High school football teams across the state are allowed to practice but, it’s been hard to make good time outside. Temperatures in Tennessee combined with the humidity is making it difficult. And the TSSAA is watching.
The TSSAA Board of Control passed a proposal that requires a heat policy for all its member schools. The requirements of the policy include adjustments which must be made for activities depending on the heat index at the location where the activities take place. The TSSAA Heat policy is the minimum standard that member schools must follow. The TSSAA Heat policy will prohibit schools from practicing or competing when the heat index at the location of the activity is in excess of 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Practice in pads may begin NFHS Week 4. For 2015, this will be Monday, July 27th. Practice time in pads may not exceed 3 hours in a single practice.If there are multiple practices in pads on a single day, only one session per day should include full contact. The total practice time in pads may not exceed 5 hours, with practices separated by at least three hours of rest in a cool environment. 4. No student shall participate in multiple practices in pads on consecutive days. Helmets may be worn at any time. A practice would be considered a practice in pads if shoulder pads and/or football pants with or without pads are worn. If weather postpones a practice in pads, the practice may resume after conditions are deemed safe and the remainder of the allotted practice time may be completed.
An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) with clearly defined written and practiced protocols should be developed and placed at every high school. A customized emergency action plan, can be developed at the following link: http://www.anyonecansavealife.org/