The TSSAA announced this week that masks and social distancing will no longer be required at high school sporting events, but both are still highly recommended as spring sports start winding down.
Some rules from last summer's mandate still apply, including the participation of those who do not feel well and COVID screenings of athletic participants before games and practices. You can read the TSSAA's fully updated COVID-19 guidelines here.
The TSSAA also announced that venue changes for state championship events for May’s Spring Fling, which is the TSSAA’s unique spring sports championship event, where state championships are decided in seven different sports over a four-day period.
Last year’s Spring Fling was canceled due to COVID, but Rutherford County will host the event again this year. It is scheduled for May 25 through May 28.
The championships for the seven sports that make up Spring Fling will be conducted at 13 different venues in and around Murfreesboro.
The boys’ state soccer tournaments will be held at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex, softball will take place at McKnight and Star*Plex Fields, tennis will be held at the Old Fort Park Tennis Complex and track and field meets will be conducted at Rockvale High School in 2021.
Baseball and track and field events which are normally held on Middle Tennessee State’s campus will be moved to new sites this year due to the capacity restrictions at both Reese Smith Jr. Field and Hayes Stadium. The state baseball championship games will be played at eight area schools. The Division II-A tournament will be held at Middle Tennessee Christian School and the Division II-AA tournament will be held at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon. The championships for those classes will also be played at those respective sites.
The Division I baseball tournament will be played at Riverdale and Stewarts Creek High Schools for Class A, Smyrna and Blackman High Schools for Class AA and Oakland and Siegel High Schools for Class AAA.
The state championship games will be played on May 28 at Blackman (Class A), Siegel (Class AA) and Oakland (Class AAA).
Tickets for all events must be purchased in advance on GoFan and spectators will still be encouraged to wear masks and allow for appropriate physical distancing as part of the latest TSSAA COVID regulations.