Panthers News · MHSAA Winter Sports Guidelines


Winter sports practices and competition are scheduled to begin on time. Schools or conferences may decide to delay the start of winter sports practices or competition and reduce the number of regularseason competitions. No changes to published MHSAA tournament dates are currently proposed.

Like fall sports, scrimmages are prohibited in all winter sports; the only occasions where students from different schools can be together is for official games, matches, meets and competitions.

Regular-season competition limits in winter sports will restrict the number of teams and individuals at any one competition site. The concept is winter competition will take place as locally as possible with no large-scale events, invitationals or tournaments during the regular season. Out-of-state competition for Michigan schools must follow these MHSAA limitations. The maximum number of schools present at an invitational or tournament shall not exceed . . .

Four (4) schools/teams in competitive cheer, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling. In middle school basketball where multiple games are allowed in a day, these events are also limited to no more than 4 schools/teams.

In dual competition sports such as basketball and ice hockey, where only one game is permitted for a team in a day, host sites must strictly enforce spectator capacity limits on a game-by-game basis. In addition, host sites must actively manage sanitation and cleaning protocols during transition times between games, such as during a freshman-JV-varsity tripleheader or between games of a holiday showcase when a number of teams rotate through a facility during the day. Event organizers and venues must consider proper scheduling, seating areas, and crowd entry and exit to facilitate needed sanitizing and physical distancing protocols.

For all winter sports, all competition will begin with the 2-spectator-per-participant limitation. Local schools will determine participants connected to athletic events (sideline cheer, dance, pompon, etc.) and in all cases, the maximum number of spectators must be within all MDHHS limitations. For participants who have parents/guardians in excess of two individuals, schools are encouraged to use common sense and flexibility in managing those situations. More updates on spectator policies will be forthcoming as MDHHS guidance changes and is updated in the coming weeks.

Current MDHHS guidance requires face coverings for athletes in basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling at all times. Face coverings are optional for athletes in active participation in bowling, gymnastics and skiing but would be required at all other times when not involved in active participation.