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Winter sports to begin practice on Nov. 30

Minot AD shares optimism for restart plan

On Wednesday, Governor Doug Burgum announced that winter sports practices and extracurricular activities in North Dakota will be allowed to resume Nov. 30 with extra precautions. Meanwhile, competition will remain suspended until Dec. 14.

For coaches, parents, players and fans of the North Dakota High School Activities Association, the news came as a positive sign of things slowly returning to normal. As expressed by Minot High School activities director Mitch Lunde, resuming practice will help better prepare student-athletes to begin the interrupted winter sports season. “I’d say this is a huge development, and a big step in the right direction,” Lunde tells the Minot Daily News via telephone. “The biggest thing is it gives the kids the opportunity to continue participating in the activities they love.”

With a two week training camp put in place prior to the new Dec. 14 start date, the Minot administrator indicates he is optimistic the re-scheduled winter sports season will begin as planned. However, details for crowd and concession restrictions have not yet been established according to Lunde. “There have definitely been some hills and vallies to work through during this pandemic, so we have to very flexible once any new restrictions are put in place,” he adds. “We will deal with whatever happens in a positive way, and we will do what is best for the student-athletes, and everyone else involved with our program.”

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