It’s beginning to look at lot like…spring football season? Well, we’re not quite there yet, but the Massachusetts high school football season is right around the corner.
On Friday, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors unanimously approved football as one of the sports that can be played during the Fall II season, which is set to take place between Feb. 22 and April 25.
There will be some differences, including modifications put in place in accordance with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, but the football and cheering season will occur during the “floating” Fall II season that the MIAA had first recommended during the summer when COVID-19 cases were rampant throughout the state.
“Although it may be cold in February and March, we look forward to seeing our football players and cheerleaders back on the field,” Monomoy Regional High School athletic director Karen Guillemette wrote in an email outlining the school’s plans for handling the first-of-its-kind season.
Monomoy students interested in participating in football or cheerleading were able to begin registering Monday online. Students must have an updated physical submitted to the school nurse as well as an updated ImPACT Test submitted to athletic trainer Taylor Murray.
Interested students must also complete the free online concussion test at nfhslearn.com and submit the certificate of completion to Murray. Any questions regarding physicals, ImPACT testing or the concussion course can be directed to Murray via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guillemette notes that anybody with additional questions regarding the Fall II season can contact the MRHS athletic office.
Meanwhile at Nauset, the Warriors also gearing up for their Fall II season and will offer football, cheerleading, girls’ volleyball and indoor track.
“In terms of indoor track, there are no facilities for our schools to hold meets/competitions,” Nauset athletic director John Mattson said in an email. “In the past, we have gone to the Reggie Lewis Center and Wheaton College, both of which are unavailable during the upcoming Fall II season. The league is working on a plan for indoor track due to the facility conflict we are dealing with.”
Mattson also noted that the league is finalizing the schedules and will be releasing them as soon as they are completed. The school is finalizing its registration process for the upcoming Fall II season and students should keep an eye on Nausetsports.org for more information to be released in the coming days.
Information about Cape Cod Tech’s plans for the Fall II season was not available at press time. Cape Tech opted out of the fall and winter seasons.
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