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AHSAA sets new guidelines for teams hosting playoffs

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 5:43 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

As the high school football season nears an end, the Alabama High School Athletic Association is ensuring that athletes and fans remain safe and healthy.

The Slocomb Redtops have won a regional championship for the first time since 2003 which also means they will get the chance to host their first playoff game.

But this years playoffs will be different than years past due to Covid-19.

“Covid capacity here at Slocomb High School stadium, including what we call the green space which is the grass for people to put lawn chairs was around 3300. So the athletic association is saying that every school has to cut down to 33 percent capacity so we anticipate being able to sell around 1100 tickets," Becky Birdsong, Geneva County Schools superintendent said.

The AHSAA has sent out new guidelines regarding teams that are hosting a playoff game. Now social distancing and masks will still be required but now there will be less fans in the stands as capacity has been lowered to 33 percent.

“Limited capacity for the games. So it’s not going to be that huge sell out crowd you think well have but well still have a good crowd there and just hoping everyone can get out and support us," Richard Tisdale, Slocomb football head coach said.

tickets will be split between both home and visiting teams and will only be sold online through go fan.

“as soon as that code is sent out, it will be sent to players, band members, and cheerleaders parents first to ensure that they are able to get tickets to watch their students and then it will be put out to the general public.”

Wearing masks, an obligation teams have been committed to since the start of the season and wont stop now.

“Really it’s just like being a football player, you gotta sacrifice something you really don’t want to do for the better of the team. So the kids are doing great and so far our folks are doing great here and I’m going to ask they continue to do that. So if the playoffs go south for us it’s our play on the field not something off the field that’s causing us to lose," Tisdale said.

So that fans can remain in the stands for the remainder of the football season.

“Back in the spring, our softball, baseball programs, track programs, the rug was just pulled out from under them, it’s over. There was no warning. We don’t want to be in that same situation this fall or this winter with basketball. We want to be able to have these seasons so our students can have some type of normalcy," B.T. Hinson, principal at Slocomb High School said.

The 8-1 Slocomb Redtops will host the Geneva County Bulldogs this Friday night

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