A girls' and boys' coaches' plan for a six-day tournament was turned back by Minnesota State High School League, citing its Oct. 1 decision to end the fall sports season at the section level "to reduce the gathering of individuals, especially from a variety of communities.''
"We know there will be basketball played in Minnesota this winter," said Tom Critchley, director of the state's basketball coaches association. "The question is whether it's going to be run by for-profit clubs or by the high schools."
The Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association proposed two scenarios for boys' hockey, the more ambitious of which features 24 games and full section and state tournaments. The girls' season could be delayed by up to six weeks.
Adhering to safety guidelines only goes so far when kids aren't at practice. Prep sports also have a connection to education that, mindful of COVID-19's ability to spread, distinguishes them from summer and club programs.
As Minnesota and neighboring states hold to August start dates, coronavirus concerns recently prompted California to move all fall sports to winter while Texas has delayed the football season in larger communities.
The St. Paul Saints partnered with area baseball coaches to create the Senior Class Salute Tournament, running July 20 through Aug. 2 with most games taking place at the Saints' CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.