MHSAA 'suspending' all winter sports tournaments indefinitely

The MHSAA sanctions high school athletics in Michigan.
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LANSING (WJRT) (3/12/2020) - High school athletes will get this weekend off after the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended all winter sports tournaments until further notice.

The suspension was announced at 2:25 p.m. Thursday, hours after the organization announced restrictions on spectators.

The boys swimming and diving finals, hockey state semifinals and finals, gymnastics individual and team finals and boys and girls basketball playoff tournaments all will not take place this weekend.

The MHSAA said the events are suspended effective immediately, but no makeup dates were announced Thursday afternoon.

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Spectators hoping to watch their local teams in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs may have to watch TV -- including parents.

The MHSAA has banned spectators entirely for some state finals events this weekend and is requiring participating schools to assemble a limited list of spectators allowed in others.

The guidelines announced Thursday are based on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recommendations that Michiganders avoid any meetings with more than 100 people to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The boys swimming and diving state finals on Friday and Saturday, along with the girls gymnastics individual finals on Saturday, will take place with no spectators allowed. Only athletes and coaches will be allowed.

A limited number of spectators will be allowed in the girls gymnastics team finals, ice hockey semifinals and finals, girls basketball regional games and boys basketball district finals.

For the events allowing spectators, the participating schools must assemble a list of parents, legal guardians and essential administrators allowed into the facility, along the players and coaches. Anyone not on the list won't be allowed inside.

Admission will be free for anyone allowed inside. Anyone who bought advance tickets will be offered a full refund from the MHSAA.

The MHSAA is not allowing bands, cheerleaders or parking lot gatherings at any of the events.

All of the swimming, diving, gymnastics and hockey events will be streamed live at mhsaa.tv. Some select basketball events also will be livestreamed.