On Monday, Gov. Bill Lee extended the statewide recommendation on school closures to April 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consistent with the governor’s statement, and in the interest of the health and safety of competitors, coaches, officials, and spectators, the TSSAA has urged every member school – both public and independent – to continue to follow the governor’s recommendation and suspend interscholastic athletics through April 24. This suspension should include games, scrimmages, practices, and organized workouts or conditioning.
All area school systems – McMinn County, Meigs County, Athens City and Etowah City – have announced they will follow Lee's recommendation and stay closed and suspend all school activities, including athletics, through April 24.
The TSSAA is continually monitoring developments related to this public health concern. It is still the hope and goal that the girls’ state basketball tournament will be able to resume and that the boys’ state basketball tournament will be held.
It is also the goal that TSSAA member schools will be able to resume their spring sports seasons, although it will be with a limited time-frame and schedule, culminating with the postseason and ultimately Spring Fling.
The resumption of the state basketball tournaments and conducting the postseason for spring sports are dependent on numerous factors including time and facilities. The TSSAA will continue to explore options that will allow both to occur and will provide updates to member schools as the situation develops.