Montgomery, Ala (WDHN) — In today’s AHSAA conference, the meeting reaffirmed that fall sports will start on time, as well as giving a clearer picture as to how they will look.
In the forty minute conference, the logistics of each sport’s seasons were presented.
Football will go on as planned and as the AHSAA has stated this week, teams are allowed to start practicing next week as long as it is for tryouts or a acclimation period.
All sports are to follow that idea or teams can wait one week and start as normal.
Volleyball, Cross Country, Swim and Dive and Football were all given protocols that explained how the season will be different.
For Volleyball, there will be no switching of benches between games, limited seating at the officials table and there will only be the head coaches for the pregame officials meeting.
In cross country, where it is available, the course is to be six feet wide so that runners can try and space out.
Swimmers and divers are to come in their suits as the dressing rooms should be used in only emergency settings.
Football will move the player boxes to the ten yard line down each sideline, was at the 25 yard line. Charged timeouts are extended to two minutes so it is easier to social distance as well as distribute water. After a score, a quarter or half, there will be more time given as well. Also, only one captain will be sent out for the coin toss.
Much of the power is given to the local towns and school boards. The most important would be the fan involvement. Each town can decide how many or if any fans will be permitted to these events.
The individual schools also have the ability to back out of participating at any point of the season with no penalty.
However, if a school were to forfeit a football game, the game will result in a loss but come the end of the season, the AHSAA will have a meeting to see how that will apply to the final record and playoffs.
To read over the entire plan you can do that at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s website which is www.ahsaa.com