Sports News

2020-21 Athletics Status  11/20/20
2020-21 Athletics Status 11/20/20

Important Message from MHS Activities Director, Ted Schultz Regarding Winter Athletics

Greetings MHS Student Athletes and Families,

Due to the continuous rise in CCOVID-19 cases in our state, Governor Tim Walz has paused all MSHSL athletic events effective midnight, Friday November 21 extending through December 18, thus ending our fall athletics season. I am happy to report that we successfully completed 274 fall competitions with only one cancellation from a possible exposure due to COVID-19 from a Minnetonka student. All students, families, and coaches have done an outstanding job working through this pandemic. We ask that you continue to follow the governor's guidelines on face coverings, social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings so we can help flatten the curve and still have some form of a winter athletics season.

Following the governor's announcement, The MSHSL released its own guidelines for winter sports with the following provisions:

Coaches are allowed to:

  • Have virtual contact with their student athletes
  • Make optional individual workouts and skill workouts available to be done at home
  • Virtually connect to support student-athletes
  • Teach, implement, and develop team concepts as they relate to individual skill development

What is prohibited:

  • Student/coach in-person contact
  • Requiring participation or mandating workouts
  • Suggesting or inferring that students should gather
  • Athletics participants/teammates gathering independently with their team

Our expectation is that each grade level team will have virtual activities that include both physical and teaching components throughout the week. I recently conferred with our winter head coaches and they are developing plans to send to their teams. Our intention is to have active participation throughout the Governor's "paused" period. These virtual workouts, meetings, and teaching sessions are optional and not required per MSHSL guidance. We hope to create a meaningful experience for student athletes during the next four weeks or longer. The start dates for these activities will vary from program to program. More information forthcoming from your coach.

It is my honor to serve this supportive community and I thank you for your patience and flexibility. While the future of 2020-21 high school athletics is uncertain at this time, please know that I will continue to work toward a substantial winter season. Please follow @TonkaSkippers for further announcements.

Be safe and be good.

Ted Schultz
Director of Activities,
Minnetonka High School

The District will continue to provide updates as information changes. Athletics updates will be posted initially at @TonkaSkippers.

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