Did you hear the good news?  Contact winter high school sports in Michigan is back beginning next week.

Not only will this make kids really happy to start playing their favorite sports again, parents and coaches are glad we have the green light in Michigan as well.

According to the Lansing State Journal, boys and girls basketball, hockey, wrestling and competitive cheer teams will be allowed to compete starting Monday, Feb. 8.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the state's COVID-19 numbers continue to trend in a positive direction.

Whitmer also said I appreciate the passion of our young athletes and the desire they share to get back into the game they love.  Here in Michigan, we all love sports.  Throughout this time, we've been watching our numbers closely to make sure that we do achieve forward progress. (LSJ)

Based on input from doctors, parents, coaches, students and legislative leaders, masks should be worn at all times.  Competitions can take place without masks if certain strict protocols are in place.

MDHHS director Elizabeth Hertel said we need to work together to make this successful.  It will take all of us sticking to the new rules for practice and game day.

Governor Whitmer said we're in a strong enough position where we can do this safely and we'll continue to follow protocols and continue to watch our numbers.

Officially, all winter sports in the state will be played.  Gymnastics, boys swimming and diving and boys and girls bowling, sports deemed non contact, were given clearance to play last month and have started their seasons. (LSJ)

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