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Minnesota prep winter sports target three start dates amid COVID-19 concerns


December 4, 2020

Jeff Wheeler – Star Tribune

Fewer fans than usual could be seen in the stands at Williams Arena on March 12 when Hopkins and Stillwater played in what turned out to be one of the last winter sports events before the coronavirus pandemic shut down high school sports.

Facing another two weeks of youth sports on hold because of COVID-19, the Minnesota State High School League on Thursday approved a trio of dates for restarting winter sports, including one that would have games starting in the last week of January.

The league set possible start dates for team practice of Dec. 21, Jan. 4 and Jan. 18 to address uncertainty with managing the spread of COVID-19 through the upcoming holidays. The plan puts a priority on games over season length, though there would be as many as 30% fewer games than in a normal season.

It also seeks to minimize disruption to spring sports seasons, which never got started last spring as the pandemic took hold. Those sports would begin as winter sports wind down, with a goal of finishing the week of June 14.


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