(WJHL)- Wednesday afternoon the TSSAA Board of Control met to discuss safety measures and guidelines for all high schools across the state of Tennessee as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
The following are guidelines for COVID-19 sports regulations outlined and approved by the board of control Wednesday.
- Temperature checks will be required for all coaches, players, and team personnel prior to practice every day.
- If the temperature is 100.4 or greater, they must be sent home.
- They cannot return until they provide documentation that says they’ve tested negative for COVID-19 or they have a physician that says COVID-19 is not the cause of their fever.
- No coach, player, or team personnel may participate in practice without first completing appropriate COVID-19 screening.
- No scrimmages, jamborees, 7 on 7 practice, or other types of practice with other teams is permitted.
- At contests, all coaches, players, team personnel, officials, administrators and fans must have their temperatures checked before entering the facility.
- *No one whose temperature measures 100.4 or greater may be admitted.
- At each contest, the following symptom checklist shall be posted prominently
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Shaking chills
- Chest pain, pressure, or tightness with exercise
- Fatigue or difficulty with exercise
- Racing heart rate
- Unusual dizziness
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Unusual rash or painful discoloration or fingers or toes
- At contests in localities where fan attendance is permitted, member schools are encouraged to limit fan attendance to a number that will allow adequate social distancing and should mark/designate bleachers or seats in order to promote social distancing among spectators.
- Member schools will require that all fans wear facial coverings at all time while on-site
- Item 7 shall also apply to members of a school or pep band, cheerleaders, or other similar student groups attending a contest in a supporting role.
- If a public address system is in use for a contest, the host school will make public service announcements at various times during the contest to remind those in attendance to use masks and maintain physical distancing.
- The host school is responsible for providing staff to engage in frequent cleaning and sanitizing of restroom facilities during contests.
- Concession stands are discouraged.
- All coaches must complete the free NFHS online course “COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators,” before the first contest (preferably as soon as possible)
TSSAA Girls’ Soccer Contingecy Plan
If Governor Lee’s executive order expires August 10 or later, the TSSAA Board of Control voted on Wednesday that girls’ soccer can play their first game on September 7.
TSSAA Football Contingency Plan
At Wednesday’s meeting, the TSSAA Board of Control voted in favor of the “Option 2 hybrid plan.”
The plan is still contingent on Governor Lee’s executive order expiring at the end of August.
You can read a full list of the options as discussed during Wednesday’s meeting below:
Option 1 – If the executive order expires on August 29, practice would begin on August 30 with the first game on Sept. 18. All regular season schedules for schools would be replaced by the state office with a seven week region schedule for all schools. Playoffs would be conducted as usual, but schools that do not make the playoffs would be able to play two extra games after the regular season.
Option 2 – If the executive order expires on August 29, practice could begin on August 30 with the first game on Sept. 18. All regular season schedules for schools would be replaced by the state office with an eight week region schedule. The regular season would extend into Week 12 and the first round of the playoffs would be eliminated (only region champions and runners up would qualify) Teams that do not qualify for the playoffs would be able to play two extra games after the regular season.
Option 3 – If the executive order expires on August 29, practice would begin on August 30 with the first game on Sept 18. Schools would keep their current schedule and begin play with Week 5 game on September 18. Games scheduled against member schools for Week 3 would be played on Week 12. Games scheduled against member schools for Week 4 would be played in Week 13. Only region champions would advance to the playoffs beginning in Week 14. Schools that do not qualify for the playoffs would be able to play one extra game.
Option 4 – Cancel playoffs and championships. Start practice on August 30. Schools play games as scheduled beginning with Week 5 games on September 18. Move games against member schools from Weeks 1-4 to Weeks 12-15.
You can watch a stream of that meeting on our WJHL Facebook page below.
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