MPSSAA Roadmap for Return of Interscholastic Athletics Update Page
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Roadmap for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics is designed to provide guidance for local school systems (LSS) to resocialize students in athletics and activities in a safe and controlled environment. The MPSSAA is committed to continuously work with the State Superintendent of Schools, LSS, the medical community, and counterpart state associations to develop plans that will return these highly educational programs with a goal of maximizing student participation. This page will serve as a resource for the MPSSAA community to track the current efforts for the return of athletics and activities and next steps for the association.
Current Update (May 2021)
LSS shall compete within defined competition timeframes as well as determined systemwide out-of-season options to make respective LSS decisions regarding interscholastic athletic and extracurricular activities.
All participants, coaches, officials, athletic administrators, spectators, and any other individual present at any interscholastic athletic practice or competition must adhere to the local school system policies and procedures for face masks and capacity. Please refer to the latest guidance from the Maryland Health Department. (Updated May 14, 2021) "The Maryland Department of Health strongly recommends that all non-vaccinated individuals over the age of 2 years continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings outside of their home and in outdoor settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained."
LSS should utilize guidance found in the MDH COVID-19 Guidance for Maryland Schools (Updated May 17, 2021)
Individual team and sport mitigation strategies should be implemented to further reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. These mitigation strategies can be found in the MPSSAA Roadmap for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics and in the individual sport settings of this publication.
Shared Responsibility - Games and Events will be contested on the basis of shared responsibilities. Personnel from the visiting schools must accept their joint responsibilities with the persons in charge for supervision and maintenance of behavior on the part of students, spectators, and participants. This includes COVID-19 mitigation policies and procedures, good sportsmanship, exemplary behavior, and protection of property are of primary importance before, during and after each contest.
Point of Emphasis - The MPSSAA would like to make a point of emphasis for athletic administrators, coaches, student-athletes, parents, and spectators. All are reminded that you set the tone for your team and are the foremost influential figures representing your school. Your adherence and the adherence of your team and school to the mitigation requirements and recommendations will be a determining factor on the ability of these programs to continue operating within the modifications caused by COVID-19.
State's Recovery Efforts:
May 19, 2021: MPSSAA Spring State Championships
May 14, 2021: Updated Face Covering Orders
May 11, 2021: Updated MDH Orders
April 28, 2021: Updated Face Covering Orders
March 9, 2021: New MDH Orders
February 9, 2021: Spring Sport Bulletin and Rule Modifications
January 27, 2021: Updated MSDE Guidance for School Reopening
January 12, 2021: MPSSAA Medical Clearance Form, Return to Play
December 1, 2020: MPSSAA Return for Interscholastic Athletics Guidance
November 30, 2020: Winter Sport Bulletin and Rule Modifications
November 17, 2020: Fall Sport Bulletin and Rule Modifications
October 26, 2020: Competition Season Update
October 16, 2020: Fall Sport Modifications
October 7: 2020: Interscholastic Athletic October 7 Plan for Fall Sports to Begin
October 7, 2020: Maryland State Superintendent Announces Fall Sports May Begin on October 7, 2020
September 11, 2020: MPSSAA Releases Further Guidance on High School Sports
August 3, 2020: MPSSAA Fall and Winter Competition Seasons Postponed
July 7, 2020: MPSSAA Releases Roadmap for Return of Interscholastic Athletics and Activities
June 23, 2020: State Board Of Education Approves Request For Waivers To Athletic Regulations
June 11, 2020: MPSSAA Update on Interscholastic Athletics - Re-engagement of Students
May 5, 2020: MPSSAA Awards All 16 Remaining Teams As State Basketball Tournament Semifinalists
April 28, 2020: MPSSAA Cancellation of Interscholastic Athletics for 2019-20 Academic Year
March 27, 2020: MPSSAA Update on Interscholastic Athletics
March 13, 2020: MPSSAA Update on Interscholastic Athletics
March 12, 2020: MPSSAA State Basketball Championships Postponed
March 11, 2020: Boys & Girls State Basketball Tournaments Contingency Plan Announced
March 6, 2020: Statement Regarding MPSSAA Winter Sport State Championships and COVID-19