MHSA indefinitely suspends all spring activities

by Jeremy Weber
Daily Inter Lake | March 17, 2020 8:59 AM

All Montana high school spring activities have been canceled until at least April 13, according to a press release from the Montana High School Association sent Monday morning.

According to MHSA executive director Mark Beckman, all spring practices, contests, meets and festivals will be indefinitely suspended until further notice with the Executive Board set to reevaluate the situation April 13.

Should spring activities resume at that point, the practice requirement for participation in sporting events will be dropped to five practices from the usual 10. Golf would be the only exception, where the normal two practices would be required.

Post-season formats will be adjusted by conference as necessary with MHSA approval.

The decision comes on the heels of the cancellation of all MHSA state basketball tournaments over the weekend after the announcement of coronavirus cases reaching Montana. Teams that reached the finals in those tournaments were named co-state champions.

All state basketball locations are offering partial refunds for all-tournament tickets and full refunds for all Saturday passes. Refund procedures for the tournaments are as follows:

Class AA - Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, is issuing refunds until Wednesday, March 18, at the box office only. For more information, call 406-994-2287.

Class A - The Metra in Billings is also offering refunds at the box office until Wednesday, March 18. For more information, call 406-256-2400 or 406-256-2422.

Class B - The Butte Civic Center is issuing refunds until Friday, March 20, at the box office. Tickets can also be mailed to the Butte Civic Center at 1340 Harrison Ave, Butte MT, 59701.

Class C - The Adams Center, Missoula, is issuing refunds for tickets purchased with cash at the box office. Tickets purchased online can be mailed, along with the purchaser’s name, phone number and the last 4 digits of the credit card number, to the Adams Center Box Office: University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812. For more information, call 406-243-4051. The Adams Center did not list a time limit on refunds.