On July 8th the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame is hosting a pair of softball All Star Games for area Seniors at Ranney Park in Frandor. They are will have four teams, totaling 60 players across 17 high schools. the Lansing Herald will be bringing you these games live on Lansing Herald Radio.
The schools that will be represented are Eaton Rapids, Bath, Corunna, DeWitt, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Holt, Ionia, Ithaca, Lakewood, Okemos, Perry, Pewamo-Westphalia, Portland, St. Johns, Stockbridge and Waverly.
We hope that you and your family continue to be safe and healthy. Allow us to provide the following update. First of all, there have been no changes or updates to the Summer Guidance #2 document from June 9. These continue to be the regulations for all summer activity for member schools and their staff members. All of us must continue to follow both the letter and spirit of this guidance document in doing the right things NOW to create the fall, winter and spring sports opportunities we want. Governor Whitmer released the “Return to School Roadmap” on June 30. The Roadmap entrusted the MHSAA with the task of creating the plans, procedures and protocols for the return of educational athletics for all schools.
We appreciate the confidence and responsibility that has been given to the association, and we are already deeply engaged in doing our part to bring back athletics safely. From the Roadmap plan, it is clear that in-person learning and extra-curricular activities are in a much safer place with many more positive options when our entire state is in Phases 5/6 of Governor Whitmer’s plan. To repeat, we must continue to do the right things NOW in all parts of our state to reach and remain in Phases 5/6 for August and beyond. The MHSAA has been working on concepts for the safe return of school sports since March. These concepts will now become the plan as directed by the Roadmap. These three points have guided our planning the past several weeks, and will continue to be our focus in the days ahead. 1. The MHSAA’s current plan is to play all scheduled fall sports in the fall. 2. We will do everything within our control to safely have all three high school sports seasons in 2020-21, even if conditions change that would require creativity to provide those three seasons. We owe it to our kids to plan this way, especially during these uncertain days of the pandemic. 3. Contingency planning has been ongoing since March, and this continues with the release of the Return to School Road Map on June 30.
These contingencies reflect our plan to play fall sports as scheduled and to provide three seasons during the school year while also being prepared to operate creatively should that be necessary. One possible contingency for consideration could be a swap of fall and spring sports as there are concerns with indoor sports (volleyball and girls swimming & diving) being able to be conducted in the fall along with differing views on football. Mark Uyl, Executive Director Over the coming days, the MHSAA will be meeting virtually with the leadership of our fall sport coaches associations and MIAAA representatives on a sport-by-sport basis to provide updates, exchange ideas and receive feedback and input from these leaders. This membership-driven feedback and input will be an important part of our planning and decision making. Circumstances, data and decisions made at the professional and collegiate ranks with their set fall schedules, along with high school associations in other states, will be valuable and instructive over the next few weeks in finalizing MHSAA plans for the fall.
We understand that schools need lead time to plan, and final decisions will be made by late July. It is a challenging balance in waiting as long as possible to have the most current, accurate picture and data points of the probable August situation while also giving everyone involved lead time to adequately prepare and plan. The only certainty we have had since March is the need to flexible and nimble in light of the public health situation and its ever-changing impact on schools. We will continue to communicate will all involved over the next few weeks as fall details are finalized for our member schools, students, coaches, officials and school communities
DEWITT – Whether you are a casual bike rider, a dedicated cyclist or if riding for a good cause interests you, then Bike to Build is for you! The 11th annual Bike to Build, benefiting Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity, is set for Saturday, Aug. 1. As in previous years, the ride starts and finishes at Northpointe Community Church, 505 W. Webb Road. Registration will be from 7 to 10 a.m.
The ride will go forward with all necessary safety precautions for COVID-19, including staggered start times, extra sanitizing standards followed at rest stops and individually packaged lunch items, as well as social distancing. Bike to Build is a family-friendly bike ride with four scenic routes that traverse the Clinton County countryside. Riders may choose from a 20, 35, 50 or 75-mile route on paved roads.
Cost is $35 per rider. The entry fee includes lunch at Northpointe Community Church and snacks along the way at comfortable, well-marked and COVID-19-friendly rest stops.
With the recent announcement of the DALMAC’s postponement until 2021, Bike to Build is one of the few mid-Michigan cycling events taking place this year. “We considered canceling Bike to Build as well,” executive director L Quinn Lincoln-Keon said. “But we heard from many previous riders that they were excited to take part again this year. We also knew we could do our part to keep people safe.”
Bike to Build raises funds to support Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building simple, decent and affordable housing for those in need in Clinton and Gratiot counties. The Critical Home Repair program constructs wheelchair ramps and carries out minor exterior repairs for those in need throughout both counties, and Rock the Block fixes up and brightens neighborhoods in need. Information for online registration will be available soon.
For more information, call the Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity office at 989-227-1771 and choose extension 3, 4 or 6.
The AIS Heavy Equipment Institute’s Technician classes are starting November 4 and it is not too late to register! With classes such as the 10-Week Heavy Equipment Operator Program. In this program, you will learn how to inspect, maintain and operate bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, wheel loaders, off-road dump trucks, skid steers, and rough terrain and warehouse forklifts.
In addition to machine certifications, students will also receive First Aid, CPR and osha 10-hour certification Training. Learn more about this program at AISTraining.com for more details!