MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.
Publish date:
state hockey tournament, mshsl

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) board of directors approved three different calendars that could see winter sports beginning as soon as Dec. 21. All in all, the return to sports is now entirely in the hands of Gov. Tim Walz, who will need to lift the shutdown in order for the MSHSL to allow sports to happen. 

"Basically, they gave the go-ahead for winter sports. The shoe that has to drop is the governor basically saying the shutdown is over," John Millea of the MSHSL explained to KDEC Radio's Darin Svenson

Return to Participation Task Force recommended three different calendars: 

  • Calendar 1: Dec. 21 practices start, games start Jan. 4
  • Calendar 2: Jan. 4 practices start, games start Jan. 11
  • Calendar 3: Jan. 18 practices start, games start Jan. 25

All three were approved, so when the shutdown ends will dictate which calendar is used. The MSHSL will hold a statewide conference call with athletics directors to explain the three calendars. 

"It's good news," Millea continued. "They are trying to be ahead of the curve here and just saying, 'we are going to be ready to go.'" 

No matter what calendar is selected, school districts will still have final say about what sports are allowed to resume at its schools, though nothing happens unless the MSHSL and state government are allowing sports and activities to resume. 

Thursday's board meeting directly impacts boys and girls basketball, boys and girls hockey, wrestling, alpine and Nordic skiing, swimming, dance, gymnastics, and adapted floor hockey. State tournaments were also discussed, and the league is attempting to build those tournaments into the schedule. 

"I think we have a good chance at having state tournaments for winter sports," said Millea. He speculated that Minnesota could have the state hockey tournament for boys and girls at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with no or limited fans. 

If the shutdown is still in place Jan. 18, the MSHSL would need to come up with a new plan. 

Next Up

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.


For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Tributes pour in after MN Supreme Court justice's daughter found dead

Olivia Chutich died near the campus of Iowa State University.

Image from iOS (96)

Early Saturday fire damages Burger King in Richfield

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. / Gopher Basketball

Maryland hands Gophers first home loss of season

The 17th-ranked Gophers fell to the Terrapins 63-49 on Saturday afternoon.


state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL board to discuss winter sports, football and volleyball playoffs

The board will meet Thursday with more hugely popular items on the agenda.

high school basketball

MSHSL releases plan for winter sports, fall postseason

There will be no state tournament for fall sports.

high school football

MSHSL reveals which sports can and can't resume this fall

The decisions affected football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, cross-country, soccer and swimming/diving.


Only 'school-approved' fans to be allowed at MSHSL tournament games

The MSHSL announced limited access due to the coronavirus.

high school football

High school football, volleyball to return this fall, MSHSL decides

The league's board held an emergency meeting on Monday.

Paige Bueckers

MSHSL cancels girls, boys basketball tournaments

It could mean the end of high school basketball careers for seniors.

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MN health leaders want prep sports halted amid COVID-19 surge

Gov. Walz said new guidance will be released "within the next day or so."