Coaches in certain sports will be able to work with more of their athletes at once while out of season. The TSSAA Legislative Council approved a proposal Wednesday that increases the number of student-athletes a coaching staff can give individual instructions to per day during the offseason and preseason to five in baseball and softball and to six in football and soccer.
The proposal, submitted by Cumberland County High School, is a change to Article IV, Section 8 in the TSSAA bylaws. Previously, the offseason and preseason individual instructions limit for all sports was three student-athletes per day. The limit remains three for all sports other than baseball, softball, football and soccer.
The council also shifted the start and end of the two-week TSSAA summer dead period from Saturdays to Mondays, approving a proposal by White County High School. This shift will take effect starting this summer, moving the dead period to the midnight of June 23 through the midnight of July 6, and all summer dead periods in future years will start and end on Mondays.
The TSSAA-sanctioning process for lacrosse has also been delayed indefinitely. Lacrosse was set to become a sanctioned sport starting in the 2021-2022 school year, but after conducting a survey of member schools that currently offer the sport and discussions with some current coaches and officials by the state office staff, the council voted to delay sanctioning indefinitely to avoid the negative impact that sanctioning would have on already established teams.