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Athletes soon back to work as TSSAA mandatory ‘dead period’ ends Monday

Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The practice fields and the gym at Moore County High School and Moore County Middle School have been empty this past week as teams from around the state observed the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) mandatory two-week dead period which began on June 24.

Prior to entering that portion of the schedule, it had been a busy time for athletes in Lynchburg as summer workouts got underway in late May. The Moore County football team, as well as the high school and middle school basketball teams have all been putting in hours this offseason.

When football players get back from the dead period, summer workouts will resume on July 11, this time taking place from 7-10 a.m.

“We are in shorts, T-shirts and helmets for the first two weeks we’re back,” said first-year head coach Jason Dobbs. “On Thursday the 14th, we have a 7-on-7 scrimmage against Eagleville (at home). And we scrimmage … right now it’s a three-team scrimmage but I think Eagleville may join … at Grundy County on the 29th.

“On August 5th, we will go to scrimmage at Whitwell.”

Players are allowed to strap up their full pads beginning July 25.

Moore County High Schools girls and boys basketball teams have been hard at it as well, with both teams attending multiple camps prior to the dead period.

New Moore County girls head coach Amy Josephson tweeted on June 30, saying “Hope players are enjoying dead period as much as coaches are. The grind starts again soon!!”

Moore County’s middle school athletes have been busy also, with many attending summer team camps and others competing on various travel squads.


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