OFSAA cancelled, but season continues

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

The Fort Frances Muskies sports teams were allowed to start practices again Monday after a meeting of school officials from the district last week.

Fort Frances High School Athletic Director Tyson Grinsell said school district officials and school principals met last week to decide the path forward for the winter sports season.

“We got the ok [Wednesday Jan. 26] that teams are able to begin practicing again,” Grinsell said. “No games are being scheduled but hockey, curling, volleyball, basketball and skiing will resume practicing.”

The Muskie girls hockey team had a post on their facebook page noting they were happy to be able to practice together again soon.

On Thursday, the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations announced that all winter sports championships for the 2022 season had been cancelled.

“In collaboration with representatives from all regions across the province at Wednesday’s OFSAA Executive Council meeting, OFSAA has reached the unfortunate decision to cancel the 2022 winter championships which were scheduled for February and March,” a statement read.

With the championships cancelled, Grinsell says it makes it easier to complete the regular season if and when games are allowed again by administration.

The Fort Frances Muskies took on the Saints in December – one of the last before provincial shut-downs. High school sports teams are back in practice, but OFSAA has been cancelled for the year. – Allan Bradbury photo

“OFSAA released a press release today saying all OFSAA competitions are cancelled. When that happens, each association can extend their season since there isn’t a timeline to complete championships,” Grinsell said. “For example, OFSAA for volleyball and basketball were originally scheduled for the end of February, so we would have had to finish the seasons by mid-February. Now that OFSAA is off the table, we could extend our seasons into March or April and just compete against other schools in NorWossa. But we are waiting to see when we are able to start having games again before an actual schedule can be decided.”

Grinsell says the school board and administration will be meeting again soon to discuss the way forward with games between schools.

“I’m guessing we are waiting to see how the start-up of practices goes first, and then make a plan from there,” Grinsell said.