Before classes start, high school sports are reclaiming a sense of normalcy without any COVID-19 restrictions. Practices began for many teams on Monday without mask mandates, weekly testing or crowd size limitations.
“We’re definitely happy to be getting things back to normal around here,” said Joshua Braley, a football quarterback at Heritage High School.
There is also an added emphasis this year on mental health concerns. The Michigan High School Athletic Association has required coaches to complete student-centered mental health training through the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan’s BeNice program since 2019.