TSSAA dead period ends
By Sparta Live | July 11, 2011 12:00 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 sport involved. There is no practice, no open facilities and no weight training/conditioning.”
As the calendar read July 10th, the dead period officially ended and the focus shifts now toward the fall sports as they begin their preparation for their seasons, which begin for most on August 22nd. Football actually officially kicks their season off on August 19th and golf can begin their season on August 1st.
For fall sports, which includes, football, cross country and volleyball, from now until August 1st, they can have 15 days of practice, 10 of which may involve practice with other schools. (Football cannot do any contact drills and cannot go in pads during that time.) Girls’ soccer has no practice regulations for the remainder of the summer. Golf is also permitted to practice as much as they want from this point on.
From now until August 1st, basketball teams can only do weight training/conditioning. No open facilities and no practices. Baseball, softball, boys’ soccer, track and tennis have no practice regulations until August 1st. When that date rolls around, it is a three-week dead period for every sport except the fall sports.
As the dead period ends, golf will have official tryouts for the team this week. Cross country will begin team practices on Thursday.
Football wastes little time getting back to work with a busy week ahead. They travel to Siegel for 7 on 7 camp Tuesday and then Siegel will come to Warrior Stadium Thursday for 7 on 7 drills. That will start at 6 p.m. both days. Then on Saturday, they will make their annual trip to Maryville College for a full day of 7 on 7 drills. The first contest is slated to begin at 10 a.m. (central time).
In amongst all of that, Friday night, July 15th will be Champions Night. The event is open to the public and will be held at Warrior Stadium. It will be the final summer testing night for the team in the weight room and on the track as well as an open practice session. Champions’ Night begins at 6 p.m.
Coach Tracy Malone commented, “This is a night where we invite the fans of Warrior football to come out and watch the team work out and practice. I look forward to a great turnout.”