AISA to start fall sports on time

Published 1:45 pm Thursday, July 23, 2020

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The Alabama Independent School Association announced that fall athletics will start on time beginning in August.

The AISA set out a letter on Thursday morning to each AISA school. In that letter, Executive Director Michael McLendon wrote the following:

“Over the last several weeks and months, we have considered numerous options and developed numerous contingency plans for a return to AISA athletics … After considering options for resuming athletics in the fall, the AISA Athletic Committee has decided that fall sports (cross country, volleyball and football) will proceed as originally scheduled with plans for full and complete seasons.”

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Volleyball and football may begin practice on July 27, while cross-country can begin on August 3. Until further notice, volleyball matches must be limited to one opponent. No tri-matches or tournaments will be allowed.

McLendon went on to write that in the coming days, the AISA will release more details regarding the return to sports this fall.

“In the coming days, the AISA will release safety protocols for fall sports and be available to answer any questions.   Of course, as time progresses, safety protocols will likely need to change or be adjusted and we will need to be flexible as we proceed.

McLendon thanked the AISA Athletic, Director Roddie Beck, as well as the AISA Athletic Committee for their patience.

“I want to thank AISA Athletic Director, Roddie Beck, and the members of the AISA Athletic Committee for their hard work and devotion to serve our member schools and student-athletes.  Their work is not easy and I appreciate their willingness to serve.

The Pike Liberal Arts football team is scheduled to open their season on August 21 on the road against Freeport.