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TSSAA Sets Rules and Season Format Soccer/Football.

The TSSAA set the 2020 high school rules and seasons for football and girls soccer today at a special called Board of Control meeting.
General Rules.
Coaches must complete free NFHS Covid-19 online course. Every coach in every school will be required to take the Covid-19 course.
Public address systems will make announcements to remind those in attendance to use masks and to social distance.
Frequent cleaning and sanitation is encouraged.
Concessions are discouraged but allowed.
Temperature check and screening/questionnaire shall apply to member bands, cheerleaders and student groups at the contests.
Member schools will require that all fans wear facial coverings at all times while on site (except for fans under 2 years of age) and maintain social distancing.
Temperature checks for players, coaches and all team personnel prior to practice. If temperature is 100.4 or greater, the person or persons must be sent home. Those individuals cannot return until a negative Covid-19 test or physician exam saying Covid-19 is not cause of their fever.
Each game, no coach, player or team personnel can compete or participate without a Covid-19 screening or questionnaire.
At each contest/school, Covid-19 symptoms lists must be posted prominently.
Players, coaches, personnel, and fans must have temperature check before entering the facility.
No scrimmages, jamborees or 7v7 with other teams are permitted.
Contests and locales where fans are in attendance, member schools are encouraged to limit fan attendance to a number that will allow for adequate physical and social distance.
Virtual Learning:
Students enrolled in virtual learning through their school system are eligible but individual systems ultimately decide if those students can play.
Season Dates:
Girls Soccer: Season to begin September 7th, extended regular season by two weeks. Girls season could also start August 10th if the Governor drops his Emergency order that is set to expire August 29th.
The adopted plan is a new hybrid plan along with what had been option 2. The hybrid aspect allows for a different start date if the Governor’s order expires early or is extended.
Assuming the emergency order expires August 29th.
Under option 2:
Contact practice will begin August 30
-The regular season will start on September 18
-Teams will play eight games in the regular season with the first week of the postseason canceled and replaced with the final regular season game
-Teams will disregard their current season schedule and the TSSAA will come up with a region schedule for teams to play
-Only the winner and runner-up of each region will make the postseason
-Teams that don’t make the postseason will have the option to play two additional games to help fill out their schedule
This option would see an 8 week regular season and a 4 week playoff.

Lady Cougar Softball To Host Tryouts

Cougar Football Player Tests Positive For COVID 19, Shutting Down Practices

Update! The mother of the athlete who tested positive has reached out to the Times with the following statement, “the athletes mother wanted to clarify that her son was not exposed to Covid-19 at football practice. It happened during the dead period and that the football program has been doing a phenomenal job of trying to keep our kids healthy and safe. As soon as I notified them he had been exposed to a positive person they cancelled Thursday practice!”

The COVID 19 pandemic now has made its presence felt in Campbell County Schools and more specifically Cougar athletics.

According to a statement by Director of School Jennifer Fields, “We have a football player at CCHS that has tested positive for COVID 19. All football, basketball, and cheerleading practices have been suspended for the recommended 14 day period, cancelling five practices during the time as a precaution. All parents have been contacted and the positive athlete will not be able to return until cleared by a doctor. Coaches who have been in contact with the athlete will follow the same procedures as the athlete who tested positive. They must remain temperature free and symptom free for 72 hours once practice resumes.”

Basketball tryouts have also been rescheduled for July 27, 28 and 30th. Freshmen and Sophomores tryouts will be from 4 pm-5:15 PM and juniors and seniors will be trying out between 5:30-6:45 PM. Players trying out must have a physical and a COVID-19 release form signed

Jacksboro Middle School Boys Basketball To Host Tryouts

Savage Elite Win Axe World Series Event

The Tennessee Savage Elite played in the Axe Coach Pitch World Series last weekend in Crossville, Tennessee.

The Savage Elite started off against the Badgers of Dunlap, Tennessee. They opened the game with scoring 4 runs in the top of the 1st. By the 3rd inning the Savage Elite were up 12-2. Desite a rally by the Badgers the Savage Elite ent on to win the game 17-12.

The second game of pool play was against the Outlaws of Cleveland, Tennessee. The Outlaws had just come out of a barn burner of a game with Blues Baseball from Nashville, Tennessee, which ended in a 19-19 tie. Axe rules allows 7 runs per inning except in the 6th inning is unlimited runs as long as it is 7 runs or less difference in the score going into the 6th. In the top of the first the Outlaws held the Savage Elite scoreless and went on to score two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Savage Elite would not be down long as they scored 6 in the top of the 2nd. The Savage Elite came alive as the game progressed and picked up a 20-9 win. The win secured the #1 seed going into bracket play on Sunday.

The tournament was scheduled for double elimination bracket for Sunday but weather moved in and games got pushed back a few hours to get the fields ready for play. With that happening, the tournament director had to make the decision to change the format to single elimination. Making it win or go home for all involved.

Eventually the Savage Elite returned to the diamonds with a rematch with the Outlaws. It was not even close as the Savage Elite won the rematch 14-4.

The championship game loomed next. It was the battle of the gloves as both defenses was very strong for the majority of the game. The Badgers came out in the top of the first and grabbed an early lead at 1-0 but the bats were still hot for the Savage Elite. They scored 6 in the bottom half of the inning. Badgers scored 4 in the top of the 2nd to make it 6-4. This is when the defenses locked in. The Badgers held the Savage Elite scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Neither team scored in the 3rd or 4th inning. The Savage Elite held the Badgers scoreless in the top of the 5th and then racked up 6 runs to secure the win in the championship game.

It was an exciting end to the game. Tylan Plemons singled to start off the bottom of the 5th. Daylen Hampton hit a ball back to the pitcher and he threw to first to get Hampton out but Plemons advanced to 2nd. Tyson Edwards was next up and hit a one back up the middle to score Plemons to make it 7-4 with one out. Maddox Freeman (one of the local twins) hit a double to centerfield and Tyson Edwards advanced to 3rd. Cooper Carr hits a gapper between short and 3rd and Tyson Edwards scores and Maddox stayed put at 2nd. Carr is on 1st and M. Freeman was on 2nd with a score of 8-4. Bentley Campbell (another local kid) grounds out to first base for the 2nd out but Copper and Maddox advanced to 2nd and 3rd. Ryder Wallen (another local kid) singles to right center to score Carr and M. Freeman to make it 10-4. Only 2 runs away to secure the Axe Coach Pitch World Series Championship. A.J. Littlejohn from Knoxville was next up and hits a ground ball to short who bobbled the ball and both runners were safe at 2nd and 1st. Hayden Cansler from Sweetwater came up to bat and singled to left field to load the bases with 2 outs. The coach for Badgers calls time to come and talk to his kids about the strategy. Bentley Freeman (the other local twin) was up to bat with the game on his shoulders. Coach Jason Freeman told his son,“hit the ball to the outfield and win this thing, its your time to shine.” He said,”Dad don’t worry I got this.” The pitch was thrown and he delivered with a game winning 3 RBI triple over 3rd base to scored Ryder, AJ, and Hayden to win the World Series 13-4.

The final tournament for the 2020 Tennessee Savage Elite will be in 2 weeks when they play for the Global World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Their record for the 2020 season is 38-12, 8 tournament championships that include Axe World Series Champions, USSSA East Tennessee Global State Champions, USSSA East Tennessee Fall State Champions, USSSA Fall Championship Series Champions, Grand Slam Champion of the Diamond Champions, USSSA Fall Brawl Champions, USSSA 8U March Madness Champions, and USSSA Bring the Heat Champions. They also finished runner-up in the Grand Slam Salute to the Troops, USSSA Southeast Shootout, Grand Slam Father’s Day, and Grand Slam Triple Play.