2021 Return To Play Guidelines for Spring Sports

MHSAA Return to Activity Guidelines for 2021 Spring Sports:

Face Mask Protocol for Spring Sports:

  • Contact Sports (Girls Soccer):  Participants must wear face masks at all times.  This includes all participants, coaches and all other team personnel.
  • Non-Contact Sports (Baseball, Golf, Softball, Tennis and Track & Field):  Participants must wear face masks at all times except when involved in active outdoor participation (in the game, during the round, during the match, during the race/event).  Coaches and all other team personnel must wear face masks at all times, including participants when on the bench, in the dugout, between an individual’s events, etc.
  • If practice or competition moves indoors, all individuals (participants, coaches, team personnel) must wear face masks at all times.
  • Six feet of physical distancing will be included in all activity whenever possible.

COVID-19 Rapid Testing Protocol for Spring Sports:

  • In order to comply with the MDHHS epidemic order that was released on March 19, all spring sport participants will be required to undergo an antigen rapid test once per week while participating.  Teams will be assigned days/times to report for their required testing.
    • Round 1:  April 6-12
    • Round 2:  April 13-19
    • Round 3:  April 20-26
    • Round 4:  April 27-May 3
    • Round 5:  May 4-10
    • Round 6:  May 11-17
    • Round 7:  May 18-24
    • Round 8:  May 25-31
    • Round 9:  June 1-7
  • Prior to testing, the following forms are required to be completed by each participant and turned into their sport coach or to the MSHS Athletic Office:
  • Common Questions:
    • Can/should students get tested on their own?  No.  All testing being done in conjunction with spring sports will need to be administered by MSHS.  This testing is free of charge to our spring sport participants and being submitted to the MDHHS needs to be directly related to tests that we have administered.
    • If my student is vaccinated, does he/she still need to be tested every week?  Yes.  All spring sport participants must be tested once per week, regardless of their vaccination status.
    • My student is currently under quarantine after being named as a close contact for another student who tested positive.  Will a negative rapid test result shorten/eliminate the need for them to quarantine?  No. Students that are under a quarantine requirement must fully sit out that specified duration of time before he/she is permitted to return to school and participate in extracurricular sports/activities.
    • What is the protocol for a positive test?  All positive tests will be submitted to the MDHHS within four (4) hours of the positive test result.  Following the submission of positive test results to the MDHHS, the Marquette County Health Department will manage quarantine practices unless a subsequent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test produces a negative result.