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TSSAA tweaks rules during board meeting

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

During the most recent Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) board meeting, the governing body made a couple of decisions that will have a slight impact on area athletic teams.

In football, the TSSAA voted to make an exception to the 2013 Football Sports Calendar during the time period from the End of Summer Dead Period until Monday, week of Aug. 1 to state, “15 days of practice (no pads) permitted, 10 of which may involve practice with another school(s). Helmets and shoulder pads may be worn beginning Monday, July 22, 2013. Individuals must practice in helmets and shoulder pads for a minimum of three days prior to practicing in full pads. Shoulder pads may not be worn during practice with another school(s).”

The exception will be presented to the Legislative Council to be considered for official change in the Sports Calendar.

In basketball, the board voted to make the length of the basketball coaching box 14 feet, thus giving head coaches more leeway on the sidelines. The previous size of the coaching box was 6 feet.

“That’s good because I needed more than 6 feet,” said Moore County boys basketball coach Lavon King.

The NFHS Basketball Rules Book states that the coaching box shall be bounded by a line 28 feet from the end line, the sideline, a line no more than 14 feet from the 28-foot line toward the end line, and the team bench.