(Wayzata, MN) — The prospective start of the spring high school sports seasons in Minnesota were pushed back again after Governor Tim Walz issued further regulations on everyday life in Minnesota. The Minnesota State High School League announced yesterday it will follow Walz’s school closing guidelines and that means there will be no high school sports until at least May 4th. The president of the Minnesota State Track Coaches Association Aaron Berndt says he isn’t surprised by the decision and understands why it is necessary. Berndt coaches boys’ track at Wayzata and says he has given his athletes personal workouts that they can do during the day on their own and that can serve two purposes. First, he says they will be in shape should the season start. And secondly, and he thinks maybe even more importantly, it will get kids some activity to do during the day while they are home and have free time. Berndt says making sure the athletes are handling all of the unprecedented things mentally is more important than how they are handling themselves physically. Berndt says this is another situation where sports can teach life lessons.
MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm talked with Berndt this week about the spring sports situation: