Teams are allowed to start practicing on Monday, Aug. 17. Some of the changes that participants will see this fall include:
Teams and practices will be limited to 25 participants
Competitions will be limited to the conference or section only
There will be no interscholastic scrimmages
Competitions and practices will be closed to spectators
There will be no middle school sports
In addition, football and volleyball have been moved to a new spring season. Training for these and other spring sports (track, baseball and softball) will have a reduced training season this fall. Tryouts, scrimmages, captain’s practices and competitions will not be allowed during fall training season for these sports.
SPPS takes the health and safety of our athletes and staff very seriously. All participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to practices and competitions in accordance with SPPS and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines. If a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, the individual will be asked to stay home, and anyone who was in close contact with them will be notified and instructed on the next course of action.
SPPS has developed a comprehensive fall preparedness plan that all teams will follow. While students are in distance learning, voluntary participation in athletics allows them to interact with their peers and coaches while observing social distancing and other safety measures.
For more school specific information, please contact your school.
Saint Paul Public Schools has had to make several difficult decisions about what programs we are able to safely offer this fall during a continuing COVID-19 pandemic. One of those decisions was around middle school sports. Several challenges, including staff availability, transportation, student safety and participation levels in middle school sports, make SPPS unable to offer any middle school sports this fall.
It is also possible that we will not be able to offer middle school sports if and when SPPS transitions to a hybrid learning model, due to the same challenges listed above. SPPS will reassess this decision each season to determine if we are able to offer middle school sports this winter or spring.
We understand how hard this decision may be on our middle school students and families, and hope to be able to offer extracurricular activities as soon as it is possible for us to do so. Thank you for your support of SPPS and your students.
If you have additional questions, please contact your school’s athletic director.
This website is the official website of Saint Paul Public Schools sports and covers all of the sports teams in the Saint Paul City Conference. The Saint Paul City Conference consists of seven public high schools and 12 middle schools located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.— READ MORE