High school football and volleyball moved to winter/spring season

Published 12:31 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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The Minnesota State High School League began its board meeting Tuesday morning with the intention of setting policies in place for a return to participation of fall sports. Here is an updated list of the current talks:

– Board votes to move football to the spring season. There will be no scrimmages, it will be a six-game regular season with local and conference games only. Fans will be limited to 25% capacity. Postseason is yet to be determined

– Motion to  start football on Aug. 17 is voted down. Discussions continue on moving season to spring.

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– Board passes a vote to move volleyball to the spring/winter season, 11-7. Volleyball season will take place from mid-March to mid-May, between the winter and spring sports seasons.

– Board members have discussed moving volleyball to the spring. A vote was carried to a 9-9 tie, striking it down. A motion to start volleyball on Aug. 17, as scheduled, was defeated. Talks about not having a volleyball season at all. Possible allowing player to play club volleyball.

– Boys’ and girls’ soccer will be allowed to start Aug. 17. There will be a 20% reduction in the number of weeks in the season, a 30% reduction in the number of competitions and no scrimmages. Teams will be allowed to play in one to two games per week. Postseason structure is yet to be determined.

– Board voted to allow girls’ tennis, girls swimming and diving and cross country. There will be a limit of three teams in cross country events and a limit two teams in tennis and swimming and diving. There will be a limit of one to two events per week per team.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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