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MIAA Spring Sports Update

Dare Devils taking extreme sports to a new high during these trying times! Photo by Robert Mingolelli.

 

The MIAA’s Tournament Management Committee met last week via a conference call and confirmed overwhelmingly to a potential spring postseason tournament but decided against state-wide tournaments. The concern: there was not enough time for an eight week schedule, post season tournament and a statewide tournament.
     The following potential spring season might look like the following but there are no rules with the COVID-19 virus. Plans can change by the moment or daily.
     A potential spring season would begin no earlier than May 4, 2020 and have the completion of regular season and tournament games by June 27, 2020 with consideration of June 28, 2020 for weather and facility needs.
Student Eligibility/School Requirements
     To waive the 13-month rule for physicals (Rule 56.1) providing that the student-athlete physical was up-to-date on March 13, 2020 or that a virtual physical or physicians note giving permission to the student-athlete to participate is received between March 14 - May 4, 2020.
     The MIAA will waive Rule 58.1 on Academic Eligibility, and allow for each principal to individually determine their own local academic eligibility standard for the 2020 Spring Season.
     Starting and Closing Dates for Tryouts, Practices, and Contests For Spring 2020, provide schools with consistent calendar dates to maximize amount of seasonal play while keeping the safety of student-athletes in mind, the following votes were taken:
• Rugby must have nine (9) days of practice prior to the first competition. The first three (3) days of practice are technique and conditioning followed by six (6) practices, five (5) of which must be controlled contact.
• For all sports, except for rugby, the maximum number of competitions for tournament qualification is twelve (12) games and the minimum number of competitions is eight (8) games.
• The first team competition may not start until after the seventh calendar day after the start of the 2020 spring season.
• Golf must have three (3) days of practice prior to the first competition.
     
The TMC will submit a tournament structure recommendation(s) by April 9, 2020.
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