MHSAA suspends winter tournaments amid COVID-19 concerns

EAST LANSING — Postseason events sponsored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association have been suspended immediately and indefinitely due to concerns related to COVID-19.

The ice hockey, girls gymnastics and Lower Peninsula boys swimming and diving finals had been scheduled for this weekend, while the girls and boys basketball tournaments are midway through earlier rounds of their playoff progressions.

Nearly two dozen Catholic High School League teams had been scheduled for tournament play including district finals in boys basketball, regional finals in girls basketball, and state championships in boys hockey and swim and dive.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recommended a stoppage of large gatherings in order to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Based on the events of the last 48 hours and with things changing by the minute, we believe we have no choice but to suspend our winter tournaments immediately,” MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said. “This is a suspension until we have a better handle on the situation. The health and welfare of everyone involved is our number one priority.”

Uyl added that more information and updates will be forthcoming over the next few days. No timetable has been determined for possible rescheduling of tournaments.