MSHSL votes against starting football and volleyball seasons in the fall

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Minnesota high school football and volleball seasons will not take place this fall. Instead, the Minnesota State High School League on Tuesday voted to move both the football and volleyball season to the spring. 

The MSHSL voted in favor of allowing girls tennis, cross-country, girls swimming and diving to compete in the fall with restrictions. Additionally, soccer was given the go ahead to begin August 17 on a unanimous vote.

Volleyball drew one of the more contested votes on Tuesday. A proposal to move the volleyball season to the spring ended on a 9-9 vote. The board then voted in favor of reconsidering the motion and on an 11-7 revote approved moving the season from fall to spring.

The vote to allow football to start in the fall failed 6 to 12 and a subsuquent motion to move it to a spring season passed 13 to 5..

Although football and volleyball seasons will not play in the fall, the MSHSL board voted in favor of allowing organized fall practices.

To make way for spring volleyball and football, MSHSL will go with a new "four-season" plan for 2020-21. Fall and winter seasons will run as scheduled, the spring season will run from mid-March to mid-May, and the summer season will run from May until early July.

Traditional spring sports will move to summer schedule.

Football is moving to next spring#mshsl board approves motion to move football to spring with no scrimmages, shorter season, fewer games, postseason plan to be determined. https://t.co/1U6cvLzAzY

— John Millea (@MSHSLjohn) August 4, 2020

Girls/boys soccer is go for this fall…#mshsl board votes to start soccer practices on Aug. 17 (as scheduled) with 20% reduction in weeks, 30% reduction in number of competitions, no scrimmages, 1-2 games per week. Decision on postseason events to be determined.

— John Millea (@MSHSLjohn) August 4, 2020

With girls tennis, cross-country, girls swimming and diving, #mshsl board approves…-Limit of 3 teams in xc events-Limit 2 teams in tennis and swim/dive-Limit 1-2 events per week per teamMeaning those sports have been cleared for this fall.

— John Millea (@MSHSLjohn) August 4, 2020

This is a developing story and more information will be added throughout the day.