Can you imagine the excitement for basketball players, parents and all those other contact winter sports?

Games this week marked the first competitions in 11 months for high  school basketball players.  The boys and girls basketball seasons were shut down in the middle of the state tournament last March due to COVID-19.  (LSJ)

And this season was delayed by two months due to COVID-19 restrictions implemented in mid-November.

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Those contact sports restrictions were lifted by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services last week.  And that has set up a six week condensed regular season in basketball. (LSJ)

Even though  the COVID-19 numbers are down here in Michigan, that still doesn't mean let your guard down.  Wear your mask and continue social distancing.

Several local area basketball coaches feel that it's very strange to play with masks and look at the bench where everyone is spaced out.  But if that's what it takes to play, then so be it.

Coaches are happy to do it if that keeps kids healthy and their families healthy because safety comes first when it comes to playing contact winter sports.

My daughter Aubrey is very happy winter sports are back because she is the captain of her school's dance team.  During half time at her school's basketball games, she comes out with her dance team and performs a 5 to 10 minute routine.

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