The uncertainty was removed late Wednesday afternoon. There will be no more spring sports for schools in Tennessee in 2020.
Following Gov. Bill Lee’s decision to close schools for the reminder of the semester, the TSSAA followed with an announcement that all spring sports have been canceled. The decision also eliminated the possibility of finishing the state basketball tournaments which were suspended in early March.
“This is an unprecedented time across our state and country, and we do not make this decision lightly,” the TSSAA statement read. “We thank all of the participants, their coaches, administrators, parents, and everyone else who has dedicated a tremendous amount of time, passion, and effort to high school athletics, especially these affected events.”
Track, tennis, baseball, softball and boys soccer were all in the midst of beginning their seasons at WCHS and WCMS when the shutdown happened a month ago. Administrators locally had hoped for a chance to resume play, but all efforts were exhausted once the state made the decision to close schools.
WCMS athletic director Betsy McBride confirmed that their school sports seasons have also been canceled.
Boyd and Covenant are also shutting down for the remainder of the semester. Covenant athletic director Chris Madewell believed the final decision would come this weekend, but added that he was about “100 percent sure there will not be any athletics,” for the Lions this spring. Boyd AD Tim Page confirmed that Boyd spring athletics have been canceled.
Both Boyd and Covenant had tennis and soccer teams which were set to compete in their respective leagues.
Shutting down spring sports also means football teams will not be able to hold spring practice. When contacted about a potential summer scheduled, TSSAA assistant executive director Matthew Gillespie confirmed plans are being ironed out.
“Information will be given to member schools regarding summer athletics in regards to the sports calendar at a date in the near future,” said Gillespie.
According to the statement, the TSSAA hopes to begin playing again when the 2020-21 school year begin. The full statement can be found on the Standard website.