GHSA tentatively sticks with football’s Sept. 4 season-opening date – Online Athens

GHSA tentatively sticks with football’s Sept. 4 season-opening date – Online Athens

The Georgia High School Association will proceed with a Sept. 4 start date for football, though the organization acknowledged on its website Wednesday the date could change as it monitors coronavirus data.

After meeting again with a sports medicine advisory council, GHSA executive director Robin Hines said Wednesday the plan was to move forward with the planned start date, but “it is possible that the start date of September 4 could change based on COVID-19 data. As numbers dictate over the next two weeks, a decision will be forthcoming with regard to the football start date.”

The GHSA last week provided guidance that all member football teams cancel scrimmage games after meeting with the advisory council.

Hines noted the GHSA staff has contingency plans to cover all start and restart scenarios for football as their “goal continues to be to provide sports and activities for our students as soon as possible with safety being the top priority.”

Calhoun County schools canceled its football season on Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. It joined Twiggs County as shutting down its fall season while Cedartown on Wednesday canceled its first game of the season, the Coosa Valley News reported.

The Savannah Chatham Public School District pushed back the start of the high school football season to Oct. 1, while sports such as softball, volleyball and cross country will be delayed until Sept. 1, it was announced at an informal board
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