Ad Spot

AHSAA approves return-to-play plan for fall sports

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor

Fall sports won’t just start on time, but practice will start a week earlier than usual after the Alabama High School Athletic Association approved its return-to-play ‘Best practices’ during a Central Board of Control meeting on Wednesday, July 22, confirming that the 2020 season would start on time.

Football teams have the option to begin fall practice on Monday, July 27, while other fall sports such as volleyball, cross country and swimming and diving can use that first week for acclimation and tryouts or choose to begin practice on Aug. 3.

“The purpose of the Return to Play document is to offer AHSAA member schools best practices in order to commence the 2020-21 school year athletic seasons as scheduled and as safely as possible,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said in a release following the Central Board Meeting.

The full return-to-play plan will be released tomorrow morning, July 23.

The news comes just days after bordering states Georgia and Mississippi both announced delays to the start of their 2020 fall sports season, while states like California have pushed the start of their fall sports back to at least December and into the spring.

The AHSAA will release more on logistics on Thursday, July 23, when they release the “Best practices” plan, which should clarify a lot of questions with what fall sports will look like from a safety standpoint. That press conference will stream at 1 p.m. on the NFHS Network or at WOTM.tv.

Montevallo

Montevallo cancels season opener due to positive COVID-19 case

280 Main Story

‘He loved this city:’ Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley remembered for selfless service, leadership

Helena

HES holds drive-thru meet the teacher

280 Reporter

Teachers at Inverness Elementary in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure

News

Pelham Panthers 2020 football prediction

Helena

Helena Huskies 2020 football prediction

Alabaster Main Story

Alabaster church gives ‘Back to School Blessings’

280 Main Story

Chelsea Hornets 2020 football prediction

280 Main Story

Briarwood Lions 2020 football prediction

280 Reporter

Public hearing for Chelsea Post Office relocation set for Aug. 18

280 Reporter Schools

Davis receives scholarship from American Grocers

Alabaster Main Story

Goodner running for Alabaster mayor

280 Main Story

City celebrates opening of new Weldon Pavilion

Calera

Calera Eagles 2020 football prediction

Business

Helena Council votes to make Old Town an entertainment district

Calera

Calera Main Street Farmers Market open each Friday

Columbiana

Shelby County Wildcats 2020 football prediction

Montevallo

Montevallo Bulldogs 2020 football prediction

Helena

Helena candidates meet with voters at forum

Community Columnists

Nichols and SCALNC serve those who have served

Columbiana

You don’t want to miss Intermission

280 Reporter

Shelby Chamber named an Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce

Montevallo

Montevallo Arts Council reveals new name, collaborative plans

280 Main Story

Golden City restaurant open, including new Pelham location