March 26, 2020 Update (11:00 AM)
In light of Governor Baker’s March 25, 2020 mandate that all schools remain closed until May 4th, the status of spring sports will be addressed by the Board of Directors on a March 30th conference call and an immediate update will be provided to the membership.
Among TMC recommendations to the Board is that if there is a spring season start date of after April 27th, there will not be an MIAA tournament. This recommendation, as well as a plan to save a spring season for MIAA student-athletes will be the substance of a March 30th Board meeting.
This recent news from the Governor is surreal. The MIAA will continue to monitor this fluid situation and provide updates regarding spring sports as soon as they are made available. Thank you all for your flexibility, understanding and patience. Support and guidance to our schools, student-athletes and to you, our membership, is priority during this uncertain time.
March 24, 2020
The Franklin Office is open for service to our membership and is working remotely through April 7th. Members, you may contact the appropriate staff member with your questions. Staff contact information is found in members only. Re-evaluation of the office status will occur following any Governor's orders in regards to "Non-Essential Businesses to Cease In-Person Operations."
March 16, 2020 - 4:15 pm
The MIAA Board of Directors voted today, March 16, 2020, to amend the start of the 2020 spring sports season in light of recent mandates from Governor Baker and recommendations from governing health agencies. The updated start date for the 2020 spring season is April 27, 2020.
Additionally, the MIAA Board of Directors voted to have completion of regular season and tournament games by June 20, 2020 with consideration of June 21, 2020 for weather and facility needs.
Details regarding the structure of the spring season will be addressed by the Tournament Management Committee (TMC). An update will be provided and reviewed by the Board by March 25, 2020.
These decisions are based on available information and are made in the best interest of our student-athletes, schools and communities.
These decisions will be revisited and adjusted as needed.
Thank you for your patience while dealing with this very fluid situation. Be well.
March 16, 2020
In light of the restrictions mandated by Governor Baker on March 15, 2020, and in our efforts to protect the health and safety of our membership and staff, the following collaborative decisions about MSAA and MIAA meetings and events will be implemented immediately:
All MSAA Professional Development Workshops are cancelled through April 10, 2020.
Your schools will not be billed for the workshops, and if you have paid in advance by check or credit card, your payment will be refunded.
MSAA Committee meetings are either cancelled, postponed or will run remotely. The MSAA liaison/support person will communicate this information to each committee.
The MIAA/MSAA Mental Health Summit (4/15) is cancelled.
The following MIAA events are cancelled: Wellness Educator Showcase (3/20); Annual Meeting (4/3); Faces of Addiction Workshop (4/8).
MIAA Committee meetings are either cancelled, postponed or will run remotely through April 10, 2020. The MIAA liaison/support person will communicate this information to each committee.
We continue to monitor state and national communications about the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide updates of new information related to Association matters when made available.
There is an MIAA Board of Director’s phone call this afternoon to discuss the status of spring sports. An update of results from this phone call will be provided.
Thank you for your continued leadership and your patience during this stressful time.
MIAA Director of Communications
March 14, 2020
To our MIAA Schools and Communities,
We understand that recent decisions made in your local area, around the state as well as the nation due to COVID-19 may be a source of significant stress, frustration and in some instances, disappointment. As an Association made up of strong leaders, the time to listen, share and support one another is now. The MIAA staff equally shares in these emotions and the existing heartbreak which has resulted due to canceled games, shortened seasons and disruption to exciting school activities, trips and opportunities.
As we face these uncharted waters, be confident in knowing the MIAA staff is well and is readily available to you with guidance, support, resources and kindness. Our office is open and functioning. Scheduled meetings are moving forward in person or via tele- and/or video-conferencing, as organized by each MIAA sport liaison. Communication regarding the status of the spring season will be forthcoming following necessary discussions this coming week.
We appreciate the efforts of our state leaders who are making very difficult recommendations and decisions at this time. We thank our membership for their continued effort to lead their communities with calmness and without judgment as positive role models for students. And may we take this opportunity to recognize the blessings that we have, and to realize how, at the end of this disruption, we all will have gained a new sense of strength and resilience to assist in our daily lives. This experience is the reason why the MIAA exists: “to teach life lessons.” Be well.
If you questions or concerns please direct them to Tara Bennett, MIAA Director of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org
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