MSHSL Updates Spring Activity Guidelines During School Closure

Following Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’ announcement that schools will be closed now through Mar. 27 due to concern over the spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota State High School League has provided updated limitations for spring activity participation after canceling all activities and athletics while school is closed.

The given limitations are also in effect from now through Mar. 27. These all apply to contact between coaches/directors and participating students of school activity programs.

According to the release, coaches and directors may not:

  • 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.

However, coaches and directors are permitted to connect with their participants through technology, provide individual workouts or skills training that are optional, and support participants dealing with challenges due to the changes caused by COVID-19. Activities administrators must also be included in communication by coaches and directors to participating members.

These details followed a directive from the MSHSL released on Sunday, which stated there will be no activities and athletics at any school during the school closure through Mar. 27. Scrimmages, contests, and competitions as part of spring sports remain prohibited through Apr. 6.

All recent announcements pertaining to COVID-19 response from the MSHSL have been provided in PDF form on the league’s website and can be found here.