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It's official: High school sports can begin contact during practice

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Executive Order No. 55, first announced this past Tuesday, was signed by Tennessee Gover. Bill Lee Friday, making contact during practice now permissible in the sports of football and girls' soccer, according to the TSSAA.

Other fall sports, including golf, cross country and volleyball were not affected by the State of Emergency Order that prohibited contact sports. 

Although contact practice is now permissible, the regulations and requirements for practice and competition adopted by the Board of Control at their July 22 meeting are still in place for all sports and must be followed.

Visit the Tennessee Returns to Play page for complete details.

Girls' soccer remains as originally scheduled after the order and the first matches can be held Aug. 17, with the state championships to be played Oct. 28-31 in Murfreesboro.

Football teams were allowed to begin heat acclimatization on July 20. Each athlete must complete heat acclimatization (2 days of helmets only, 3 days in helmets and shoulder pads) before practicing in full equipment, which is now permitted.

First games for football are scheduled for a Aug. 21 start. 

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Williamson County has not allowed contact practice yet even tough the order has been signed.

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