High School Sports

The guidelines will be reassessed on Jan. 15, 2022.

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Newton North High Abigail Wright and Riley Raker block Needham High Ellie Streeper. The mask mandate for indoor HS athletes in the fall will continue into the winter. Photo by Matthew J Lee/Globe staff

Massachusetts high school athletes participating in indoor winter sports during the 2021-22 season will have to wear masks, according to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).


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Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School varsity baseball infielder Austin Hartsell, 17, throws during practice on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

After nine months of mask wearing, most high school athletes in the state finally can breathe easier.

The MIAA on Tuesday morning announced that, effectively immediately, masks are no longer required for athletes on outdoor spring teams. Athletes have been masked up for all competitions and practices since preseason workouts for the fall season began as the MIAA dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stoughton's Kerri Driscoll celebrates her base hit during a game versus North Attleboro, on Tuesday May 18, 2021.  Tuesday was the first day since before the pandemic that athletes did not have to wear masks during athletic games or practices.

Wrestlers, if they are competing indoors, and boys volleyball players still have

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