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TSSAA delays vote on fall sports schedule, in talks with governor’s task force

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Board of Control announced a decision on the fall sports contingency plans has been delayed.
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Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 11:58 AM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Board of Control announced a decision on the fall sports contingency plans has been delayed.

TSSAA met Wednesday and planned to discuss plans for the upcoming football and girls’ soccer seasons due to the extended COVID-19 State of Emergency that is set to expire on August 29.

TSSAA members asked the Board of Control to delay vote on fall sports until the Governor’s office rules on a request to adjust the no contact rule that runs through August 29.

“We are working with the Governor’s legal counsel and based on the conversation we are having, we think it is best to delay any vote on a contingency plan,” stated Childress.

TSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said the TSSAA will wait until closer to the beginning of the sports season to announce a decision as they work with Governor Bill Lee’s task force.

“The Governor’s legal counsel stated that they need time to observe the data and work with us,” Childress said. “There will come a time when we will have to make a decision on a contingency plan, but right now it is our opinion that we need to give their legal team the opportunity to see if it is needed in girls’ soccer and football.”

The next scheduled meeting for the Board of Control will be a classification study session on July 22 in the Siegel High School cafeteria. Social distancing and capacity limits will be enforced and masks will be required for everyone in attendance.

“If we have any chance on having fall sports, we would echo what they say. ‘Help us out, keep your distance, and wash your hands,’” Childress said.

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