The TSSAA Board of Control and Legislative Council both conducted meetings at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.
The most notable item of interest on the Board agenda was the site selection for the BlueCross Bowl football championships. Both Cookeville and Chattanooga submitted bids to host the three-day event. The Board voted to select Chattanooga as the host for 2021 and 2022. The games will be played at Finley Stadium.
Financial reports for all sport championships and bowling were approved by the Board.
The Board also voted to change the postseason wrestling format beginning in 2022. The individual state tournament will now be 16-person brackets for each classification (Division I Class A, Division I Class AA, and Girls). Dual meet championship brackets will have eight teams in Class A and Class AA. Girls dual meet championship brackets will have four teams. An additional sectional round has been added to the postseason for the individual tournaments and dual meet tournaments. Division II will be determined at a later date.
Four schools were approved for membership in the association. Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and Robertson County Innovation Academy were both approved for membership in the association for the first time. Jackson Central Merry, which is re-opening for the 2021-22 school year after being closed for five years, and Collegiate School of Memphis were both approved to rejoin the association.
A big change for member schools for the summer was passed, as modifications to the COVID-19 protocols were approved that will allow schools to participate in team camps and 7-on-7 in football, as long as they follow the TSSAA calendar and the COVID-19 protocols that are in place.
The Legislative Council made a change to the Home School Rule by removing the requirement for families to notify the Director of Schools/Head of School of their intent to participate as a homeschool student by August 1. The deadline for families to notify the Principal of the school remains. The Council also added sectional wrestling to the percentage share of gross proceeds submitted to the state office for the postseason.
The minutes for both the Board of Control and Legislative Council meetings are linked below.