Spring sports canceled until further notice
Softball and track and field will see different practice requirements if resumed
On Monday, March 16 the Montana High School Association (MHSA) suspended spring sports indefinitely in response to growing concern and action by State and Federal government regarding the coronavirus. “This includes practices, contests, meets and festivals. The Executive Board will reevaluate this situation on April 13 and any additional information regarding spring activities will be provided as it becomes available,” a release sent out Monday morning stated.
MHSA fell in line with other major sports organizations that canceled the remainder of their seasons on Wednesday, including the National Basketball Association (NBA). Friday saw the cancelation of the rest of the state basketball tournaments after four cases were identified and confirmed in Montana. Teams unable to play past semifinal games in Billings, Bozeman, Butte and Missoula were crowned co-champion winners.
Track and field, softball and tennis are typically required to complete 10 practices before competing. Golf needs only two practices before the first tournament. If spring sports resume, practice quantities for golf will not change. Other spring sports will only need to complete five practices before meets or tournaments. Postseason formats will be adjusted by MHSA as necessary.
MHSA’s decision was informed in part by Gov. Steve Bullock’s decision to close Montana public schools until March 26 as a social distancing practice. MHSA will continue to follow guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Office of Public Instruction (OPI).