School Closings Extended, All Athletic Events Remain Suspended

TSSAA Hopeful On Re-Starting Basketball Tournaments; Holding Spring Fling Later

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On Monday March 24, Governor Lee extended the statewide school closure to April 24, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consistent with the Governor’s statement, and in the interest of the health and safety of competitors, coaches, officials, and spectators, the TSSAA urges every member school – both public and independent – to continue to follow the Governor’s recommendation and suspend interscholastic athletics through April 24, 2020. This suspension should include games, scrimmages, practices, and organized workouts or conditioning.

According to a press release, “We are continually monitoring developments related to this public health concern. It is still the hope and goal that we will be able to resume the girls’ state basketball tournament and hold the boys’ state basketball tournament. It is also the goal that our member schools will be able to resume their spring sports seasons, although it will be with a limited time-frame and schedule, culminating with the post-season, and ultimately Spring Fling.”

The organization also said, “The resumption of the state basketball tournaments and conducting the post-season for spring sports are dependent on numerous factors including time and facilities. We will continue to explore options that will allow both to occur and will provide updates to member schools as the situation develops.”


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Chattanoogan Senior Spotlight: East Hamilton Tennis


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Prep Sports

Randy Smith: Local Boys Basketball Mount Rushmore

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Chattanoogan Senior Spotlight: Notre Dame Tennis

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Perspective On The Virus

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