May 15, 2020
A required return back of the MIAA/MSAA Staff to the office setting at this time does not outweigh the potential health risks. Given the fact that Association business is being attended to effectively, a working remotely opportunity will remain in effect until June 1st, as the health and safety of our team remains the priority.
Team MIAA/MSAA will remain open, we will continue to serve our membership(s) remotely. Virtual meetings, webinars, and virtual PD will continue to be created, planned and delivered.
Members, you may contact the appropriate staff member with your questions. Staff contact information is found in members only.
We will communicate further information as we assess and respond respectfully to the Governor’s, CDC and DPH Guidelines.
Spring Sports and Spring Tournaments cancelled for the remainder of 2019-2020 School Year
April 24, 2020
In accordance with Governor Charles Baker’s announcement Tuesday that Massachusetts schools will be closed to in person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) regretfully has cancelled all spring sports and spring tournaments.
Today’s decision by the MIAA Board of Directors was difficult, disappointing, and one that was deferred for several weeks as Association staff, Association members from the Tournament Management Committee (TMC) and the Board worked aggressively to construct optional structures to save the opportunity for our MIAA 80,000 student-athletes to enjoy a spring season.
Despite this disheartening but unavoidable action, it is paramount to applaud our constituents, principals, athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes for their positive power of example and cooperation during this unprecedented crisis. The “life lessons” inherent in the games we play will be our resiliency to provide mental and physical strength to focus on the discipline and teamwork to make a difference in the challenging chapters in the Game of Life. #OneTeamOneMIAA
In response to the announcement by Governor Baker on April 21st regarding the closure of all public and private schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the MIAA Board of Directors will provide a formal statement regarding the status of spring sports by April 24th.
The Franklin Office is open for service to our membership and is working remotely through May 4th. Members, you may contact the appropriate staff member with your questions. Staff contact information is found in members only. Re-evaluation of the office status will occur following any Governor's orders in regards to "Non-Essential Businesses to Cease In-Person Operations."
March 30, 2020 Update:
The Board of Directors met on March 30th to determine that the Spring season will begin no earlier than May 4th and will be completed by June 27th, with consideration of June 28th for weather and/or facility needs.
For additional pertinent information regarding the spring sports please see the highlights HERE
The Board put forth a request to the TMC to submit a tournament structure recommendation(s) to the Board by April 9, 2020.
March 26, 2020 Update:
In light of Governor Baker’s March 25, 2020 mandate that all schools remain closed until May 4th, the status of spring sports will be addressed by the Board of Directors on a March 30th conference call and an immediate update will be provided to the membership.
Among TMC recommendations to the Board is that if there is a spring season start date of after April 27th, there will not be an MIAA tournament. This recommendation, as well as a plan to save a spring season for MIAA student-athletes will be the substance of a March 30th Board meeting.
This recent news from the Governor is surreal. The MIAA will continue to monitor this fluid situation and provide updates regarding spring sports as soon as they are made available. Thank you all for your flexibility, understanding and patience. Support and guidance to our schools, student-athletes and to you, our membership, is priority during this uncertain time.
March 24, 2020
The Franklin Office is open for service to our membership and is working remotely through April 7th. Members, you may contact the appropriate staff member with your questions. Staff contact information is found in members only. Re-evaluation of the office status will occur following any Governor's orders in regards to "Non-Essential Businesses to Cease In-Person Operations."
The Franklin Office is open for membership service remotely through March 29th. Members may contact the appropriate staff member with questions. Staff contact information may be found in members only. Re-evaluation will occur as needed.
March 14, 2020
To our MIAA Schools and Communities,
We understand that recent decisions made in your local area, around the state as well as the nation due to COVID-19 may be a source of significant stress, frustration and in some instances, disappointment. As an Association made up of strong leaders, the time to listen, share and support one another is now. The MIAA staff equally shares in these emotions and the existing heartbreak which has resulted due to canceled games, shortened seasons and disruption to exciting school activities, trips and opportunities.
As we face these uncharted waters, be confident in knowing the MIAA staff is well and is readily available to you with guidance, support, resources and kindness. Our office is open and functioning. Scheduled meetings are moving forward in person or via tele- and/or video-conferencing, as organized by each MIAA sport liaison. Communication regarding the status of the spring season will be forthcoming following necessary discussions this coming week.
We appreciate the efforts of our state leaders who are making very difficult recommendations and decisions at this time. We thank our membership for their continued effort to lead their communities with calmness and without judgment as positive role models for students. And may we take this opportunity to recognize the blessings that we have, and to realize how, at the end of this disruption, we all will have gained a new sense of strength and resilience to assist in our daily lives. This experience is the reason why the MIAA exists: “to teach life lessons.” Be well.
If you questions or concerns please direct them to Tara Bennett, MIAA Director of Communications at tbennett AT miaa DOT net
March 16, 2020 - 4:15 pm
The MIAA Board of Directors voted today, March 16, 2020, to amend the start of the 2020 spring sports season in light of recent mandates from Governor Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies. The updated start date for the 2020 spring season is April 27, 2020.
Additionally, the MIAA Board of Directors voted to have completion of regular season and tournament games by June 20, 2020 with consideration of June 21, 2020 for weather and facility needs.
Details regarding the structure of the spring season will be addressed by the Tournament Management Committee (TMC). An update will be provided to the Board by March 25, 2020.
These decisions are based on available information and are made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities. These decisions will be revisited and adjusted as needed.
Thank you for your patience while dealing with this very fluid situation. Be well.
March 16, 2020
The MIAA Board of Directors held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the status of the MIAA spring sport season.
The BOD extended the delay to the start of the 2020 Spring season to April 27th. Respecting the fluidity of this situation, this decision will be revisited in the near future.
** PLEASE SEE FAQ DOCUMENT REGARDING 2020 SPRING SPORTS HERE **
The MIAA Board of Directors held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the status of the MIAA spring sport season scheduled to commence on Monday, March 16, 2020. The past couple of weeks has certainly provided our member schools with challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19. The beginning of spring sports is just one of the many decisions that needs to be addressed.
After much discussion, the BOD decision is to delay the start of the 2020 spring season to March 30, 2020. Respecting the fluidity of this situation, this decision will be revisited prior to March 30.
The following guidelines must be followed during this delayed start time:
-Out of season coaching is not allowed during this period
-The start date for first competition will be consistent with MIAA Handbook Rule 35.4.1
-The first team competition may not occur before the 11th calendar day after and including the first day of practice.
As much as we would like to complete the winter championship season, this decision is based on available information from numerous health agencies and is made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) is moving forward to conduct the Basketball and Hockey Championship games scheduled on March 10-15. In accordance with the recommendations from Governor Baker to mitigate COVID-19, we encourage participants, spectators, workers, and community members to practice good personal hygiene. We support the recommendation for the elderly and those with underlying health issues to sty away from large crowds.
We will continue to be in close communication with our contacts and provide updates accordingly.
Participating tournament schools have been advised of on-going and fluid conversations with various agencies including the CDC, DPH, the Commissioner of Education, participating venues and state Superintendents regarding public gatherings and COVID-19. The safety and well being of our competing schools, communities and teams are our number one priority. There have been no changes to the tournament schedule due to COVID-19 at this date. Additional updates will be provided as needed. Congratulations to all participants!
Additional communication to participating winter tournament teams/schools announcing changes also occurred .
March 16, 2020
In light of the restrictions mandated by Governor Baker on March 15, 2020, and in our efforts to protect the health and safety of our membership and staff, the following collaborative decisions about MSAA and MIAA meetings and events will be implemented immediately:
All MSAA Professional Development Workshops are cancelled through April 10, 2020.
Your schools will not be billed for the workshops, and if you have paid in advance by check or credit card, your payment will be refunded.
MSAA Committee meetings are either cancelled, postponed or will run remotely. The MSAA liaison/support person will communicate this information to each committee.
The MIAA/MSAA Mental Health Summit (4/15) is cancelled.
The following MIAA events are cancelled: Wellness Educator Showcase (3/20); Annual Meeting (4/3); Faces of Addiction Workshop (4/8).
MIAA Committee meetings are either cancelled, postponed or will run remotely through April 10, 2020. The MIAA liaison/support person will communicate this information to each committee.
We continue to monitor state and national communications about the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide updates of new information related to Association matters when made available.
There is an MIAA Board of Director’s phone call this afternoon to discuss the status of spring sports. An update of results from this phone call will be provided.
Thank you for your continued leadership and your patience during this stressful time.