TSSAA announces COVID-19 impacts on fall seasons

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The TSSAA announced on Tuesday in a memo to member schools that in accordance with Gov. Bill Lee’s latest COVID-19 emergency order, high school athletics will also be directly affected.

Bernard Childress, TSSAA executive director, said the governor’s order, which extended state of emergency restrictions through Aug. 29, will also limit and affect athletics.

“While the governor’s order is in place, member schools cannot have any competition or scrimmage with other schools and cannot have close contact activities during their fundamental practice in the sports of football, 7-on-7 football, girls soccer, wrestling and basketball,” the TSSAA said. “We are working with the governor’s office to ensure that our member schools are in compliance with the executive order in regards to athletic participation and contact sports.”

High school athletics are currently in the normal dead period though July 6 after three weeks of limited strength and conditioning practices earlier this month.

Based on the extension by Gov. Lee, the TSSAA said high school football and girls’ soccer cannot begin their seasons as originally scheduled as contact sports. Cross country, for example, was not mentioned. 

“The board will ultimately make the decision as to how this will impact the postseason and if any adjustments can be made to regular season competition,” the TSSAA indicated, saying they are in the process of developing regular season and postseason options.

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