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Minnesota high school football, volleyball head to March, other fall sports to start on time

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 08/05/20, 10:00AM CDT


Other fall sports -- including soccer, cross-country, girls' tennis and girls' swimming -- will start on time but with limitations on seasons and competition.

Hutchinson football seniors Jordan Titus (left, in car), Ty Glaser and Tristan Hoppe could not contain their disappointment after learning that their sport was postponed until spring. "It doesn't seem real," Titus said. " Photo: David Joles, Star Tribune

No Minnesota high school football and volleyball games until March.

The state’s sports with the most participants for boys and girls got the biggest disruption Tuesday as the Minnesota State High School League approved a fall athletic season set to look far different from any in its 105-year history.

Owing to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of spreading the virus, football and volleyball will be played in a new, shortened season — carved out between winter and spring sports — that concludes in mid-May. Other fall sports will start on time this month but with shortened seasons and limited competition.

The new season means that spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse will be pushed back and conclude in July rather than June.

Reactions to the league’s highly anticipated decisions, made in a virtual board of directors meeting, ranged from disappointment and shock to excitement and relief among tens of thousands of athletes, coaches and officials at more than 500 schools across the state.

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