TSSAA state basketball tournaments remain suspended

Ray Tyler and the Blackman boys were scheduled to play Mt. Juliet Wednesday in the TSSAA state tournament. ETHAN SCOTT

The TSSAA Board of Control voted Tuesday to continue to keep the TSSAA state basketball tournaments in a suspension status.

The Board also will look at what options might be available to hold the events in the future.

Blackman High School's boys made the state tournament and were scheduled to play against Mt. Juliet on Wednesday. However, the girls’ tournament was suspended after two days and the boys as well last Thursday.

"I appreciate the TSSAA Board of Control and the leaders of the TSSAA to keep the state tournament alive," Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. "We at Blackman have decided there is some hope, but there are a lot more important things with our health and community that take precedent, and we will trust the people and go day-by-day."

* As far as spring sports are concerned, the Board voted to leave it up to school administrators and local board of educations to determine when, or if, regular-season games will be played. Programs would not be banned from competing in the postseason (if held), regardless if they played any more regular-season games.

* The Board will decide on the classification plan (number of classes in each sport) for the next four-year cycle at their June meeting, which will be from the 2021-22 through 2024-25 school years. The enrollment figures that will be used for this classification cycle will be obtained in September, 2020. The deadline for schools to decide if they want to move up in classification will be on October 26. The Board will approve the districts and regions for the four-year cycle at their November meeting.

* The Board also approved Gallatin High School's proposal to allow golf coaches to coach from green-to-tee during regular season and postseason tournaments.

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