Coach Chris Andrews, Portage Northern High School
We can work collaboratively to ensure a safe environment while we give hope and opportunity back to our kids. Play Ball Michigan!
Mark Bielang, Portage Public Schools Superintendent
Extracurricular activities play a critical role in complementing our academic programs. Our student-athletes often times develop leadership and other life-long skills through their experiences at our athletic venues. The unfortunate circumstances of this spring have prevented our student-athletes from these valuable experiences. If the State of Michigan gives approval for safe assembly of individuals such that we can assure the health and safety of our athletes, I would support giving our student-athletes the opportunity to get back on their respective playing surfaces.
I’m a senior at Grosse Pointe South HS and I’ve been playing baseball since I was able to pick up a ball. I feel us seniors have been robbed of our final season of our baseball careers by something we have no control over, and it’s especially bitter for the majority of us who don’t plan on playing at the next level in college. I’d be willing to take any amount of safety precautions if it meant I got my season back with my brothers.
Dr. James McCarthy, Jr.
The COVID-19 has put a huge strain on the world. We need Problem Solvers along with Leaders to help us through this pandemic. We need people to provide solutions to many aspects of society. This includes the education of our high school students from class work to extra-curricular activities. I commend the creators of this website as they are Problem Solvers that are helping us navigate to a “Can Do Solution.” <READ MORE>
Coach Mike Schuelke
We face a historic challenge that calls for incredible leadership to help create a safe solution which promotes the greatest academic and athletic experience for our student-athletes. All the best to everyone working towards this goal. May you rise up to the calling of our time and by example show our young people what authentic leadership looks like.
Tom Sielatycki, Parent
The goal is to create a wave of overwhelming support for the MHSAA that allows them to revisit the possibility of a spring sports season. After spring sports have new life, the conversation can turn to "how do we do it" rather than "it's impossible, we can't". I'm really looking forward to the MHSAA leadership as we move forward together. We can also collaborate for special summer funding and sponsors for the MHSAA. What a unique opportunity for all of us to work together for the direct benefit of our student athletes.
Coach Dan Griesbaum, Grosse Pointe South
I would like to know more about how this could work, but I’m all in if this can be done safely and with the support of the MHSAA.
Rusty Rathburn, School Board Member
This is awesome.... The Extracurricular stuff is what makes LEADERS!
I'm all for it.
Jim French, High School Principal
As a school administrator, coach, and parent I know the impact sports has on the individual’s growth and development! Leadership and real life skills are refined and honed. We must look at all options knowing the safety of all is paramount.
Anonymous High School Principal
Very well done, positive and good connections to leadership. Lots of insight, thought and pursuit of hope on the part of the kids.
Its time to resume play and competitive sport again! Reignite the great American spirit!
Anonymous Baseball General Manager
The crowds at Lowe’s are bigger than any youth sporting event maybe even college baseball attendance. But, we can’t play Sports? What are we doing America.. #ItAintRocketScience
Kudos to our Michigan leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As regional educational agencies and districts have resumed some form of education, I wonder if we can consider resumption of spring 2020 athletics and other events when it is deemed safe and with restrictions (e.g., masks, gloves, physical distancing) according to the Federal CDC experts. Thank you for your consideration.
Robert Grove, Grandparent
I think it is so important for these kids, mostly seniors to have an opportunity to play out the season. They work, plan and look forward to it though out the year. To not be able to play is very traumatic for them and would be giving them more experience for collage sports. My wife and I think this is very good movement and fully support it. We will do anything necessary.
It's important that we provide those who are healthy in our society and Michigan an outlet to restore our spirit, so that those who are compromised can heal and be inspired.
I strongly support the effort to provide a modified 2020 spring season for our student-athletes here in Michigan. I believe that with appropriate measures in place, the students can safely play the games they love and receive fulfillment and closure to the 2020 season, and in many cases their entire high school sports careers. With thoughtful and reasonable precautions, especially in the case of baseball, risks can be mitigated to an acceptable level, and some degree of normalcy can be retained by these students who have already sacrificed so much through no fault of their own. I urge serious consideration of the plans being developed for this season, as this is the one and only chance these young people have to make these lifelong memories, and for uncommitted athletes, possibly have an opportunity to further their sports careers in college before this school year is over.
I would love for our students to have a modified season when we begin to re-open. We parents can watch and practice social distancing too.
Anonymous School Superintendent
I can't support this publicly for obvious reasons but I am 100% in favor of it.
My senior boy really missed out. Let’s give our boys and girls a chance to play at least a shortened season of baseball and softball. Maybe too late for state competition and awards but we want them to at least get a chance to take the field one last time!
My son is a senior. Nothing would make us happier than to see him be able to play the sport he loves one last time. Please help restore some sort of season for these kids!
This would be awesome to give the kids hope.
Anonymous High School Coach
I am in full support of creative solutions to restoring some form of a spring sports season when it is deemed safe.
I am in support of Spring sports with proper social distancing guidelines
I support it all the way!
Please help! Let them play. Thank you for the chance.
110% support this!
Ike baseball would love to be a part of any kind of season for this year.
Give the seniors a season!
These boys have worked since T-ball for their final season of High School baseball. Let them fulfill their dream. It maybe the last time they play this great sport.
MHSAA and School Boards need to do what is right and not what is convenient when the time is safe to gather.
Angela Schultz, Education Foundation Board Member
Thank you to those who put this together.
As a coach, I just want to give my guys an opportunity to play!
Please, please let's consider implementing a shortened spring baseball season. Fortunately, my son has one more year of school however, for every senior out there who has worked so hard for their last year., let's try to reward them of their hopes and dreams of playing baseball one last time because as we know only so many senior student-athletes are fortunate enough to be able to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level. Thank you for your consideration!
These kids have earned this chance to play!
Ben Neal, High School Baseball Coach
MHSAA leadership should show some creativity. Please exhaust every possible opportunity to allow MI students to compete in their spring sport, even if it's a severely abbreviated season.
All of the students are going through enough, let's not take everything away from them. Especially the seniors, they deserve to be able to play the last season of their high school career. Some players may or may not continue to play in college. Let them have their final season and make some more memories!
My son is a senior and reopening high school baseball season would allow him to play one last time in his life. Thank you!
This is a great opportunity for athletes to get back outside and healthy after a difficult Spring. When health is a top focus during this time of restoration, it seems clear an effort to get kids away from Netflix and video games all day and engaged in organized sports like they normally would be is a no brainer!
Please consider all options our senior student athletes have already missed so much. These should be the best times of their lives.
We understand the virus and why things had to be put on hold or stopped completely. If things slowing come back to normal, I would love to have my son get to play one last time on his home field. I feel for not just for him, but all kids that missed their spring sports. It may not be the same...as a full season, but would be something. With 7 seniors, being a team captain and only needing 4 wins to beat a school-record, This whole thing was crushing. He will move on to Hope college to study and play baseball, but most will not get another playing opportunity.
Please if possible play a short season. We all miss it.
It would mean everything to my son who is a senior to play baseball his senior year.
Yes please ! We need baseball!
I have a son who is a golfer and a senior, and missing his final season to compete is taking a toll on him. I also have a daughter who plays varsity softball and not playing this spring is also very difficult for her. Any kind of season that could be salvaged would mean so much to both of them.
We only have one chance to get this right so let's not close our minds to the possibility.
Yes, Wholeheartedly Support!
From what we know about the current situation it appears that there is a way forward. A significant part of the education of our children is their involvement with extracurricular activities, sports chief among those. As the stay at home orders become relaxed we, as a state, need to begin rebuilding. This rebuilding is not just in the realm of the economy but also in morale and community spirit. High School sports are central to that rebuild. For the class of 2020 in particular, this could allow for some of the significant rites of passage to remain in place which are necessary for the emotional health and well-being of moving towards adulthood.
Chris Dolph, High School Baseball & Softball Coach
Fully support and think it is much needed for our student athletes, especially seniors!!
This will be my last chance to play baseball in high school and it would be awesome if somehow you can make that happen.
Thanks for at least giving the boys a chance!
Let's get it done, together!
I think giving the kids a chance to play their Spring sports is a wonderful idea. I would even be open to possibly needed modifications such as no fans. Testing for fever before allowing kids and coaches to play/coach. The kids need an activity to look forward to!
I’m in support of these kids being able to do what they love and play ball. I feel it’s extremely important especially for the kids going on to play in college as well.
I want to play my senior season.
Yes, Yes, and Yes!!! I fully support trying to salvage some part of this baseball season for our kids!
It's important to return to normal as much as possible. This would be a great opportunity to do so.
The seniors of 2020 are missing out on prom, a graduation ceremony, senior skip day and for many, their last opportunity to play organized sports. I can tell you that missing his senior of baseball is more devastating to my son than any of the other things.
Let's do this!
This would be an amazing thing if you could give this back to our kids. They have worked so hard for this to have it all stripped away from them.
If done properly I believe baseball and softball could be salvaged. Masks on fans and parents. Would love if these seniors could experience what mine did last year. An abbreviated season would be perfect. Hopeful.
I think that a very local set of games concluding with a double elimination style tournament would be ideal if it is deemed safe.
Anonymous High School Baseball Player
Let us play our final season of baseball that we have looked forward to our entire lives...
As a former player and former state champion (2018) there was nothing better then playing my senior year. I couldn’t imagine it being taken away from me.
Spring sport athletes should be able to have a chance to play once the state opens back up and everything is safe again. If playing sports gets the ok from the CDC and government then spring sports should be able to get back in session!
It’s more than just a game to these kids, their communities, and all the families and friends involved. Especially for these seniors who have already lost so much of their memorable senior year, most of whom may never get the chance to play again.
I want my senior year to be remembered in a good way, not in a bad way. I’m not locked in my house, I’m locked away from baseball. We want it back no matter how long the season would be.
We don’t draw huge crowds, hell, take the crowds out of it. Just let us, especially the seniors, have one last go around.
I would love a baseball season! I’ve been playing ever since I was able to play baseball and it was a huge goal of mine to play for my high school and I would do anything to play for my high school!
I think this is great as long as it is safe!
Sports for so many of these kids is not just about “playing a game”...it’s their livelihood. It’s where they are working hard to make their dreams come true. It’s where they make lifelong friendships and learn discipline. They need this.
Advocate for Sports
As an advocate for classroom/on-line learning and physical education. The Michigan Department of Education says it best on their website. Physical education is an integral component of a student’s education. Researchers have shown that students who participate in regular fitness-based physical education (PE) will enjoy enhanced memory and learning, better concentration, and increased problem-solving abilities. Movement is critical to all aspects of a child’s growth and development. Regular PE encourages a positive attitude towards self and others, which is an important factor in creating a safe and healthy learning environment and fits perfectly with Michigan’s vision for education. It's time to find a safe and thoughtful way to enable a modified 2020 high school sports season. Play ball!
This is my senior year of softball and it breaks my heart that I will not be able to play. Having an opportunity for closure of my high school career would be amazing. I have dedicated so much time and effort into this sport this year was one I was really looking forward too.
Joseph Blum, Jr.
Would love for the seniors to get some games in
Fully behind some type of spring season however that may look! Double headers only? Saturday games?
Let the boys play.
Randy Van Antwerp
President, Portage Public Schools Board of Education
To MHSAA, I support the efforts of Play Ball Michigan to begin planning for the possibility of bringing back the 2020 Spring Sports Season. As you know, our student athletes are missing out on the benefits of spring sports, including physical health and wellness and leadership and teamwork skills. Restoring the 2020 Spring Sports Season in a responsible way may be possible when our state reopens and all of us are able to assemble again. Thank you for considering this request for the benefit of our student athletes!
I want to play!!
Kids can play, parents can social distance. Take temps before games, meets, etc and set up hand washing stations for the athletes.
Play Ball we need it so bad! So much time and money is being wasted. We put so much into being ready for the season and now it all a waste!
Please let us play again. The seniors at my school have been working so hard for this season. Now their hopes of playing their senior year is gone. I wish to be able to play with my seniors just one more Ike before they go. They’re a amazing group of kids and this event is just so unfair to them. Please let us play