THOMASVILLE — Monday, July 6 is the date Thomasville football coach Zach Grage has had his sights set on since the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) allowed teams to start summer workouts June 8 and then loosened restrictions June 22.
It's the first weekday following the GHSA's “dead week” where teams are not allowed to conduct any practice or workout period with their team.
It also could be a pivotal date on the summer calendar to where GHSA football teams get a better idea on how the progression for a potential season is moving forward.
“I think that's kind of the X-factor as far as, everybody's still questioning, 'Are we going to have a season?' 'Are we going to have fans?'” Grage said. “I'm not so worried about being able to do padded camps or going against other teams or holding the split practices but just getting all of our kids (together). I think if you don't do that by July 6, now you're going to start getting into the question of, is the season going to have to be modified? They'll probably start thinking, okay, now you have six weeks left to get prepared for a full contact game. That's when you start getting into that, can you really get a kid physically ready to go?
“I do think we're working that way. I think we're on pace for it. I just hope things continue to go well to give us an opportunity.”
In the GHSA's latest statement on its website regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the GHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Council met June 25 but made no recommendations on any changes to be made to the Coronavirus Guidance Plan for the week beginning June 6. The Council will meet again this week to discuss possible changes to next week's schedule.
The Thomasville Bulldogs have a little more than six weeks to prepare for their preseason scrimmage against Westover on Aug. 14. Thomasville will open at Brooks County on Aug. 21.