Kevan Lindsey

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Here is to hoping you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and remembered the people who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we hold dear. While it is great to enjoy some BBQ and have rest and relaxation, never forget what the holiday means.

With that being said, are you ready?

June 1 will mark the first time in 77 days since any high school sports team in Mississippi has met for a formal activity due to the suspension of MHSAA sports and activities. On June 1, teams will be able to gather at limited capacities and time restrictions to prepare for the 2020-2021 calendar year.

Hallelujah.

I am likely as excited as many of the coaches and players to see students be able to get back to doing something that they love. While there will and should be some precautions taken, this gets the ball rolling forward for a bit of normalcy in people’s lives.

In case you missed it, here is how schools will return.

During week one, athletes will be allowed to lift weights for two hours at 50% capacity once per day.

During week two, they can weight lift once a day for two hours at increased capacity.

There will be no inter-squad scrimmages before the start of the 2020-21 athletic year due to COVID-19 hotspots in the state. Practices and scrimmages are between players from their respective schools are allowed.

My take is that the MHSAA has handled this as well as any other association has, and the above requirements should be suitable precautionary measures. I’m sure none of the decisions were ever easy to make and they would never please everyone, so kudos to MHSAA leadership. The ruling gives coaches and players time to prepare, whereas waiting until the last moment to rule that teams can play would be more harmful than helpful due to not being as conditioned for the start of the season.

Get ready, everyone. Sports are back.

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