Youth sports returns

Eden Prairie defender Kam Langfels (24) battens to keep Hill-Murray defender Joe Palodichuk (2) off the puck in the first period of the Class 2A championship in the State Boys’ Hockey Tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Youth sports, including high school athletics, can resume games and scrimmages on Jan. 14, per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. Practices for the sports can resume on Jan. 4.

Face coverings will be required for athletes competing except in wrestling, swimming and diving, gymnastics and cheerleading, for fear of them becoming a choking hazard.

This means basketball and hockey players will have to compete in face coverings, something many schools in Western Wisconsin have already been doing in many sports since the start of the school year.

Jan. 14 was the earliest most Minnesota State High School League sports could resume given the Jan. 4 practice start and the League’s mandatory 10-day practice period to start seasons. The MSHSL has previously stated it would be ready to resume competitions as soon as the state allowed.

You can view the entire guidance here.