Post by coachwoodall on Jul 15, 2020 13:09:30 GMT -6
Today we got an announcement about school and football. Seems that a decision had been made and everybody was waiting for somebody else to make a decision first. I give the high points and add as I can dig a little deeper into the details.
SCHOOL - the Governor has set Sept. 8 as a start date for school. Our district was going to make announcement for teachers to go back on Aug 10 and kids on Aug 17. I haven't heard if that is going to change or not.
FOOTBALL - Practice starts on Aug 17, games can start on Sept 11. 7 game schedule with region/conference games prioritized first for play off seedings. Teams that play in region/conferences of less than 8 teams, game could be picked up at the end of the season. 16 teams per classification qualify and 4 game play off, ending completed season on Nov 20 (2 weeks earlier than normal). NO scrimmages or jamborees.
I post more information and/or clarifications as I get them. This was just announce this morning out of the blue. We haven't even had our association announce how phase 1.5 will look, much less phase 2 or 3; so there is still a lot to unpack.
Post by coachwoodall on Jul 16, 2020 10:49:29 GMT -6
This is the press release from our League Office. There is an appeal that will have to be heard before this is set into motion. The appeal is related to an school district that proposed switching fall & spring sport seasons, but was voted down in favor of this:
Fall Sports start date moved from July 31st to August 17th for the first day of practice for all sports.
Start date will be reviewed within 1 week prior to determine if it is possible to start on that specific date. If determined that it is not possible, the anticipated start date will be moved/delayed no less than one week from the original start date.
· Example: August 10th, SCHSL will determine if August 17th is still the best start date. IF determined that we are not able to start on August 17th, then league staff would extend the start date to August 24th for the earliest possible start. The SCHSL staff could delay the date beyond one week if information determines the start date needs to be delayed further than one week.
· This would allow schools at least two weeks of prep time to prepare for an anticipated start should the date be delayed.
· Each time the start date is moved/delayed, the length of the sports season as well as the playoffs will have to be evaluated to determine the best option for each sport.
All Sports will have two scrimmages and a jamboree.
Football, Volleyball and Girls Tennis will have four rounds of playoffs. (This number may be reduced if the original start date is delayed)
Cross Country, Swimming and Competitive Cheer may have a reduced number of teams and/or individuals at the state finals due to conditions related to COVID-19.
Football is the only sport to have a reduced number of contests with the delay in the start of the fall sports season. (Others may have a reduced number should the start date continue to be delayed)
Football, Volleyball and Girls Tennis will be required to play all region contests first, then move to non- region contests with any remaining open dates.
Information for football and volleyball to update schedules in Arbiter will be forthcoming. (Please do not make any changes to your Arbiter schedules until we are able to give you more information on how to proceed.)
Middle School Teams will follow the same start date(s).
Start dates for sports could vary depending on conditions related to COVID-19
Currently, there are no adjustments to Winter and Spring Sports Calendars.
Any Delay to the start of the sports season may have an impact on the number of contests and the date(s) of the state finals.
SCHSL Winter and Spring Calendars may be modified to accommodate moving a fall sport into the athletic calendar in the event the sport is unable to hold their season in the fall due to COVID-19 conditions.
Football: (September 11th – October 23rd – 7 Weeks)
First Game: September 11th (Everyone starts with Region play Sept 11th. )
Total Regular Season Games: 7
Playoffs Start: October 30th (4 weeks)
State Finals: November 20th
Note: Schools that do not make the playoffs are allowed to schedule one additional game. This game must be completed no later than November 6th. (The 2nd playoff week) Schools will be permitted no more than 7 additional practices for this one additional game. You may not practice after you have played your additional game.
Note: A at least 7 regular season weeks are needed for all regions to play a full region schedule. To accomplish this AND have at least 16 teams in the playoffs the latest the regular season can start is September 25th. (This scenario would move the state finals to December 4th and 5th)
Note: October 2nd would be the last possible start date to have 7 regular-season games and 8 teams in the playoffs. (This scenario would move the state finals to December 4th and 5th)
Note: September 21st is the latest possible date to have a first practice day for football and still have a 5 game regular season with 8 teams making the playoffs. (This would require two regions to make a hybrid schedule for region play and would not allow all teams to play a full region schedule.) Under this scenario, playoffs would start November 20th and State Finals would be December 4th an 5th.
Post by coachwoodall on Jul 24, 2020 6:51:43 GMT -6
Just an update, yesterday our League Office sent out the next 'phase', phase 1.5. We still have no announced phase 2 or 3. The following are changes to restrictions/guidelines of phase 1 and all others (not highlights) are to still be followed.
Here are the highlights of the 07/24 announcement: - The SCHSL taskforce is proposing Phase 1.5 to begin when group activities are permitted in the districts and/or schools to begin on August 3, 2020. - Face covering or masks should be worn in sports drills where the covering is not inhibitory. - Whenever in an indoor or outdoor space, group size should be limited to a maximum of: 16 persons per facility for Fall sports and 10 persons per facility for Winter and/or Spring Sports. This limitation includes athletes, coaches and staff. - Properly cleaned and sanitized balls and sports equipment may be used. - Hand shields and/or dummies can be held for teaching purposes provided the players holding the shield are wearing a mask. - Must maintain 6ft. social distancing when not wearing a face covering or mask. - Spotters may be used but must stand at the end of the bar only and wear a face covering or mask. ***I know some schools have been in the weight room, we chose NOT to use it and only do workouts with a plate, we will move to having select groups use the weight room now***
We just finished week 6 of our workouts (we could have started a week earlier) and next week is our traditional 'dead week' so we are going to give the kids that time off. When they return on 08/03, we will have 6 weeks until our 1st game. Practices are slated to begin 08/17.
Also there was the appeal meeting related to flipping seasons. This is a quote from the League Office:
“After much discussion amongst the Appellate Panel, Lexington School District One representatives and League staff, the panel decided that more information was needed to vote on the matter at hand. It is our hope that this issue will be settled on August 10th during the next Appellate Panel meeting. Until then, we are moving forward with the SCHSL plan which was previously voted on by the Executive Committee,” – stated Commissioner Jerome Singleton. We are operating full steam ahead into fall sports which practicing guidelines set in place previously. Following CDC and DHEC health and safety procedures are the first and most important step to getting our students back in the game.”
Post by coachwoodall on Aug 7, 2020 11:37:23 GMT -6
This week's update:
Football Notes: Schools will be allowed to start wearing helmets: August 17th in Phase 1.5 Helmets and Shoulder Pads: September 8th. Full Pads: September 10th First Scrimmage: September 12th *All football players must go through 2 days in helmets, two days in shoulder pads and 1 day in full gear prior to participation in a scrimmage, jamboree, or contest.
Note: Schools that do not make the playoffs will be allowed to schedule one additional game. This game must be completed no later than November 20th. (The 2nd playoff week) Schools will be permitted no more than 7 additional practices for this one additional game. You may not practice after you have played your additional game. Note: At least 7 regular season weeks are needed for all regions to play a full region schedule.
Championship Notes: Football, Volleyball and Tennis will be reduced to a maximum of four rounds of playoffs. Cross Country and Cheer will have a reduction of teams competing at the state finals. Swimming and Golf will have no reduction in teams at the state finals.