TSSAA says masks, temperature checks required at all Raider football games

The TSSAA Board approve a high school plan on Wednesday that includes temperature checks and masks for all fans. {File Photo}

Raider football will happen this fall but TSSAA did not decide a start date at Wednesday’s board meeting. It will also require multiple social distancing requirements including temperature checks and masks for fans.

The board chose option two hybrid, which allows the TSSAA to utilize a week-to-week road map. It approves an eight-game regular season, with the top two teams from each region advancing to the playoffs. It did not declare a clear start date.

“If we’re going to have any semblance of a season, we need to mitigate risk as much as possible,” Director Childress said.

Teams must complete a two week acclamation period prior to any game. Temperature checks will be required for all coaches, players, and team personnel, prior to every practice.

If the schedule gets tight, region games can be pushed back and replace open dates or non-region games as necessary.

After hearing the results of Wednesday’s meeting, Raider Head Coach Kris White said he was just glad that his players would get to play.

TSSAA also requests that schools limit fan attendance so social distancing can happen. All fans will be required to wear masks at all times and will have temperatures checked as they enter Raider Stadium.

Teams won’t be allowed to play scrimmages or jamborees. Concessions also won’t be permitted this year.

“We have expected the football season to be very different this fall,” Moore County Director of School Chad Moorehead told The Times. “We will plan our season based on TSSAA requirements and we ask our fans to understand that in order to have a season, we must follow the TSSAA rules and regulations.” •

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