By Cody McDevitt –
With the start of a new school year comes a new football season. Friday night lights, the fans in the stands, the marching bands and on the gridiron the toughness of competition between schools.
This year however, with the start of a new school year there is no football because of a coronavirus pandemic that has nearly crippled athletic programs across the country.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Committee held a meeting on Tuesday, via Zoom, to discuss what the fall season will look like for high school sports.
The association’s Board of Directors voted to allow out-of-season coaching this school year. They voted to waive Rule 40.1, a rule that doesn’t allow coaches to hold practices between seasons.
So what does this vote mean? Well it means that high school football players will not be hitting the gridiron with the start of the 20-21 school year but it does not mean that there will be no football at all this school year.
The MIAA football committee voted, 18-0-0, to implement rules proposed by the National Federation of High Schools to potentially have an MIAA football season next spring.
This means that there is hope for a 2020 High school football season and that practice could resume on February 22.
The MIAA football committee is considering allowing teams to start conditioning training a week before the February start, just around winter vacation.
On October 14, the committee will meet again and at that meeting the committee is expected to decide how many games would be played and whether there is any potential for a postseason tournament.
All plans voted on by the MIAA football committee are not final, plans would still need to be approved by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.