When the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) voted to move football and volleyball from the fall to spring the board of directors also hinted that organized practices for the sports would be allowed this fall. Now the high school league has released detailed guidance for players and coaches to follow.
The guidance, dubbed as "optional Fall Training Seasons" is for volleyball, football and other spring sports including golf, lacrosse, baseball, softball, boys tennis, track, badminton and synchronized swimming.
The guidance stipulates that each sport can hold a maximum of 12 fall training sessions.
Football and volleyball can hold the 12 training sessions between Sept. 14 and Oct. 3. The normal spring sports – golf, lacrosse, baseball, softball, boys tennis, track, badminton and synchronized swimming – must host the practices between Oct. 5-24.
"All MSHSL member schools have the authority to provide the entire Training Season, offer a reduced Training Season, or choose not to offer a Training Season," the guidance says.
The league also made it clear that fall training sessions cannot include tryouts, scrimmages, jamborees, competitions or captain's practices. Nor can practices include individuals or students who aren't members of the team or students at the school.
Furthermore, the first week of fall practices should include implementing COVID-19 safety protocols, including pre-participation screenings, social distancing and limiting the maximum number of participants (coaches and players combined) per session to 25.
You can read the full fall training guidance here.