MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) released new regulations for fall sports on Wednesday.
These new guidelines are being implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to attempt to have a “normal” season.
Student-athletes must have a pre-participation physical filed with the school office before participating in an official day of practice. Physicals performed on or after April 15, 2020 are acceptable for the 2020-21 school year.
The TSSAA is requesting schools that are able to have spectators to limit fan attendance so social distancing measures can take place. All fans must wear face masks while on site at all times.
Concession stands are also discouraged.
TSSAA says if a health department declares a safer-at-home order, it will shut down sports during that time.
If the state of emergency is still in place when the season is scheduled to start, girls soccer will extend the regular season two weeks and play the state soccer championships on November 11-14.
Football had to decide between four different plans. Ultimately deciding on option two which includes an eight-game regular season. The top two teams from each region will then make the playoffs. They’re calling this the ‘hybrid model’ because the start dates will depend on when the State of Emergency is lifted.
The TSSAA is planning two weeks for teams to get acclimated once full-contact training is allowed. Right now planning for teams to start full practice on August 30 and games on September 18.
To view a full list of practice regulations for fall sports, click here.
This is a developing story.