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Tennessee delaying start of football, soccer seasons cannot be good

Grant Bingham of Johnson Central should be one of the state’s top offensive linemen this season.  (Johnson Central Football Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

While Kentucky high school sports hope to be gearing up for fall sports, the same hope in Tennessee took a major, major hit today.

Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director Bernard Childress sent the following memo to member schools Tuesday and also posted it on the athletic association website at https://tssaa.org also an emergency order from the governor was extended until Aug. 29.

“Yesterday, the Governor’s office extended Tennessee’s COVID-19 State of Emergency until August 29, 2020. The Governor’s prior order includes limitations and restrictions on contact sporting events and activities.
“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.
“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.
“Based on the extension of the Governor’s order, football and girls’ soccer cannot begin their seasons as originally scheduled. We are in the process of developing regular season and postseason options to present to the TSSAA Board of Control for their consideration.
“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.”

Georgia has also had an emergency order from the governor due to COVID-19 extended until mid-August.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is still contemplating what lies ahead for fall sports and having a neighboring state already delay the start of the fall sports season obviously will be something the KHSAA will notice.

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