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It was announced on Tuesday, August 6th, that GHSA will still have opening games weekend of Sept 4th. GHSA did cancel the 2 Scrimmage games for every team on Aug 21st and Aug 28th  


Mac Board Members met Tuesday August 6th via Zoom.


The MAC will also follow GHSA. The 2 Jamboree’s scheduled for Lumpkin on Aug 22nd and Fannin Aug 29th have been Cancelled. 


First Contest for Middle School will still take place as scheduled  Sept 3rd.  The Youth Jamboree at Chestatee on Sept 5th will still take place as scheduled. Opening Day for the MAC Youth Football will still take place Sept 12th as scheduled.

MAC Releases 2020 Youth Football Schedule

By Tim Towe 07/30/2020, 5:30pm EDT

MAC Releases 2020 Youth Football Schedule

The 2020 Mountain Athletic Conference Youth Football League Schedule has been released.  Thank you everyone for their patience. We hope everyone is enjoying practice and looking forward to a great 2020 Season.


Click on the link below and the schedule will be under 2020 MAC Football Schedule.

MAC Updates Practice Guidelines

By Tim Towe 07/17/2020, 12:45pm EDT

MAC Updates Practice Guidelines

Week 2 Practice Guidelines July20th-July 24th 

MAC Mirrors latest GHSA guidelines . Will Allow Helmets 

All guidelines from Week 1 remain in place except for the following:

  • Helmets only practices may begin on July 20th. Rec Dept or Agency's MUST sanitize helmets 1 time a day.
  • If a player hasn’t participated in 3 practices from previous week that player cant wear a helmet unless he has participated in a total of 3 practices.



    Week 1 Practice Guidelines July 13-July17th         

Below are the practice guidelines the league will follow for the season. This does mirror GHSA and the league will change its guidelines when Georgia High School does.

Mountain Athletic Conference Practice Plan. GHSA Guidelines with a Few Rules added by Football Board.

Guidance for returning to conditioning with recommendations and/or


  •  All Practice is voluntary.
  •  Rec Dept or Agency’s may be more restrictive than the GHSA but not less.
  • Workouts are conditioning only (no scrimmaging) specific equipment (including balls) may be used and should be sanitized between session.
  • Rec Dept or Agency’s should prepare an Infectious Disease Prevention Plan prior to staff and athletes returning to conditioning.

 It is recommended that staff and athletes are screened prior to each workout. (Temperatures Must be checked before practice starts MAC RULE) Anyone with a Temp over 100.4 must be sent home.

  •  Signage should be posted on site with the following:

• Do you or have you had a fever in the last week?

• Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

• Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?

• Have you traveled to a “hot spot” for COVID-19?

  •  Groups of 50 including coaches, for workouts per sport at any given time at the campus/facility.
  • Groups should be the same individuals (including coaches) for each session to limit risk of

exposure. Student or coaches CANNOT change groups for the duration of this guidance.

  • No use of locker rooms or shower facilities. Students should report to the facility dressed

to condition and shower at home.

  •  Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and readily available.
  • Each student should have their own personal water bottle. No use of water fountains or

“water cows” is allowed.

  • At least 15 minutes should be scheduled between groups to allow for disinfecting the

facility. (This option only applies if you choose to have more than groups of 50 at different times at the same place.)

  •  There is no competition allowed between Rec Dept’s or Agency’s.
  • It is highly recommended that parents’ social distance while watching practice. NO PARENTS ARE ALLOWED ON FIELD UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY A COACH OR A STAFF MEMBER

Recommendations and restrictions are fluid and subject to change. Safety must be our top

priority. The rules and policies may change as needed.


What is the MAC?


The Mountain Athletic Conference (MAC) is a nonprofit organization that serves a total of 11 different county Parks and Recreations and Youth Sports Associations.  We are located in the north Georgia mountains.  The MAC was officially formed on January 9th 2020. 

In 2017 The Mountain Football League and Mountain Volleyball league were formed. These leagues are now apart of the MAC Conference. 


We offer youth sports that include Basketball, Baseball, Cheer-leading, Football, Softball and Volleyball.  


Rec Departments are playing under the Mountain Athletic Conference. Rec Departments can still set their own in house rules but must play by MAC rules for post season play.


Members of the MAC Conference 

Baseball- Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Hayesville (NC) Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns, Union and White

Basketball (Men’s and Women’s) - Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White

Football and Cheer- Chestatee, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns, Union and White

Softball (Girls Only) - Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Hayesville (NC) Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns, Union and White

Volleyball (Girls Only) - Dawson, Fannin, Lumpkin, Pickens and White


Baseball, Basketball and Softball will have a Mountain Athletic Conference All Star Tourney before each sports GRPA District All Star Tournament. This will give All Star teams 2 guaranteed Tourneys (3 Tourneys if you choose to play in Dawson’s Battle of the Best for Basketball and Fannin’s Diaz Classic for Baseball and Softball. These are Pre-All-Star Tourneys put on every year by Dawson and Fannin) and as always if our teams win their GRPA District Tourney they will compete at GRPA State.


All of our Recreation Departments are members of GRPA ( Georgia Recreation and Parks Association)  and will compete in GRPA District and State Tourney events for Baseball, Softball and Basketball


Football and Volleyball games are played on Saturdays during those sports seasons. And are played under MAC Rules. Both sports have a playoff system based on Regular Season Standings. 




On our website, we believe in keeping things simple.  You will have access to the minutes of our meetings, By-Laws, rules, game site addresses and more!  Games Schedules will be updated yearly and our current standings will be updated weekly once the season begins.‚Äč

We do ask one thing, please tag us in your social media posts to show off your team spirit!  

If you have a question or comment, look to the League Members page to find your representative's contact information.  Additionally, if you are inquiring about joining our league, please be sure to find our information on the Contact Us page.

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