Blackhawks News · Winter Athletics Update- January 15, 2021


Greetings Blackhawks!

This week the MHSAA released information and new guidelines for Winter athletes to return to practice and start competitions.  Click on the links to read the MHSAA statements;

MHSAA Fall/Winter Update #19 – 1/13/21

MHSAA Fall/Winter Update #20 – 1/14/21

The new guidance and modification of the MDHHS Epidemic order allows non-contact sports (bowling, boys swim/dive, poms, and MS volleyball) to move forward with the beginning/resuming of their winter seasons on/after Saturday January 16th.  In addition, the order permits for contact sports (basketball, competitive cheer, hockey, and wrestling)  to move forward with non-contact conditioning and skill development work under the conditions listed below from January 16th – 31st:

  • All athletes and coaches will wear a face mask at all times.
  • All athletes and coaches will be screened (including a temperature check) prior to any practice or team gathering.
  • Drills and activities will be designed so that athletes remain socially distanced (6 feet apart) at all times and there is absolutely no contact between athletes.
  • All athletes must bring their own water bottle, and are strongly encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and personal items (such as towel, practice jersey, head gear, etc…) as the sharing of such items is prohibited.
  • All equipment will be sanitized and cleaned periodically throughout the practice and at the end of each practice or contest.

High School teams will be allowed to practice on the weekend as well as on non-scheduled school days (ex: MLK Day) in order to prepare for their season.  Please click on the Tryout-Spreadsheet-Winter-2020-2021 to see when practices will be held.  Also, athletes are encouraged to connect with their respective coach to confirm the practice times.

The MHSAA Representative Council also revised timelines and tournament dates for winter sports.

Updated Winter Calendar for Basketball, Competitive Cheer, Ice Hockey and Wrestling:

The Council approved a plan for adjusting schedules for the five Winter “contact” sports which may begin non-contact practices on Jan. 16 but must delay any activities that involve physical contact between individuals until Feb. 1 per the recent update to the MDHHS epidemic plan.   The updated schedule for girls and boys basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling pushes Finals for those sports into late March or early April. The Council approved the following dates:

Girls Basketball
First non-contact practice: Jan. 16
First contact practice: Feb. 1
First contest: Feb. 4
Districts: March 22, 24, 26
Regionals: March 29, 31
Quarterfinals: April 5
Semifinals: April 7
Finals: April 9

Boys Basketball
First non-contact practice: Jan. 16
First contact practice: Feb. 1
First contest: Feb. 4
Districts: March 23, 25, 27
Regionals: March 30, April 1
Quarterfinals: April 6
Semifinals: April 8
Finals: April 10

Competitive Cheer
First non-contact practice: Jan. 16
First contact practice: Feb. 1
First contest: Feb. 8
Districts: March 15-20
Regionals: March 22-24
Finals: March 26-27

Ice Hockey
First non-contact practice: Jan. 16
First contact practice: Feb. 1
First contest: Feb. 1
Regionals: March 15-20
Quarterfinals: March 23
Semifinals: March 25-26
Finals: March 27

Wrestling
First non-contact practice: Jan. 16
First contact practice: Feb. 1
First contest: Feb. 8
Districts: March 15-20
Regionals: March 22-28
Team Finals: March 31
Individual Finals: April 2-3

MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATE:

  • MS Volleyball – The MHSAA received notification from the legal counsel that volleyball is now deemed a non-contact sport.  Based on this, the MS Volleyball season will resume with practice on Tuesday January 19.  The MS volleyball team will have a six game schedule starting the week of January 25th and ending on February 5th.
  • MS Coed Swim (non-contact sport) – Practices begin Monday February 1st with first competition being Monday February 22nd
  • MS Boys Basketball (contact sport) – Practices are scheduled to begin Monday February 8th with first games being played Monday March 1
  • MS Competitive Cheer (contact sport) – Practices are scheduled to begin Monday February 8th.  A competition schedule is still to be determined but will consist of only league competitions for this winter.

GAME SCHEDULES – With the constant changing and fluidity of this COVID-19 pandemic, along with any changes due to weather, the best way to stay up to date with contest schedules is by using the Activity Scheduler app on your smartphone or device.  This is a live up to the minute scheduling app that instantly makes changes as they occur in our office.  The app is free on IOS and Android devices.  The logo for the app is located below.  Please check your team’s schedule daily for any changes.

 

SPECTATORS –  Under this updated order, spectators for winter sports are limited to a total of 100 people at an event.  (Note that bowling center capacity is limited to 25 percent of total occupancy set by the local fire marshal.)  In order to stay within the 100 limitation, we will be allowing 2 guests per participant at events.  Guests are required to wear masks at all times while attending and need to sit socially distanced from others who are not part of their immediate household.  On dates when multiple contests are scheduled (Ex: FR & JV Boys Basketball), guests will be asked to leave the facility at the conclusion of a contest to assure we stay within the spectator limitations.  Coaches will communicate the ticket procedures with athletes and parents prior to contests.  Brandon Schools, along with other Flint Metro League member schools, will be charging admission at our winter events (HS- $5, MS- $3).

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Athletic office 248-627-1827 or email Mr. Deines (cdeines@brandon.k12.mi.us).  We are excited and look forward to having our athletes back on the court, in the pool, on the mat or in the lanes to practice and compete!  #WeAreBlackhawks