­land Pub­lic Sec­ondary Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (MPSSAA) on Mon­day con­firmed what many al­ready saw com­ing: the 2020 Fall and Win­ter sports sea­sons have been post­poned.

“Post­poned” for the first se­mes­ter. Not “can­celled.”

The MPSSAA is still work­ing on a plan to hold the fall and win­ter sea­sons; just not in the fall and win­ter.

“The MPSSAA, the Mar yland Depart­ment of Health and the Pub­lic School Su­per­in­ten­dent As­so­ci­a­tion of Mar yland will con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate on fi­nal­iz­ing a hy­brid two-se­mes­ter plan fo­cused on stu­dent en­gage­ment op­tions for the first se­mes­ter and mod­i­fied com­pe­ti­tion sea­sons for all sports dur­ing the sec­ond se­mes­ter,” the MPSSAA an­nounced Mon­day in a state­ment posted on its web site (mpssaa.org).

De­tails on this plan are ex­pected to be made pub­lic some time be­fore Septem­ber.

The first se­mes­ter ends on

Jan­uar y 29, leav­ing schools with the months of Fe­bru­ary through May to sched­ule “mod­i­fied com­pe­ti­tion sea­sons” for all sports.

The de­ci­sion to post­pone was ex­pected af­ter Gov. Larry Ho­gan an­nounced last week the state would “pause” in Stage 2 of the re­cov­ery plan.

The MPSSAA’s “Roadmap for Re­turn of In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­let­ics “had been tied to the state re­cov­ery plan, with games be­tween op­pos­ing schools not sched­uled to start un­til the state was in Stage 3.

The de­ci­sion by many school sys­tems, in­clud­ing Bal­ti­more County, to hold “re­mote learn­ing” for the first se­mes­ter also fac­tored into the de­ci­sion.

Cur­rently, stu­dents are al­lowed to en­gage in con­di­tion­ing or skill-build­ing drills at home. Lo­cal school sys­tems have the op­tion of start­ing school-based con­di­tion­ing, ex­er­cise and weight-train­ing un­til the start of the se­mes­ter, in which case ad­di­tional guid­ance will be avail­able.

The two-se­mes­ter hy­brid plan will “fo­cus on pro­vid­ing all sports with a mod­i­fied com­pe­ti­tion sea­son dur­ing the sec­ond se­mes­ter.

De­ci­sions con­cern­ing state cham­pi­onships have not yet been de­ter­mined.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Fall ath­letes shouldn’t de­spair; they may yet get an op­por­tu­nity to play in the sec­ond se­mes­ter.

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