Governor Lee Gives the “Go Ahead” for Football
In the immortal words of the “late great” John Ward, “It’s football time in Tennessee!” Those words have never been more fitting to a state and all its football communities as the regular football season as of now is set to begin on time.
On Tuesday afternoon Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that he would sign Executive Order No. 55 which will include TSSAA member schools in an exception to contact sports restrictions. Even though contact practice is now allowed, the guidelines that the TSSAA Board of Control set for practice and competition are still in place. You may go to the Tennessee Re-turns to Play page of TSSAA.org for complete details.
Week 1 of high school football in Tennessee will begin on Friday, August 21st. There will be 11 weeks of the regular season followed by the full postseason. The top four teams of each region will advance to the TSSAA playoffs beginning on November 6th.
This format will only be successful if all guidelines are followed to their fullest. This order will stay in place as long as there are not spikes in the positive tests of COVID 19.
The complete list of the precautions can be seen on the website mentioned above and many more social media outlets. However, parents and fans in general will have to accept the fact they will have to obey these procedures for this to work. Basically, to go to a game you will have to wear a face covering, have a temperature of less than 100.4, and maintain the six feet or so social distancing guidelines among others. Crowds will be limited to somewhere around ¼ to ⅓ capacity of stadium seating.
I know a lot of people won’t agree with these guidelines, but remember this is the student athletes’ game, not yours. Please follow the necessary precautions to give our stu-dent athletes the opportunity to live out their own dreams.