Michigan is trying to cut down on the spread of the virus linked to school sports without shutting them down.
Starting April 2, youth sports involving students aged 13 to 19 are required to use rapid antigen tests before practices or competitions.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association says it will do whatever it takes to help kids keep playing as safely as possible.
Winter sports tournaments will proceed as scheduled, the biggest impact will be on spring sports. Winter regionals are this week and next Saturday has a lion’s share of finals.
In total, the April 2 start date for the testing order affects less than 2,000 students in winter sports, including about 896 wrestlers who have already been using rapid antigen tests; 950 kids who have not been testing will have to start after April 2.
The effect on spring sports, which start practices soon, will be more clear on Saturday.
The MHSAA is waiting on more directions from the state. Updated testing guidance from the health department will be released on Saturday.
When asked if this new order is an increased burden on the MHSAA, it said if a little extra work testing is what it takes to help keep kids playing, that’s what they are going to do.
To date, all tests and other supplies have been provided to schools free of charge. The MHSAA also stressed that it’s received good communication from the state health department.