Practices Begin Sept. 7 For Fall Sports In Escambia County, First Games Sept. 18

August 19, 2020

The Escambia County School District will allow practices for fall sports to begin September 7, with the first games as early as September 18.

Tryouts for student athletes will be conducted the week of August 31 through September 4.

School athletic directors are will work together to create game schedules, with as little travel out of the area as possible, said Escambia County School Athletic Director Roger Mayo.

It’s not known yet if schools will take part in the state playoff series or if an small regional conference might be formed.

Mayo said a Panhandle regional conference has been discussed For Escambia, Santa Rosa and other Panhandle counties. The possibility is still in play presently.

“It’s just too early to tell right now,” Mayo said Monday.

Spectators will be allowed at sports in Escambia County, but football game attendance will be limited to allow adequate social distancing.

“Face coverings will be worn in district facilities as directed by staff and instructional leaders,” the Escambia School District said in a statement. If a situation arises whereas a student, member of staff, or a visitor is not wearing, or is incapable of wearing a face covering, such individual may be assisted or guided by appropriate authorities within the district to undertake alternative, reasonable, and accommodating actions to protect self and others.”

Mayo said the face mask requirement will include football stadiums.


12 Responses to “Practices Begin Sept. 7 For Fall Sports In Escambia County, First Games Sept. 18”

  1. Dean on August 23rd, 2020 2:23 pm

    Watch how quickly it gets shut down once school opens. You can put your head in the sand but it’s not going to change anything. The virus doesn’t give sports a pass! Just ignorant.

  2. Lee on August 22nd, 2020 6:56 pm

    Professional sports can’t get this right, but schools can?

  3. Football Mom 2 on August 21st, 2020 7:17 am

    Local high schools freahman, jv and varsity football players have been practicing all summer long already. The coaches have gone to great lengths to follow recommended social distancing and santizing practices put down from the FHSAA and School District. The number of gamea have been cut and they are only playing in District and two SRC games for the most part. Only a certain number of people will be allowed in. They are absolutely doing the best they can but some don’t realize that these kids need this, 66% of student athletes in Florida have shown signs of depression because of the stress of not being involved in sports like normal. If you aren’t happy about the football games being played guess what….. Don’t go!!

  4. Lee on August 20th, 2020 2:46 pm

    Masks required in the stadiums? Let’s see how that works. Maybe people in this area value football more than they do grandma. Explains a lot. lol

  5. Football mom on August 20th, 2020 7:56 am

    They already been conditioning for 10 weeks!! No incident. Let them boys play!

  6. Lee on August 19th, 2020 11:55 pm

    Schools, and some entire districts, have shut down within two weeks of opening. Pro sports, even with all their resources, can’t get it right. But, hey, let’s see if this dog can hunt?

  7. Look A Month Ahead on August 19th, 2020 7:43 pm

    I thought kids were “almost immune” what’s the big deal????

    Give it a month some schools will be closing, many kids will be forced to quarantine, and a lot of these same parents are gonna be PISEED!

    It’s sad we’re still doing the wrong things… But we couldn’t shut down PROPERLY in the first place.

    If he had THEN we could be back to some kind of normal. Us Americans gotta have that essential Mc-Donald’s and Starbucks!!!!!!!!

  8. Bill on August 19th, 2020 7:29 pm

    170,000 deaths and still raging. Nothing to see here.

  9. steve on August 19th, 2020 6:04 pm

    BILL, could you be more dramatic and scream “what about the children?”

    This virus will become a thing of the past in short order around Nov. And if you have a health issues then dont go to the games.

    I dont sit at home for fear of the flu, and that last round of flu was bad,

    Let those that want to do this do so with out you shaming or creating drama around it. There is more to health than fending off a virus, mental and emotional health take a toll when there is no sense of normal. And playing sports is and will always be normal for growing kids and teaching them teamwork and social skills.

  10. Bill on August 19th, 2020 3:11 pm

    I wonder how many people will die because of this very stupid decision.

  11. Old Coach on August 19th, 2020 1:54 pm

    That’s not much time to get game ready. That’s means two a day practices in my experience.

  12. Holly F on August 19th, 2020 1:26 pm

    Interested to see how swim meets will work. Everyone seems very focused on football and not the other sports.

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