Like schools, TSSAA says athletics to stay dormant through April 24

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The TSSAA said Gov. Bill Lee’s latest announcement extending statewide school closures includes high school athletics.

On Monday, Gov. Lee announced schools should remain closed through April 24 because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Consistent with the Governor’s statement, and in the interest of the health and safety of competitors, coaches, officials, and spectators, we urge every member school – both public and independent – to continue to follow the Governor’s recommendation and suspend interscholastic athletics through April 24, 2020,” the TSSAA said in a statement.

The suspension of athletics includes games, scrimmages, practices and organized workouts or conditioning, the TSSAA said.

“We are continually monitoring developments related to this public health concern,” the statement read. “It is still the hope and goal that we will be able to resume the girls’ state basketball tournament and hold the boys’ state basketball tournament.

“It is also the goal that our member schools will be able to resume their spring sports seasons, although it will be with a limited time-frame and schedule, culminating with the post-season, and ultimately Spring Fling.”

The TSSAA again noted the many determining factors, including time and facilities. A potential positive for Spring Fling included the postponement of Bonnaroo, which frees up hotel rooms in Rutherford County in early June – a sticking point for the county if the TSSAA were to move forward with Spring Fling Events into the beginning of June. 

“We will continue to explore options that will allow both to occur and will provide updates to member schools as the situation develops,” the TSSAA said in the statement.

All spring sports were postponed roughly a week into their regular seasons earlier this month, while the Nolensville girls basketball team – the county’s only team still alive in the basketball postseason – had their first state run interrupted in the Class AA state semifinals after winning their tournament debut on March 12.

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