Despite some debate, there will be a Dead Period for prep athletes this summer.

A vote by the TSSAA Legislative Council on Thursday struck down a motion to adjust the 2020 Dead Period. The motion failed by just one vote, 6-6.

Some statewide coaches wanted the Dead Period, scheduled for June 22 to July 5, eliminated this summer because of the team activity time lost due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Monroe County football teams took the field for the first time in months on June 1 after being cleared, and other local sports programs, such as volleyball, are adjusting to the situation as well.

“We don’t ever want to put sports before families, and many families make plans for the Dead Period every year,” Bernard Childress, TSSAA Executive Director, said in a release. “This is not the first year we’ve had the Dead Period and as eager as coaches are to get back to their routine, the Council ultimately felt that there wasn’t a strong enough case for doing away with it this year.”

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