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  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – June 2019 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES June 4-6, 2019 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approved minutes of last meeting Voted to give the state office permission to conduct the Regional and State Volleyball Tournament draws. Approved the Financial Report of the 2019 Basketball Tournament Series Approved the Financial Report of the 2019 Wrestling Tournament Series Approved the report of the 2019 Athletic Directors Conference Approved the report of the 2019 Cheer Coaches Conference Approved the Sportsmanship Review of the 2018-2019 School Year The Board approved to allot $27,000 to be awarded to the athletic department of each school that is named the winner of the A.F. Bridges Award ($1,000 each for 27 schools). Approved the Division II Need-Based Financial Aid Final Report Heard an update regarding the Administrators’ meetings schedule.  These meetings will be held the last two weeks in September. Approved the Division I and Division II 2019 State Basketball Tournament Allotments Heard an update regarding the partnership with the NFHS Network Heard an update regarding the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Update Voted to discontinue printing the TSSAA Directory.  TACA will be allowed to print one card that will be good at TSSAA championship events all year with picture ID required and one person allowed free admittance.  TACA will pay for the wrestling and Division II basketball hospitality rooms.  The remaining funds will go towards Coaches Education and the InsideOut Initiative. Heard the TMSAA Championship Events Report.  The TMSAA held state championships in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track and Field during the 2018-19 school year. Voted to change the Girls’ Soccer/Soccer Post-Season Overtime Procedure.  The Board voted to remove the two five-minute sudden victory periods.  The post-season tie-breaker procedure will now be the following: “Teams play two, full 10-minute overtime periods.  These periods are not sudden victory.  If, at the conclusion of the two full 10-minute overtime periods, a tie still exists, the tie shall be broken by the penalty kick procedure in the NFHS Soccer Rules Book” Heard an update about a pool that was sent to Girls’ Soccer/Soccer State Tournament Coaches regarding the potential of seeding the state tournament. Voted to approve a fee increase for the NFHS Coaches Education Course.  The cost to complete the Coaches Education Program by non-faculty and classified employee coaches was $250.00 for 17 years.  The price was reduced to $130.00 when the courses sent online in 2013.  Due to the rising cost of insurance for coaches, the fee will increase to $150.00 this upcoming school year. Voted to extend the contract with Wilson Sports through the 2024-25 school year. Voted to remove the second year (2019-20 school year) of restrictive probation placed on the John Overton High School football program due to the incident that occurred between John Overton High School and Antioch High School during their football contest on October 26, 2018. Approved Wayne Co. High School’s request for an exception to the Cooperative Program Rule in Soccer and Girls’ Soccer to Co-op with Frank Hughes.  Wayne Co. and Collinwood have an existing cooperative agreement in Soccer. Approved Berean Christian School’s request to continue their Co-op with Gibbs High School to allow two student athletes the opportunity to finish out their high school careers on the current softball and baseball teams. Denied Concord Christian School’s request for an exception to the Cooperative Program Rule to allow them to Co-op with another school in football, even though they have had a football team within the last five years. Approved the proposed DII AA Brackets for the next four years for all sports except football.  Football has agreed to a 2 Region set up with MBA and JPII going to the West for the first two years.  The top four teams from each Region will move to the playoffs with #1E hosting #4W, #2E hosting #3W, #1W hosting #4E, and #2W hosting #3E. Denied Briarcrest Christian School’s request to waive the All-Star Game Rule for a student in Soccer. Heard Technology Update
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – June 2019 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA June 4-6, 2019 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Drawing for Regional and State Volleyball Tournaments Financial Report of the 2019 Basketball Tournament Series Financial Report of the 2019 Wrestling Tournament Series Report of the 2019 Athletic Directors Conference Report of the 2019 Cheer Coaches Conference Sportsmanship – Review of the 2018-2019 School Year This completes the 28th 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 24th year of the A.F. Bridges Program.  The Board of Control normally allocates $27,000.00 for the athletic programs in the 27 schools with each school receiving $1,000.00 Report of the Finance Committee Division II Need-Based Financial Aid Final Report Administrators’ Meetings Schedule Division I and Division II 2019 State Basketball Tournament Allotments Media Update As you are aware, we launched the TSSAA Network eight years ago.  Matthew Gillespie will provide an update of our progress. TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Update TACA Cards TMSAA Championship Events Report The TMSAA held state championships in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track and Field during the 2018-19 school year. Girls’ Soccer/Soccer Post-Season Overtime Procedure The Soccer Coaches Advisory Committee has been working with the state office to adjust the overtime procedure for the post-season. Girls’ Soccer/Soccer State Tournament Coaches Polling The state office conducted a coaches poll for girls’ soccer/soccer coaches who made the region finals.  Results of the poll and how it was conducted will be shared with the Board of Control. NFHS Coaches Education Course Adjustments The cost to complete the Coaches Education Program by non-faculty and classified employee coaches was $250 for 17 years.  We reduced the price to $130.00 when the courses went online in 2013.  Due to the rising cost of insurance for coaches, the fee will increase to $150.00 this upcoming school year. Wilson Sports Contract Renewal The ball contract with Wilson Sports ends at the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year.  TSSAA staff met with representatives from Wilson on May 9 and discussed the possibility of an extension.  Their proposal will be provided to the Board. John Overton High School Appeals Sanctions John Overton High School will be present to appeal the sanctions placed on the school on November 1, 2018, due to the incident that occurred between John Overton High School and Antioch High School during their football contest on October 26, 2018. Wayne County High School Requests Exception to Cooperative Program Rule in Soccer and Girls’ Soccer Berean Christian School Requests to Continue Co-Op The request is to allow two student-athletes to finish out their high school careers on the current softball and baseball co-op teams with Gibbs High School.  The school administration will be present to address the members of the Board. Concord Christian School Appeals Cooperative Program Rule DII AA Brackets The proposed DII AA brackets for the next four years for all sports except football.  Football has agreed to a 2 Region set up with MBA and JPII going to the West for the first two years.  The top four teams from each Region will move to the playoffs with #1E hosting #4W, #2E hosting #3W, #1W hosting #4E, and #2W hosting #3E. Technology Update Litigation Report
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Minutes- March 2019 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MINUTES March 13, 2019 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting Old Business Amended Article II, Section 21 (Independent Game Participation) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws to state: Independent Game Participation Rule Once a student’s name is listed on the school’s eligibility report, if a student participates in an independent game in that sport after the first contest date allowed and before the season has closed or his/her name has been removed from the eligibility report at the request of the school principal, the student shall be ineligible at the varsity level as explained below.Any organized game in which players not registered with TSSAA participate – regardless of whether admission is charged – is considered as an independent game. Violation of this rule will render the student ineligible for 25% of the number of contests/dates allowed in that sport by the sports calendar or for the remainder of the season in that sport, whichever number is the least. Violation of this rule a second time in the same sport in the same season will render the student ineligible in that sport for the remainder of the season. Once a violation of this rule has been confirmed, the student will be ineligible for the remainder of the season in that sport.A student’s name may be removed from the school’s eligibility list upon written request of the principal prior to the first official contest date allowed in that sport without penalty. After the first official contest allowed, a student’s name may be removed from the school’s eligibility list upon written request of the principal, and he/she may then participate as an independent without penalty. If the principal requests the state office to remove a student’s name after the first official contest date allowed in that sport, such student may not again be certified during the season of that sport. This rule does not apply to bowling, golf, and tennis, wrestling, cross country, and track and field. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Team Sports (Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Soccer) Students may practice with an independent team regardless of whether or not scrimmage situations occur at the practice for the independent team as long as the scrimmage situation only involves the independent team that is conducting the practice. A group of students who are assembled to try-out for an independent team is considered a single team regardless of the number of students involved. Examples: 48 students are trying out for an AAU basketball, travel baseball or softball, club soccer or 7 on 7 football team. This group of students would be considered one team and could participate in scrimmage situations. 65 students are invited to a college university to practice with a college team. This group of students, along with the college students, would be considered one team and could participate in scrimmage situations. Individual Sports (Golf, Bowling, Tennis, Wrestling, Cross Country, Track and Field) Wrestling, Cross Country, and Track and Field should be added to the current list of Golf, Bowling and Tennis where the Independent Game Participation Rule does not apply. Approved the following proposals for TMSAA Items: Rules Meetings for Coaches Section 10. 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 every year by a set deadline, or the school will be fined $50.00. The coach must complete a make-up online rules meeting if they missed the face-to-face meeting or did not complete the online meeting by the original deadline. If not, the head coach will not be eligible to coach in the post-season tournament series. The school is still fined if the coach takes the make-up meeting after the original deadline. Substitutes Leaving Bench Area During an Incident or Fans Coming onto the Field or Floor Section 8. A. The school will be required to submit a report and video tape if available. All schools are instructed to inform individuals taping to continue taping all incidents. B. For substitutes leaving the bench area during an incident, the school will be fined a minimum of $250.00. In addition, other non-monetary disciplinary action may occur, including but not limited to probation and/or restrictive probation for the sport in which the incident occurred. Coaches Ejected for Unsportsmanlike Conduct Section 9. B. The school will be given a choice of removing the coach for a specified number of contest(s) and pay a fine of $250.00 or face further disciplinary action. The school shall not allow the suspended coach to attend games while under suspension. D. On any subsequent ejection by the same coach, the school will be given a choice of removing the coach for a specified number of contest(s) and pay a fine of $500.00 or face further disciplinary action. The school shall not allow the suspended coach to attend games while under suspension. Playing of Ineligible Student-Athletes Section 14. If an ineligible contestant competes in a meet, match or tournament and any violation of TSSAA rules occurs, all points earned by that student, or by a relay team of which he/she may have been a member, in that meet or tournament are to be declared forfeited; and in team sports (baseball, basketball, football, girls soccer, soccer, girls softball and girls volleyball) the entire contest is forfeited. When a team plays an ineligible athlete in TSSAA tournaments or playoffs, the entire contest is forfeited, the team is removed from the tournament or playoff, and no team replaces that team in the tournament series. All awards and money earned from the post season tournament series must be returned to TSSAA. The penalty for playing an ineligible contestant shall be $25.00 per contest with a maximum fine of $100.00, provided it is voluntarily reported by the school, which is in violation, to the Executive Director. If it is not voluntarily reported by the school to the Executive Director, the penalty shall be $50.00 per contest. Other non-monetary penalties may be assessed by the Executive Director based on all the facts. Basketball Sports Calendar Maximum number of regular season contest is 20 games. Denied the following proposal regarding Off-Season Practice Maximum of 5 days of Off-Season team practice within a 10 consecutive school day period. This would be for basketball and any ...
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – March 2019 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES March 12, 2019 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting Voted to elect Mike Reed as President of the Board of Control.  Voted to elect Greg McCullough as Vice-President of the Board of Control Approved the 2018 BlueCross Bowl Team Allotment Report Approved the Financial Report of the 2019 State Bowling Tournament Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 TSSAA Hall of Champions Games Denied Hunters Lane High School’s appeal regarding ineligible player fine Voted to change the assessment for Catastrophic Insurance for football players from $5 per year to $6 per year in 2019-20 which assists in the cost of the premium.  The Board will re-visit the assessment for following years at a future meeting. Heard an update regarding ongoing discussions with the Tennessee Golf Association and Tennessee Golf Foundation.  Chad Anderson, Executive Director of the Tennessee Golf Association, was present to speak to the Board. Approved Natchez Trace Youth Academy’s request to play in the Division II-A West Region, District 5. Approved Macon Christian Academy’s request to continue your cooperative agreement with Macon County High School. Approved South Pittsburg High School and St. Andrew’s Sewanee School’s request for cooperative approval in girls’ softball. Approved Lakeway Christian Academy’s request to renew membership for the 2019-20 school year. Since the school was previously approved for membership and withdrew, the TSSAA Bylaws require that they must be an affiliate member for one year upon application to renew membership.  The school will not be classified in football since the next two-year cycle has been set and contracts signed. The school will be placed in Division II, Class A, East Region, District 1 in all other sports. Approved Samuel Everett School of Innovation request for TSSAA Membership The school’s request is to become a member for cooperative purposes only for the 2018-19 school year.  This is a K-12 public school under the Blount County Board of Education. They currently have a total enrollment of 147 students and are expecting to reach 200 next year. Discussed a proposed addition to the summer football Sports Calendar that will be considered by the Legislative Council. Discussed a proposed addition to the Football Spring Practice Regulations which will be considered by the Legislative Council. Heard an update regarding the InsideOut Initiative. Voted to endorse what the Tennessee Basketball Coaches’ Association is doing regarding the NCAA/NFHS Summer Basketball Events. The NCAA and NFHS, along with state associations, will be hosting summer basketball events to give college coaches the opportunity to see potential college prospects. Denied Berean Christian School’s cooperative agreement request that their current student-athletes be allowed to finish their cooperative agreements with the current school programs. Approved Blyth Templeton Academy’s request for TSSAA and TMSAA membership for the Fall of 2019.  This is a small private school in downtown Nashville with 80 students in grades 5-12. They would compete in cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. They will be placed in Division II, Class A, District 4.
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – March 2019 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA March 12, 2019 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Election of Officers 2018 BlueCross Bowl Team Allotment Report Financial Report of the 2019 State Bowling Tournament Financial Report of the 2018 TSSAA Hall of Champions Games Hunters Lane High School Appeals Ineligible Player Fine TSSAA Catastrophic Insurance Tennessee Golf Association and Tennessee Golf Foundation Discussion about a potential partnership with the TGA (Tennessee Golf Association) and the TGF (Tennessee Golf Foundation) in regards to areas in which the TGA and TSSAA may work together. Natchez Trace Youth Academy Requests Classification Change Natchez Trace Youth Academy is a private boarding school, located in Waverly, TN. They are currently classified as DI, Class A, Region 6, District 11. With the changes in classification they were moved to DII, Class A, Middle Region, District 4 for the 2019-2020 school year. The school is closer to over half of the schools in the West Region, District 5. All of the school’s games are away games, so they feel it would be less of a hardship for them to play in the West Region, District 5. Macon Christian Academy Requests Cooperative Approval Macon Christian Academy is requesting to continue their cooperative agreement with Macon County High School. South Pittsburg High School and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Request Cooperative Approval in Girls’ Softball Lakeway Christian Academy Requests to Renew Membership Lakeway Christian Academy is requesting to renew their membership for the 2019-20 school year. Lakeway Christian is fully accredited by ACSI and AdvanEd. It is a 6-12 school in Morristown with an estimated enrollment of 200 students in 2019-20. Since the school was previously approved for membership and withdrew, the TSSAA Bylaws require that they must be an affiliate member for one year upon application to renew membership. If approved, the school will not be classified in football since the next two-year cycle has been set and contracts signed. The school will be placed in Division II, Class A, East Region, District 1 in all other sports. Samuel Everett School of Innovation Requests TSSAA Membership This is a K-12 public school under the Blount County Board of Education. They currently have a total enrollment of 147 students and are expecting to reach 200 next year. Football Sports Calendar – Summer A proposed addition to the summer football Sports Calendar will be considered by the Legislative Council. Football Spring Practice Regulations A proposed addition to the Football Spring Practice Regulations will be considered by the Legislative Council. It is a recommendation from the TSSAA and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association. InsideOut Initiative Update The staff will update members of the Board on our InsideOut Initiative which is sponsored by the Tennessee Titans and the NFL Foundation. Litigation Report Hardships NCAA/NFHS Summer Basketball Events The NCAA and NFHS, along with state associations, will be hosting summer basketball events to give college coaches the opportunity to see potential college prospects. TSSAA has been working with the basketball coaches’ association, and the Board will receive an update. Berean Christian School Cooperative Agreement Request Berean Christian School is requesting that their current student-athletes be allowed to finish their cooperative agreements with the current school programs. Blyth Templeton Academy Requests TSSAA and TMSAA Membership This is a small private school in downtown Nashville with 80 students in grades 5-12. If approved, Blythe Templeton would compete in cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. They will be placed in Division II, Class A, District 4 beginning in Fall 2019.
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Agenda – March 2019 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AGENDA March 13, 2019 Murfreesboro, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting Old Business Proposal to Remove Article II, Section 21 (Independent-Game Participation)of the TSSAA/TMSAA Byalws: This proposal to remove Article II, Section 21 (Independent Game Participation) from the bylaws was tabled at the December Meeting. Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Items Proposals are for the following TMSAA Items: Rules Meetings for Coaches Substitutes Leaving Bench Area During an Incident or Fans Coming onto the Field or Floor Coaches Ejected for Unsportsmanlike Conduct Playing of Ineligible Student-Athletes Basketball Sports Calendar Off-Season Practice Proposed Addition to Article IV, Section 8 (Sports Calendar) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws: This proposal is a recommendation from TSSAA and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association regarding Football Spring Practice Regulations. Twelve (12) days of practice are permitted during a 15 consecutive school day period. The first two (2) days of practice must be helmets only. Full contact in practice shall not be permitted on three (3) consecutive days. Full contact in practice shall not last more than 45 minutes per day per group. Full contact in practice shall be limited to not more than 135 minutes per week per group. One scrimmage is permitted. The one scrimmage must be counted as one of the twelve practice days. New Business Proposed Addition to Article IV, Section 8 (Sports Calendar) of the TSSAA Byalws: This proposal is regarding the summer Football Sports Calendar. There can only be 10 days of team-against-team competition.  Two days may occur after the conclusion of the school year until the Dead Period in Tennessee only.  All remaining days of team-against-team competition which must occur after the conclusion of the Dead Period.  Pads may not be worn during school-against-school competition. Litigation Report
  • 2019 Mr. & Miss Basketball Award Winners 2019 Mr. & Miss Basketball Winners Division I Class A Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Ja’darius Harris  Chloe Moore-McNeil Peabody High School Greenfield High School  Finalists  Finalists  Anthony Jones  Mace Lee Humboldt High School Trinity Christian Academy  Catthadious Moore  Karly Weathers Manassas High School Loretto High School Division I Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Kadrion Johnson  Gracee Dishman Marshall County High School Cumberland County High School  Finalists  Finalists  Blake Atwood  Kimia Carter Johnson County High School Brainerd High School  Chandler Lawson  Braelyn Wykle Wooddale High School South Greene High School Division I Class AAA Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  James Wiseman  Madison Hayes Memphis East High School East Hamilton High School  Finalists  Finalists  Antavion Collum  Jada Guinn Bartlett High School Oak Ridge High School  Ques Glover  Jayla Hemingway Bearden High School Houston High School Division II Class A Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Keon Johnson Casey Collier The Webb School Webb School of Knoxville  Finalists  Finalists  Luke Howard  Emily Jones Harding Academy University School of Jackson  Grant Ledford  Ally Welfel Grace Christian School (Knoxville) Goodpasture Christian School Division II Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball  Mr. Basketball  Miss Basketball  Kennedy Chandler  Dontavia Waggoner Briarcrest Christian School Ensworth High School  Finalists  Finalists  Randy Brady  Maggie Brown Brentwood Academy Brentwood Academy  Beyuan Hendricks  Kaiya Wynn Baylor School Ensworth High School  
  • TSSAA Press Release – Ralph Stout to be Inducted Into the NFHS Hall of Fame RALPH STOUT TO BE INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME HERMITAGE– – – Longtime game official, Ralph Stout, will become the twelfth person and third official from the state of Tennessee to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. Stout, a native of Mountain City, TN, is among 12 individuals who will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame June 30 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 37th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a part of the 100th NFHS Annual Summer Meeting. Mr. Stout, who passed away on August 18, 2017 at the age of 96, will be inducted posthumously. Mr. Stout officiated high school football and basketball from 1946 until 1992. During that time he refereed eighteen district tournaments and twelve regional tournaments for the association. He served as the official’s supervisor for Region 1 football and basketball from 1990 until 2000. Ralph was instrumental in many areas other than on the field and court. He started the inaugural training program for TSSAA in District I for beginning officials. He conducted the training for one hour prior to regular meetings. He served as the Rule Interpreter for high schools and colleges in ten different states. He also served as an official at the collegiate level for many years. He was a football referee for the Southern Conference and Volunteer State Athletic Conference for over a decade each. He was a college basketball referee for over twenty years and worked in the SEC, ACC, Ohio Valley Conference, Southern Conference, and the Volunteer State Athletic Conference. Stout also had a one-year stint as a referee in the NBA. He worked the NCAA basketball Division I tournament nine times, the Division II tournament seven times, and the Division III tournament four times. His accolades and awards are many, including being inducted into the Naismath Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1968), TSSAA Hall of Fame (1984), Northeast Hall of Fame (1989), Lincoln Memorial University Hall of Fame (1989), and Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (1992). “We are extremely happy for Ralph’s family,” stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of TSSAA. “He was such a well-known and respected official in Tennessee, and not just at the high school level, but at all levels. Ralph Stout made so many contributions in both basketball and football throughout his officiating career. We are honored to have him represent our state as an inductee into the National High School Hall of Fame. This is a very proud moment for the state of Tennessee and TSSAA, but most of all, it’s a proud moment for Ralph’s family. We appreciate all of his years of service to TSSAA, it’s member schools, and the student athletes that he had an impact on. He is greatly missed.” Previous Tennessee inductees include Rick Insell, Catherine Neely, the late Jim Smiddy, the late Buck Van Huss, and the late Boyce Smith, all coaches. The late Bill Pack was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an official, as well as the late Billy Schrivner of Jackson. Ronnie Carter, former Executive Director of TSSAA, was inducted as an administrator. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, Nikki McCray-Penson, and Steve Spurrier have all been inducted as athletes from Tennessee. The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, performing arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and performing arts programs. This year’s class increases the number of individuals in the Hall of Fame to 482. The 12 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations. About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at NFHS Web site. MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900 Director of Publications and Communications National Federation of State High School Associations bhoward@nfhs.org Chris Boone, 317-972-6900 Assistant Director of Publications and Communications National Federation of State High School Associations cboone@nfhs.org About TSSAA The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association 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. The mission of the TSSAA is to serve its members by providing leadership and coordination for the administration of interscholastic athletics, which will enhance the educational experiences of students. The TSSAA will promote participation and sportsmanship to develop good citizens through interscholastic athletics, which provide equitable opportunities, positive recognition and learning experiences to students while maximizing the achievement of educational goals. MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Gillespie, 615-889-6740 Assistant Executive Director TSSAA mgillespie@tssaa.org A complete list of the 2019 National High School Hall of Fame Class can be found below. 2019 National High School Hall of Fame Class ATHLETES Seimone Augustus Damon Bailey Dusty Baker Derrick Brooks Tracey Fuchs COACHES Jerry Boatner Joe Gilbert D.W. Rutledge OFFICIAL Ralph Stout ADMINISTRATOR Bob Gardner Charles Whitten CONTRIBUTOR Ginny Honomichl
  • TSSAA News TSSAA News – May 2019 Past editions of the TSSAA News are available here.
  • 2019 Mr. & Miss Basketball Award Finalists Mr. & Miss Basketball Awards Finalists Announced Hermitage, Tennessee, February 7, 2019 – 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 at a time and date to be announced in mid-February.  The decision will be made based on possible scheduling issues involving Conference USA and MTSU.  A reception for the finalists and their families will be held prior to the awards presentation. A statewide committee of sportswriters selected winners based on performance during the 2018-2019 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 35th 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. MEDIA: If you need further information concerning the 2019 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  Ja’darius Harris Macey Lee  Peabody High School Trinity Christian Academy Anthony Jones Chloe Moore-McNeil Humboldt High School Greenfield High School Catthadious Moore Karly Weathers Manassas High School Loretto High School Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists Blake Atwood Kimia Carter Johnson County High School Brainerd High School Kadrion Johnson Gracee Dishman Marshall County High School Cumberland County High School Chandler Lawson Braelyn Wykle Wooddale High School South Greene High School Class AAA Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists Antavion Collum Jada Guinn Bartlett High School Oak Ridge High School Ques Glover Madison Hayes Bearden High School East Hamilton High School James Wiseman Jayla Hemingway Memphis East High School Houston High School Division II Class A Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists Luke Howard Casey Collier Harding Academy Webb School of Knoxville Keon Johnson Emily Jones The Webb School (Bell-Buckle) University School of Jackson Grant Ledford Ally Welfel Grace Christian Academy (Knoxville) Goodpasture Christian School Division II Class AA Mr. & Miss Basketball Finalists  Mr. Basketball Finalists  Miss Basketball Finalists Randy Brady Maggie Brown Brentwood Academy Brentwood Academy Kennedy Chandler Dontavia Waggoner Briarcrest Christian School Ensworth High School Beyuan Hendricks Kiaya Wynn Baylor School Ensworth High School
  • 2019 TSSAA Hall of Fame Inductees NINE TO JOIN THE TSSAA HALL OF FAME AT ANNUAL INDUCTION CEREMONIES APRIL 13 The 2019 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 13, 2019. 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: Jim Barr, administrator from Nashville; Ike White, administrator from Memphis; Tommy Colvin, coach from Humboldt, Joe George, coach from Lewisburg; Mickey Marley, coach from Jackson; Hubie Smith, coach from Nashville; Tom Weathers, coach from Chattanooga; C. A. Dockins, official from Cleveland; and Ed “Jabbo” Hessey, contributor from Nashville. The Hall of Fame luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. 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 4. 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. Jim Barr—Official, coach, and administrator in the Metro Nashville area for 49 years…officiated basketball, baseball, softball, and track and field…founder and director of the Doug Hall Relays in Nashville and has served as an official at the TSSAA State Track meet since 1981…has coached football, boys track, basketball, cross country, and bowling…as Athletic Director he served as director for numerous District, Region, and Sub-state games while at Hillwood and Martin Luther King high schools…TIAAA Athletic Director of the Year and TSSAA Distinguished Service Award in 1996…received the TSSAA A. F. Bridges Award in the “officials” category for the 2016-17 school year…retired in 2010 but continues to serve in Athletic Administration at MLK Academic Magnet High School and helps coach the MLK middle school boys’ basketball team Ike White—Coached football, basketball, track, baseball, golf, and wrestling during his 25-year coaching career…head football coach at Fairley High School in Memphis for 23 years…Athletic Director and Assistant Principal for 9 years at Fairley…Principal at Hamilton High School for 4 years and Westwood High School for 5 years…his schools had several state championships under his tenure as an administrator…member of the TSSAA Board of Control from 2006 until his retirement in 2015 Tommy Colvin—Girls basketball coach for over 40 years in West Tennessee…majority of coaching took place at Humboldt High School…stints at University School of Jackson, Trenton Peabody, and Crockett Co. high schools…his teams made 7 TSSAA State tournament appearances…State Runner-up in 2004 (Peabody)…TSSAA State Champions in 1979 (last year of 6 on 6) and 1985 with Humboldt…coached in over 900 high school games…currently serves as an Assistant Principal and Assistant girls’ basketball coach at Crockett Co. High School Joe George—Head baseball and Assistant football coach at Marshall Co. High School for close to 40 years…compiled 803 wins and only 262 losses in baseball and made 12 trips to the TSSAA State tournament…4 teams finished as state runner-up…won 3 TSSAA State Baseball Championships (1983, 1993, 1994) …as Defensive Coordinator of the football team the Tigers won the State Championship in 1984…inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame…retired in May of 2009 Mickey Marley—Head football coach at the University School of Jackson for 27 years…became the head coach at USJ, along with Dean of Students, in 1989 and also served as Athletic Director from 1994 until 2002…his teams made five trips to the State Championship game, 10 state semi-final appearances, and 15 quarterfinal games …received numerous coach of the year honors and was inducted into the Jackson/Madison Co. Sports Hall of Fame, the Franklin High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame…completed his career at USJ in 2015 with 245 wins and 91 losses…currently the head football coach at Rosenwald Middle School in Trenton Hubie Smith—Boys’ and girls’ basketball coach for nearly 40 years…19 years as head coach at Bartlett High School in Memphis and won the 2001 TSSAA State Championship in class AAA…assisted at both Belmont and Lipscomb University in Nashville before heading to Ensworth High School as the head girls’ basketball coach…won over 100 games at Ensworth and captured 2 State Championships (2010, 2013)…became head boys’ basketball coach at Brentwood Academy in 2013…has won 4 consecutive TSSAA State Titles (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and is only the 3rd boys’ basketball coach in Tennessee to accomplish such a feat…has almost 700 career victories…has received numerous District, Regional, and State Coach of the Year honors, including the 2018 Tennessean Coach of the Year Tom Weathers—Longtime football coach at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga…served as assistant coach at 5 different schools before landing at Red Bank in 1973…in 29 years as head coach at Red Bank he won 222 games while only losing 85…left Red Bank in 2002 and went to GA for 2 years and then finished his career at Soddy Daisy High School from 2004 – 2007…won the TSSAA Class 5A State Championship at Red Bank in 2000 with a 15-0 record…numerous Coach of the Year honors including TN Titans, TSSAA, and TACA…member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports, Chattanooga Old Timers, U. T. Chattanooga Athletics, and Tennessee Football Coaches Association halls of fame…field at Red Bank High School is named in his honor…received TSSAA Distinguished Service Award in 1988 C. A. Dockins— Official from Cleveland, TN who worked for over 50 years as a high school and middle school official… member of the Athens Officials Association since 1962 and served as supervisor and assigner since 1984…worked the 1984 TSSAA State Basketball Championships…officiated in numerous District, Regional, and Sub-state games…held various basketball clinics for officials in East Tennessee…has officiated and supervised at the college level…continues to supervise officials for the TSSAA today Jabbo Hessey—Longtime teacher and coach in the Nashville area…began teaching and coaching at Oak Hill ...
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – January 2019 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES January 10, 2019 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 Boys’ and Girls’ State Golf Tournaments Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 Girls’ Volleyball Tournaments Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 Girls’ Soccer Tournaments Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 State Cross Country Meet Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 Cheer and Dance Competition Approved the Financial Report of the 2018 Football Playoffs Approved the 2019-20 & 2020-21 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 11, 2018. The Board was provided an update regarding the Tennessee Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.  Discussed Football Spring Practice Regulations that have been recommended by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association and new NFHS ACL Injury Prevention Course Voted to table the request by John Overton High School to remove the two-year restrictive probation that was placed on its football program on November 1, 2018 due to the incident that occurred between John Overton High School and Antioch High School during their football contest on October 26, 2018.  After sportsmanship initiatives and other items presented by the school to the Board are active and in place, the school can request to appear again before the Board at the June meeting to request for restrictive probation to be removed. Voted to table the request by Antioch High School to remove the two-year restrictive probation that was placed on its football program on November 1, 2018 due to the incident that occurred between John Overton High School and Antioch High School during their football contest on October 26, 2018.  After sportsmanship initiatives and other items presented by the school to the Board are active and in place, the school can request to appear again before the Board at the June meeting to request for restrictive probation to be removed. Voted to approve the state office to replace equipment for its Wrestling Weight Management Program.  Schools that wrestle will now be required to pay their own membership for the NWCA in order to help offset the costs of purchasing the new equipment, and will revisit after two years. Approved Knoxville Christian School’s request to play TSSAA member schools beginning with the 2019-20 school year. Approved Ezell-Harding Christian School’s request to be allowed to continue to play in the basketball postseason after informing the TSSAA of their intention to play 8-man football beginning next season (2019).  Board policy states that after football schedules are set, that if a school drops out of the football playoffs, they cannot be eligible for the basketball postseason. Had a discussion regarding possible scheduling conflict for the Girls’ Basketball Tournament due to MTSU and their potential conference schedule, which will be set in mid-February. Denied the request from Riverdale High School for a reduction in fine in regards to an ineligible player violation in Boys’ Bowling. Approved the request from Riverside Academy of TSSAA/TMSAA membership. Riverside Academy is a K-12 public school in Cheatham County.  Current enrollment in grades 9-12 is 20 students and grades 5-8 is 11 students.  The school is joining the association to give their students the opportunity to co-op in all sports with other member high schools and middle schools.
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – January 2019 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA January 10, 2019 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Financial Report of the 2018 Boys’ and Girls’ State Golf Tournaments Financial Report of the 2018 Girls’ Volleyball Tournaments Financial Report of the 2018 Girls’ Soccer Tournaments Financial Report of the 2018 State Cross Country Meet Financial Report of the 2018 Cheer and Dance Competition The 2018 Cheer and Dance Championships were held on November 17, 2018.  In the event the Financial Report has not been completed by January 10, we will present this to the Board once it is finalized. Financial Report of the 2018 Football Playoffs In the event the Financial Report for the 2018 Football Playoffs has not been completed by January 10, we will present this to the Board once it is finalized 2019-20 & 2020-21 TSSAA Calendars Drawing for the Regional and State Tennis Tournaments Action of the Legislative Council Tennessee Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Technology Update John Overton High School Appeals Sanctions John Overton High School will be present to appeal the sanctions placed on the school November 1, 2018, due to the incident that occurred between John Overton High School and Antioch High School during their football contest on October 26, 2018. Antioch High School Appeals Sanctions Antioch High School will be present to appeal the sanctions placed on the school November 1, 2018, due to the incident that occurred between John Overton High School and Antioch High School during their football contest on October 26, 2018. Wrestling Weight Management Program Fees/Equipment Knoxville Christian School Requests to Play TSSAA Member Schools In August 2017, the Board voted member schools could not play Knoxville Christian School due to recruiting concerns that were not rectified.  The school has submitted a letter from their Athletic Director detailing how this issue has been addressed and is requesting that TSSAA member schools be allowed to play them again. Ezell-Harding Christian School Football Ezell-Harding Christian School is informing the TSSAA of their intention to play 8-man football beginning next season (2019).  Their request is to be allowed to continue to play in the basketball postseason. Girls’ State Basketball Tournament We have been notified by MTSU of a possible scheduling conflict for the Girls’ State Basketball Tournament.  The staff will explain. Litigation Report Hardship Appeals Riverdale High School Appeals Ineligible Player Violation in Boys’ Bowling
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Minutes – December 2018 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MINUTES December 11, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approved of Minutes of Previous 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 2018 Regional Meetings Took no action on proposed change to Article II, Section 9 (Age Limit) of the TSSAA Byalws:This proposal is to amend the bylaws in a manner that would allow for individual consideration of junior varsity eligibility for students to participate in athletics if they have reached the age of 19 on August 1st, so long as the student falls within qualified Individuals with Disabilities Act and has not exhausted eight semesters of high school eligibility.  (Submitted by Dobyns Bennett High School) Denied proposed changes to Article II, Sections 12 and 13 (Eligible and Ineligible Transfer Students) of the TSSAA Bylaws: This proposal is to replace Article II, Section 12 b (currently the bona fide change of residence rule) with: Except as otherwise provided in Section 13 below, the following transfer students are eligible: The student transfers to a new school that is outside the twenty (20) mile radius of the previous school, so long as the principal of the former school attests in writing that the move was not for athletic or disciplinary reasons (including bona fide change of residence). This proposal also adds an item to Article II, Section 12. The new Article II, Section 12 k would read: Other than reasons listed above within Section 12, a student with an athletic record may transfer with no penalty as long as the transfer is to a receiving school that is in a different classification or division from the departing school. The student must transfer before the departing school’s 1st day of classes in order to be eligible in the receiving school’s TSSAA sanctioned sports for the upcoming school year. If the transfer occurs during the school year, the student will be ineligible for the current school year in all sports in which he or she has an athletic record. A student may transfer under this rule one (1) time during his/her high school years. Finally, this proposal removes Article II, Section 13 a-c (items currently dealing with students without a bona fide change of residence). The proposed Article II, Section 13 would read: The following transfer students are ineligible at the varsity level for a period of twelve months from the student’s last participation date: A student who transfers to any school within a twenty (20) mile radius of the athlete’s current school. The proposal replaces any other reference to a bona fide change of residence with the concept of moving outside the twenty (20) mile radius of the athlete’s previous school.  (Submitted by Collierville High School) Approved proposal to remove Article IV, Section 2 (Contests with Out-of-State Teams) from the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws: Current Rule: Only one out-of-state trip involving travel in excess of 600 miles round-trip by a team of a member school will be permitted during any one season, provided the trip has been approved in writing by the state office.Proposed Change: Eliminate Article IV, Section 2 (Submitted by McCallie School) Denied proposed change to Article II, Section 21 (Independent Game Participation) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws: The proposed change reads:Once a student’s name is listed on the school eligibility report, a student may not participate in a competition or practice on a non-school team in the same sport after the first contest date allowed and before the season has closed or his/her name has been removed from the eligibility report at the request of the school principal. Violation of this rule shall render the student ineligible at the varsity level for 25% of the number of contests allowed in that sport by the sports calendar or for the remainder of the season in that sport, whichever number is the least. Violation of this rule a second time in the same sport in the same season will render the student ineligible in that sport for the remainder of the season. Participation on a non-school team during the school season does not impact junior varsity eligibility. A student’s name may be removed from the school’s eligibility list upon written request of the principal prior to the first official contest date allowed in that sport without penalty. After the first official contest allowed, a student’s name may be removed from the school’s eligibility list upon written request of the principal, and he/she may then participate in a non-school practice or competition without penalty. If the principal requests the state office to remove a student’s name after the first official contest date allowed in that sport, such student may not again be certified during the season of that sport. This rule does not apply to bowling, golf, and tennis. (Submitted by Hendersonville High School) Voted to table proposal to remove Article II, Section 21 (Independent-Game Participation) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws (Submitted by TSSAA Staff) Approved proposed changes to Article III, Section 2 (Board of Control) and Article IV, Section 2 (Legislative Council) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Constitution:This proposal would change the individuals that are eligible for election to the Board of Control and Legislative Council. The proposal reads: All members of the Board of Control/Legislative Council must be full time employees (minimum of 100 school days) who are principals, assistant principals (who devote full-time duties to administration), heads of school, school-level athletic directors (who have achieved a minimum CAA recognition through the NIAAA), district-level athletic directors (who have achieved a minimum CAA recognition through the NIAAA), or directors of schools. District-level athletic directors and directors of schools of no more than one four-year high school or senior high school shall be eligible to serve. No individual can serve as a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Control at the same time.  (Submitted by Milan High School) Denied proposed addition to Article III, Section 11 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Appeals) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws:Appeals for unsportsmanlike conduct may only be reviewed for severity of punishment. Criteria for consideration include impact on others, severity of violation, and regard for safety. The cost of review is a nonrefundable $100.00 regardless of finding.  (Submitted by Camden Central High School) Approved proposed addition to the TSSAA Sports Calendar:This proposal is ...
  • TSSAA Legislative Council Agenda – December 2018 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AGENDA December 11, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting Election of Officers President Vice President 2018 Regional Meetings Regional Meetings were held at Hardin Valley Academy, University School of Jackson, and Hillwood High School.  There were ten proposals for changes in the TSSAA Bylaws on the agenda for consideration. Proposed Change to Article II, Section 9 (Age Limit) of the TSSAA Byalws: This proposal is to amend the bylaws in a manner that would allow for individual consideration of junior varsity eligibility for students to participate in athletics if they have reached the age of 19 on August 1st, so long as the student falls within qualified Individuals with Disabilities Act and has not exhausted eight semesters of high school eligibility. Rationale: This would not remove the age requirement, but would create a waiver option so students with appropriate documentation could be allowed to participate on the junior varsity level up to eight semesters (Submitted by Dobyns Bennett High School) Proposed Changes to Article II, Sections 12 and 13 (Eligible and Ineligible Transfer Students) of the TSSAA Bylaws: This proposal is to replace Article II, Section 12 b (currently the bona fide change of residence rule) with: Except as otherwise provided in Section 13 below, the following transfer students are eligible: The student transfers to a new school that is outside the twenty (20) mile radius of the previous school, so long as the principal of the former school attests in writing that the move was not for athletic or disciplinary reasons (including bona fide change of residence). This proposal also adds an item to Article II, Section 12. The new Article II, Section 12 k would read: Other than reasons listed above within Section 12, a student with an athletic record may transfer with no penalty as long as the transfer is to a receiving school that is in a different classification or division from the departing school. The student must transfer before the departing school’s 1st day of classes in order to be eligible in the receiving school’s TSSAA sanctioned sports for the upcoming school year. If the transfer occurs during the school year, the student will be ineligible for the current school year in all sports in which he or she has an athletic record. A student may transfer under this rule one (1) time during his/her high school years. Finally, this proposal removes Article II, Section 13 a-c (items currently dealing with students without a bona fide change of residence). The proposed Article II, Section 13 would read: The following transfer students are ineligible at the varsity level for a period of twelve months from the student’s last participation date: A student who transfers to any school within a twenty (20) mile radius of the athlete’s current school. The proposal replaces any other reference to a bona fide change of residence with the concept of moving outside the twenty (20) mile radius of the athlete’s previous school. Rationale: There is widespread abuse of the current transfer loopholes (particularly involving “bona fide change of residence”). Even if a student has a “bona fide change of residence” that is within the twenty (20) mile radius, a maximum of twenty (20) miles is not an unreasonable burden for transportation. Precedence has already been established (with non-public schools) that a twenty (20) mile distance constitutes “territory.” This would eliminate manipulation of the current system and simplify eligibility. Additionally, a student with an athletic record may have one “penalty free” transfer during high school – due to the variety of reasons that students transfer. Many times, this is accomplished with falsified documentation. It is common practice for a student to transfer multiple times using the current change of residence rule. This new proposal would allow one legal “fresh start” over the course of a high school career. However, this one allowance must be to a school competing in a different classification or division and be done prior to the school year for full eligibility. While some may argue that the current transfer policy is only an isolated problem in a few areas of the state and in certain sports, the policy does have an impact on the entire state once post season play begins. Those schools with multiple transfers are often the same schools competing for state championships year after year. Nebraska has a bylaw that supports each student-athlete a one-time transfer without a domicile change as long as the transfer is to a different division. Arizona considered a rule in 2013 that would have ruled student-athletes ineligible for one year if they transferred to a school within a 50-mile radius of their previous school. (Submitted by Collierville High School) Proposal to Remove Article IV, Section 2 (Contests with Out-of-State Teams) from the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws: Current Rule: Only one out-of-state trip involving travel in excess of 600 miles round-trip by a team of a member school will be permitted during any one season, provided the trip has been approved in writing by the state office. Proposed Change: Eliminate Article IV, Section 2 Rationale: It has become increasingly difficult to find local competition in a growing number of sports. Given that it is 331 miles from Chattanooga to Memphis, it is less travel time for our teams to travel out of state for non-region games/matches than to travel to some parts of Tennessee. This rule, while most certainly well thought out and preferable, now impacts schools very differently given the lack of scheduling opportunities in certain sports and the location of schools within our state. We ask that such decisions on travel be the responsibility of the individual school and/or school district administrations. (Submitted by McCallie School) Proposed Change to Article II, Section 21 (Independent Game Participation) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws: The proposed change reads: Once a student’s name is listed on the school eligibility report, a student may not participate in a competition or practice on a non-school team in the same sport after the first contest date allowed and before the season has closed or his/her name has been removed from the eligibility report at the request of the school principal. Violation of this rule shall render the student ineligible at the varsity level for 25% ...
  • 2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Winners 2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Winners Division I Class 1A Division I Class 6A Bryce Hanley Greenback High School Devon Starling Cane Ridge High School Division I Class 2A Division II Class A Aaron Swafford Meigs County High School Stone Norton Davidson Academy Division I Class 3A Division II Class AA Walker Russell Alcoa High School Eric Gray Lausanne Collegiate School Division I Class 4A Division II Class AAA Cade Ballard Greeneville High School Maurice Hampton Memphis University School Division I Class 5A Kicker of the Year Deshawn Page Fulton High School Garrett Taylor Oakland High School
  • TSSAA Board of Control Minutes – November 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL MINUTES November 15, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approved Minutes of Last Meeting The Board voted to give state office staff permission to conduct the draw for State Wrestling Tournament. Heard a Review of the 2018 Regional Meetings Heard a Review of 2018 Fall Sports state tournament events in golf, volleyball, girls’ soccer, cross country, and cheer/dance championships.  An update regarding the 2018 BlueCross Bowl was given as well. The staff updated the Board on Regional Basketball Sites for 2018-19 Approved the TSSAA Membership Contracts for 2018-19 Voted to not allow schools to participate in postseason competition until any outstanding fines or membership dues are paid. Heard an update from the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Heard an update regarding the TMSAA Cross Country Championships that were held on Saturday, October 6 in Clarksville. Rossville Christian Academy Withdraws from TSSAA Voted to approve an an Invitational Unified Bowling Tournament to be held in conjunction with the TSSAA State Bowling Championships in January at the Smyrna Bowling Center Compass School – Midtown High was approved for TSSAA Membership Compass School-Midtown High School has been approved as a charter school under the Shelby County Board of Education.  It will open in 2019-20 with an estimated enrollment of 200 students in grades 7-12.  They plan to participate in basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track and field, and volleyball, but they will only play football at the JV level the next two years.  They will be placed in Division I Class A, District 15 in basketball, volleyball, and soccer, Region 8 Small in cross country, West Section Small in track and field. Approved the proposed District Alignment for DII Class A Middle Region & proposed Region Alignment for DII Class A Football.  It will be effective for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. Approved Tipton Christian Academy’s Requests to Move to District 5 Approved the request from Dayspring Academy to Co-Op with East Robertson High School Hamilton County Collegiate High School was approved for TSSAA Membership Hamilton County Collegiate High School is a Category I school under the Hamilton Country Board of Education.  It currently has 171 students in grades 9-12.  They plan to request a cooperative agreement with another school within the district. Approved the classification for schools that had a 20% increase or decrease in enrollment which cause them to move to a different class and the DI independent schools that will be moved to DII beginning with the 2019-20 school year. Approved the request submitted by Tennessee School of the Blind that students with visual impairments who do not attend TSB be allowed to wrestle for their school. Denied the request submitted by Eagleville High School for establishing a protocol to protest the outcome of contests with video evidence of a mis-scoring that results in the wrong team being awarded the win. Approved the request of Class AA, District 10 for permission to play three games a night on a school night during their district basketball tournament. Approved the request of Class A, Region 7 regarding regional basketball format exception in regards to adjustments in dates. Denied Eagleville High School’s Request to Move to Class 1A in Football Denied McMinn County High School’s Requests Change to Class 5A in Football Denied Sequoyah High School’s (Madisonville) Request to change from Class 4A, Region 2 to Class 5A, Region 4 in football for the 2019 football season. Approved Zion Christian Academy’s request to play a non-region schedule in football for the next two years and be permitted to participate in the post season basketball series. Denied the request from Warren County High School to move from Class 6A to Class 5A in football. Denied the request from White County to be moved to Class 5A, Region 4 in football.  The Board approved their request to play a non-region schedule and be permitted to participate in the postseason basketball series.  
  • TSSAA Board of Control Agenda – November 2018 BOARD OF CONTROL AGENDA November 15, 2018 Hermitage, TN Roll Call Approval of Minutes Drawing for State Wrestling Tournament 2018 Regional Meetings There were 10 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 2018 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. The staff will also give an update of the 2018 Cheerleading Championships as well as the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee State Football Championships in Cookeville. Update of Regional Basketball Sites for 2018-19 Approval of TSSAA Membership Contracts for 2018-19 Outstanding Fines and Membership Dues Update from TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee TMSAA Cross Country Championships Update Rossville Christian Academy Withdraws from TSSAA Unified Bowling An Invitational Unified Bowling Tournament will be held in conjunction with the TSSAA State Bowling Championships Compass School – Midtown High School Requests TSSAA Membership Compass School-Midtown High School has been approved as a charter school under the Shelby County Board of Education.  It will open in 2019-20 with an estimated enrollment of 200 students in grades 7-12.  If approved, they plan to participate in basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track and field, and volleyball, but they will only play football at the JV level the next two years.  If approved, they will be placed in Division I Class A, District 15 in basketball, volleyball, and soccer, Region 8 Small in cross country, West Section Small in track and field. Proposed District Alignment for DII Class A Middle Region and Proposed Region Alignment for DII Class A Football. A proposed District Alignment for DII Class A Middle Region and Region Alignment for DII Class A Football submitted by the Athletic directors of the DII Middle Region  schools will be presented. Tipton Christian Academy Requests to Move to District 5 Tipton Christian Academy was originally placed in District 6.  Due to their location as the most North East school in West Tennessee, they are requesting to move to District 5 for the 2019-20 school year.  This would put them with the other schools that are North and East of Memphis in Shelby County. Dayspring Academy Requests to Co-Op with East Robertson High School The administrations at Dayspring Academy and East Robertson High School are requesting to continue their cooperative agreement.  The staff will explain the situation and representatives from the schools will be present to address the Board. Official Appeals Suspension of Registration Hamilton County Collegiate High School Requests TSSAA Membership Hamilton County Collegiate High School is a Category I school under the Hamilton Country Board of Education.  It currently has 171 students in grades 9-12.  If approved, they plan to request a cooperative agreement with another school within the district. Classification Information on the schools that had a 20% increase or decrease in enrollment which caused them to move to a different class will be presented to the Board.  The information also contains the DI independent schools that will be moved to DII beginning with the 2019-20 school year. Tennessee School of the Blind Proposal The administration at the Tennessee School for the Blind is requesting that the students with visual impairments who do not attend TSB be allowed to wrestle for their school.  The administration would like to appear before the Board to explain their proposal. Eagleville High School Requests Protocol to Protest the Outcome of Contests This proposal is for TSSAA to create a protocol by which a member school could protest the outcome of a contest with video evidence of a mis-scoring that results in the wrong team being awarded the win. Class AA, District 10 Requests Basketball Tournament Exception The schools within the district are asking permission to play three games a night on a school night. Class A, Region 7 Requests Regional Basketball Format Exception The schools with the region are requesting a Region Tournament format change. Eagleville High School Requests to Move to Class 1A in Football The Eagleville administration is requesting to play Class 1A football the next two-year cycle due to the opening of Rockvale High School and rezoning. McMinn County High School Requests Change in Classification A letter received from the Director of McMinn County School contains a request that McMinn County High School be moved form Class 6A to Class 5A Litigation Report Hardship Appeals Official Appeals Suspension of Registration Sequoyah High School, Madisonville Requests Classification Change Sequoyah High School in Madisonville is requesting to move from Class 4A, Region 2 to Class 5A, Region 4 in football for the 2019 football season.  
  • 2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award Finalists THE TENNESSEE TITANS MR. FOOTBALL AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED To Be Presented Sunday, November 25, 2018 Nissan Stadium, Nashville 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Nashville, Tennessee, November 12, 2018 – 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 Sunday, November 25, 2018, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. For the seventeenth 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 2. 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 2:00 p.m. CST / 3:00 p.m. EST. The three finalists for each award that were announced today will be the ones invited to attend the awards dinner 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 2018 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 34th 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 2018 dinner. 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. 2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Finalists Division I Class 1A Division I Class 6A Bryce Hanley Greenback High School Dezmon Johnson Lake County High School Cameron Whitaker Cornersville High School Xavier Myers Oakland High School T.J. Sheffield Independence High School Devon Starling Cane Ridge High School Division I Class 2A Division II Class A Jeramiah Batistie Tyner Academy J.D. Dixon Waverly Central High School Aaron Swafford Meigs County High School Da’Joun Hewitt Davidson Academy Stone Norton Davidson Academy Rube Scott Rhea Fayette Academy Division I Class 3A Division II Class AA Kam Harris-Lusk Fairview High School Walker Russell Alcoa High School Xavier Shepherd Pearl Cohn High School Eric Gray Lausanne Collegiate School Noah Henderson Christ Presbyterian Academy Cameron Wynn Notre Dame High School Division I Class 4A Division II Class AAA Cade Ballard Greeneville High School Bobo Hodges Maplewood High School Stanton Martin Anderson County High School Maurice Hampton Memphis University School Bill Norton Christian Brothers High School Omari Thomas Briarcrest Christian School Division I Class 5A Kicker of the Year Herbert Booker Oak Ridge High School Cade Larkins David Crockett High School Deshawn Page Fulton High School Mason Lafollette East Hamilton High School Garrett Taylor Oakland High School Zaden Webber Rossview High School
  • Classification Plan Adjustments for 2019-20 and 2020-2021 Several schools had a 20% increase or decrease in enrollment from Fall 2016 to Fall 2018 which caused them to move to a different class. Also inside, the schools moving from one division to the other. The sanctioned sports affected at each school is listed and where they will be placed.
  • 2018 Regional Meeting Vote Totals 2018 Regional Meeting Vote Totals Legislative Proposals in TSSAA Bylaws: a.    Proposed Change to Article II, Section 9 (Age Limit) of  the TSSAA Bylaws submitted by Dobyns Bennett High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 49 50 68 167 Against 63 53 79 195 b.    Proposed Changes to Article II, Sections 12 and 13 (Eligible and Ineligible Transfer Students) of the TSSAA Bylaws submitted by Collierville High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 37 26 42 105 Against 72 77 105 254 c.    Proposal to Remove Article IV, Section 2 (Contests with Out-of-State Teams) from the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws submitted by McCallie School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 84 92 134 310 Against 28 11 13 52 d.    Proposed Change to Article II, Section 21 (Independent-Game Participation) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws submitted by Hendersonville High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 70 39 68 177 Against 40 64 79 183 e.    Proposal to Remove Article II, Section 21 (Independent-Game Participation) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws submitted by the TSSAA Staff: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 44 49 75 168 Against 66 54 71 191 f. Proposed Changes to Article III, Section 2 (Board of Control) and Article IV, Section 2 (Legislative Council) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Constitution submitted by Milan High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 82 91 117 290 Against 28 12 30 70 g. Proposed Addition to Article III, Section 11 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Appeals) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Byalws submitted by Camden Central High School: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 67 73 107 247 Against 43 30 40 113 h. Proposed Addition to the TSSAA Sports Calendar Submitted by the University School of Nashville: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 61 75 93 229 Against 47 28 54 129 i. Proposed Change to Article II, Section 7 (Repeating Rule) of the TSSAA Bylaws submitted by the TSSAA Staff: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 68 59 93 220 Against 44 44 53 141 j. Proposed Change to Article II, Section 14 (Practice Rules) of the TSSAA/TMSAA Bylaws submitted by the TSSAA Staff: Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 96 96 124 316 Against 15 7 13 35 Spring Football Practice Knoxville Jackson Nashville Total For 81 81 110 272 Against 29 21 35 85
  • 2017-18 A.F. Bridges Award Winners 2017-18 A.F. Bridges Award Winners
  • 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 Sunday, November 25, 2018, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. For the 17th 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 12 at 2:00 p.m. CST / 3:00 p.m. EST. The three finalists for each award will be the ones invited to attend the awards dinner 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 2018 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 12th 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 34th 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 2018 dinner. 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. 2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Semifinalists DIVISION I, CLASS 1A Zyshon Alderson, Mt. Pleasant Bryce Hanley, Greenback Dezmon Johnson, Lake County Hudson Petty, Whitwell Cameron Whitaker, Cornersville DIVISION I, CLASS 2A Jeremiah Batiste, Tyner Ethan Cobb, Eagleville J.D. Dixon, Waverly Aaron Swafford, Meigs County Terry Wilkins, Fairley DIVISION I, CLASS 3A Kam Harris-Lusk, Fairview Marcus Hayes, Covington Calvin Jackson III, Red Bank Walker Russell, Alcoa Xavier Shepherd, Pearl Cohn DIVISION I, CLASS 4A Cade Ballard, Greeneville Bobo Hodges, Maplewood Dayron Johnson, Springfield Stanton Martin, Anderson County Chris Russell, Dyersburg DIVISION I, CLASS 5A Herbert Booker, Oak Ridge Michael Burdick, Page Cade Larkins, David Crockett Deshawn Page, Fulton Grayson Tramel, Shelbyville DIVISION I, CLASS 6A A.J. Davis, Maryville Xavier Myers, Oakland T.J. Sheffield, Independence Devon Starling, Cane Ridge Jaleal “Woodi” Washington, Oakland DIVISION II, CLASS A Da’Joun Hewitt, Davidson Academy Darius Hylick, Mt. Juliet Christian Kemari McGowan, MTCS Stone Norton, Davidson Academy Rube Scott Rhea, Fayette Academy DIVISION II, CLASS AA Eric Gray, Lausanne Noah Henderson, CPA Tymon Mitchell, FRA Kane Patterson, CPA Cameron Wynn, Notre Dame DIVISION II, CLASS AAA Maurice Hampton, MUS Jackson Hannah, MBA DeAngelo Hardy, McCallie Bill Norton, Christian Brothers Omari Thomas, Briarcrest KICKER OF THE YEAR Mason Lafollette, East Hamilton Job Matossian, William Blount Garrett Taylor, Oakland Marshall Ware, Germantown Zaden Webber, Rossview
  • 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.
  • 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 Minutes – August 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.