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MHSAA announces restart dates for non-contact winter sports

Bowling balls sit in a return mechanism at Forest View Lanes in Temparance, Michigan. (Sophia Perricone/WNWO)

Three Michigan High School Athletic Association non-contact winter sports would be allowed to restart practice Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended its epidemic order Jan. 13, allowing for non-contact sports to resume including girls gymnastics, girls and boys bowling, and girls and boys swimming and diving.

The high school association said swimming and diving could resume Jan. 22, with gymnastics and bowling to continue Jan. 25.

Masks would be required and fans were capped at 100 persons in school gyms or 250 in stadiums and arenas.

Contact sports included basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling. MHSAA said these sports could begin non-contact practices Jan. 16, with their first competitions scheduled for Feb. 1.

Girls and boys skiing, as an outdoor non-contact sport, was allowed to begin in December 2020.