MSHSL provides update on state of spring sports season

The Minnesota State High School League has announced further clarifications regarding spring sports guidelines to its member schools today.

Per an official release, between March 18 and March 27, coaches and directors from member schools cannot do the following:

• Have in-person contact with participants.
• Require or suggest groups of participants to gather.
• Suggest or support “captain’s practices” or “open gyms.”
• Provide evaluations or feedback on participants’ performance. (i.e. require participants to submit video of a skill or performance)
• Require participants to take part in individual workouts or skills training, etc. (i.e. journaling, reporting of time spent, submission of results)
• Place undue influence on participants to take part in any individual workouts or skills training.

The release goes on to describe what coaches and directors can do during that period:

• Connect with participants via technology (i.e. email, Learning Management System, school-approved communication tools).
• Provide optional individual workouts or optional individual skills training via electronic communication.
• Connect with and support participants who are challenged by the changes in their routines and life due to changes caused by COVID-19 limitations and restrictions.

Spring sports are officially in season, per the MSHSL.