The message below was sent from Mount Saint Joseph's Principal and Athletic Director on Monday, October 12 to parents and students.
The MIAA Board of Governors has issued the following statement today.
After much deliberation, the MIAA and IAAM have supported a return to play opportunity for fall sport student-athletes at all Member Schools. With the majority of our Member Schools welcoming students back onto campuses, the Boards of Governors from both leagues met and proposed two alternatives for consideration. A vote was taken on Friday by school leadership from both leagues and an “Open Season” approach resulted. Under this approach, the leagues will not provide official league schedules but will provide member schools the opportunity to create student-athlete involvement and competition within the comfort level determined by each school. The type and amount of activities made available will be at the discretion of each school.
This pandemic has caused consternation across the board for all schools both academically and athletically. The shared focus of the MIAA and IAAM always has been and will remain, to find ways to return student-athletes to the courts and fields of play and to support healthy competition in a safe manner. It is our hope that this decision will provide that opportunity under these very trying circumstances.
We are grateful that the fall open season will give our student athletes the opportunity to play, bond as brothers, and learn the lessons that high school athletics can provide. The biggest thing missing from the open season is the chance to compete for a championship, and we know that some of you will be disappointed with this news. We share in your disappointment, but we respect the other schools’ decisions to err on the side of caution with COVID-19.
Since our local COVID positivity rates have been encouraging, Mount Saint Joseph will pursue an open season for football, soccer, cross country, and volleyball. Presently, the MIAA is considering moving the official water polo season for this year to the spring of 2021, and we expect a decision on this soon.
Our fall sports season will start with tryouts the week of October 19. Details for each team’s tryout will be available soon at https://www.msjnet.edu/athletics
. Under the plan that was chosen, winter and spring sports are scheduled to have official MIAA seasons, with winter sports starting on Monday, January 4, and spring sports starting Tuesday, February 16.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we must not let adversity bring us down. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide positive experiences for our student athletes on our fields and courts. As always, the safety of our student athletes, coaches, officials, and fans is our top priority. We will send out an update on tryouts, schedules, and safety protocols as they are available.
Mr. Kraig J. Loovis ’92
Mr. Francisco M. Espinosa, Jr.