I hope that this email finds you safe and healthy. Warmer temps and increased recreational activities have put summer in full swing. With a reduction in the governor’s restrictions a few ago, there appears to be some confusion of what is currently permitted under MHSAA rules. This email is to provide you with a quick breakdown of what activities are permitted between school coaches and district students.
Part of the issue may be that some do not understand that we are currently under two sets of rules: (1) Summer rules, from which baseball and softball are generally exempt and (2) COVID-19 rules, which apply to all MHSAA sports. Some coaches were under the impression that because baseball and softball are traditionally carved out of most summer restrictions, that they were also exempt from the COVID-19 rules. However, this is not the case.
Under current regulations, school coaches may participate in sport-specific activities with students from the same district as long as they only include practice or conditioning, adhere to the normal summer rules and comply with the governor’s guidelines for limited groups and physical distancing.Not permitted at this time are:
Permitted activities for MHSAA coaches and students may be increased if the governor:
I understand the frustration you may have with the circumstances which we find ourselves; but I also know that as an MHSAA coach, your main concern is that of the health and safety of your student-athletes. Following MHSAA rules and guidelines ensures that proper precautions are being taken in a thought-out and consistent manner. I hope that this information helps you understand what is and is not permitted activity. Please make sure to check with your athletic director for any questions about summer athletic activities. I wish you the best this summer and in your preparation for the upcoming season.
Assistant Director, MHSAA
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The MHSBCA would like to congratulate all of the JR/SR student-athletes who earned, or continue to achieve, a 4.0 or higher in the classroom.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020
11:00-12:00 REGISTRATION - ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
12:00-12:30 BRENT RICE - MHSAA - “MHSAA/NFHS Rules”
12:30-12:45 DAN CIMINI - MHSBCA President - “Coaches of the Year”
12:45-1:30 MATT TALARICO - New York Yankees - “Developing High School Base Stealers”
1:30-2:15 JT MAGUIRE - Cleveland Indians - “Outfield: The Lost Forgotten Position”
2:15-3:00 MATT TALARICO - New York Yankees - “Building a Tool Set to Steal Second Base”
3:00-3:45 TYLER SMARSLOK - Minnesota Twins - “Designing an Environment for Infielders to Thrive”
3:45-4:00 Break / Visit Exhibitors
4:00-4:45 JEREMY SHEETINGER - Georgia Gwinnett College /Host of the Dugout Chatter Podcast - “Building a Championship Culture”
4:45-6:15 Dinner Break
6:15-7:00 TYLER SMARSLOK - Minnesota Twins - “Putting Your Infield Plan into Action”
7:00-7:45 MICHAEL THOMAS - Minnesota Twins - “Catching”
7:45-8:30 JAKE MCKINLEY - Milwaukee Brewers - “Cutting Edge Hitting Philosophies”
8:30-8:45 Break / Visit Exhibitors
8:45-9:30 JORDAN BISCHEL - Central Michigan University - “How to Change the Culture of Your Program”
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020
9:00-9:45 MICHAEL THOMAS - Minnesota Twins - “Catching and Receiving”
9:45-10:30 JAKE MCKINLEY - Milwaukee Brewers - “Pitching Programs”
10:30-11:15 BLAST MOTION - “How to Use Data to Improve Hitting”
11:15-12:00 HOT STOVE - MHSBCA Coaches - “How to Navigate the Issues that Coaches Face"
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