It may have taken an executive order from the governor but high school football in the state of Tennessee is currently scheduled to start on time.

That’s the latest from the Volunteer State as Governor Bill Lee announced on Tuesday that he plans to sign Executive Order No. 55, allowing students to resume contact sports.

The contact sports that will be permitted by Executive Order No. 55 only apply to schools that are willing to follow the requirements set by the TSSAA on July 22.

The requirements include giving physicals to students, an online course providing details on stopping the spread of the coronavirus, rules and regulation modifications as well as emergency preparedness information. The full details of those requirements can be found here.


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“We appreciate being able to work with Gov. Lee and his staff on this,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “I am pleased that we were able to develop some very specific guidelines for every sport that will allow our kids to get out on their fields and fully participate in football and girls’ soccer this fall.”

High school football in the state of Tennessee is currently scheduled to begin on Aug. 21 with the state championships scheduled to be held between Dec. 3-5 in Cookeville.