Another TSSAA contingency plan emerges

When the TSSAA Board of Control meets at Siegel High School on Wednesday, classification won’t be the only thing discussed.

The association announced Monday that contingency plans would be discussed at the meeting and those items were added to the agenda for the meeting, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and viewable on the TSSAA’s YouTube channel.

Each of the previous plans is still in play, but a new, “hybrid” plan has been brought to the table by the TSSAA staff, described in a YouTube video released on Monday.

In the video, which is 8:07 in length, Richard McWhirter describes the plan, which outlines the games to be rescheduled if contact practice does not begin by a certain date.

For example, if contact practice does not begin by Aug. 3, all Week 1 region games – there are five total statewide – must be moved to a later date in order to be played. Centennial and Ravenwood face each other in Week 1, so that game would be moved to a week where either both teams share an open date, or where both teams have a non-region game.

In that case, both teams have non-region games in Week 10. The game would be moved to that week, and their non-region opponents in Week 10 – Pope John Paul II and Cane Ridge – would need to find another non-region game, or they could face each other.

The same exercise is done for each region game that would be affected by any delays in the start of contact practice. Non-region games during those weeks would be lost in that scenario. It was not made clear in the video if teams that failed to make the playoffs could schedule additional games, as outlined in the other contingency plans presented earlier this month.

Here’s how that rolling timeline is proposed:

Aug. 3 – Week 1 region games must be rescheduled.

Aug. 10 – Week 2 region games must be rescheduled.

Aug. 17 – Playoff field for Division I will be reduced from 32 to 16 (top two in each region would qualify), and all Week 3 games – both region and non-region – would be rescheduled to Week 12 (what would have been the first playoff week).

Aug. 24 – Week 4 region games must be rescheduled, and nine-team region would be seeded for the playoffs by “pod” structures in the football scheduling memorandum sent to coaches and administrators.

Aug. 31 Week 5 competition is impacted and additional contingency plans will be considered at that time.

McWhirter states in the video that this plan was devised after feedback from coaches and administrators statewide, citing concerns about replacing lost non-region games and finding new opponents in Plan 1 and Plan 2 of the other contingency plans outlined earlier this month.

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