The TSSAA's Board of Control voted to "suspend" the state basketball tournaments for at least eight weeks while Tennessee is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. They're also still hopeful spring sports postseason competition can still happen.
The board met with TSSAA staff Tuesday.
This means there is an effort to still play the TSSAA state basketball tournaments, but they will follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines on gatherings. Right now, the CDC says no gatherings over 10 for the next eight weeks. That would push any possible state tournament resumption to May.
Executive Director Bernard Childress wanted to assure everyone that they're working to save the basketball postseason. He did add there may be a time in the future where it won't be possible.
Childress added they're still hopeful to be able to hold spring sports postseason this year, even if its in June. This drew praise from Stewarts Creek baseball on Twitter.
"Great to hear @tssaa will "leave no stone unturned" to find a way to finish our season if at all possible going forward during TSSAA Board of Control meeting today. Fingers crossed, rally caps on!!"
The board also unanimously passed to leave regular season play up to the discretion of local schools, boards of education, coaches and their administrations. With spring sports in their regular season, that would mean local school systems would make the decision on whether or not they will be allowed to play.