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So, besides the obvious no football season actually occurring in 2020, what does this do to the landscape of high school football and college recruiting?

To date, California, New Mexico, Virginia (assuming VHSL votes on 7/27 to postpone to spring rather than outright cancelling) and Washington DC have all postponed football until spring 2021.

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A lot will depend on whether camps can be held.  It's going to be tough though for those seniors who were counting on a big year to get some looks. I also don't think it affects the top kids, or the kids toward the bottom that were looking at playing at the lower college levels.  It's the kids in the middle that I think get hurt the most, the ones who benefit the most from recent on field performance that could land low D1 or D2

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Not sure whats going to change between now and spring? The virus will still be here and they all keep telling us every positive can lead to a death. So what happens in the spring when a player tests positive? Either we decide to push on now or it will never happen

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Alabama: Reviewing their plan for fall sports, and giving official recommendations/changes on 7/22.

Indiana: Football regular season begins Aug 21.

Illinois: Deferring to the recommendations of the Illinois Board of Education. Still currently conducting practice, but IHSA has indicated that there may be further recommendations/changes forthcoming.

Kansas: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for forthcoming recommendations/changes.

Louisiana: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for forthcoming recommendations/changes.

Michigan: Reviewing their plan for interscholastic sports. A statement is expected on 7/20 regarding whether sports will continue as planned, or if spring and fall sports may switch seasons with one another.

Montana: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for forthcoming recommendations/changes.

New Jersey: High School football season is currently postponed to Oct 2 start. NJSIAA has indicated that there may be further recommendations/changes forthcoming.

New York: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for any forthcoming recommendations/changes, but at current, fall sports can begin no earlier than Sep 21 and all fall regional and state championships have been cancelled. Further delay for the fall sports season to spring 2020 is possible.

Ohio: As of 7/8 they are continuing with their schedule as planned. The OHSAA maintains that this does not preclude further recommendations/changes for the schedule.

Tennessee: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. The TSSAA is meeting on 7/22 to discuss plans for the fall sports seasons and is expected to give its official recommendations/changes soon thereafter.

West Virginia: As of 7/10 the WVSSAC has moved back the football schedule one week to a Sep 3 date for the first games of the fall season.

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2 minutes ago, Colonels_Wear_Blue said:

Alabama: Reviewing their plan for fall sports, and giving official recommendations/changes on 7/22.

Indiana: Football regular season begins Aug 21.

Illinois: Deferring to the recommendations of the Illinois Board of Education. Still currently conducting practice, but IHSA has indicated that there may be further recommendations/changes forthcoming.

Kansas: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for forthcoming recommendations/changes.

Louisiana: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for forthcoming recommendations/changes.

Michigan: Reviewing their plan for interscholastic sports. A statement is expected on 7/20 regarding whether sports will continue as planned, or if spring and fall sports may switch seasons with one another.

Montana: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for forthcoming recommendations/changes.

New Jersey: High School football season is currently postponed to Oct 2 start. NJSIAA has indicated that there may be further recommendations/changes forthcoming.

New York: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. No date given for any forthcoming recommendations/changes, but at current, fall sports can begin no earlier than Sep 21 and all fall regional and state championships have been cancelled. Further delay for the fall sports season to spring 2020 is possible.

Ohio: As of 7/8 they are continuing with their schedule as planned. The OHSAA maintains that this does not preclude further recommendations/changes for the schedule.

Tennessee: Reviewing their plan for fall sports. The TSSAA is meeting on 7/22 to discuss plans for the fall sports seasons and is expected to give its official recommendations/changes soon thereafter.

West Virginia: As of 7/10 the WVSSAC has moved back the football schedule one week to a Sep 3 date for the first games of the fall season.

I'm not sure how up to date this is.  A couple of days ago, Michigan announced they were moving forward with the season as planned, starting on 8/10.  This however, could change.  I would think a lot of decisions will be made over the next week or two, and we'll know for certain if/when the season will start.

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6 minutes ago, rjs4470 said:

I'm not sure how up to date this is.  A couple of days ago, Michigan announced they were moving forward with the season as planned, starting on 8/10.  This however, could change.  I would think a lot of decisions will be made over the next week or two, and we'll know for certain if/when the season will start.

I was searching online for info...looks like what I had wasn't completely up to date, but you're correct, as of July 17th the Michigan high school sports season is moving forward as planned. It also appears they will be meeting again mid-week next week to review that plan for feasibility. So..."we're officially moving forward as planned until we decide that we aren't."
 

MHSAA Announces Fall Sports Will Kick Off 2020-21 School Year as Traditionally Scheduled

July 17, 2020
Contact: Geoff Kimmerly or John Johnson
517.332.5046 or media@mhsaa.com

EAST LANSING, Mich. – July 17 – Michigan High School Athletic Association member schools will begin the 2020-21 school year playing Fall sports as traditionally scheduled, but with contingency concepts for potential interruptions due to the spread of COVID-19.

The MHSAA Representative Council, the Association’s 19-member legislative body, met virtually with MHSAA staff Wednesday (July 15) to discuss a series of ideas for playing sports beginning in August. The Council will meet again July 29 for further discussion. Currently, high school football practices are scheduled to begin Aug. 10, with all other Fall sports to start practice Aug. 12.

The MHSAA is moving forward with a plan that first calls for all Fall sports to be started and played as scheduled. However, if the situation deems it necessary, the start of some or all Fall sports practices or competitions could be delayed. The next step in the plan’s progression calls for lower-risk Fall sports that can be played to be completed, with higher-risk Fall sports postponed until later in the school year. If all Fall sports must be suspended, they will be rescheduled during a reconfigured calendar that would see Winter sports begin in November followed by the conclusion of Fall and Spring seasons potentially extending into July 2021

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Tennessee was told at the beginning of the month that the season was moved back to begin in late September.  Now, the TSSAA has put a pause on a decision.  https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/preps/story/2020/jul/18/frustratirises-tennessee-high-school-football/527804/

On Monday night, FL voted to start practices on July 27.  https://www.wtxl.com/news/local-news/fhsaa-votes-down-medical-committee-recommendation-to-postpone-football-season

Georgia is keeping their 10-game schedule and full playoffs, just moving the season back two weeks to start in early Sept.  https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/report-georgia-high-school-association-reaches-decision-on-2020-football-season/

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22 hours ago, Skeeterback said:

Not sure whats going to change between now and spring? The virus will still be here and they all keep telling us every positive can lead to a death. So what happens in the spring when a player tests positive? Either we decide to push on now or it will never happen

I think they are counting on a vaccine or better medical treatment being available by then.

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Top vaccine makers predict a vaccine or vaccines may be available as early as the beginning of 2021 and at least two pledged doses will be free or low-cost for all Americans. Executives from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna and Pfizer said their goal is to have effective vaccines available as soon as possible while following all safety and regulatory guidelines. 

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12 hours ago, Bear3 said:

Tennessee was told at the beginning of the month that the season was moved back to begin in late September.  Now, the TSSAA has put a pause on a decision.  https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/preps/story/2020/jul/18/frustratirises-tennessee-high-school-football/527804/

On Monday night, FL voted to start practices on July 27.  https://www.wtxl.com/news/local-news/fhsaa-votes-down-medical-committee-recommendation-to-postpone-football-season

Georgia is keeping their 10-game schedule and full playoffs, just moving the season back two weeks to start in early Sept.  https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/report-georgia-high-school-association-reaches-decision-on-2020-football-season/

While FL did vote to start on July 27th, it is left up to each school district to determine if they actually have the ability to do that. Hillsborough County (Tampa) along with a few other Tampa Bay districts have already announced they are pushing their fall practice date back to August 10th.

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I am against football being played in the spring. For couple reasons 

1. Turn around from Spring to Fall is short. Injury recovery window is small. I think we may put kids at risk.

2. Some Seniors may not want play fear of risking injury and short recovery time to get ready for next level.

3. Kid that may graduate in Winter will miss senior season.  

 

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