Virus Outbreak Prep Sports Football

Head football coach Bob Wager, right, and sophomore safety Cameron Conley greet each other at the re-opening of strength and conditioning camp at a Texas high school.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Missouri State High School Activities Association announced Wednesday that it will allow schools who have virtual learning this fall due to the COVID-19 outbreak can still participate in all activities, including sports.

During a virtual meeting of the Board of Directors, MSHSAA granted relief of two bylaws that “allows schools not meeting in-person to participate in MSHSAA activities” for the 2020-2021 school year only.

“The board granted relief of the MSHSAA constitution, which provides a MSHSAA member school the ability to participate in activities if the school begins the school year or transitions to entirely virtual instruction, provided they are following all health department requirements and phases, if applicable."

The MSHSAA board also said it will leave it up to local school districts to determine if they will proceed with sports and activities if they are in a virtual learning environment.

MSHSAA said students must meet all requirements for the local school, with the school having the ability to always be more restrictive.

Schools have until September 11 to notify MSHSAA if they have a sport that will not be able to participate in the postseason. The teams that will not be participating will be removed from the classification process for that specific sport, MSHSAA said.

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