Guidelines announced for team sports in Mississippi this summer amid coronavirus pandemic

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JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced guidelines for summer athletics and activities.

The guidelines are effective June 1 and for summer 2020 only, according to a press release.

From the press release:

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School athletics and fine arts activity programs can begin summer practices, workouts, skill development, weightlifting, conditioning and rehearsals for student-athletes and fine arts participants on June 1, pending Gov. Tate Reeves’ upcoming announcement on a date to reopen all Mississippi school facilities.

Athletic coaches and activity directors must confirm with their school and/or district administrators that a specific school facility is open and available for use.

Competition in athletics and activities between or among MHSAA member or non-member schools and/or teams is canceled until school resumes in the fall.

All practices, workouts, skill development, weightlifting, conditioning and rehearsals shall be considered voluntary for student-athletes and activities participants.

School team and school activities participation and travel to summer programs and/or team camps are not allowed.

On-campus summer programs and/or school camps should adhere to national, state and local COVID-19 health recommendations.