SCISA makes adjustment to start of fall schedule
The S.C. Independent School Association is slated to begin its fall sports on time.
On Wednesday, the league announced some changes in its “Road map for the return of fall sports".
Among the changes is a 10-day “dead period” from July 24 to Aug. 2. The 1st day of practice for all sports will take place Aug. 3 with football working out in helmets only as part of Phase 1.
Phase 2 for football starts Aug. 10 with helmet and shoulder pads. On Aug. 17, football players can work out in full pads (Phase 3) and all other fall sports (cross-country, girls’ golf, tennis and volleyball) can start its respective seasons.
The football season starts Aug. 28, meaning no scrimmages or scheduled in-league Week 0 contests. Northside Christian Academy was scheduled to open the season Aug. 21 at home against Cambridge Academy.
SCISA Athletics Director Mike Fanning said the new plan puts everyone on an even playing field. In addition, players will be able to better acclimate and condition themselves and provides the schools 5 weeks to demonstrate “responsible conduct” during the pandemic.
“We’re still monitoring the current medical climate, we felt like a 10-day dead period was prudent,” Fanning said. “It’s a sign to show that we’re doing our part to slow the growth.”
Fanning said the league plans to address sports-specific protocol for the upcoming season. This will involve issues such as how ballboys and officials will work on the field this season.