THANK YOU for signing the petition to let families watch their kids play sports. The petition received over 1,300 signatures in 48 hours. The Minnesota State High School League has reversed their decision on not allowing spectators at indoor events. The allowance is now two spectators per each participant, meaning family members or friends are now able to watch their kids play.
Today Representative Tim Miller sent a letter to the Minnesota High school Sports League Executive Director criticizing the league's decision to restrict High School Volleyball to playing without spectators. As the League's decisions are based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education, his letter was also sent to Commissioner Jan Malcolm and Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker.
You can download a pdf copy of the letter here.
The current Minnesota High School Sports League policy concerning attendance for volleyball games allows absolutely no spectators. This policy does not seem thoughtful or consistent with other social distancing regulations.
Organizations and businesses of different kinds have been allowed to institute social distancing while allowing people to continue their lives.
Our proposal is simple: let parents attend their children’s games.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed how our society operates. However, families should not be deprived of the opportunity to support each other in high school sports. We should not be deprived of community sports in the midst of these unsettling times.