Dead period ends
by Andy Southard | July 9, 2018 8:47 am
As the week begins, it signals the end of the mandated TSSAA dead period for high school athletics.
For the past two weeks, high school sports teams all across the state of Tennessee have been on vacation. The TSSAA sets aside two weeks each summer as a dead period. According to the handbook, that means, “no coaching, observing or contact between coach and players in the sport they are involved. There is no practice, no open facilities, and no weight training/conditioning.
As the calendar read July 8, the dead period officially ended and the focus shifts now toward the fall sports as they begin their preparation for their seasons, which start for most on Aug. 13. Football officially kicks off its season on Aug. 17, and golf can start its season July 23.
The WCHS golf team has tryouts at 10 a.m., July 16. They will have to get busy practicing after tryouts because their season will start on July 25. The Warriors’ and Warriorettes’ golf teams will play at the Golden Eagle Golf Club against Warren County and Cookeville.
To say football is hitting the ground running would be an understatement. After their two weeks off, Coach Jerry Lowery is ready to see just where his team stands, as they are less than two months away from their season opener.
During the remainder of July, fall sports teams have 10 days of team-against-team competitions available, according to TSSAA rules. While football teams are not allowed to go full pads until July 23, they can do work in helmets. To get in those kinds of workouts, football teams usually compete in one of two things: linemen challenges and 7-on-7 passing leagues.
Those 7-on-7 workdays have become a favorite thing for football teams across the state. The format is the offensive backfield and wide receivers against defensive backs and linebackers. A team uses this opportunity to work on rhythm between quarterbacks and their receiving targets, as passing is the only way to advance the ball in these leagues.
The Warriors get down to business quickly, as they have three days of passing leagues this week.
They begin things on Monday and Tuesday by traveling to Cookeville to compete in a league at Cookeville High School. The Warriors are scheduled to play on both Monday and Tuesday, 3-6 p.m.
After taking Wednesday off, they will return to action, on Thursday, at Jackson County. The Warriors will play 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Thursday.
The following week, the Warriors will be able to start practice in helmets and shoulder pads.
The White County High School cross country team will have its first meeting at 5 p.m., July 13, at the White County High School track.
The first official day of fall sports practice is July 23.