A key part of succeeding during a school year full of sports is building fitness during the months leading up to the season’s first practice. The Michigan High School Athletic Association will share how students from all over the state prepare with a “Prep Rally” contest this summer.
The contest is part of the MHSAA’s PLAY (Preparation Lasts All Year) initiative designed to encourage athletes to remain active during the offseason so they are prepared physically and acclimated to warm weather when practice begins in the fall. Student athletes involved in the winning Prep Rally activity will be awarded tickets to an MHSAA Final of their choice, at which they will be recognized for their accomplishment.
“Acclimatization and summer preparation for practice conditions are key parts of our focus on making school sports as healthy as possible for students,” MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts said. “The Prep Rally contest this summer will promote the importance of staying active during the offseason. We’re excited to see how Michigan’s creative student athletes find fun ways to stay active and fit, and we look forward to showcasing their ideas so they can be shared by students all over Michigan.”
Student athletes were invited to submit a 150-word explanation of an activity they take part in during the offseason to stay active before the start of organized practice. Activities were not centered on the sport in which those athletes compete, but rather on something recreational and fun. Activities also do not have to be team-centered; consideration will be given to those that include students from a variety of sports.
MHSAA staff has selected three finalists, featured here on Second Half. Staff will select a winner and announce the champion Aug. 19.
appear in the box at right. This year’s finalist videos, plus the announcement of the 2013 winner, will be published on MHSAA Second Half