Just eight days before the preseason was set to start, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) has opted to postpone all Fall and winter sports. The decision follows suit with the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland(IAAM), who were the first to postpone. The MPSSAA took to twitter to announce the postponement. The full release can be read here.
The MPSSAA in consultation with the— MPSSAA (@MPSSAA_Org) August 3, 2020
State Superintendent of Schools, the MD Department of Health, and the Public School
Superintendent Association of Maryland has postponed the 2020 high school fall and
winter competition season during the first semester. https://t.co/tp0F79IueB pic.twitter.com/e4dwh52czY
The decision to postpone was finalized after the Maryland Board of Education announced that the Fall semester would begin virtually, with the option to begin physical engagement on campus gradually over time. The Maryland Board of Education waived regulations during the first semester for student engagement. According to an MPSSAA release in late June, the waiver will “will give the local school systems (LSS) the flexibility to navigate county/city COVID-19 restrictions and administer interscholastic athletic opportunities based on local conditions.”
The MPSSAA is working to finalize “a hybrid two-semester plan focused on student engagement options in the first semester and modified competition seasons for all sports during the second semester.” The finalized plan should be available before the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Maryland joins the following states in postponing most if not all Fall sports until the Winter/Spring:
District of Columbia
If you haven’t seen the most recent editions to our State-By-State Return to Play Updates, you can see them at the links below.
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