The Minnesota State High School League made updates to its spring activities participation policies again on March 17 at 12:15 p.m. to clarify exactly what students and their coaches and directors can and cannot do while Minnesota schools are closed from March 18-27.
The MSHSL announced on March 15 that programs could not practice during that period. That came after a March 13 ruling that said there would be no scrimmages, competitions and contests with other MSHSL programs until April 6. The league updated its policy on Tuesday afternoon in order to add clarity to how coaches could interact with their students while they are not in the classroom from March 18-27. All if this has been done in an attempt to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
During the time period of March 18-27, coaches and directors may not:
Have in-person contact with participants.
Require or suggest groups of participants to gather.
Suggest or support “captain’s practices” or “open gyms.”
Provide evaluations or feedback on participants’ performance. An example would be requiring participants to submit video of a skill or performance.
Require participants to take part in individual workouts or skills training, etc. (i.e. journaling, reporting of time spent, submission of results)
Place undue influence on participants to take part in any individual workouts or skills training.
Coaches and directors may:
Connect with participants via technology (i.e. email, Learning Management System, school-approved communication tools).
Provide optional individual workouts or optional individual skills training via electronic communication.
Connect with and support participants who are challenged by the changes in their routines and life due to changes caused by COVID-19 limitations and restrictions.
Coaches and directors must include the Activities Administrator on all communication to participants. Individual school administration may also place more restrictive limitations on practice and participation.
As of March 17, schools will be allowed to continue competition of games and activities against other programs starting on April 6, but that is subject to change. As COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, the MSHSL stated it will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.