Georgia to allow high school football teams to conduct intra-squad scrimmages

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With Arizona, New Jersey and Tennessee delaying the start of the 2020 high school football season, the Georgia High School Association is giving programs around the state the go-ahead to take things to the next level. Currently, Georgia teams are in a dead period that ends July 5.

Related: Texas asks for workout shutdown between July 3-12

When teams return from the dead period, the GHSA will allow teams to hold intra-squad scrimmages like 7-on-7’s. Scrimmages against other teams are not allowed, nor are helmets, shoulder pads and any type of pads

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Below is the latest from the GHSA website:

July 1:

The GHSA and the Sports Medicine Advisory Council appreciates our member schools’ efforts during the successful implementation of the Coronavirus Guidance Plan.

The GHSA has elected to implement: 1) inter-squad competitions (7-on-7, 3-on-3, … ) are allowed but competition between schools is illegal, 2) Groups of 50 are allowed to re-group if it can be done safely, 3) Cheerleading, Softball and Volleyball tryouts are allowed, 4) mask and face covering are recommended and 5) Each student should have their own personal water bottle (water bottles may be re-filled during workouts). No use of water fountains or “water cows” is allowed, starting Monday, July 6th with the following stipulations:

1.    Recommend a mask or face covering.
2.    Groups may be re grouped into a group with up to the limit of 50 individuals.
3.    Water bottles may be refilled during workouts

FOOTBALL– NO helmets, shoulder pads, girdles, knee or thigh pads can be worn AT ANY TIME.  The face mask and face covering recommended guideline does not refer to helmets or helmet face masks, but to the use of cloth face covering/masks to help slow the spread of Covid-19.

Click here for a Revised Guidance which may be implemented Monday, July 6th.  

Recommendations and restrictions are fluid and subject to change.  Safety must be our top priority.
Thanks for all you and your staff do for the student/athletes in the State of Georgia.

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