Despite some pressure from Tennessee’s prep coaches to waive the annual “dead period,” when coaches may not have contact with athletes in their sport, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association remains firm in their decision to maintain the two-week “no contact” period. This summer’s dates are June 22 through July 5. The TSSAA Legislative Council held a virtual meeting on Thursday to decide the issue., with the vote being 6-6. According to TSSAA By-Laws, the motion to suspend the period failed.
Many coaches felt the dead period should be lifted because teams had already gone through more than two months without being allowed to workout or practice due to coronavirus closures. TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress stated prior to the vote that his recommendation was to maintain the Council’s position so as not to put sports ahead of family. “That’s not what we stand for,” he said.