BIG RAPIDS — On Wednesday, the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced an updated schedule for the fall and winter seasons.

Fall tournaments for football, volleyball and girls swimming and diving, in addition to all winter sports will officially be permitted to resume on Dec. 9, with competition set to begin Jan. 4.

On Nov. 15, the MHSAA put forward a three-weak pause, effective Wednesday, on all athletic activities to combat the increasing spread of COVID-19 as ordered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

“We understand where COVID numbers were trending, and that’s why we have been supportive of the order to pause,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “But these Fall sports deserve closure, and this strategy provides the best opportunities without further interruptions to a normal course of training and competition.”

The council will meet once again Dec. 4 for its annual fall meeting, and is expected to ponder over potential tournament or season alterations moving forward with the season.

Volleyball: Quarterfinals in all four divisions would be played Dec. 15, with semifinals played Dec. 17-18 and finals on Dec. 19. Those final two rounds would be played at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena, as previously scheduled.

Swimming & Diving: All three Lower Peninsula Finals would be conducted Dec. 22 (diving) and Dec. 23 (swimming) with three high schools each hosting one meet. This allows for a two-week practice window for all participating swimmers who previously met and entered qualification times, and for divers who previously qualified at Regional meets.

Football: 11-Player Regional Finals and 8-Player Semifinals would be played Dec. 15, and Dec. 16; 11-Player Semifinals and 8-Player Finals would be played Dec. 21-22, the 8-player championship games at Midland Community Stadium; 11-Player Finals will be played Dec. 28, and Dec. 29 at Ford Field.