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TSSAA: Schools can begin contact during practice effective immediately

From STAFF REPORTS

Executive Order No. 55, first announced on Tuesday, July 28, was signed on Friday, July 31, by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, making contact during practice now permissible in the sports of football and girls soccer. Other fall sports, including golf, cross country, and volleyball were not affected by the State of Emergency Order that prohibited contact sports.

“We appreciate being able to work with Gov. Lee and his staff on this,” TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said. “I am pleased that we were able to develop some very specific guidelines for every sport that will allow our kids to get out on their fields and fully participate in football and girls’ soccer this fall.”

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 of TSSAA.org for complete details.

The Date of First Contest for girls soccer remains as originally scheduled, Aug. 17, with the state championships to be held Oct. 28-31 in Murfreesboro.

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

Check this week’s Herald & Tribune for more information on the Washington County School System’s plan for the 2020-2020 sports schedule.