MSHSAA Pulls Plug On Spring Sports

Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
Following Governor Parson’s announcement last Thursday afternoon, of in-person school closure for the remainder of the school year, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announced the cancellation of all remaining post-season events for the 2019-20 school year.
“This decision is very difficult for all involved, especially given the impact it will have on our students, parents, coaches, teachers and administrators throughout the state,” said MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn. “We thank all of the participants, the coaches/directors/advisors, the administrations, the parents and everyone else who has dedicated tremendous amounts of time, passion and effort to these events.”
The biggest impact of this decision will be felt by the seniors, many of whom have exhausted their eligibility without taking the field, court or course.
“To our senior participants - we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures,” Urhahn continued.  “While this is a difficult ending, the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime.”
“The MSHSAA office thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process,” said Urhahn.
Further information will be released soon concerning summer, contact days, dead periods, spring registrations for the next school year and academic eligibility for the fall of 2020-21.  MSHSAA knows that schools will continue to use remote learning till their last scheduled school day, which then begins the summer for schools.  Before schools reach that point in the calendar, MSHSAA is expected to provide guidance on the above mentioned topics. 
The MSHSAA staff looks forward to the resumption of high school activities during the 2020-21 school year and will continue to work on those events throughout this time.