MSHSL board schedules special meeting to discuss football, volleyball

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21.
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Board members for the Minnesota State High School League met for nearly four hours Tuesday, with part of the discussion involving the pros and cons of allowing football and volleyball to be played this fall. 

Both sports were postponed prior to the start of the school year due to concerns about participant safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, and now the board will convene Monday at 9 a.m. to reconsider the decision. 

The Star Tribune reports that Tuesday's meeting featured discussion over possible start dates for football and volleyball, including an Oct. 2 kickoff for football and and Oct. 22 debut for volleyball. Both sports are currently allowed three weeks of practice without games. 

In response to football and volleyball being delayed in early August, nearly 16,000 people have joined the "Let Them Play MN" movement. The group is now promoting its members to send letters to school leaders and board members, urging them to encourage the MSHSL board to allow football and volleyball this fall. 

There has been one confirmed death for COVID-19 patients in Minnesota under the age of 20, and there have been no documented COVID-19 deaths for high school-aged kids, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

  • Age 0-4 – 1,702 cases – 1 death
  • Age 5-9  – 1,616 cases – 0 deaths
  • Age 10-14 – 2,443 cases – 0 deaths
  • Age 15-19 – 7,928 cases – 0 deaths
  • Age 20-24 – 11,622 cases – 1 death
  • Age 25-29 – 8,841 cases – 3 deaths

Earlier this week, the MDH confirmed that between June 1 and Sept. 5 there were 1,492 COVID-19 infections linked to sports in the state, though the health department does not keep track of how many infections are linked to MSHSL activities. 

However, a spokesperson from the health department told BMTN that the number of infections tied to MSHSL activities is definitely fewer than approximately 300. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to the board of directors for comment. 

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