MSHS School Spirit Face Masks for Sale

MSHS School Spirit Face Masks for Sale

Show your school spirit at upcoming home athletics events by purchasing an MSHS face mask with the Marquette “Block M” logo on it!

Masks are available for $10/mask and come in both black and red (see picture below).  Material is a breathable 100% polyester with sublimated logo and elastic ear straps (one size fits all).

All proceeds to go benefit MSHS boys and girls athletics teams.

To purchase, contact the MSHS Athletics Department at atiseo@mapsnet.org or 906-225-5362.

Football Home Game Protocol for Spectators

Football Home Game Protocol for Spectators

The 2020 football season will offer some unique circumstances and some less than ideal conditions, but fortunately also provides us with the opportunity to give our student-athletes an experience that is positive, competitive, safe and, above all else, fun for everyone involved!

To accomplish our goal of providing this experience to our student-athletes and participating in all of our scheduled contests for the 2020 season, we need the patience and assistance of all of our spectators.  Please remember that this time is all about our students and it’s on us to do our part so that they can get the most out of this season.

Home football games at MSHS this season will take place with limited spectators in the stadium.

Guidelines for Admission and Home Game Operation:

  • Two (2) tickets will be allotted to every football student-athlete and coach (both home and away).  Students must designate the names of their guests on the ticket lists provided to teams at the start of each week.  Lists are then collected after practice on the day prior to the game.  No changes can be made after this time.
  • Two (2) tickets will also be allotted to members of the MSHS Marching Band, MSHS Cheer Team and MSHS Dance Team.
  • Guests will be verified at the ticket gate prior to entry.
  • Face masks are required to be worn at all times by all entering the facility (this includes student-athletes and coaches).  There are no exceptions.
  • No admission will be charged at home games this season, but donations to support our athletics programs are most appreciated.
  • While seated in the stands, fans not residing in the same household are asked to social distance themselves from other spectators.
  • Vehicles are not permitted to park along the fence anywhere surrounding the MSHS Football Stadium.
  • Restrooms will be available.
  • Concession stand will not be open.

Guidelines for Hillside Spectators:

  • Fans are permitted to enjoy games from the MSHS hillside.
  • Parking must be done on the street or in a legal parking spot.  No vehicles are to be parked on the grass.
  • Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear masks and practice safe social distancing from those not residing in the same household.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption are not permitted.

Alternative Viewing/Listing Options:

  • Through the REDspn program, all home football games will be live streamed through the NFHS Network.  Cost of the NFHS Network is $10.99/month.  Click here for the REDspn page.
  • Radio coverage for all varsity home games is provided by Fox Sports Marquette and can be found on 105.1 and 99.9 FM.

With your help, we can keep ourselves and each other safe while providing our students with the best experience possible this fall.

Volleyball Matches To Be Held Without Spectators to Begin 2020 Season

Volleyball Matches To Be Held Without Spectators to Begin 2020 Season

The Great Northern Conference (GNC) has announced that volleyball matches will be held without spectators to begin the 2020 season.  Conference members include Escanaba, Gladstone, Kingsford, Marquette and Menominee.

The decision to hold contests without spectators in attendance is based on a concentrated and proactive effort from members to help protect the return to in-person education taking place at schools this year. Keeping the health and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, staff and officials at the forefront of return to activity planning and minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 were the basis of discussion among conference athletic directors and school administrators.

The no-spectator format will ensure schools that all student-athletes, coaches and essential staff in the game environment have been pre-screened for COVID-related symptoms and can best adhere to the guidelines set forth in the return to play resource published by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).  It is hoped that a revised format allowing for a limited number of spectators to attend matches could eventually be adopted as restrictions lessen and a safe return to in-person education has occurred.

In the meantime, member schools have taken measures for families, friends and fans to be able to view matches through live video streaming capabilities that will be broadcasted through the NFHS Network.  A $10.99 monthly fee or $69.99 annual pass allows users to stream thousands of live and on-demand high school sporting events from across the country on any device.
MHSAA Update: Boys Soccer and Volleyball to Begin Competition On-Time; Fall Practice Allowances Made for Football and Spring Sports

MHSAA Update: Boys Soccer and Volleyball to Begin Competition On-Time; Fall Practice Allowances Made for Football and Spring Sports

MHSAA staff has been working diligently for months with the Governor’s office and health department officials on return to activity plans during the COVID pandemic.  On June 30, Governor Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Roadmap and it tasked the MHSAA with creating and publishing the guidance for the reopening of school sports.  For the past eight weeks, staff has worked to fulfill this mandate and has published all materials at MHSAA.com.  During this process, the MHSAA has made certain that athletic guidance complies with all Executive Orders of the Governor.

Today, the Representative Council approved the start of competition in Regions 6 and 8 of the state in boys soccer and volleyball.

Based on today’s happenings, the following items were approved by the Representative Council today, subject to current and future Executive Orders.

  1. Competition in boys soccergirls swimming & diving and volleyball in Regions 6 and 8 may begin as scheduled on August 21 with all published safety protocols being followed.  All individuals not in active participation (players in the game and officials) must wear a face covering at all times which includes substitutes, coaches, game workers/management, auxiliary or support personnel, medical personnel, media members and spectators.  School personnel, not contest officials, are responsible for face covering compliance. In Regions 6 and 8, the outdoor limitations are 25% of the venue capacity or 500, whichever is smaller and includes all persons (players, coaches, officials, game workers, medical personnel, media and spectators).  In Regions 6 and 8, the indoor gymnasium limitations are 25% of the venue capacity or 250 individuals, whichever is smaller, that again includes all persons.   Indoor pools in these two Regions are limited to 25% of the bather capacity for that pool.
  2. In Regions 1-5 and 7, competition in boys soccergirls swimming & diving and volleyball may begin upon the issuance of future Executive Order(s) permitting soccer competition and opening of indoor school facilities for volleyball and swimming competition.  Under current Executive Orders, these three sports in Regions 1-5 and 7 may continue to practice outdoors under published protocols but may not compete within these six Regions.  Schools could travel into Regions 6 and 8 and compete based on the guidance above.
  3. Beginning on Monday, August 24, out-of-season football is allowed 16 voluntary coach-player contact days (with more than four players) with helmets only until October 31.  Consistent with the Representative Council’s decision last week to move the football season from fall to spring, no competition or practice with students from other schools is allowed on any of the 16 voluntary coach-player contact days and this allowance is for practice sessions on-site at school facilities if the school permits with all stated safety protocols being followed.  The guidelines from the Acclimatization Week on August 10-16 shall be followed on all coach-player contact days used with all activity taking place outdoors. Non sport-specific conditioning continues to be permitted with all published safety protocols. The four-player rule resumes on November 1 for football.  The MHSAA has heard from numerous schools and individuals about the need for students to stay connected with school coaches for a variety of wellness and mental health reasons.  This allowance for football seeks to address that concern.
  4. Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, all spring sports are allowed 16 voluntary, out-of-season coach-player contact days (more than 4 players) until October 31.  No competition or practice with students from other schools is allowed on any of the 16 voluntary coach-player contact days; this allowance is for practice sessions on-site at school facilities if the school permits with all stated safety protocols being followed.  Non sport-specific conditioning continues to be permitted with all published safety protocols.  Guidance for spring sport contact days will be available on each sport’s home page at MHSAA.com by September 1.  These will be similar to the protocols used during the summer with all activity taking place outdoors. The four-player rule resumes on November 1 for spring sports.   The MHSAA has heard from numerous schools about the need for students to stay connected with school coaches for a variety of wellness and mental health reasons, especially for spring sports that lost entire seasons last spring.  This allowance for all spring sports seeks to address that concern.
  5. The four-player rule continues for winter sports following all published safety protocols.  This activity must take place outdoors, subject to current and future Executive Orders.
  6. Sideline cheer activities (practices and cheering for fall contests) are allowed until the preseason downtime for competitive cheer begins on October 25. Sideline cheer activities must follow the protocol of using face-coverings, physical distancing and no stunting which keeps this activity in the low-risk group.  This activity must take place outdoors, subject to current and future Executive Orders.
  7. MHSAA junior high/middle school regulations allow fall sports practices to begin on Monday, August 24 at school facilities if the school permits with all stated safety protocols being followed. Schools may proceed in all middle school sports except football this fall based on decisions of leagues and/or individual schools.
  8. Finally, the Council reaffirmed that MHSAA Handbook, Regulation II, Sections 9-11 limits a student to only one football season in a school year.  For example, if a student participates in fall football in a different state, that student would be ineligible for a second football season in the spring in Michigan even if an exception to the transfer rule were met.

Click here for the Fall 2020 Athletics Schedule Page

Football to Move to Spring for 2020-21

Football to Move to Spring for 2020-21

The Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association today announced it will move the 2020 Fall football season to Spring 2021, due to football’s higher risk for spreading COVID-19, with the rest of Fall sports proceeding as scheduled.

The football season switch was made based on consultation with state health department officials and after surveying MHSAA member high schools on their progress and preferences after the first four days of practice. Football is considered a high-risk sport for potential spread of the COVID-19 virus because of its level of player-to-player contact.

“At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “But while continuing to connect with the Governor’s office, state health department officials, our member schools’ personnel and the Council, there is just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to play football this fall.

“No one is willing to take the risk of COVID being passed on because of a high-risk sport. Decisions have to be made on our other sports as well, but none of those carry the same close, consistent, and face-to-face contact as football.”

Click Here for Full Press Release from the MHSAA

With the postponement of the 2020-21 football season, all student participation fees received will be refunded to payers in the form that they were received (credit card, check, etc.).  These refunds will start to take place on Monday, August 17.

Cheer Practice Set To Begin August 10

Cheer Practice Set To Begin August 10

The first team meeting and practice of the 2020 Sideline Cheer season will be held at the MSHS Football Field at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 10.

Please note the following protocol/guidelines that will be adhered to during all tryout sessions:

  • All participating student-athletes must wear a mask to arrive at the facility and go through the pre-screening process.
  • Once through the pre-screening process and socially distanced, student-athletes will be permitted to remove their masks prior to the start of activity.
  • Student-athletes will want to bring their own water for use during activity.

Students must have a valid physical form on file in order to participate.  If using a valid physical form from the 2019-20 academic year, students must submit the MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire.  An explanation of the physical exam requirement for the 2020-21 academic year can be found at this link.

Resources:

Volleyball Tryouts Scheduled For August 12-14

Volleyball Tryouts Scheduled For August 12-14

Volleyball tryouts for the 2020 season will be held from August 12-14 from at MSHS.

Please note the following protocol/guidelines that will be adhered to during all tryout sessions:

  • All participating student-athletes must enter/exit MSHS through the Auxiliary Gym entrance and make efforts to social distance while going through the pre-screening process.
  • All participating student-athletes must wear a mask to arrive at the facility and go through the pre-screening process.
  • Once through the pre-screening process and socially distanced, student-athletes will be permitted to remove their masks prior to the start of activity.
  • Locker rooms will not be available for use at this time.
  • Student-athletes will want to bring their own water for use during activity.  Drinking fountains will not be available, however, the bottle filling feature will be active for refills.

Students must have a valid physical form on file in order to participate.  If using a valid physical form from the 2019-20 academic year, students must submit the MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire.  An explanation of the physical exam requirement for the 2020-21 academic year can be found at this link.

Varsity Tryout Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 12 – 5:00-7:30 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Thursday, August 13 – 5:00-7:30 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Friday, August 14 – 3:00-5:30 p.m. – Main Gym

JV Tryout Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 12 – 12:00-2:30 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Thursday, August 13 – 12:00-2:30 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Friday, August 14 – 12:00-2:30 p.m. – Main Gym

Freshman Tryout Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 12 – 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Main Gym
  • Thursday, August 13 – 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Main Gym
  • Friday, August 14 – 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Main Gym

Resources:

Boys Soccer Tryouts To Take Place August 12-14

Boys Soccer Tryouts To Take Place August 12-14

Boys Soccer tryouts for the 2020 season will be held from August 12-14 from at the Kaufman Sports Complex.

Please note the following protocol/guidelines that will be adhered to during all tryout sessions:

  • All participating student-athletes must wear a mask to arrive at the field and go through the pre-screening process.  Student-athletes will be asked to social distance while going through the pre-screening process.
  • Once through the pre-screening process and socially distanced, student-athletes will be permitted to remove their masks prior to the start of activity.
  • Student-athletes will want to bring their own water for use during activity.  

Students must have a valid physical form on file in order to participate.  If using a valid physical form from the 2019-20 academic year, students must submit the MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire.  An explanation of the physical exam requirement for the 2020-21 academic year can be found at this link.

Tryout Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 12 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Kaufman Sports Complex
  • Thursday, August 13 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Kaufman Sports Complex
  • Friday, August 14 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Kaufman Sports Complex

Parent Information Meeting:

  • A parent information meeting will be held prior to tryouts on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kaufman Sports Complex Pavilion

Resources:

Dance Team Tryouts To Be Held August 10-12

Dance Team Tryouts To Be Held August 10-12

MSHS Dance Team tryouts for the 2020-21 season will be held August 10-12 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the MSHS Football Field.

Please note that all participating student-athletes must wear a mask to arrive at the facility and go through the pre-screening process.  Once through the pre-screening process and socially distanced, student-athletes will be permitted to remove their masks prior to the start of activity.  In addition, student-athletes will want to bring their own water for use during activity.

Students must have a valid physical form on file in order to participate.  If using a valid physical form from the 2019-20 academic year, students must submit the MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire.  An explanation of the physical exam requirement for the 2020-21 academic year can be found at this link.

Tryout Dates and Times:

  • Monday, August 10 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12 (Final Assessments) – dancers will have an assigned time between 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Click Here for Tryout Flyer

Questions regarding tryouts can be directed to Alicia Beauchamp, Dance Team Head Coach, at abeauchamp@gmail.com.

Marquette Leads MHSAA With Seven Team Championships in 2019-20

Marquette Leads MHSAA With Seven Team Championships in 2019-20

EAST LANSING, Mich. – June 26 – A total of 58 schools won one or more of the 69 Michigan High School Athletic Association team championships awarded during the 2019-20 school year, with two teams winning three or more titles despite the cancellation of 62 MHSAA Finals due to COVID-19.

Marquette led with seven championships, winning its divisions in girls and boys skiing, girls and boys swimming & diving, girls and boys cross country and girls tennis.  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern won the second-most titles, three, finishing first in its divisions in girls golf, boys tennis and boys soccer – the soccer championship its first in that sport.

Four more schools won two championships: Ann Arbor Pioneer, East Grand Rapids, Farmington Hills Mercy and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

A total of 18 teams won first MHSAA titles in their respective sports, with Essexville Garber’s win in Division 3 girls bowling the school’s first Finals championship in any sport.  A total of 23 champions were repeat winners from 2018-19 – and 11 of those won for at least the third straight season, while six extended title streaks to at least four consecutive years.

The Marquette boys skiing program owns the longest title streak at eight seasons, while Lowell wrestling joined Rockford girls lacrosse with a seventh consecutive championship.  Rockford’s streak remains at seven after its season was canceled.

Sixteen of the MHSAA’s 28 championship tournaments are unified, involving teams from the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, while separate competition to determine titlists in both Peninsulas is conducted in remaining sports.  Because of COVID-19, the entire spring season was canceled as were Finals in girls and boys basketball, ice hockey, girls gymnastics and Lower Peninsula boys swimming & diving.

For a sport-by-sport listing of MHSAA champions for 2019-20 – Click Here (PDF).

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.