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Dead period lifted, high school, middle school sports resume

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

LOGO MCHS raiders_horse 001LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The mandatory summer dead period for all TSSAA sports began Sunday, June 21 and ran through July 4. During that time, there was no activity in high school sports or any middle school sports sanctioned by the TSSAA.

Coaches and players were not allowed to hold workouts and all school facilities were closed.

TSSAA bylaws read that during the Dead Period, “No coaching, observing, or contact between coach and players in sport involved. There is no practice, no open facilities, and no weight training/conditioning.”

The TSSAA instituted this period several years ago to ensure that high school athletes had some form of summer break allowing for family time and vacations. High school and middle school sports have become year round activities and too often student athletes have very little time for other activities. With the dead period, families are given the chance to plan vacations together and not worry about summer camps and workouts.

Workouts and camps were able to resume July 5. School facilities reopened as well.

The Moore County High School football team was back on campus at 7 a.m. Monday, picking up where they left off in preparations for the Aug. 21 season-opener at Cascade. The other athletes at the high school and middle school went back to work as well, with middle school baseball and basketball scheduled to practice this week and girls cross country set to begin soon.

Fall sports at MCHS include football, boys and girls golf and girls cross country.

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