In an about face, the Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors is allowing football and volleyball teams to compete this fall.
The reversal comes after a vote on Aug. 4, when the board approved postponing football and volleyball until a spring season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The football season officially begins Monday, Sept. 28 when teams can start practicing.
Teams will play a six-game regular season beginning the week of Oct. 5.
“The High School League made a decision to re-evaluate and look at everything going and decided we are going to play and we are excited about that,” said Wayzata Football Head Coach Lambert Brown via Zoom video now available on Wayzata.com.
Meanwhile, practices begin for volleyball teams on Monday, Sept. 28 as well.
Volleyball matches begin on Oct. 8.
“(The) decision, based on what we currently know and with the unknowns of what spring will bring, is based on the belief that playing now provides us the best opportunity to play a football and volleyball season,” said Board of Directors President Blaine Novak.
“Our volleyball student-athletes are really excited to have a season,” said Wayzata Head Volleyball Coach Scott Jackson.
One element that will be missing from volleyball matches this season is the fans in the stands. This is one of the tradeoffs to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Our parents have been really supportive of their daughters and their coaches,” said Jackson. “They, of course, wish to be allowed to be in-person spectators of our matches, but they realize and accept that isn’t a possibility currently. All teams will have to create their own energy without fans present.”
2019 was a magical year for both the Wayzata Trojan football and volleyball teams.
Can these teams repeat? We’ll know sooner than later.
Football Schedule (home games in bold):
10/9 Prior Lake
10/15 @ St. Michael-Albertville
10/23 Eden Prairie
10/30 @ Minnetonka
11/11 @ Burnsville
Volleyball Schedule (home games in bold):
10/8 @ Edina
10/12 @ Hopkins
10/14 St. Michael-Albertville
10/22 @ Eden Prairie
11/4 @ St. Michael-Albertville
11/12 Eden Prairie
11/19 @ Buffalo
11/24 @ Minnetonka