GHSA relaxes rules, Athens football players can expand workouts

Area schools aim for fall sports

It is a relaxation of rules that will impact high school football players in Athens and Oconee County: the Georgia High School Association says groups of up to 50 athletes are now allowed to gather if for workouts. Cheerleading, softball and volleyball tryouts are also permitted if local school districts allow.

From Todd Holcomb, AJC…

For football teams, the new rules allow 7-on-7 passing drills between offenses and defenses, although they must be intrasquad and conducted without helmets or pads. Volleyball teams also can have intrasquad scrimmages, and baseball and softball teams can have pitchers throwing to batters.

For a few teams, Monday meant the start of conditioning. Rockdale County schools didn’t let their teams to begin until July, four weeks after the June 8 start allowed by the Georgia High School Association.  

In further easing restrictions coming off the GHSA’s mandatory dead week, executive director Robin Hines offered some insights into factors that guide his decisions on reopening.  

One is school systems’ willingness to open with traditional classes. So far, all 181 Georgia school districts are still aiming for that. 

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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