MPSSAA announces that 2020 Fall and Winter sports are postponed
Postponed sports could be played in second semester
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.
Fall athletes shouldn’t despair; they may yet get an opportunity to play in the second semester.