The mandatory summer dead period for all TSSAA sports began on Sunday, June 22 and runs through July 5. During this time there is to be no activity in high school sports or any middle school sports sanctioned by the TSSAA.
Coaches and players can’t hold workouts and all school facilities are to be closed. To quote the definition from the TSSAA bylaws, 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.
The Moore County High School baseball and softball teams both tried to get games in on Thursday. The Raiderettes were hosting Lincoln County, while the Raiders were hosting a contest as well, but Mother Nature prevailed and both games were scrapped.
The MCHS basketball teams, meanwhile, have been hard at it. The Raiders just returned from an overnight trip to Cookeville, where they played in several games.
The Raiderettes have played in a number of camps and taken part in play-days also.
Workouts and camps can begin again Sunday, July 6. School facilities may reopen as well and coaches may go back to training their athletes. Any organized activity between coaches and players during the dead period is a direct violation of TSSAA rules and should be reported to both the school and the TSSAA.
For more information on TSSAA rules visit their website and <www.tssaa.org>.
—David Lowrie contributed to this story.