An emergency meeting of the Minnesota State High School League’s executive committee on Thursday dealt mostly with delaying meetings and discussing fallout from last week’s canceled basketball tournaments.
The meeting stemmed from what Executive Director Erich Martens called the ‘‘unbelievable and unpredictable’’ disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on prep sports and activities.
In regard to spring sports, officials said the league would continue to follow the lead of federal and state officials before considering any changes to its plan for halting practice through March 27 and restarting games on April 6.
The meeting was conducted at the MSHSL’s office in Brooklyn Center with a number of participants calling in by phone.
Spring sports practices were shut down Wednesday, consistent with the closing of Minnesota schools through March 27. Last week winter sports state and section tournaments were shut down for girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball and adapted floor hockey.
The executive committee discussed ways to honor the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams whose seasons or state tournament runs were cut short. Possible language for the league’s record books could range from “co-champions” for a situation such as Class 3A or 4A girls’ basketball, where each title game matchup was set, to “finalist” for a boys’ basketball team that won its section but could not advance to the state tournament.
The league’s six-member executive committee voted to postpone the April 2 board meeting and related committee meetings. It also postponed the May 12 representative assembly meeting. No new dates were set. Spring area meetings with school officials have been canceled, with league staff looking for alternative methods to share information.