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Michigan Group Looks to Save Spring HS Sports Season

Andy Berg

A group made up of parents and coaches in Michigan is hoping to salvage what’s left of the high school spring sports season.

It was early April when the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced the cancellation of all remaining winter and spring sports. Now, a group called Play Ball Michigan is hoping they can get at least part of the spring season back.

"When we were told we weren't going to have a spring sports season, it was pretty devastating," Portage Northern baseball coach, Chris Andrews who helped start the group, told the local Fox affiliate.

Andrews said the group wants to help MHSAA and the Michigan Department of Education find a safe what to get sports back on track this year.

"More than anything, sports are providing leadership opportunities for kids," he added, "we're just trying to find a way to get these kids back out there in a healthy manner."

The group is hoping for the opportunity to at least talk with the MHSAA representative council about its ideas when the council meets on Monday.

"We still think we have time to get a shortened spring season in," Andrews mentioned, "let's look at that and if we can do that in a safe manner and maybe start some conversations quickly instead of moving on." 

Anderson says he’s not sure what an abbreviated spring season would look like, but he hopes options will at least be considered.

"It has to be deemed safe first of all, whether that's a different protocol like less kids in the dugout or wearing masks, whatever we can find to make it safe and move forward."

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