Today’s Baraga varsity volleyball invite will be live streamed on Facebook Live - starting at approximately 10 o’clock. Check our Baraga Athletics Facebook page so see the schedule of play and the rules that we will be going by today.￼ Go Vikings!!!
Sorry to let you know..... We will not have a JRHGBB game tonight 9/10 - Chassell has postponed it - we will let you know when it is rescheduled
Due circumstances beyond our control we will only have one JRH girls' basketball game tonight. The 8th graders will play Chassell at 5:30 at Baraga. It will be on Facebook Live at that time.
Fall Sports Pictures will be on Sept 11 @ 3:30
***NEW SPECTATOR GUIDELINES*** Due to the new 25% capacity MHSAA ruling each school pending on their gym size has a different number allowed in their gyms size (Baraga's # is 150 total people) this includes all players, coaches, workers and spectators. Please understand some U.P. schools have opted out having spectators all together but most schools have come up with a universal plan to do our best for our players, families and their safety. Key Points - ONLY parents and guardians will be allowed at each game (2 per athlete) While Baraga parents/guardians will be guaranteed a seat at each home game - pending on the size of away gyms they may or may not be able to attend. - Athletes will be given 2 vouchers (the day before each game from their coaches) for each game to be given to ONLY parents or guardians. - You must fill out the voucher (and pass the health screening) to present it to the ticket taker to be able to purchase a ticket. - The cost of JV/Varsity tickets are $5 PLEASE bring correct change so that we have very little handling of money. - Facial coverings must be worn at all times (except for players playing on the court) - if anyone does not comply - the play of the game will be stopped until they do. - We ask that you attend only your child's game and then leave the building so that others may possibly attend their child's game. - Also at this time there will also be NO Concession Stands available. Remember no matter how you feel about all of this--- we are only trying to protect our athletes, while allowing the season and their education to continue as long as possible. If you have any questions (not complaints:) please call or text me at 201-1300.
Junior high girls basketball practice ( Grades 6th - 8th) will start August 24 at 6 PM in the high school gym please bring masks and water bottles￼ ****Any girl interested who has not played before and has an interest in playing please come out and give it a try - Coaches Willis and Jahfetson would love to teach you everything they know.￼￼;)
TODAY’S MHSAA UPDATE Dear MHSAA Community, MHSAA staff has been working diligently for months with the Governor’s office and health department officials on return to activity plans during the COVID pandemic. On June 30, Governor Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Roadmap and it tasked the MHSAA with creating and publishing the guidance for the reopening of school sports. For the past eight weeks, staff has worked to fulfill this mandate and has published all materials at MHSAA.com. During this process, the MHSAA has made certain that athletic guidance complies with all Executive Orders of the Governor. Over the past two weeks, our staff has been in regular communication with the Governor’s office seeking further clarification and guidance on issues within the current Executive Orders as well as answers on the use of indoor school gyms and swimming pools in Regions 1-5 and 7. Today, the Representative Council was ready to allow competition in all Regions of the state in boys soccer, girls swimming & diving and volleyball but was not able to do so yet because of these unanswered questions. It is our hope that further guidance on these questions will reach the MHSAA within the coming week. The MHSAA, the Representative Council and member schools are committed to following all current and future Executive Orders in keeping our athletic programs fully compliant with all orders and by following all safety precautions. Based on these facts, the Representative Council approved the following items today, subject to current and future Executive Orders. Competition in boys soccer, girls swimming & diving and volleyball in Regions 6 and 8 may begin as scheduled on August 21 with all published safety protocols being followed. All individuals not in active participation (players in the game and officials) must wear a face covering at all times which includes substitutes, coaches, game workers/management, auxiliary or support personnel, medical personnel, media members and spectators. School personnel, not contest officials, are responsible for face covering compliance. In Regions 6 and 8, the outdoor limitations are 25% of the venue capacity or 500, whichever is smaller and includes all persons (players, coaches, officials, game workers, medical personnel, media and spectators). In Regions 6 and 8, the indoor gymnasium limitations are 25% of the venue capacity or 250 individuals, whichever is smaller, that again includes all persons. Indoor pools in these two Regions are limited to 25% of the bather capacity for that pool. In Regions 1-5 and 7, competition in boys soccer, girls swimming & diving and volleyball may begin upon the issuance of future Executive Order(s) permitting soccer competition and opening of indoor school facilities for volleyball and swimming competition. Under current Executive Orders, these three sports in Regions 1-5 and 7 may continue to practice outdoors under published protocols but may not compete within these six Regions. Schools could travel into Regions 6 and 8 and compete based on the guidance above. Beginning on Monday, August 24, out-of-season football is allowed 16 voluntary coach-player contact days (with more than four players) with helmets only until October 31. Consistent with the Representative Council’s decision last week to move the football season from fall to spring, no competition or practice with students from other schools is allowed on any of the 16 voluntary coach-player contact days and this allowance is for practice sessions on-site at school facilities if the school permits with all stated safety protocols being followed. The guidelines from the Acclimatization Week on August 10-16 shall be followed on all coach-player contact days used with all activity taking place outdoors. Non sport-specific conditioning continues to be permitted with all published safety protocols. The four-player rule resumes on November 1 for football. The MHSAA has heard from numerous schools and individuals about the need for students to stay connected with school coaches for a variety of wellness and mental health reasons. This allowance for football seeks to address that concern. Beginning on Tuesday, September 8, all spring sports are allowed 16 voluntary, out-of-season coach-player contact days (more than 4 players) until October 31. No competition or practice with students from other schools is allowed on any of the 16 voluntary coach-player contact days; this allowance is for practice sessions on-site at school facilities if the school permits with all stated safety protocols being followed. Non sport-specific conditioning continues to be permitted with all published safety protocols. Guidance for spring sport contact days will be available on each sport’s home page at MHSAA.com by September 1. These will be similar to the protocols used during the summer with all activity taking place outdoors. The four-player rule resumes on November 1 for spring sports. The MHSAA has heard from numerous schools about the need for students to stay connected with school coaches for a variety of wellness and mental health reasons, especially for spring sports that lost entire seasons last spring. This allowance for all spring sports seeks to address that concern. The four-player rule continues for winter sports following all published safety protocols. This activity must take place outdoors, subject to current and future Executive Orders. Sideline cheer activities (practices and cheering for fall contests) are allowed until the preseason downtime for competitive cheer begins on October 25. Sideline cheer activities must follow the protocol of using face-coverings, physical distancing and no stunting which keeps this activity in the low-risk group. This activity must take place outdoors, subject to current and future Executive Orders. MHSAA junior high/middle school regulations allow fall sports practices to begin on Monday, August 24 at school facilities if the school permits with all stated safety protocols being followed. Schools may proceed in all middle school sports except football this fall based on decisions of leagues and/or individual schools. Finally, the Council reaffirmed that MHSAA Handbook, Regulation II, Sections 9-11 limits a student to only one football season in a school year. For example, if a student participates in fall football in a different state, that student would be ineligible for a second football season in the spring in Michigan even if an exception to the transfer rule were met. We understand that some school districts may opt-out of fall sports. If your fall teams do not intend to have a fall season, please alert the MHSAA. The MHSAA will continue to keep schools informed with additional and updated information as we have throughout the COVID pandemic. This email is being shared with member schools at 2:30 p.m. It will be released to media and others at 2:45 p.m. Please do not share with others until 2:45 p.m. Thank you. Mark Uyl MHSAA Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 517-332-5046 MHSAA.com
Dear MHSAA Community, Earlier today, the Representative Council made the difficult decision to postpone football until the spring of 2021. This decision was based on feedback and input from the Governor’s office, state health department officials, member schools, collegiate conferences and individuals on both sides of the issue. Plans will be shared soon regarding allowed fall coach-player workouts as well as concepts for the spring football season dates, format and playoffs. Know that all other fall sports in the low and moderate risk categories are moving forward. Practices have begun in all those other sports and competitions may begin in golf and tennis on August 19 and cross country on August 21. The Representative Council will be meeting again next Wednesday to finalize the competition calendars for boys soccer, girls swimming and volleyball. Further guidance regarding these indoor facilities in Phase 4 is coming to schools next week. At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall. With all input received, along with school feedback from the first week of practice, there was just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to safely play football this fall. While there is disappointment today that we could not play football this fall, we are encouraged and motivated to find the best possible plan to fit football in with existing seasons to give all of our kids the best experience possible. Please look for our next update to reach you on August 19 with finalized plans and dates for the remaining fall sports. Thank you. Mark Uyl MHSAA Executive Director
Don’t forget Fall Sports Mandatory Meeting THIS Wednesday!
FYI Parents & Athletes Please understand we are working hard to keep your child safe during these unusual times. No matter how you feel about what has been happening OUR ONLY GOAL IS TO KEEP YOUR ATHLETE SAFE. As Open Gyms and practices start we are continuing to make needed adjustments based on the Gov, MSHAA and other area schools. So please be patient. Things that are or will happen before we start: 1. Coaches have developed a safety plan that was approved by the administration. ---Temperatures taken ---Social distancing ---Athletes at this time will be required to wear a mask at all times ---Disinfecting protocol ---ect. Please contact me or your coach if you have any questions at anytime. If you email email@example.com you can get ahold of any of us. See you all soon
Congrats to both of our senior athletes of the year
Warm up information and cost will be posted early next week
Let’s Go Vikings!!
Game Times tonight 4:10/5:45/7:20. The presentation to the Bedner family will take place approx 6:45.
The Viking Cafe Awning is up..... come get your Cappuccinos!!!! Thanks Homestead Graphics!!!
7th Grade BBB is playing in Hancock tonight at 6:30 for the Div 2 Championship. Their bus leaves at 4:45 GO VIKIES!