2021 SCIAA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INFORMATION
|All scheduling questions and changes should be sent to:
|All official questions:
Don Williams, Officials Assigning Agent
|July 22||SCIAA Football Coaches’ Meeting||10:00am||SCIAA Office|
|July 26||TSSAA First Football Practice|
|July 26||TSSAA: TSSAA Football Meeting||Online||Online|
|August 19||SCS First Day of School|
|August 11||Jamboree Rosters Due||noon||SCIAA Office|
|August 12-13||SCIAA Football Jamboree||Crump Stadium|
|August 20||JV/Freshman Football Schedule Due|
|August 21||TSSAA First Contest Date|
|October 12-16||SCS Fall Break|
|November 6||TSSAA DI First Round|
|November 13||TSSAA DI Second Round|
|November 20||TSSAA DI Quarter Finals|
|November 27||TSSAA DI Semi-Finals|
|December 3||TSSAA DI 1A, 3A, 5A Blue Cross Bowl||Cookeville, TN|
|December 4||TSSAA DI 2A, 4A, 6A Blue Cross Bowl||Cookeville, TN|
THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE
Each student-athlete must have a completed before tryouts, practice, jamboree, or game:
- Athlete’s Health Record
- Tennessee State Concussion Law “Information & Signature Form”
- TN State Sudden Cardiac Law “Information & Signature Form”
Coaches must complete on file:
- Current CPR Certification
- Tennessee State Concussion Law “Information & Signature Form” and course certificate
- TN State Sudden Cardiac Law “Information & Signature Form” and course certificate
Coaches also must review and be familiar with TSSAA Football practice regulations, TSSAA Football Acclimatization Forms, and all TSSAA Health & Safety Policies.
TSSAA FOOTBALL PRACTICE REGULATIONS
TSSAA Football Acclimatization Forms
TSSAA Health & Safety Policies
Emergency Preparedness, Heat Illness Prevention, Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Lightning Guidelines
PRACTICING ON DISTRICT FIELDS
Games on district fields at district owned stadiums take precedence over practices. Please clear the stadium 1 hour prior to game time. Clearing the stadium includes all student-athletes, coaches, team followers etc. must be out of the stadium. It does not mean you break down practice 1 hour prior to game time. Please review the SCIAA website for game times and locations at district stadiums.
TSSAA member schools have 11 weeks to play 10 football games max. All games must be turned in to the SCIAA and reflected on the SCIAA master schedule available at www.sciaa.,org
Schools are only allowed to participate in one Jamboree. The SCIAA jamboree is the official jamboree for all SCS schools. Jamboree will consist of 24 min running clock. Teams should warm up in the end zone 5 minutes prior to the end of the previous contest. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time to play. Estimated start times are listed on the schedule.
$8.00 max. (tickets may be pre-sold at a lesser price at the discretion of the host principal)
For auditing purposes anyone entering the game must have a ticket or SCS ID badge, administrators or retirees I.D. Badge, or TSSAA pass. Boosters, Concession workers and any other personnel must have a ticket from your school to enter the game.
Teams, coaching staff including volunteer coaches, auxiliary staff i.e. managers, ball boys etc… should enter the stadium together and in team uniform. All others attempting to enter the game without the team should have a ticket or employee badge (Volunteer Badges do not allow free entry).
DATE & TIME OF GAMES
Football games are traditionally held on Thursday and Friday. Games begin at 7:00pm. All games will start at the designated time unless otherwise indicated in writing through the SCIAA. To make a game change (dates and/or start times) contact the SCIAA office at minimum 3 days prior to the scheduled event.
If a scheduled game is cancelled due to schools closing, please await information from the SCIAA office.
Security personnel will be assigned to high school games by SCS security (416-5773). All Charter schools must secure their own security by SCS Security Standards.
JUNIOR VARSITY/FRESHMAN FOOTBALL
If you want to participate in JV/Freshman Football, you will be responsible for creating your schedule. A great time to schedule games would be at the TSSAA/SCIAA football meetings.
- Send your schedule complete with date, time, opponent and requested location.
- JV games are normally played on Monday. (However at high usage stadiums, games can be played on Mondays, Tuesdays (dependent on field availability), Wednesdays (7pm or later), Thursdays (check varsity football schedule for availability) and weekends by request.
- The deadline to submit your schedule and/or request stadiums is August 20.
- You will receive confirmation once your schedule location and times have been approved. I will submit this schedule to the Football Officials Assigning Agent.
*Locations and Times are subject to change based on availability.
JV/Freshman EMT Fees
EMT’s are Mandatory for all contests. The home team is responsible for paying the EMT. Lou Stackley is the EMT Coordinator. He will call your school by noon on game day to provide your EMT’s name and contact information.
EMT fees are $65.00 per game.
2021-23TSSAA Football Classification
B. T. Washington High School
Bluff City High School
Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering
Memphis Middle College High School
Middleton High School
Westwood High School
Fairley High School
Freedom Prep Academy
Hillcrest High School
KIPP Memphis Collegiate School
Manassas High School
MLK College Prep
Memphis Academy of Health Sciences
Mitchell High School
Oakhaven High School
Bolivar Central High School
Bolton High School
Covington High School
Dyersburg High School
Millington Central High School
Ripley High School
Frederick Douglass High School
Hamilton High School
Memphis Business Academy
Memphis East High School
Raleigh Egypt High School
Sheffield High School
Trezevant High School
Craigmont High School
Fayette-Ware High School
Kirby High School
Melrose High School
Ridgeway High School
Wooddale High School
Brighton High School
Dyer County High School
Kingsbury High School
Memphis Central High School
Munford High School
Overton High School
Southwind High School
Arlington High School
Bartlett High school
Collierville High School
Cordova High School
Germantown High School
Houston High School
White Station High School
Whitehaven High School
TSSAA Football Practice Regulations
NFHS Weeks 1 and 2
Single Practice Days Only (7 v 7 school vs school competition is not considered a practice)
If a school chooses to practice, helmets are the only piece of equipment that may be worn.
NFHS Week 3 (Heat Acclimatization)
Single Practice Days Only (7 v 7 school vs school competition is not considered a practice)
Day 1: Helmets Only
Day 2: Helmets Only
Day 3: Helmets and Shoulder Pads Only (No pants or tights below the knee)
Day 4: Helmets and Shoulder Pads Only (No pants or tights below the knee)
Day 5: Helmets and Shoulder Pads Only (No pants or tights below the knee)
Monday, NFHS Week 4 – NFHS Week 6
Full padded practices may begin for individuals who have participated in 2 days of helmets only and 3 days of helmets and shoulder pads.
Practice time shall not exceed 3 hours in a single practice.
Double practice days may begin, but shall not occur on consecutive days.
If there are multiple practices on a single day, only one session per day should include full contact. The total practice time may not exceed 5 hours, with practices separated by at least 3 hours of rest in a cool environment. On single-practice days, 1 walk-through is permitted, separated from the practice by at least 3 hours of continuous rest. On double-practice days, walk-throughs are not permitted unless the time of the walk-through is counted towards the total practice time.
If weather postpones a practice, the practice may resume after conditions are deemed safe and the remainder of the allotted practice time may be completed.
Regular Season and Post Season Regulations
NFHS Week 7 and following
Full Contact shall be allowed no more than 3 practices per week.
Full Contact in practice shall not last more than 30 minutes per day per group.
Full Contact in practice shall not be permitted on 3 consecutive days .
No player shall be permitted to participate in more than 8 quarters in one week, on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Participation on special teams does not count toward the 8 quarter limitation. One quarter shall not be longer than 12 minutes for the purposes of this policy.
Off Season (Spring) Practice Regulations
(End of Your Season – End of Your School Year)
Twelve (12) days of practice are permitted during a 15 consecutive school day period. The first two (2) days of practice must be helmets only.
Full contact in practice shall not be permitted on three (3) consecutive days.
Full contact in practice shall not last more than 45 minutes per day per group.
Full contact in practice shall be limited to not more than 135 minutes per week per group.
One scrimmage is permitted.
The one scrimmage must be counted as one of the 12 practice days.
Fundamentals of Heat Acclimatization for Athletes
- The majority of heat related deaths occur during the first few days of practice.
- Athletes are 4 times more likely to suffer a heat related illness when practicing longer than 3 continuous hours.
- Physical exertion and training activities should begin slowly and continue progressively. An athlete cannot be considered “conditioned” in a period of only 2 to 3 weeks.
- Develop an Emergency Action Plan with clearly defined, written and practiced protocols. This should be in place before any emergency happens. A customized emergency action plan, can be developed at the following link: http://www.anyonecansavealife.org/
- Keep each athlete’s individual level of conditioning and medical status in mind and adjust activity accordingly. These factors directly affect exertional heat illness risk.
- Athletes must begin practices and training activities adequately hydrated.
- Recognize early signs of distress and developing exertional heat illness, and promptly stop activity for affected players and treat accordingly. Do not delay first aid! Early signs may include:
Deterioration in performance/showing signs of struggling
Pale or bright red flushing of the skin
- Recognize more serious signs of exertional heat-related distress. Immediately stop activity and seek medical attention by activating the Emergency Medical System. Begin on-site rapid cooling immediately.
Obvious behavioral changes and/or central nervous system problems such as confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures
- With an increase in heat and humidity, especially if the heat and humidity level is a significant change from the previous few days:
Decrease intensity of the activity
Increase frequency/duration of rest breaks
Continue to closely monitor players in these changing conditions