News & Annoucements


  • 2018 Mid-Cycle Enrollments These enrollment totals have been used to determine which schools have had a change in enrollment of 20% or greater since the last time enrollment was reported in September 2016.
  • TSSAA News TSSAA News – October 2018 Past editions of the TSSAA News are available here.
  • 2018 Regional Meeting Agenda 2018 Regional Meeting Agenda
  • Tennessee Seeks to Transform the “Win-at-all-Costs” Sports Culture The InSideOut Initiative launches in Tennessee in partnership with Tennessee Titans, NFL Foundation, Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (TIAAA), Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA), and Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA). The InSideOut Initiative—a nonprofit aimed at transforming the “win-at-all-costs” sports culture in communities across the country—will launch soon in Tennessee. Sports engage more individuals, families, and communities in a shared experience than any other cultural activity, organization or religion. Three out of four American families with school-aged children will have at least one child play an organized sport— approximately 45 million children. However, youth sports has evolved into a $15 billion industry that promotes early specialization, private one-on-one coaching, multi-team layered participation and a significant financial and emotional investment by parents. Less than 3% of high school athletes will go on to play college athletics and only a fraction of those—less than 1%—will ever play professionally. If the value of youth sports comes solely from winning, then millions of kids lose out on the potential for a life-changing human growth experience. “For sports to provide students with human growth opportunities and moral development, we must move beyond defining success by the scoreboard and create space in the culture for a higher purpose,” said InSideOut Initiative co-founder and executive director, Jody Redman. “The InSideOut Initiative provides a blueprint for systemic change—and guides communities into reframing the purpose of sports, and building a system that focuses on the development of the educational, social and emotional well-being of each student-athlete.” Powered by the NFL Foundation and piloted in Colorado and Texas in 2015, the InSideOut Initiative catalyzes partnerships with educational leaders, state athletic associations and local NFL teams to address the brokenness of the sports culture and engages stakeholders in strategic conversations to re-define the role of interscholastic sports in the lives of students and communities. The program has spread to NFL markets in California, Indiana and Ohio. “As a professional sports franchise, we find it our responsibility to proactively safeguard the integrity and values which makes sport a fundamental part of our culture. For this reason we are proud to be involved in the launch of the InSideOut Initiative in Tennessee,” said Steve Underwood, President, Tennessee Titans and Nissan Stadium. “We know that sports at the grassroots level shape the future of an athlete, and we are committed to building a foundation of fairness, respect and dignity for every student-athlete in our state.” Tennessee will be the next state to launch this Initiative, thanks to comprehensive funding from the National Football League Foundation. The TSSAA has helped develop a steering committee comprised of representatives from educational and athletic organizations to discuss the initiative and plan for its implementation. “The TSSAA is very excited and grateful to be involved with the InSideOut Initiative,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of TSSAA. “Education-based athletics is vitally important to the students and schools across Tennessee. This initiative will help to maintain athletics in its proper perspective by creating a culture that moves beyond defining success by the scoreboard and creates space for a higher purpose.” “The fact that there are so many people involved, from Superintendents, school administrators, and school board members, shows how educators across the state value the goals and mission of the InSideOut Initiative,” added Childress. “This would not be possible without the support for this program from the NFL Foundation and the Tennessee Titans, and for that we are very appreciative.” For sports to provide students with the human growth and moral development opportunities they deserve, we must move beyond defining success by the scoreboard and create space in the culture for a higher purpose. Tennessee is committed to creating that space, starting now.
  • 2018 High School Enrollments Enrollment totals submitted to the state office this month will be used to determine which schools have had a change in enrollment of 20% or greater since the last time enrollment was reported in September 2016.
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – Minutes 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES August 13, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approved the Minutes of Last Meeting Voted to authorize the state office to select sites and make plans for conducting regional and state tournaments for meets in golf, tennis, cross country, track and field, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, and bowling. Approved the Financial Report for Baseball Approved the Financial Report for Softball Approved the Financial Report for Soccer Approved the Financial Report for Track and Field Approved the Financial Report for Tennis Approved the Spring Fling Report Approved the Auditor’s Report of the 2017-18 School Year Approved the 2018-19 TSSAA Budget Reviewed the List of Cooperative Programs Approved during the 2017-18 School Year Approved the Marketing & Sponsorship Report Approved the Student Services/The Right Team Report Voted to continue to pay the $30 membership into the National Federation Coaches’ Association for the state Coach of the Year winners for the NFHS Coaches Award Program. These are awards given for coaches of the year (male and female) from each state, section, and at the national level, as well as contributor of the year. Heard a Report on Officials’ Basketball Camps Approved the Financial Aid for the 2018-19 School Year Heard an Update on Regional Basketball Sites for the 2018-19 School Year Discussed the Administrators’ Meetings Schedule for 2018-19 Heard the Technology Update, highlighting rules books changes and Portal improvements. Heard an Updated on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, highlighting the new Health & Safety Policies page on the website and Pre-Game Contest Cards. Voted to Deny the Request of Lakeway Christian Academy to rejoin TSSAA beginning with the 2019-20 school year without having to serve as an affiliate member for one year.  Voted to accept the membership of Lakeview Christian Academy for the 2018-19 school year, pending the approval of Lakeview Christian Academy’s Board. Voted to approve the second appeal of Austin-East Magnet High School and to remove both the restrictive probation and probation placed on their basketball program. Voted to approve the second appeal of Brainerd High School and to remove both the restrictive probation and probation placed on their basketball program. Heard about the changes for 2018-19 Volleyball State Tournament Dates: As a result of MTSU conflicts, the Volleyball State Championships will be held October 16th-18th, 2018. Heard about the changes to Mr. Football Awards & BlueCross Bowl Meeting: Due to scheduling conflicts with the Tennessee Titans, the 2018 Mr. Football Awards and the meeting with teams that advance to the BlueCross Bowl will be held this year on Sunday, November 25th. Approved Gary Hardin Academy’s Request for TSSAA Membership Gary Hardin Academy is an alternate placement school under the jurisdiction of Sevier County Schools. Their membership is effective starting the 2018-2019 school year in order to co-op with Sevier County High School. Denied Official Appeals Suspension of Registration Approved Rockvale High School’s Request for  TSSAA Membership Rockvale High School is scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. It is under the Rutherford County School System. Their anticipated enrollment is 1500 students in grades 9-12. They plan to offer all sports sanctioned by our organization. Rockvale High School will be placed in Division I, Class 5A, Region 5 in football, Class AAA, Region 4, District 7 in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, and bowling, Region 4 Large in cross country, Section 2 Large in track and field, and Class AAA, Region 5 in Wrestling.
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – August 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA August 13, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Sites for Tournaments and Meets It has been the policy of the Board of Control to authorize the Executive Director to select sites and make plans for conducting regional and state tournaments or meets in golf, tennis, cross country, track and field, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, and bowling Financial Report for Baseball Financial Report for Softball Financial Report for Soccer Financial Report for Track and Field Financial Report for Tennis Spring Fling Report The staff will provide an update of the 2018 Spring Fling and will provide a financial report. Auditor’s Report of the 2017-18 School Year If available, we will provide copies of the official audit for the 2017-2018 school year to the Board of Control, along with a complete review of the auditor’s report. We will provide this information in our next meeting if the auditor has not completed the report. 2018-19 TSSAA Budget If our audit has been completed, a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year will be provided. Cooperative Programs Approved during the 2017-18 School Year Marketing Program Update Student Services/The Right Team Update NFHS Coaches Award Program As always, there will be awards given for coaches of the year (male and female) from each state, section, and at the national level, as well as contributor of the year. A list of our state award recipients for 2016-17 will be given to members of the Board. Report on Officials’ Basketball Camps Approval for Financial Aid for the 2018-19 School Year Update on Regional Basketball Sites for the 2018-19 School Year Administrators’ Meetings Schedule for 2018-19 Technology Update Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Information from the Committee will be presented to the Board Lakeway Christian Academy Lakeway Christian Academy submitted a request to withdraw its 2018-19 membership and rejoin TSSAA beginning with the 2019-20 school year without having to serve as an affiliate member for one year. Austin-East Magnet High School Appeals Sanctions Placed on Their Boys’ Baketball Program On February 8, 2018, the Board of Control heard an appeal from Austin-East Magnet High School. The members of the Board upheld the original disciplinary action with the understanding that Austin-East had put in place 12 sportsmanship initiatives that they would be working on as a community. The Board voted that they would entertain a second appeal by the school once significant progress had been made with the 12 sportsmanship initiatives. The administration of Austin-East Magnet High School will be present to report on their progress and once again appeal the sanctions placed on their boys’ basketball program. Brainerd High School Appeals Sanctions Placed on Their Boys’ Basketball Program On February 8, 2018, the Board of Control heard an appeal from Austin-East Magnet High School. The members of the Board upheld the original disciplinary action with the understanding that Austin-East had put in place 12 sportsmanship initiatives that they would be working on as a community. The Board voted that they would entertain a second appeal by the school once significant progress had been made with the 12 sportsmanship initiatives. The administration of Austin-East Magnet High School will be present to report on their progress and once again appeal the sanctions placed on their boys’ basketball program. 2018-19 Volleyball State Tournament Dates We have been notified by MTSU that they cannot host our state championships on Ocotber 17-19.  They have a football game on Saturday, October 20, and it is Homecoming Week.  As a result, the championship dates have been set for October 16-18. Mr. Football Awards & BlueCross Bowl Meeting Changes There will be changes in regards to the date and schedule for this year’s Mr. Football Awards and the meeting with teams that advance to the BlueCross Bowl.  The staff will explain the details to the Board. Gary Hardin Academy Requests TSSAA Membership Gary Hardin Academy is an alternate placement school under the jurisdiction of Sevier County Schools. They are requesting membership for the 2018-2019 school year in order to co-op with Sevier County High School. Official Appeals Suspension of Registration Rockvale High School Requests TSSAA Membership Rockvale High School is scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. It is under the Rutherford County School System. Their anticipated enrollment is 1500 students in grades 9-12. They plan to offer all sports sanctioned by our organization. If approved, Rockvale High School will be placed in Division I, Class 5A, Region 5 in football, Class AAA, Region 4, District 7 in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, and bowling, Region 4 Large in cross country, Section 2 Large in track and field, and Class AAA, Region 5 in Wrestling. Litigation Report Hardship Appeals
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – June 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES June 5-7, 2018 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approved minutes of last meeting Voted to give the state office permission to conduct the Regional and State Volleyball Tournament draw. Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 Basketball Tournament Series Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 Wrestling Tournament Series Approved the Report of the 2018 Athletic Directors Conference Approved the Report of the 2018 Cheer Coaches Conference Approved the Sportsmanship – Review of the 2017-2018 School Year This completes the 27th year of the sportsmanship program and we continue to approach this area from many different aspects each year.  A full report was given to the Board of Control by the staff in regard to the number of coaches ejected, disciplinary action, unsportsmanlike incidents investigated, etc.  This allowed them to review our approach to this very critical area in all of our sports.  In addition, they reviewed the 23rd year of the A.F. Bridges Program. Approved the Division II Need-Based Financial Aid Final Report Heard update regarding the administrators’ meetings schedule.  These meetings will be held the last two weeks in September. Heard update regarding the collection of information regarding regional basketball tournament sites. Approved the DDivision I and Division II 2018 State Basketball Tournament Allotments Heard an update regarding the partnership with the NFHS Network. Heard update regarding the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Voted to approve updated NFHS/TSSAA Guidelines on Handling Practices and Contests During Lightning or Thunder Disturbances. Voted that (a) TSSAA continue to print the TSSAA Directory and TACA pay expenses and shipping.  (b) TACA would be allowed to print one card that will be good at our championship events all year with picture ID required and one person allowed free admittance.  (c) TACA will have a representative at the gates to help with disrespectful coaches.  (d) All passes must be sent to the Athletic Director of the School.  No passes should be sent to an individual’s home address. Heard TMSAA Championship Events Report. The TMSAA held state championships in Cross Country and Track and Field during the 2017-2018 school year. Classification The 2018-2019 school year starts the second year of our four-year cycle.  Board policy is to reevaluate enrollments in the middle of the classification cycle.  Those schools that have a 20% decrease or increase which causes them to move to a higher or lower class will be moved during the 2018-2019 school year.  The Board reviewed the timeline that the staff will follow. Hendersonville Christian Academy sent a letter notifying their intentions to withdraw from TSSAA for the 2018-2019 school year. Lakeway Christian Academy was previously approved for TSSAA membership for the 2018-2019 school year at the March meeting.  The Board denied the school’s request to postpone their membership until the 2019-2020 school year. Denied Rossville Christian Academy’s request to continue to be allowed to participate in the post-season basketball series and while playing an independent football schedule. Approved request of Tipton Christian Academy for TSSAA Membership. It is a small private school accredited by AdvancEd with an enrollment of approximately 250 students in grades K-11.  They plan to compete in basketball, cross country, golf, volleyball, and track and field.  They will be placed in Division II, Class A, District 6 in all sports they offer which are sanctioned by our organization. Denied the request submitted by Portland High School requesting that the Board reclassify Division I baseball, basketball, and softball into four classes effective with the 2019-2020 school year. The Board voted to approve sectional meets and the state championship event for Unified Track & Field beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Voted for the state office to gather information and feedback from member schools regarding middle school and junior varsity officials’ fees and report back to the Board at a future meeting. The Board was updated regarding the recent communication from the Shelby County Interscholastic Athletic Association, which has informed TSSAA that GRAD Academy, W.E.B. Dubois High School of Arts and Technology, and Dubois High School of Leadership and Public Policy are closing for the 2018-2019 school year.  The middle schools at both of the W.E.B. Dubois locations will remain open. Approved Soccer Regulation regarding postseason field dimensions. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, schools hosting contests at the regional, sectional, and sub-state level must secure a field with minimum dimensions of 110 yards by 65 yards.  If a school scheduled to host the regional, sectional, or sub-state contest does not have a field with these minimum dimensions, the game can still be played at the facility provided there is mutual agreement of both schools involved in the contest.  If there is no mutual agreement, and no available field within a 15-mile radius of the host school, the hos school may request an exception from the state office. Denied Spring Hill High School’s request to change districts from District 11-AAA to District 8-AAA for the sports of boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, and softball effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Approved proposal from the Wrestling Advisory Committee to add a Girls’ Wrestling Dual Meet which would be held in conjunction with the State Dual Meet Tournament. Approved the request of Career Magnet Academy for TSSAA Membership. Career Magnet Academy is under the jurisdiction of the Knox County Board of Education.  Career Magnet Academy is accredited by AdvanceEd and has an enrollment of approximately 300 students in grades 9-12.  They plan to compete in bowling, cross country, and golf.  They will be placed in Division I, Class A, District 4 in bowling, Region 2 (Small) in cross country, and District 3 (Small) in golf. Denied Grace Christian Academy’s (Franklin) request to continue to be allowed to participate in the post-season basketball series and while playing an independent football schedule. Denied the request of Concord Christian School to participate in the post-season basketball series during the 2018-19 school year while not fielding a varsity football team. Approved the request of Pleasant View School for TSSAA Membership. This is an independent school in Shelby County that has been in existence for approximately 23 years.  They are accredited through AdvancEd and their current enrollment in Pre-school through 12th grade is 460.  They have approximately 150 students in grades 9-12.  Pleasant View School will be placed in Division II, Class A (West), District 6 in basketball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track and field.  These are the sports they currently offer at their school.  ...
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – June 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA June 5-7, 2018 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Drawing for Regional and State Volleyball Tournaments Financial Report of the 2018 Basketball Tournament Series Financial Report of the 2018 Wrestling Tournament Series Report of the 2018 Athletic Directors Conference Report of the 2018 Cheer Coaches Conference Sportsmanship – Review of the 2017-2018 School Year This completes the 27th year of the sportsmanship program and we continue to approach this area from many different aspects each year.  A full report is always given to the Board of Control by the staff in regard to the number of coaches ejected, disciplinary action, unsportsmanlike incidents investigated, etc.  This allows us to review our approach to this very critical area in all of our sports.  In addition, we will review the 23rd year of the A.F. Bridges Program. Report of the Finance Committee Division II Need-Based Financial Aid Final Report Administrators’ Meetings Schedule Regional Basketball Sites Division I and Division II 2018 State Basketball Tournament Allotments Media Update As you are aware, we launched the TSSAA Network seven years ago.  Matthew Gillespie will provide an update of our progress. TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Update TACA Cards The following is being recommended by the TSSAA staff: (a) TSSAA continue to print the TSSAA Directory and TACA pay expenses and shipping. (b) TACA would be allowed to print one card that will be good at our championship events all year with a picture ID required and one person allowed free admittance. (c) TACA will have a representative at the gates to help. (d) All passes must be sent to the Athletic Director of the school.  No passes should be sent to an individual’s home address. TMSAA Championship Events Report The TMSAA held state championships in Cross Country and Track and Field during the 2017-18 school year. A full report will be given to the Board. Classification The 2018-2019 school year starts the second year of our four-year cycle.  Board policy is to reevaluate enrollments in the middle of the classification cycle.  Those schools that have a 20% decrease or increase which causes them to move to a higher or lower class will be moved during the 2018-2019 school year. Hendersonville Christian Academy Withdraws from TSSAA Lakeway Christian Academy Lakeway Christian Academy was approved for TSSAA membership for the 2018-2019 school year at the March meeting. The school is requesting to postpone their membership until the 2019-2020 school year. Rossville Christian Academy Requests to Play an Independent Football Schedule Rossville Christian Academy requested to play an independent football schedule and continue to be allowed to participate in the post-season basketball tournament at the March meeting. The Board took no action on the request at that time. They have since informed the state office of the schools they do not intend to play in football and made their request again. Supplement #11 contains the request from the school. They would like to continue to be allowed to participate in the post-season basketball series. Official Appeals Suspesion of Registration Tipton Christian Academy Requests TSSAA Membership Tipton Christian Academy, located in Covington, is a small private school accredited by AdvancEd with an enrollment of approximately 250 students in grades K-11. If approved, they plan to compete in basketball, cross country, golf, volleyball, and track and field. They will be placed in Division II, Class A, District 6 in all sports they offer which are sanctioned by our organization. Portland High School Requests DI Classification Change Portland High School is requesting that the Board reclassify Division I baseball, basketball, and softball into four classes effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Update on Unified Sports Officials’ Fee Schedule Board members tabled a discussion on officials’ fees at the March meeting and asked the staff to bring back their recommendation on middle school and junior varsity officials’ fees. The Closing of GRAD Academy, W.E.B. Dubois High School of Arts and Technology, and Dubois High School of Leadership and Public Policy The Shelby County Interscholastic Athletic Association has informed our office that GRAD Academy, W.E.B. Dubois High School of Arts and Technology, and Dubois High School of Leadership and Public Policy are closing for the 2018-2019 school year. The middle schools at both of the W.E.B. Dubois locations will remain open. Soccer Postseason Field Dimensions Spring Hill High school Requests to Chage Districts Spring Hill High School is requesting to change Districts effective with the 2018-2019 school year. Girls’ Wrestling Dual Meet Invitational Mark Reeves will explain a proposal from the Wrestling Advisory Committee to add a Girls’ Wrestling Dual Meet which, if approved, would be held in conjunction with the State Dual Meet Tournament. Career Magnet Academy Requests TSSAA Membership Career Magnet Academy is under the jurisdiction of the Knox County Board of Education. Career Magnet Academy is accredited by AdvanceEd and has an enrollment of approximately 300 students in grades 9-12. If approved, they plan to compete in bowling, cross country, and golf. They will be placed in Division I, Class A, District 4 in bowling, Region 2 (Small) in cross country, and District 3 (Small) in golf. Grace Christian Academy (Franklin) Requests to Play an Independent Football Schedule Grace Christian Academy is requesting to play an independent football schedule and continue to be allowed to participate in the post-season basketball tournament. Administrators from the school will be present to address the members of the Board. Concord Christian School Withdraws from Football Concord Christian administration has submitted a letter stating their intent to not field a varsity football team for the 2018-19 school year. Follow-up letters from the state office and action taken are also included. Pleasant View School Requests TSSAA Membership This is an independent school in Shelby County that has been in existence for approximately 23 years. They are accredited through AdvancEd and their current enrollment in Pre-school through 12th grade is 460. They have approximately 150 students in grades 9-12. If approved, Pleasant View School will be placed in Division II, Class A (West), District 6 in basketball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track and field. These are the sports they currently offer at their school. The request is to become a TSSAA member in middle and high school effective at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Family Christian School Requests TSSAA Membership Family Christian School, which is located in Jackson, was a member in 2015-16 and had a cooperative agreement with North Side High School in one sport. They ...
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Minutes – May 2018 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MINUTES May 30, 2018 Conference Call Call to Order and Roll Call Heard Update on Unified Sports Approved Unified Sports Bylaws Definitions Unified Sports – Inclusive programs which pair an approximately equal number of unified athletes and unified partners on teams for training and competition. Special Olympics Athlete – For the purposes of Unified Sports, an athlete is a participant, approved by Special Olympics, with intellectual disabilities. Unified Partner – For the purposes of Unified Sports, a partner is a participant without intellectual disabilities who is not a member of the school team in that particular sport. Eligibility Preamble The member high schools of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association have adopted, through their elected representatives, an essential inter-related group of minimum eligibility requirements which establish the threshold for participation for all students within the interscholastic program and which work together to define and preserve the fundamental nature of the program. At the junior varsity or B-Team level, the only eligibility rules that apply are those in Sections 1 (Enrollment), 2 through 4 (Academic Rules), 5 (High School Graduate), 6 (Eight-Semester Rule), 7 (Repeating Rule), 8 (Eighth Grade Participation), 9 (Age Limit), 10 (Physical Examination and Parental Consent), 13e (Coaching Link), and 25 (Home School Rule). At the varsity level, all eligibility rules apply. Special Olympics Athletes must be enrolled at the school for which they are participating. They must meet all requirements set forth by Special Olympics of Tennessee. Physical Examination and Parental Consent (Section 10) It is required that no student be permitted to participate in practice sessions or in athletic contests until there is on file with the principal a preparticipation medical evaluation form signed by a doctor of medicine, osteopathic physician, physician assistant, or certified nurse practitioner stating that the student has passed a physical examination, not prior to April 15, and that in their opinion the student is physically fit to participate in interscholastic athletics. A Special Olympics Athlete must utilize the Special Olympics of Tennessee Clearance Form for this preparticipation medical evaluation. In lieu of the form, the principal may accept a signed statement from the health care provider certifying that the student has passed a physical examination that encompasses all elements on the preparticipation medical evaluation form, or Special Olympics Tennessee form if it is a Special Olympics Athlete, and attesting that in their opinion the student is physically fit to participate in interscholastic athletics. TSSAA Sports Calendar Voted to add Track & Field/Unified Track & Field to the TSSAA Sports Calendar Voted to Sanction Unified Track & Field
  • Announcing Partnership Between GameChanger and TSSAA GameChanger by DICK’S Sporting Goods named the preferred pitch count reporting tool for Tennessee high school baseball and softball PITTSBURGH (May 10, 2018) DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) today announced GameChanger, the leading digital scorekeeping and team management app for baseball and softball teams, has been named the preferred pitch count reporting tool for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), the governing body of high school athletics in Tennessee. The free app, recently named the exclusive baseball and softball app partner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), offers custom pitch count alerts and inning-by-inning pitch count recaps that make it easy for coaches to monitor and protect their pitchers’ health. In 2017, TSSAA implemented rules that establish the maximum number of pitches that can be thrown by pitchers within a set number of days. GameChanger will automatically send comprehensive daily pitch count reports to TSSAA for seamless, statewide pitch count reporting for coaches and TSSAA. In addition to monitoring pitch counts, GameChanger provides coaches with access to over 150 statistics, instant spray charts, and a full suite of team management features, including game and practice scheduling and a player attendance tracker. “At GameChanger, we are proud to provide TSSAA and high school coaches in Tennessee with the tools to help keep pitchers safe,” said Ted Sullivan, founder and CEO of GameChanger. “We believe the use of this technology can enhance the youth sports experience while reducing the number of arm injuries players encounter.” GameChanger also works in conjunction with MaxPreps, a website for high school athletics news, stats and recruiting, to sync game data and pitch counts instantly between both platforms. While the coaches are scoring the games, GameChanger generates a live GameStream so family and friends can watch the games in real-time, even if they are unable to make it to the field. Since its launch in 2009, more than 13 million games have been scored using GameChanger. “We have a responsibility to protect young players and GameChanger helps with accountability,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of TSSAA. “This app simplifies our pitch count reporting process for coaches and reinforces our commitment to player safety.” This partnership adds to GameChanger’s ongoing efforts to improve safety in youth baseball. This year, GameChanger was appointed the official pitch count reporting tool by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and was named the preferred pitch count app by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association to help improve the safety of youth baseball players in their states. Last year, GameChanger became the official pitch count reporting solutions for all high school baseball teams in Virginia and Colorado. In 2015, GameChanger partnered with MLB and USA Baseball to become the first Pitch Smart certified tool to track player pitch counts. To learn more about GameChanger, please visit www.gc.com. About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 5, 2018, the Company operated more than 720 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering a comprehensive range of services including technology solutions such as online registration and league management services, and mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping; team gear such as uniforms and equipment, fan wear, and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com. About The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is a voluntary, nonprofit, self-supported organization, conceived by school people (teachers, principals, superintendents) and administered by individuals carefully chosen to conduct the program. TSSAA administers the junior and senior high school athletic program for an estimated 110,000 participants, 426 schools, an estimated 6,000 coaches, 5,000 officials, and almost 5,500 teams. TSSAA was organized in 1925. Contacts: DICKS Sporting Goods: press@dcsg.com, 724-273-5552 TSSAA: mgillespie@tssaa.org, 615-889-6740
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Minutes – March 2018 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MINUTES March 14, 2018 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting Old Business Denied the proposed change to Article I, Section 3 (Membership) of the TSSAA Bylaws: The proposal would have changed Section 3 to read: For tournament competition there shall be two categories. Division I shall be schools whose student-athletes do not receive need-based financial aid. Division II shall be those independent schools whose student-athletes may be the recipients of need-based financial aid. Any independent school with a financial assistance program involving tuition-paying student-athletes and/or their immediate family must be classified as a Division II school.  (Submitted by Jackson Christian School) Approved the proposed change to Article I, Section 3 (Membership) of the TSSAA Bylaws Effective in the 2019-2020 school year, all public and charter schools will participate in Division I, and all private and independent schools will participate in Division II. (Submitted by Harding Academy)The bylaw will read:For tournament competition there shall be two categories. Division I shall consist of all member public schools. Division II shall consist of all member independent schools. Notes: The “Financial Assistance” definition would no longer be needed.  The need-based Financial Aid Rule would remain the same. Denied the proposed addition to Article III, Section 10 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws The amended proposal would have read:If a fan is ejected from an athletic contest, the school will be given a choice of removing the fan for a minimum of the next two contests or be fined $500.00 and face further disciplinary action.  (Submitted by the TSSAA Staff) New Business Approved the proposed change to Article I, Section 10 (Rules Meetings for Coaches) A member of the coaching staff in each sport and cheerleading or the Athletic Director shall attend a state rules meeting, if held, or complete the online rules meeting (if available), in the sport involved, by the set deadline each year. The penalty shall be a fine of $50.00 if a member of the coaching staff in each sport and cheerleading or the Athletic Director does not meet the requirement by the set deadline. After the deadline passes, an online rules meeting will be available to make up missed meetings. An online or face-to-face rules meeting must be completed each year before the head coach is allowed to coach in the post-season tournament competition. Heard an update regarding Unified Sports Approved changes to Football Practice Regulations recommended by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.  Changes will be updated on the TSSAA website in the near future. Voted to place a proposal regarding Spring Football Practice on the agenda for the Regional Meetings in November to get feedback from member schools. Approved the TMSAA Committee requests to Permanent Remove the Independent Game Rule for all Middle School sports except Football and Basketball.The Legislative Council waived the Independent Game Rule for all middle school sorts except football and basketball for the last two years.
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – March 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES March 13, 2018 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting Voted to approve the state office to begin discussions and work with TACA and the baseball and softball coaches to develop a potential plan for double-elimination tournaments in Division I and the regional and sectional levels of postseason. Voted to elect Mike Reed as President of the Board of Control.  Voted to elect Tommy Layne as Vice-President of the Board of Control. Approved the 2017 BlueCross Bowl Team Allotment Report Approved Financial Report of the 2018 State Bowling Tournament Approved Financial Report of the 2017 TSSAA Hall of Champions Games Approved Lakeway Christian Academy’s Request for TSSAA Membership beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Lakeway Christian is fully accredited by ACSI and AdvanED. It is a 6-12 school in Morristown with an estimated enrollment of 150 students in 2018-19. Lakeway Christian will be placed in Division II, Class A, East Region in football (although they currently do not have a team) and Division II, East Region in bowling. The school will be placed in Division II, Class A, East Region, District 1 in all other sports. Voted to instruct the state office to bring back a recommendation at the June Board of Control meeting regarding the consistency of official’s fees for JV and middle school contests. Approved the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s request for an extension to host the TSSAA Girls’ Soccer Championships in Murfreesboro through 2020. Voted to approve using the 40-second play clock for football for the 2018 season.  It is expected that the National Federation will pass a change regarding the football play clock beginning in 2019. Tennessee has been given permission to experiment with the change a year in advance. The Tennessee Football Coaches Association voted to support the rule change as well.  Schools are not required to have a visible play clock.  The clock will start when the ball is ruled dead.  The officials will keep it on the field if no visible play clock is available. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the state office will be sending digital rules’ books to all member schools in the sports they offer. Approved changes to the TSSAA Heat Policy as advised by the Tennssee Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Heard an update regarding the TSSAA Lightning Policy.  The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee is in the process of revising their policy, which the TSSAA policy would mirror with additional language regarding the suspension of play. Took no action regarding the request from Rossville Christian Academy to play an independent football schedule and continue to be allowed to participate in the post-season basketball series. Approved the request from Columbia Academy to move to Division II beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Agenda – March 2018 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AGENDA March 14, 2018 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting Old Business Proposed Change to Article I, Section 3 (Membership) of the TSSAA Bylaws: This item was tabled at the December meeting. This proposal would change Section 3 to read: For tournament competition there shall be two categories. Division I shall be schools whose student-athletes do not receive need-based financial aid. Division II shall be those independent schools whose student-athletes may be the recipients of need-based financial aid. Any independent school with a financial assistance program involving tuition-paying student-athletes and/or their immediate family must be classified as a Division II school. Rationale: The current policy, which allows public schools to compete in Division II is not consistent with the direction that the TSSAA membership appears to be taking. As the TSSAA membership more clearly delineates the lines between public schools and independent schools based on their many differences, entanglement between public and independent schools should be reduced. Division II should be reserved for and limited to independent schools. Furthermore, this separation would effectively eliminate the potential for abuse of cooperative agreements between public schools and independent schools.  (Submitted by Jackson Christian School) Proposed Change to Article I, Section 3 (Membership) of the TSSAA Bylaws: Effective in the 2019-2020 school year, all public and charter schools will participate in Division I, and all private and independent schools will participate in Division II. (Submitted by Harding Academy) If approved, the proposed bylaw change would read: For tournament competition there shall be two categories. Division I shall consist of all member public schools. Division II shall consist of all member independent schools.For tournament competition there shall be two categories. Division I shall consist of all member public schools. Division II shall consist of all member independent schools. Proposed Addition to Article III, Section 10 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws At the December meeting, the Council requested that the staff work on the language for this proposal and survey the schools. The amended proposal reads: If a fan is ejected from an athletic contest, the school will be given a choice of removing the fan for a minimum of the next two contests or be fined $500.00 and face further disciplinary action. Rationale: The TSSAA and its member schools believe strongly that the major purpose of athletics is to be a part of the total educational program. A major part of this purpose is to stress to coaches, players, officials, and fans the vital importance of sportsmanship. It is critical that everyone in each of these categories understand the major role model that they can be for others. Recognizing this principle, unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of these groups cannot be accepted. (Submitted by the TSSAA Staff) The state office surveyed schools to see if they would like to see fan ejections addressed by the TSSAA Bylaws. New Business Proposed change to Article I, Section 10 (Rules Meetings for Coaches) A member of the coaching staff in each sport and cheerleading or the Athletic Director shall attend a state rules meeting, if held, or complete the online rules meeting (if available), in the sport involved, by the set deadline each year. The penalty shall be a fine of $50.00 if a member of the coaching staff in each sport and cheerleading or the Athletic Director does not meet the requirement by the set deadline. After the deadline passes, an online rules meeting will be available to make up missed meetings. An online or face-to-face rules meeting must be completed each year before the head coach is allowed to coach in the post-season tournament competition. Unified Sports Update The staff is currently working with Special Olympics to finalize the necessary modifications to the bylaws for Unified Sports. We will update the Council on the progress. Sports Medicine Advisory Committee – Football Practice RegulationsMark Reeves will bring this information to the Legislative Council Discussion of Spring Football Practice The state office conducted a survey to see which states still have spring Football practice. A supplement will be with the results and also contains a recommendation from the Tennessee Football Coaches Association. This item is being brought to the Council for discussion. The TMSAA Committee Requests Permanent Removal of the Independent Game Rule for all Middle School Sports Except Football and Basketball The Legislative Council waived the Independent Game Rule for all middle school sports except football and basketball for the last two years. Over 80% of the member schools are in favor of making this change permanent. There have been no issues during the two trial years. The staff recommends this change. Litigation Report
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – March 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA March 13, 2018 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Election of Officers 2017 BlueCross Bowl Team Allotment Report Financial Report of the 2018 State Bowling Tournament Financial Report of the 2017 TSSAA Hall of Champions Games Lakeway Christian Academy Requests TSSAA Membership Lakeway Christian Academy is requesting TSSAA membership beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Lakeway Christian is fully accredited by ACSI and AdvanED. It is a 6-12 school in Morristown with an estimated enrollment of 150 students in 2018-19. If approved, Lakeway Christian will be placed in Division II, Class A, East Region in football (although they currently do not have a team) and Division II, East Region in bowling. The school will be placed in Division II, Class A, East Region, District 1 in all other sports. Science Hill High School Requests Official Fee Discussion The administration at Science Hill High School is asking the Board to come up with a solution that assures schools that official fees will be negotiated where applicable. Girls’ Soccer Tournament Extension The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce is requesting an extension for the 2019-2020 TSSAA Girls’ Soccer Championship in Murfreesboro. Football Play Clock The staff will explain. It is expected that the National Federation will pass a change regarding the football play clock beginning in 2019. Tennessee has been given permission to experiment with the change a year in advance. The change would be a 40-second play clock that starts the moment the ball is spotted. NFHS Digital Rules’ Book Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the state office will be sending digital rules’ books to all member schools in the sports they offer. TSSAA Heat Policy Mark Reeves will bring this information to the Board. TSSAA Lightning Policy Mark Reeves will bring this information to the Board. Rossville Christian Academy Requests to Play an Independent Football Schedule Rossville Christian Academy requests to play in independent football schedule.  They would like to continue to be allowed to participate in the post-season basketball series.  The staff will explain. Columbia Academy Requests to Move to Division II The administration at Columbia Academy is requesting to participate in Division II beginning with the 2019-20 school year. Litigation Report Mr. Rick Colbert and Ms. Nina Eiler, attorneys for the association, will give an update of litigation involving the association.
  • 2018 Mr. & Miss Basketball Award Winners 2018 Mr. & Miss Basketball Winners Division I Class A Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Caden Mills  Courtney Pritchett Van Buren County High School Pickett County High School  Finalists  Finalists  Arecko Gipson Tess Darby Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering Greenfield High School  Jackson Hicks Chloe Moore Oakdale High School Greenfield High School Division I Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Kadrion Johnson  Akira Levy Marshall County High School Upperman High School  Finalists  Finalists Jayden Lockett Gracee Dishman East Nashville Magnet School Cumberland County High School Jessie Walker Taylor Lamb Brainerd High School South Greene High School Division I Class AAA Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Tyler Harris  Rhyne Howard Cordova High School Bradley Central High School  Finalists  Finalists Mark Freeman Brinae Alexander Southwind High School Riverdale High School Alex Lomax Elizabeth Dixon Memphis East School Ridgeway High School Division II Class A Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Keon Johnson Ashton Hume The Webb School (Bell-Buckle) University School of Jackson  Finalists  Finalists C.J. Gettelfinger Casey Collier Grace Christian Academy (Knoxville) Webb School of Knoxville Malik Riddle Ashlyn Pittman Rossville Christian Academy Friendship Christian School Division II Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Darius Garland  Sydni Harvey Brentwood Academy Brentwood Academy  Finalists  Finalists Jr. Clay Savanna Owens McCallie School Briarcrest Christian School Cedric Henderson, Jr. Dontavia Waggoner Briarcrest Christian School Ensworth High School  
  • 2018 Mr. & Miss Basketball Award Finalists Mr. & Miss Basketball Awards Finalists Announced Hermitage, Tennessee, February 8, 2018 – The awards will be presented to the top girls and boys in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on the floor of Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. A statewide committee of sportswriters selected winners based on performance during the 2017-2018 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. This is the 34th year that the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school basketball players. American General was the sponsor of the event since the inception of the awards in 1985 until 2001. The Memphis Grizzlies were sponsors of the awards from 2002-2004. From 2005-2015 the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards were presented at the conclusion of each respective championship game as part of the post-game trophy ceremony. The draw for the Division I boys’ state basketball tournament will be held prior to the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards on the floor of Murphy Center at 5:00 p.m. The draw for the Division I girls’ state tournament brackets will be scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Murfreesboro. MEDIA: If you need further information concerning the 2018 Mr. and Miss Basketball awards, please contact Matthew Gillespie or Heather Carter at TSSAA (615-889-6740). Class A Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists  Arecko Gipson Tess Darby  Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering Greenfield High School Jackson Hicks Chloe Moore Oakdale High School Greenfield High School Caden Mills Courtney Pritchett Van Buren County High School Pickett County High School Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists Kadrion Johnson Gracee Dishman Marshall County High School Cumberland County High School Jayden Lockett Taylor Lamb East Nashville Magnet School South Greene High School Jessie Walker Akira Levy Brainerd High School Upperman High School Class AAA Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists Mark Freeman Brinae Alexander Southwind High School Riverdale High School Tyler Harris Elizabeth Dixon Cordova High School Ridgeway High School Alex Lomax Rhyne Howard Memphis East High School Bradley Central High School Division II Class A Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists C.J. Gettelfinger Casey Collier Grace Christian Academy (Knoxville) Webb School of Knoxville Keon Johnson Ashton Hulme The Webb School (Bell-Buckle) University School of Jackson Malik Riddle Ashlyn Pittman Rossville Christian Academy Friendship Christian School Division II Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists Jr. Clay Sydni Harvey McCallie School Brentwood Academy Darius Garland Savanna Owens Brentwood Academy Briarcrest Christian School Cedric Henderson, Jr. Dontavia Waggoner Briarcrest Christian School Ensworth High School
  • 2018 TSSAA Hall of Fame Inductees NINE TO JOIN THE TSSAA HALL OF FAME AT ANNUAL INDUCTION CEREMONIES APRIL 14 The 2018 TSSAA Hall of Fame inductees have been selected. Nine new members will be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame at the annual luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Two administrators, five coaches, one official, and one contributor will be inducted that day to join others in the annual gathering of those selected since the process began in 1982. Those being inducted at this year’s luncheon are: William (Bill) Quarles, administrator from Jefferson City; James (Sam) Miles, administrator from Springville; Barbara Campbell, coach from Brentwood, Robin Dieterich, coach from Nashville; Don Freudenthal, coach from Nashville; George Quarles, coach from Maryville; Jim Whitby, coach from Union City; John Caldwell, official from Memphis; and Ron Bargatze, contributor from Nashville. The Hall of Fame luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. The luncheon is to not only honor the new inductees and their families, but to honor all past inductees into the TSSAA Hall of Fame. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, February 5. You may purchase the tickets at $25.00 each by visiting our website (www.tssaa.org). Please print off the ticket form and mail it to our office along with a check or money order. All ticket orders will be available for pick-up on the day of the luncheon. There will be NO ticket sales at the door. Bill Quarles—Educator and administrator in Jefferson County for over 40 years; Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Jefferson Co. High School from 1977 – 1992; Served as Athletic Director as well as basketball and tennis coach at Jefferson City High School from 1966 – 1975; very instrumental in the development of multiple sports programs during his time at Jefferson Co.; Retired from Jefferson Co. School System in 2005 Sam Miles—Longtime administrator and coach in West Tennessee; coached basketball at Trenton Peabody and Dyersburg for over 10 years; Principal at Peabody High School from 1983 – 1995; Principal at Dyersburg High School from 1995 – 2006; served on TSSAA Board of Control for 12 years (1994 – 2006); Henry County Director of Schools from 2008 – 2012; employed by State Department of Education as a teacher evaluator; Retired in July of 2015 Barbara Campbell—Teacher and coach for 35 years, with 30 of those at Brentwood High School; began career in Texas before her first coaching job in Tennessee in 1988; has coached volleyball for 30 years and softball for 7 during her 30-year tenure at Brentwood; overall record of 1627-292; ranked 3rd nationally and 1st in Tennessee for most wins; 25 state tournament appearances; 7 state runner-ups; 13 TSSAA state championships Robin Dieterich—Began coaching career in 1979 at Father Ryan High School; has coached boys’ and girls’ soccer for almost 40 years; has coached in developmental soccer programs, club programs, and head coaching at both Brentwood High School and Father Ryan High School; his girls’ and boys’ teams have a combined 8 TSSAA state championships; the boys’ and girls’ teams both won in the same school year in 2012 – 2013; has compiled over 300 career wins and carries a 64% winning percentage; continues to serve as both boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at Father Ryan Don Freudenthal—Longtime softball coach at Ezell-Harding Christian School with over 800 career wins; his teams made 19 TSSAA state tournaments, winning 13 titles and finishing runner-up 3 times; overall state tournament record of 56-11; served as athletic director from 2008 – 2014; middle school principal from 1987 to 2008; retired from coaching in 2014 George Quarles—Maryville High School head football coach for 18 years; made 15 appearances in the BlueCross Bowl state championships; 11 TSSAA State titles; 16 region titles; record of 250 wins and 16 losses; from 2004-2008 his teams held a 74-game winning streak and from 2013-2015 his teams held a 44-game winning streak; 8 undefeated seasons; lost only 9 of his last 249 games; left Maryville after 2016 season to become the Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Furman University Jim Whitby—Longtime boys’ basketball coach at Obion Co. Central High School for 19 years (1982 – 2001) and Lake Co. High School for 9 years (2001 – 2010) amassed over 850 career wins; TSSAA State Champions in Class AA in 1986…his son, Cannon, played on the ’86 state championship team and at the time set 5 state tournament records and scored 45 points in the championship game…his teams made a total of 3 TSSAA State tournament appearances John Caldwell— Registered as a TSSAA basketball official in 1965; officiated 13 District, 7 Regional, and 4 Sub-State tournaments; worked the 1975 TSSAA Girls’ State Basketball tournament and the 1978 Boys’ State Basketball tournament; served as a TSSAA basketball supervisor from 1978 – 1988; Assigner for Memphis and Shelby Co. from 1978 – 1985; instructor at TSSAA summer official’s camps; received TSSAA 50-year Award of Merit in 2015; officiated college basketball from 1968 – 1986 Ron Bargatze—Coach B or “RB” was a high school basketball coach at Cocke Co. High School before heading to the college ranks; had stints at Belmont, Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt, Trevecca, and Austin Peay State University; extensive career in sports broadcasting; radio color analyst for Vanderbilt basketball, OVC basketball and TSSAA football and basketball for over 30 years; in addition to basketball, has also called state golf and bowling championships for the TSSAA NFHS Network; Director of Sports Medicine for Baptist Hospital and created a partnership with TSSAA that provided trainers and sports medicine staff at all state championship sites; sponsored a summer leadership program that led to the Right Team Student Services program that is still a part of TSSAA today
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – January 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA January 11, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 Boys’ and Girls’ State Golf Tournaments Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 Girls’ Volleyball Tournaments Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 Girls’ Soccer Tournaments Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 State Cross Country Meet Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 Cheer and Dance Competition Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 Football Playoffs Approved the 2018-19 & 2019-20 TSSAA Calendars The Board voted to instruct the state office to make the draw for the regional and state tennis tournaments. The Board reviewed the action of the Legislative Council meeting held on December 6, 2017. The Board was provided an update regarding the Tennessee Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. The Board was provided an update on Technology. The Board was provided an update regarding the InsideOut Initiative The Board voted to extend the contract of the Executive Director for the next three years. The Board voted to approve the request from Knoxville Catholic High School to move to Division II beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The Board voted to approve the request of Crosstown High School for TSSAA membership beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Crosstown High School is a new public charter school under the Shelby County Board of Education. It plans to open with 9th graders the first year and add a grade each year. Projected enrollment is 150 students. They will participate in Division I, Class A, District 15 in basketball, baseball, volleyball, and softball, West (Small) in track and field, cross country, golf, and tennis, and District 19 in Bowling. The Board voted to deny the request from Grace Christian Academy (Franklin) to move to Division II in all sports, with the exception of football, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and to move to Division II in the sport of football beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The Board voted to allow Grace Christian Academy (Franklin) to move to Division II in all sports beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – January 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA January 11, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Financial Report of the 2017 Boys’ and Girls’ State Golf Tournaments Financial Report of the 2017 Girls’ Volleyball Tournaments Financial Report of the 2017 Girls’ Soccer Tournaments Financial Report of the 2017 State Cross Country Meet Financial Report of the 2017 Cheer and Dance Competition Financial Report of the 2017 Football Playoffs 2018-19 & 2019-20 TSSAA Calendars Drawing for the Regional and State Tennis Tournaments Action of the Legislative Council The staff will discuss the actions taken by the Council at the December 6, 2017 meeting with members of the Board. Tennessee Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Mark Reeves will provide an updated to the Board regarding the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Technology Update Bradley Lambert, TSSAA Technology Director, will provide the Board with an update. InsideOut Initiative TSSAA has been working with the Tennessee Titans Foundation and NFL to promote an initiative highlighting Educational Athletics. Contract of the Executive Director Knoxville Catholic High School Requests to Move to Division II The administration of Knoxville Catholic High School is requesting to move from Division I to Division II.  The administration will appear before the Board to explain their request. Crosstown High School Requests TSSAA Membership Crosstown High School is requesting to become a member of TSSAA beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Crosstown High School is a new public charter school under the Shelby County Board of Education. It plans to open with 9th graders the first year and add a grade each year. Projected enrollment is 150 students. If approved, they will participate in Division I, Class A, District 15 in basketball, baseball, volleyball, and softball, West (Small) in track and field, cross country, golf, and tennis, and District 19 in Bowling. Grace Christian Academy (Franklin) Requests to Move to Division II The administration of Grace Christian Academy (Franklin) is requesting to move from Division I to Division II.  The administration will appear before the Board to explain their request. Litigation Report Hardship Appeals
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  • TSSAA Legislative Council Minutes – December 2017 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AGENDA December 6, 2017 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting Election of Officers Dan Black was elected to continue to serve as President of the Legislative Council Mike Reynolds was elected to continue to serve as Vice President of the Legislative Council 2017 Regional Meetings Denied proposed change to Article IV, Section 8 (TSSAA Sports Calendar) of the TSSAA Bylaws.This proposal is to move the sport of girls’ softball to the fall semester.(Submitted by Columbia Central High School) Denied proposed addition to Article II, Section 11 (Transfer Student Definition) of the TSSAA Bylaws.This proposal is to amend the current rule regarding the eligibility of a student that transfers from one school to another without a change of address as it pertains to a student’s participation on a co-op team.(Submitted by McEwen High School) Voted to table proposed change to Article I, Section 3 (Membership) of the TSSAA Bylaws until the March meeting.This proposal would change Section 3 to read:For tournament competition there shall be two categories. Division I shall be schools whose student-athletes do not receive need-based financial aid. Division II shall be those independent schools whose student-athletes may be the recipients of need-based financial aid. Any independent school with a financial assistance program involving tuition-paying student-athletes and/or their immediate family must be classified as a Division II school.(Submitted by Jackson Christian School) Voted to table proposed addition to Article III, Section 10 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws until March and asked the staff to rewrite it and send to member school.If a fan is ejected from an athletic contest, the school will be given a choice of removing the fan for a minimum of the next two contests or fined $500.00 and face further disciplinary action. If a fan is ejected from an athletic contest, and the fan is a relative of a student-athlete participating in the contest, the school will be given a choice of removing the student-athlete and the fan for a minimum of the next two contests or fined $500.00 and face further disciplinary action.(Submitted by the TSSAA staff) Approved proposed change to Article IV, Section 8 (TSSAA Sports Calendar) of the TSSAA Bylaws.The amendment will address the current calendar guidelines for wrestling and girls’ wrestling. The amendment seeks to change the maximum number of regular season contests from 18 dates to 22 dates which would move it closer to the current guidelines for basketball (24). There will not be a change to the second part of the guideline that states an individual shall wrestle no more than 55 matches, excluding forfeits, in the regular season.(Submitted by Alcoa High School) New Business Approved proposed changes to Article II, Section 18 (Amateur Rule) and Sections 19 and 20 (Award Rule)Section 18. A student who has never used and is not using his/her knowledge of athletics or his/her athletic skill for pay in the sports which this Association governs and who has always contested under his/her own name is an amateur. (Accepting money for officiating athletic contests or for working as an employee in a city or county recreation program is not a violation of this regulation.) A student who violates the amateur rule shall be ineligible for 12 months in the sport in which the violation occurs. Such a student may be reinstated as an amateur after a period of one calendar year from the time he/she was declared ineligible has elapsed, provided he/she has not violated the amateur rule during this period. Bowling, golf and tennis students will abide by USBC, USGA, and USTA regulations in accepting pay, items of commercial value, and awards.Section 19. A student may accept a medal, trophy, state championship ring, high school letter, sweater, jacket, shirt, blazer or blanket but nothing else of commercial value. (A sweater, jacket, shirt, blazer or blanket must carry the high school letter or other appropriate award emblem.) Acceptance of forbidden awards will cause a student to become ineligible for 12 months in the sport in which the violation occurs. Bowling, golf and tennis students will abide by USBC, USGA, and USTA regulations in accepting awards.Section 20. A member school that has any connection with the presentation of a forbidden award — such as assisting in the selection of the person to receive the award, permitting the award to be given at a school function, or holding the award for a student until he/she has graduated — shall be subject to suspension from tournament play in the involved sport(s) for one season. Voted to place the proposed change to Article II, Section 21 (Independent Game Participation) on the 2018-2019 Regional Meeting Agenda. For the Good of the Order: Head an update regarding Unified Sports. Had discussion regarding rules meeting requirements. Heard an update regarding Sports Medicine.
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Agenda – December 2017 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AGENDA December 6, 2017 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting Election of Officers President Vice President 2017 Regional Meetings Regional Meetings were held at Hardin Valley Academy, University School of Jackson, and Hillwood High School.  There were five proposals for changes in the TSSAA Bylaws on the agenda for consideration. Proposed Change to Article IV, Section 8 (TSSAA Sports Calendar) of the TSSAA Bylaws:This proposal is to move the sport of girls’ softball to the fall semester. Rationale: Weather – less rain, much warmer if not hot, ideal softball weather. Timing – players are coming directly out of travel/rec ball, which means they are in game shape. Pitchers would be better prepared for the season and their arms would be 100%. Fewer injuries would occur because of the players being in game mode. Schedule – the calendar would be set up like volleyball where players work out during the late summer, begin play in early to mid-August, district play begins the first or second week in October, state ends by October 31. Again temperatures would be much friendlier for these dates too. College Recruiting – by playing in the fall, college coaches would have a better chance to recruit high school athletes from Tennessee. Right now, they are limited to watching primarily during the summer months. The students could showcase their abilities potentially in front of more college coaches without having to travel far with a summer team. The state of Georgia does this and has major success with their players moving onto the next level. I would think modeling the schedule after Georgia would be a good start. Rec Ball – this would allow spring rec leagues to grow and not have to worry about the high school season ending. Numbers would/should rise and participation would cause more kids to try-out for high school teams. Middle School Softball – this could still be played in the spring, but the high school coaches could coach it and prepare the younger players for high school. Practices, fundamentals, and plays would all be in preparation for the high school team. Plus, the middle school wouldn’t have to rely on a faculty member to coach the team that may or may not have an interest in softball. Proposed Addition to Article II, Section 11 (Transfer Student Definition) of the TSSAA Bylaws: This proposal is to amend the current rule regarding the eligibility of a student that transfers from one school to another without a change of address as it pertains to a student’s participation on a co-op team. As an example: A student attending school A is playing on a co-op team at school B. At the end of the first semester, the student transfers to school B that hosts the co-op team with school A. The student did not have a change of residence. The student becomes ineligible to continue to play on the co-op team because he transferred to school B with no change of residence. Rationale: It seems that if the student was eligible to play on the co-op team while attending school A, he should be able to play on that very same co-op team when he transfers to school B, even though his transfer does not include a change in residence. He is obviously not transferring for athletic reasons because he was already on the co-op team. (Submitted by McEwen High School) Proposed Change to Article I, Section 3 (Membership) of the TSSAA Bylaws: This proposal would change Section 3 to read:For tournament competition there shall be two categories. Division I shall be schools whose student-athletes do not receive need-based financial aid. Division II shall be those independent schools whose student-athletes may be the recipients of need-based financial aid. Any independent school with a financial assistance program involving tuition-paying student-athletes and/or their immediate family must be classified as a Division II school. Rationale: The current policy, which allows public schools to compete in Division II is not consistent with the direction that the TSSAA membership appears to be taking. As the TSSAA membership more clearly delineates the lines between public schools and independent schools based on their many differences, entanglement between public and independent schools should be reduced. Division II should be reserved for and limited to independent schools. Furthermore, this separation would effectively eliminate the potential for abuse of cooperative agreements between public schools and independent schools. (Submitted by Jackson Christian School) Proposed Addition to Article III, Section 10 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws: If a fan is ejected from an athletic contest, the school will be given a choice of removing the fan for a minimum of the next two contests or fined $500.00 and face further disciplinary action. If a fan is ejected from an athletic contest, and the fan is a relative of a student-athlete participating in the contest, the school will be given a choice of removing the student-athlete and the fan for a minimum of the next two contests or fined $500.00 and face further disciplinary action. Rationale:The TSSAA and its member schools believe strongly that the major purpose of athletics is to be a part of the total educational program. A major part of this purpose is to stress to coaches, players, officials, and fans the vital importance of sportsmanship. It is critical that everyone in each of these categories understand the major role model that they can be for others. Recognizing this principle, unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of these groups cannot be accepted. (Submitted by the TSSAA staff) Proposed Change to Article IV, Section 8 (TSSAA Sports Calendar) of the TSSAA Bylaws: The amendment will address the current calendar guidelines for wrestling and girls’ wrestling. The amendment seeks to change the maximum number of regular season contests from 18 dates to 22 dates which would move it closer to the current guidelines for basketball (24). There will not be a change to the second part of the guideline that states an individual shall wrestle no more than 55 matches, excluding forfeits, in the regular season. Rationale: After careful consideration, we believe that there are many advantages to the amendment proposal. Current region alignments along all classifications have made individual regions extremely large. Because of the limited competition dates, teams in large ...
  • 2017 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Winners 2017 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Winners Division I Class 1A Division I Class 6A Parker McKinney Coalfield High School Savion Davis Riverdale High School Division I Class 2A Division II Class A Gavin Stanfield Waverly Central High School Brant Lawless Nashville Christian School Division I Class 3A Division II Class AA Kalyn Grandberry Raleigh Egypt High School Eric Gray Lausanne Collegiate School Division I Class 4A Division II Class AAA Cade Ballard Greeneville High School Bill Norton Christian Brothers High School Division I Class 5A Kicker of the Year Cade Mays Knoxville Catholic High School Gabe Boring Bledsoe County High School
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – November 2017 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES November 16, 2017 Hermitage, Tennessee Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting The Board voted to give the state office staff permission to conduct the draw for the State Wrestling Tournament. Heard Review of the 2017 Regional Meetings Heard Review of 2017 Fall Sports state tournament events in golf, volleyball, girls’ soccer, cross country, and cheer/dance championships. The staff updated the Board on Regional Basketball Sites for 2017-2018 Approved TSSAA Membership Contracts for 2017-2018 All schools have paid membership dues for the 2017-18 school year so no action was taken regarding allowing schools to participate in postseason competition until any outstanding fines or membership dues are paid. Heard update from TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Heard update regarding the TMSAA Cross Country Championships that were held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Clarksville, TN. Approved TMSAA Basketball ChampionshipsThe Board approved the staff’s recommendation to begin hosting a TMSAA state basketball championship. These championships will begin in February of 2019.  It will be a final four concept and will take place on a Friday night and Saturday.  The plan is to use a High School and Middle School in Middle Tennessee, preferably held on the same campus. Approved request of The Cohn Learning Center for TSSAA Membership.The Cohn Learning Center is a public school in Davidson County under the jurisdiction of the Metro Nashville Public School System.  They are a 9-12 school with a current enrollment of 80 students.  Their request is to join immediately and seek a cooperative agreement with John Overton High School.  They do not plan to offer any sports at their school. Approved request of Valor Collegiate Academy for TSSAA Membership.Valor Collegiate School is a charter school opening in Nashville under the Metro Nashville Board of Education.  Their anticipated enrollment is approximately 220 ninth graders.  Plans are to add a grade each year.  They plan to offer basketball, cross country, volleyball, and soccer at the JV level only next year.  They will be placed in Division I, Class A, District 7 in basketball, District 9 in soccer, Region 5 (Small) in cross country, and District 8 in girls’ volleyball.
  • Press Release – Unified Track & Field State Invitational Teams Announced FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/14/17 Contact: Matthew Gillespie 615-889-6740 Unified Track & Field State Invitational Teams Announced by TSSAA, Special Olympics Tennessee The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) and Special Olympics Tennessee are pleased to announce the eight high schools that will participate in the inaugural Unified Track & Field State Invitational. Each of these schools will work closely with Special Olympics Tennessee in training students with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. The schools are as follows: Bartlett High School (Bartlett, TN) Glencliff High School (Nashville, TN) Hardin Valley Academy (Knoxville, TN) Harpeth High School (Kingston Springs, TN) Lebanon High School (Lebanon, TN) Sycamore High School (Pleasant View, TN) Volunteer High School (Church Hill, TN) White County High School (Sparta, TN) Sean Stake, VP of Sports at Special Olympics Tennessee spoke of the decision-making process. “It was a difficult decision to choose just eight schools for this first year, but we are excited about the schools that have been selected. We have a great mix of East, Middle and West Tennessee schools with both established and newer Unified Sports programs. Each school is passionate about their Special Olympics athletes, have excellent peer tutor programs, and are excited about the opportunity to compete for a championship for their school.” TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress stated “We are very pleased with the leadership displayed by these eight schools in the first year of this event. We think this is just the first step in a program that will continue to expand to include more and more student athletes and we are excited about the direction this is heading.” The first TSSAA Unified Track & Field State Invitational will take place on Thursday, May 24, 2018 as part of the Large Class Track & Field State Championships. Events included will be the 100 meter Dash, 400 meter Run, 4×100 meter Relay, Shot Put, and Long Jump. The Unified Track & Field events will be incorporated into the Large Class Track & Field schedule, with individual medals awarded and a Unified Track & Field Champion and Runner-up team decided.
  • 2017 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award Finalists THE TENNESSEE TITANS MR. FOOTBALL AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED To Be Presented Monday, November 27, 2017 Nissan Stadium, Nashville 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Nashville, Tennessee, November 13, 2017 – The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top football players in nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. For the sixteenth consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification. Five semifinalists in each classification were announced on November 3. There are six classifications in Division I and three in Division II. Three finalists for each category were announced by Mike Keith on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com today at 12:00 p.m. CST / 1:00 p.m. EST. The three finalists for each award that were announced today will be the ones invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2017 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. “We are very appreciative of the Tennessee Titans for their continued support of these awards,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “Having the awards presented at Nissan Stadium will provide a very special atmosphere for these outstanding student-athletes.” This is the 33rd year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. A Mr. Football trophy will be presented to the winners of each category. A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the other two finalists in each category. The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate. More than 400 people, including the 30 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2017 luncheon. Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live videostream of the awards will be provided at www.titansonline.com. 2017 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Finalists Division I Class 1A Division I Class 6A Parker McKinney Coalfield High School Brandon Moore Fayetteville High School Kade Pearson Huntingdon High School Savion Davis Riverdale High School Dylan Hopkins Maryville High School Jaylin Williams Germantown High School Division I Class 2A Division II Class A Jacob Saylors Marion County High School Gavin Stanfield Waverly Central High School Aaron Swafford Meigs County High School Brant Lawless Nashville Christian School Da’Joun Hewitt Davidson Academy Xavier Myers Nashville Christian School Division I Class 3A Division II Class AA Kalyn Grandberry Raleigh Egypt High School Darius James Fairview High School Jimmyrious Parker Pearl Cohn High School Morgan Ernst Webb School of Knoxville Eric Gray Lausanne Collegiate School Cam Wynn Notre Dame High School Division I Class 4A Division II Class AAA Cade Ballard Greeneville High School Stanton Martin Anderson County High School Dontae Smith Spring Hill High School Tyler Badie Briarcrest Christian School Camron Johnson Brentwood Academy Bill Norton Christian Brothers High School Division I Class 5A Kicker of the Year Tai Carter Summitt High School Jordan Davis Southwind High School Cade Mays Knoxville Catholic High School Gabe Boring Bledsoe County High School Charles Campbell University School of Jackson Aaron Sears Oakland High School
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – November 2017 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA November 16, 2017 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Drawing for State Wrestling Tournament 2017 Regional Meetings There were 5 proposals for changes in the TSSAA Bylaws on the Regional Meetings agenda this year.  A report of these meetings will be provided to the Board of Control. Review of 2017 Fall Sports The financial reports for all fall sports tournaments will be presented at the January meeting of the Board of Control.  The staff will provide a brief overview of the state tournament events in golf, volleyball, girls’ soccer, and cross country. Update of Regional Basketball Sites for 2017-18 Approval of TSSAA Membership Contracts for 2017-18 Outstanding Fines and Membership Dues Update from TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee TMSAA Cross Country Championships Update The TMSAA Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Clarksville, TN.  An update will be provided to the Board. TMSAA Basketball Championships Richard McWhirter will bring this information to the Board. The Cohn Learning Center Requests TSSAA Membership Valor Collegiate Academy Requests TSSAA Membership Litigation Report Hardship Appeals  
  • 2017 Regional Meeting Vote Totals 2017 Regional Meeting Vote Totals Legislative Proposals in TSSAA Bylaws: a.    Proposed Change to Article IV, Section 8 (TSSAA Sports Calendar) of  the TSSAA Bylaws submitted by Columbia Central High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 6 5 21 32 Against 107 92 120 319 b.    Proposed Addition to Article II, Section 11 (Transfer Student Definition) of the TSSAA Bylaws submitted by McEwen High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 16 15 37 68 Against 97 84 104 285 c.    Proposed Change to Article I, Section 3 (Membership) of the TSSAA Bylaws submitted by Jackson Christian School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 51 54 74 179 Against 69 45 67 181 d.    Proposed Addition to Article III, Section 10 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws submitted by the TSSAA Staff: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 11 8 5 24 Against 102 91 135 328 e.    Proposed Change to Article IV, Section 8 (TSSAA Sports Calendar) of the TSSAA Bylaws submitted by Alcoa High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 91 80 122 193 Against 22 16 14 52
  • Semifinalists announced for Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top football players in nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. For the 16th consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification. Five semifinalists are announced in this release for each classification and the Kicker of the Year category. There are six classifications in Division I and three in Division II. Three finalists for each category will be announced by Mike Keith on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com on Monday, November 13 at 12:00 p.m. CST / 1:00 p.m. EST. The three finalists for each award will be the ones invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2017 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. “We are very excited and appreciative about being involved with the Tennessee Titans for the 11th consecutive year,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “They have helped make the recognition of these 50 student-athletes, their families, and schools possible. The sponsorship of the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards and numerous contributions to high schools across the state since the team moved to Tennessee have meant a great deal to the member schools of the TSSAA.” This is the 33rd year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. A Mr. Football trophy will be presented to the winners of each category. A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the other two finalists in each category. The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate. More than 400 people, including the 30 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2017 luncheon. Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live videostream of the awards will be provided at TitansOnline.com. 2017 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Semifinalists DIVISION I, CLASS 1A Braxton Givens, Gordonsville Parker McKinney, Coalfield Brandon Moore, Fayetteville Kade Pearson, Huntingdon Garrett Raulston, South Pittsburg DIVISION I, CLASS 2A Ethan Cobb, Eagleville Caleb D. Johnson, MAHS Jacob Saylors, Marion County Gavin Stanfield, Waverly Central Aaron Swafford, Meigs County DIVISION I, CLASS 3A Kalyn Grandberry, Raleigh Egypt Calvin Jackson III, Red Bank Darius James, Fairview Woodrow Lowe III, Bolivar Central Jimmyrious Parker, Pearl Cohn DIVISION I, CLASS 4A Cade Ballard, Greeneville Kamron Hightower-Liggett, Marshall County Stanton Martin, Anderson County Michael Jamahl McGhee, Chattanooga Central Dontae Smith, Spring Hill DIVISION I, CLASS 5A Ty Boeck, Soddy-Daisy Tai Carter, Summit Jordan Davis, Southwind Kaemon Dunlap, Beech Cade Mays, Knoxville Catholic DIVISION I, CLASS 6A Jeremy Banks, Cordova Savion Davis, Riverdale Dylan Hopkins, Maryville Carson Shacklett, Brentwood Jaylin Williams, Germantown DIVISION II, CLASS A Da’Joun Hewitt, Davidson Academy Darius Hylick, Mt. Juliet Christian Brant Lawless, Nashville Christian Kemari McGowan, Middle Tennessee Christian Xavier Myers, Nashville Christian DIVISION II, CLASS AA Morgan Ernst, Webb School of Knoxville Eric Gray, Lausanne Drew Martin, BGA Kane Patterson, CPA Cam Wynn, Notre Dame DIVISION II, CLASS AAA Tyler Badie, Briarcrest Brendon Harris, Baylor Camron Johnson, Brentwood Academy Bill Norton, Christian Brothers Gavin Schoenwald, Brentwood Academy KICKER OF THE YEAR Gabe Boring, Bledsoe County Thomas Burks, Blackman Charles Campbell, USJ Noah Holsinger, Trinity Christian Aaron Sears, Oakland
  • 2017 TSSAA State Cross Country Championships 2017 TSSAA State Cross Country Championships
  • 2016-17 A.F. Bridges Award Winners 2016-17 A.F. Bridges Award Winners
  • Road to the BlueCross Bowl Division II BlueCross Bowl state championship games are to begin December 3 at 3:00 PM (CT) (Class A) and 7:00 PM (Class AA) at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN.  Division I BlueCross Bowl Class 1A, 3A, and 5A championship games are to start at 11:00 AM (CT), 3:00 PM (CT), and 7:00 PM (CT), respectively on December 4.  Kickoff for the Class 2A championship game is at 11:00 AM (CT), followed by the 4A game at 3:00 PM (CT) and 6A game at 7:00 PM (CT) on December 5 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. In all Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A play-off games, in the first and second rounds the higher seeded team shall be the host school. In the third round and semifinals in odd-numbered years the top team in each bracket shall be the host team. In the third round and semifinals in even-numbered years the bottom team in each bracket shall be the host team. If two teams from the same region meet in the third round, the team seeded higher in the region standings shall host. In all Class 6A play-off games the higher seed shall host in the first, second, and third round of the playoffs. In the semifinals in odd-numbered years the top team in each bracket shall be the host team. In the semifinals in even-numbered years the bottom team in each bracket shall be the host team. If two teams in the semifinal round, the team seeded higher in the region standings shall host. Watch Live on the NFHS Network (Video)  2015 BlueCross Bowl Ticket Information Brackets Team Instructions Game Directors Instructions Media Information
  • 2017 TSSAA State Girls’ Soccer Championships 2017 TSSAA State Girls' Soccer Championships
  • 2017 TSSAA State Girls’ Volleyball Championships 2017 TSSAA State Girls' Volleyball Championships
  • 2017 TSSAA State Golf Championships 2017 TSSAA State Golf Championships
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – August 2017 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES August 14, 2017 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approved the Minutes of the Last Meeting Voted to authorize the Executive Director to select sites and make plans for conducting regional and state tournaments or meets in golf, tennis, cross country, track and field, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, and bowling. Approved the Financial Report for Baseball Approved the Financial Report for Softball Approved the Financial Report for Soccer Approved the Financial Report for Track and Field Approved the Financial Report for Tennis Approved the Spring Fling Report Approved the Auditor’s Report of the 2016-17 School Year Approved the 2017-18 TSSAA Budget Reviewed the list of Cooperative Programs approved during the 2016-17 School Year Approved the Marketing Program Update Approved the Student Services/The Right Team Update Heard a review of the A.F. Bridges Sportsmanship Awards Program.  The Board voted to allocate $27,000.00 to schools’ athletic funds that receive the A.F. Bridges Award to honor a student-athlete at each of the 27 schools. Voted to continue to pay the $30 membership into the National Federation Coaches’ Association for the state Coach of the Year winners for the NFHS Coaches Award Program.There are awards given for coaches of the year (male and female) from each state, section, and at the national level, as well as contributor of the year. Heard a report on Officials’ Basketball Camps Approved Financial Aid for the 2017-18 School Year Heard an update on Regional Basketball Sites for the 2017-18 School Year Discussed the Administrators’ Meetings Schedule for 2017-18 Heard the Technology Update, highlighted by the launch of the TSSAAsports.com website. Heard an updated on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Board voted that member schools cannot participate against Knoxville Christian School in any sports sanctioned by TSSAA.  Knoxville Christian School is not a member of TSSAA. Voted to approve the basketball coaches’ box may be extended to 28’ in high school.  The box will remain 14’ in middle school. Approved River’s Edge Christian Academy’s request to change division to Division II with the understanding that they are a member only for the purpose to co-op with another member school.  They do not currently offer any sports. Approved Bowie Reading & Learning Center’s request to change divisions to Division II with the understanding that they are a member only for the purpose to co-op with another member school.  They do not currently offer any sports. Approved Intrepid College Prep: Independence Academy High School’s request for TSSAA Membership.  Intrepid College Prep: Independence Academy High School is located in Antioch.  The school currently has 110 9th grade students, adding a grade each year.  Plans are to play JV only this year.  The school will be placed in Division I, Class A, District 7 in basketball, District 8 in volleyball, girls’ soccer, and soccer, and in the Middle Section in track and field. The Board reviewed the interpretation of the Award Rule.  It was determined that the rule interpretation should be specifically applied to what schools are allowed to give student-athletes.  The interpretation of the rule will not apply to outside organizations. Denied official’s appeal of suspension of registration Board approved penalty for violation of the Pitch Count Rule. 1st Time – Forfeit; $50 fine; coach suspended for one game at each level the violation occurred. 2nd Time – Forfeit; $250 fine; coach suspended for two games at each level the violation occurred. 3rd Time – Forfeit; $500 fine; coach suspended for four games at each level the violation occurred. Approved LEAD Southeast High School’s request for TSSAA Membership.  LEAD Southeast High School is located in Nashville.  They are a charter school that opened in 2013.  This year the school will have 9th grade with an estimated 90 students.  They plan to form a cooperative agreement with LEAD Academy.  They do not plan to offer any sports at their school.  Approved Memphis Rise Academy High School’s Request for TSSAA Membership.  They have been members of TMSAA and are now adding 9th grade.  Plans are to add a grade each year.  Their anticipated enrollment this year is 112 students.  Their desire is to have approximately 448 students in four years.  If approved, they plan to offer basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field, and volleyball during the 2017-2018 school year.  They will be placed in Division II, Class A, West Region, District 2 in basketball, volleyball, track and field, soccer, and cross country. Approved Southwest Early College High School’s request for TSSAA Membership.  They are a charter school in Memphis with 105 9th grade students.  Plans are to add a grade each year.  They plan to offer cross country, volleyball, basketball (boys’ and girls’), track and field (boys’ and girls’), soccer, girls’ softball, and baseball during the 2017-2018 school year.  They will be placed in Division I, Class A, District 16 in basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and soccer, West (Small) in track and field, and Region 8 (Small) in cross country. Approved the addition of a Unified Track & Field event.  This competition, which will initially begin as an Invitational Championship, is to be first implemented during the 2018 Spring Fling Championships.  The decision marks the beginning of a partnership between TSSAA and Special Olympics Tennessee in Unified Sports. Board voted to approve the following changes for the State Bowling   Tournaments.Removed the Baker Format at the state tournament and replaced it with the following:The draw for the state tournament will be released following the completion of all sectional matches.  Teams which qualify for the state tournament who placed in the top two in the previous year’s state tournament, shall be drawn to the opposite sides of the bracket.  The remaining teams shall be separated so that no team from the same region will be in the same side of the bracket. Changed regulation regarding Division I Individual Tournament to state: The top two averages in the district/region and the top 20 averages of competitors who did not automatically qualify from the combined districts/regions will qualify having bowled a minimum of 2/3 of the regular season games available. Board voted to elect Tommy Layne, Principal at Sequatchie County High School as Vice President of the TSSAA Board of Control.
  • TSSAA Press Release – Unified Track & Field State Invitational UNIFIED TRACK & FIELD STATE INVITATIONAL ANNOUNCED BY TSSAA, SPECIAL OLYMPICS TENNESSEE HERMITAGE– – – The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Board of Control approved the addition of a Unified Track & Field event at their recent meeting on Monday, August 14. This competition, which will initially begin as an Invitational Championship, is to be first implemented during the 2018 Spring Fling Championships. The decision marks the beginning of a partnership between TSSAA and Special Olympics Tennessee in Unified Sports. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins students with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by the principle that practicing and competing together promotes inclusion and understanding to help break down stereotypes. TSSAA member schools with existing Unified Track & Field programs will have until October 1 to notify Special Olympics Tennessee of their desire to participate. For the inaugural year, eight teams will be invited by Special Olympics Tennessee to take part in the event. The TSSAA desires to officially sanction the sport of Unified Track & Field in subsequent years, involving more schools and implementing qualifying sectionals. Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA, expressed excitement over the partnership with Special Olympics Tennessee. “Special Olympics Tennessee has done amazing work in our state for a long time and we are thrilled to be working with them to enhance our State Championship experience. The addition of Unified Sports and the relationship we have begun with Special Olympics will have an extremely positive impact on athletics and student-athletes across our state. Whenever we can make a decision that provides opportunities for more student-athletes, that is a direction we want to go.” Alan Bolick, President of Special Olympics Tennessee, stated his appreciation to the Board of Control and staff of TSSAA and echoed similar sentiments. “The establishment of this unique partnership will no doubt have a positive influence on creating more inclusive environments in our public and private schools as well as the communities in Tennessee where these athletes live.” Events included in the inaugural TSSAA Unified Track & Field Invitational will be the 100 meter Dash, 400 meter Run, 4×100 meter Relay, Shot Put, and Long Jump. The Unified Track & Field events will be incorporated into the existing Spring Fling Track & Field schedule, with individual medals awarded and a Unified Track & Field Champion and Runner-up team decided.
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – August 2017 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA August 14, 2017 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Sites for Tournaments and Meets It has been the policy of the Board of Control to authorize the Executive Director to select sites and make plans for conducting regional and state tournaments or meets in golf, tennis, cross country, track and field, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, and bowling Financial Report for Baseball Financial Report for Softball Financial Report for Soccer Financial Report for Track and Field Financial Report for Tennis Spring Fling Report The staff will provide an update of the 2017 Spring Fling and will provide a financial report. Auditor’s Report of the 2016-17 School Year If available, we will provide copies of the official audit for the 2016-2017 school year to the Board of Control, along with a complete review of the auditor’s report. We will provide this information in our next meeting if the auditor has not completed the report. 2017-18 TSSAA Budget If our audit has been completed, a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year will be provided. Cooperative Programs Approved during the 2016-17 School Year Marketing Program Update Student Services/The Right Team Update A.F. Bridges Sportsmanship Awards Program We have begun selecting the 27 member schools that will receive our sportsmanship awards for the 2016-2017 school year. A complete report will be given to Board members. The Board normally allocates $27,000.00 for the athletic programs in the 27 schools with each school receiving $1,000.00. NFHS Coaches Award Program As always, there will be awards given for coaches of the year (male and female) from each state, section, and at the national level, as well as contributor of the year. A list of our state award recipients for 2016-17 will be given to members of the Board. Report on Officials’ Basketball Camps Approval for Financial Aid for the 2017-18 School Year Update on Regional Basketball Sites for the 2017-18 School Year Administrators’ Meetings Schedule for 2017-18 Technology Update Role of Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Proposed Action Concerning Knoxville Christian School Basketball Coaches’ Box The NFHS Basketball Rules Committee approved that, by state adoption, the coaching box may be extended to 28′. River’s Edge Christian Academy Requests Change in Divisions River’s Edge Christian Academy is requesting a change in divisions due to the fact their student-athletes will be receiving need-based financial assistance in 2017-18. Bowie Reading & Learning Center Requests Change in Divisions Bowie Reading & Learning Center is requesting a change in divisions.  Their school does not currently offer any sports. Intrepid College Prep: Independence Academy High School Requests TSSAA Membership Intrepid College Prep: Independence Academy High School is located in Antioch.  The school currently has 110 9th grade students, adding a grade each year.  Plans are to play JV only this year.  If approved, the school will be placed in Division I, Class A, District 7 in basketball, District 8 in volleyball, girls’ soccer, and soccer, and in the Middle Section in track and field. Award Rule A review and discussion of the Award Rule and guidance from the Board as to whether or not we should narrow our scope went it comes to interpretation. Official Appeals Suspension of Registration Baseball Pitch Count Rule Violation & Penalty LEAD Southeast High School Requests TSSAA Membership LEAD Southeast High School is located in Nashville.  They are a charter school that opened in 2013.  This year the school will have 9th grade with an estimated 90 students.  If approved, they plan to form a cooperative agreement with LEAD Academy.  They do not plan to offer any sports at their school. Memphis Rise Academy High School Requests TSSAA Membership Memphis Rise Academy High School is requesting TSSAA membership.  They have been members of TMSAA and are now adding 9th grade.  Plans are to add a grade each year.  Their anticipated enrollment this year is 112 students.  Their desire is to have approximately 448 students in four years.  If approved, they plan to offer basketball, cross country, soccer, track and filed, and volleyball during the 2017-18 school year.  If approved, they will be placed in Division II, Class A, West Region, District 2 in basketball, volleyball, track and field, soccer, and cross country. Southwest Early College High School Requests TSSAA Membership Southwest Early College High School is requesting TSSAA Membership.  They are a charter school in Memphis with 105 9th grade students.  Plans are to add a grade each year.  If approved, they plan to offer cross country, volleyball, basketball (boys’ and girls’), track and field (boys’ and girls’), soccer, girls’ softball, and baseball during the 2017-18 school year.  If approved, they will be place in Division I, Class A, District 16 in basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and soccer and West (Small) in track and field, and Region 8 (Small) in cross country. Implementation of Unified Sports The staff has been working with Special Olympics making plans to include Unified Sports as a part of our sanctioned events.  An update will be provided to the Board. Proposed Changes for the State Bowling Tournaments This item was tabled at the June meeting. Election of Vice President of the TSSAA Board of Control. Litigation Report Hardship Appeals
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – June 2017 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES June 6-7, 2017 Murfreesboro, TN 1.  Roll Call 2.  Approved Minutes of Last Meeting 3.  Voted to give the state office permission to conduct the Regional and State Volleyball Tournament draw. 4.  Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 Basketball Tournament Series 5.  Approved the Financial Report of the 2017 Wrestling Tournament Series 6.  Approved the Report of the 2017 Athletic Directors Conference 7.  Approved the Report of the 2017 Cheer Coaches Conference 8.  Approved the Sportsmanship Report of the 2016-17 School Year This completes the 26th year of the sportsmanship program and we continue to approach this area from many different aspects each year.  A full report is always given to the Board of Control by the staff in regard to the number of coaches ejected, disciplinary action, unsportsmanlike incidents investigated, etc.  The 22nd year of the A. F. Bridges Program was also reviewed. 9. Approved the Division II Need-Based Financial Aid Final Report 10. Heard update regarding the collection of information regarding regional basketball tournament sites. 11. Approved the Division I and Division II 2017 State Basketball Tournament Allotments 12. Heard update regarding partnership with PlayOn Sports and the NFHS Network 13. Heard an Update from the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory. 14. Voted that (a) TSSAA continue to print the TSSAA Directory and TACA pay expenses and shipping. (b) TACA would be allowed to print one card that will be good at our championship events all year with picture ID required and one person allowed free admittance. (c) TACA will have a representative at the gates to help with disrespectful coaches. (d) All passes must be sent to the Athletic Director of the School. No passes should be sent to an individual’s home address. 15. Approved the post-season format for Division II-A Tennis and Division II-A Golf. DII-A TENNIS Players (boys and girls) who place first, second, third, and fourth in the singles and first, second, third, and fourth in doubles in the district tournament shall qualify for the regional tournament. In singles and doubles, the bracket for the region tournament shall be as follows: Upper Bracket #1 District 1 vs. #4 District 2 #2 District 2 vs. #3 District 1 Lower Bracket #2 District 1 vs. #3 District 2 #1 District 2 vs. #4 District 1 The odd-numbered districts shall determine the region site in odd-numbered years and the even-numbered districts shall determine the region site in even-numbered years. Players (boys and girls) who place first and second in the singles and first and second in the doubles in the region tournament shall qualify for the state tournament. Additional qualifiers shall be as follows: In 2018, players (boys and girls) who place third in the singles and third in the doubles in the East and Middle Region Tournaments shall qualify for the state tournament. In 2019, players (boys and girls) who place third in the singles and third in the doubles in the Middle and West Region Tournaments shall qualify for the state tournament. In 2020, players (boys and girls) who place third in the singles and third in the doubles in the East and West Region Tournaments shall qualify for the state tournament. In 2021, the rotation starts over again. In singles and doubles, the bracket in the state tournament shall be as follows: 2018 Bracket 2019 Bracket 2020 Bracket Upper Bracket Upper Bracket Upper Bracket #1 East vs. #2 West #1 West vs. #2 East #1 East vs. #2 Middle #3 East vs. #1 Middle #3 West vs. #1 Middle #3 East vs. #1 West Bottom Bracket Bottom Bracket Bottom Bracket  #1 West vs. #3 Middle #1 East vs. #3 Middle #1 Middle vs. #3 West #2 East vs. #2 Middle #2 West vs. #2 Middle #2 East vs. #2 West DII-A GOLF In Division II, Class A, district competition, the top three teams and the top five individuals not on one of the three teams with the best scores shall advance to the regional championship. The regional champion team, the regional runner-up team, and the top two individuals not on one of the qualifying teams shall advance to the state championships. 16. Heard report regarding TMSAA Championship Events. 17. Approved the financial report of the 2017 State Bowling Tournament 18. Voted to approve the following format for the Division II State Bowling Tournament The top two teams from the East Region, the top four teams from the Middle Region, and the top two teams from the West Region will qualify for the state tournament. The bracket in the state tournament shall be as follows: Even Year Odd Year Upper Bracket Upper Bracket #1 Middle vs.#4 Middle #1 Middle vs. #4 Middle #1 West vs. #2 East #1 East vs. #2 West Lower Bracket Lower Bracket #2 Middle vs. #2 West #2 Middle vs. #2 East #1 East vs. #3 Middle #1 West vs. #3 Middle In the individual tournament, the East Region and West Region will send 6 individuals to the state tournament and the Middle Region will send 12. Qualifiers must have bowled a minimum of 2/3 of the regular season games available. State qualifiers must be submitted to the state office no later than the date bowling regions must be completed. 19. Approved a Mercy Rule for TSSAA Girls’ Soccer/Soccer The clock shall run continuously except for heat time outs and injuries once a 5-goal differential has been established. The clock will continue to run for the remainder of the game if the goal differential falls below 5. If a 9-goal differential has been reached at halftime or at any time during the 2nd half, the game shall be terminated. 20. Approved a new Official Fee Schedule for the next four-year cycle. 21. Approved Bluff City High School’s Request for TSSAA Membership The school will open in 2017-2018 as a Category I public school in Memphis. The anticipated enrollment is 120-165 students in grade 9 only. Plans are to add a grade each year. They plan to participate in baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and track and field at the varsity level in District 16, Class A and the Small Division in track and field. They will also participate in District 16, Class A in JV basketball and Class 1A, Region 8 in JV football. 22. Voted to table the Golf Format proposal from Alcoa High School of Division I. 23. The Board approved an additional weight class in Girls’ Wrestling beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The weight classes will be: 103, 112, 119, 125, 132, 140, 150, 160, 170, 190, 215. 24. The 2017-2018 Girls’ Volleyball State Championships were originally scheduled to be played ...