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TSSAA Selects Option 2 with Hybrid Adjustments

TSSAA Selects Option 2 with Hybrid Adjustments

The TSSAA Board of Control met today at Siegel high school and has voted to go with option 2 with some hybrid versions to it.

There is still no official start date as the TSSAA is still waiting on Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to say if the schools can start the  football season on time.

The hybrid plan gives the schools the chance to keep as many  games as possible on their schedule with region games having priority and it gives the TSSAA the flexibility to reschedule games if they are lost due to the pandemic.

“The Hybrid plan gives the schools the chance to keep their schedule, if a game is lost we can reschedule it and it gives those teams a chance to complete their schedule,” TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said.

There would be an eight game regular season with 16 teams that make the playoffs which would be the region champion and region runner up as the first round of the playoffs would be eliminated.

You can learn more about the TSSAA hybrid plan here:

 https://youtu.be/LrNIPZvW4ck

Also the TSSAA passed the following 12 COVID-19 sports regulations that are to be followed until further notice.

  1. Temperature checks are required for all coaches, players, and team personnel prior to every practice. Anyone whose temperature measures 100.4 or greater must be sent home immediately and may not return to participation until he/she provides documentation that they have tested negative for COVID-19 or obtained a medical evaluation by a physician verifying that COVID-19 is not the cause of his/her fever.
  2. No coach, player, or team personnel may participate in practice or a contest without first completing appropriate COVID-19 screening. Persons should not participate while ill. If the answer is “YES” to any of the following questions, the coach, player, or team personnel may not participate until obtaining an evaluation by a medical provider verifying his/her fitness to safely do so:

Have you had any of the following symptoms in the past 7 days?

Fever

Cough

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 of fingers or toes

Do you have moderate to severe asthma, a heart condition, diabetes, chronic kidney or liver disease, or take medication or have a medical condition that weakens your immune system?

Have you or a family/household member been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 infection or been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID- 19 within the past 14 days?

Each coach, player, or team personnel member must be asked these questions before the first practice in which he/she participates, and again on at least a weekly basis.

A printed list of the questions should be given to each coach, player, or team personnel member with instructions that the questions are continuing throughout the season. If at any time the answer to any question becomes “YES,” the individual should promptly inform the head coach or team trainer and should obtain an evaluation by a medical provider before further participation.

    

  1. No scrimmages, jamborees, 7-on-7 practice, or other types of practice with other teams is permitted. Team versus team competition may take place only at official contests. [Off-season practice in contact sports such as basketball, wrestling, etc., remains restricted to non-contact conditioning work consistent with the Governor’s order.]
  2. 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. Any coach, player, and team personnel refused admission under this regulation may not return to participation until providing documentation that he/she has tested negative for COVID-19 or obtained a medical evaluation by a physician verifying that COVID-19 is not the cause of his/her fever. For spectator screening areas, if a line forms or is anticipated to form, ensure 6 or more feet of separation between persons or household groups (e.g., ground markings and/or announcements).
  3. At each contest the following symptom checklist shall be posted prominently at the spectator entrance(s) instructing that anyone who is experiencing any of these symptoms during the preceding 7 days must not be admitted:

Fever

Cough

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 of fingers or toes

  1. At contests in localities where fan attendance is permitted, member schools are encouraged to limit fan attendance to a number that will allow social distancing and should mark/designate bleachers or seats in order to promote social distancing among spectators. Member schools must facilitate compliance with any applicable state or local order limiting gathering sizes for participation in public events. In consultation with local health providers, member schools in areas experiencing high virus transmission should consider further limitations on attendance (e.g., family members only, or no spectators). Limit informal gathering in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  2. Member schools will require that all fans wear facial coverings at all times while on- site (except children under age 2) and maintain social distancing (six feet, or the equivalent of two empty seats between themselves and other fans) from anyone other than those living in the same household.
  3. The temperature check and questionnaire requirements of Items 1 and 2 above, as well as the social distancing requirement of Item 7, shall also apply to members of a school band or pep band, cheerleaders, or other similar student groups attending a contest in a supporting role. Due to the potential increased risk of virus transmission during certain activities, the use of school bands at contests is discouraged. If the band is present, limit to a halftime performance or relocate the band from the stands to other available areas away from crowds and increase the amount of physical distance between band members. Increase the amount of physical distance between cheerleaders as well as between cheerleaders and other persons if projected voices are to be used.
  1. 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.
  2. The host school is responsible for providing staff to engage in frequent cleaning and sanitizing of restroom facilities during contests.
  3. Concession stands are discouraged because they tend to invite gatherings of people in close quarters. If a member school chooses to operate a concession stand at a contest, signage or other appropriate markings must be in place to encourage customers to maintain physical distancing while standing in line. Where possible, schools that choose to operate concession stands are encouraged to arrange for call-in orders in order to reduce the number of people gathering to stand in line and to limit the number of concession workers. All concession stand workers must wear facial coverings and must maintain as much physical distance as possible in the confines of the concession stand.
  4. All coaches must complete the free NFHS online course “COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators,” before the first contest (preferably as soon as possible). Administrators with athletic responsibilities are also encouraged to complete the course. The link to access the course is here: https://nfhslearn.com/courses/covid-19-for-coaches- and-administrators.

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

 

You can view the TSSAA’s website here

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