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MPSSAA Postpones 2020-2021 Fall and Winter Athletic Competition Seasons

August 3rd, 2020

Update: September 14, 2020

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) on September 11, 2020, finalized its plan for a two-semester return to athletics. With this plan, athletic practices and competitions will not resume until the second semester.

Per MPSSAA, winter sports will begin on February 1, 2021, fall sports on March 15, 2021, and spring sports on April 26, 2021.

HCPSS coaches are permitted to engage with prospective team members for 60-90 minutes one day a week through January 22, 2021, excluding school closings or religious observance days. The schedule for those meeting days are: Mondays, fall sports; Wednesdays, winter sports; Fridays, spring sports.

Coaches may engage virtually with prospective team members for 60-90 minutes one day each week through January 22, 2021, excluding school closings or religious observance days. Parents/guardians may register their student-athlete for virtual engagement sessions via HCPSS Connect. After logging in, select More Options from the left menu and then Athletic Registration from the middle of the page.

Information about athletics is provided online and will be updated as new information becomes available.


Original Post: August 3, 2020

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), in consultation with the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland (PSSAM), has postponed the 2020 high school fall and winter competition season for the first academic semester.

On July, 29, 2020, HCPSS made the decision to postpone fall athletics until at least September 8, 2020. Today’s decision by the State supersedes any decisions by local school districts. Therefore, athletic competition will not occur until the second semester at the earliest.

According to information provided by the State, efforts will continue to finalize a hybrid two-semester plan focused on student engagement options in the first semester and modified competition seasons for all sports during the second semester. The MPSSAA plans to make details of this plan available in the weeks prior to the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Registration for HCPSS fall and winter athletics will remain closed and the community will receive notice when it reopens. Decisions regarding extracurricular activities for all levels also are under consideration.

Information about athletics is provided online and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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