UPDATE: MHSAA monitoring COVID-19

MHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Statement on Coronavirus

Updated March 14, 8:19 PM

The Mississippi High School Activities Association Executive Committee will convene by teleconference on Monday morning, March 16, to take action and approve plans for member schools participating in spring sports and fine arts activities for the 2020 school year.
The MHSAA will provide an emailed statement to member schools and post on its website: misshsaa.com, at the conclusion of the meeting.
Please know MHSAA leadership is working diligently to adjust to this rapidly evolving situation.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this unfortunate situation together.

The Mississippi High Activities Association (MHSAA) is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in our state and in surrounding states. The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is at the forefront of our thoughts and our decisions concerning participation in member school sports and activities.  MHSAA is working closely with our MHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the Mississippi Department of Public Health, the Mississippi Department of Education and the National Federation of High Schools Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.  We are staying in constant contact with state and federal officials who continue to monitor this situation and provide us with updates.

Contingency plans are being formulated if statewide school cancellations or delays occur and will be implemented if necessary by the MHSAA.  Local school administrators reserve the right to postpone any contest or competition.  Spring fine arts activities and sports championship events will be reviewed and appropriate responses and actions will be taken.  If contingency
playoff formats are required, we appreciate your school’s or schools’ flexibility and understanding.  We will do everything possible to complete championship competition as scheduled, but contingency plans with modified championship formats may be necessary.

The MHSAA will initiate staged levels of response, so possible restrictions may be put in place as the need arises based on input from our sports medicine advisory committee.  Precautions may include restricting fan attendance, postponing or cancelling contests with out-of-state schools or, if necessary, no competition at all.

Mississippi High School Activities Association will follow the recommendations from our state agencies for prevention and preparation and will update member school administrations with new information as it is received.


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