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MAC sets Practice Guidelines. Practice Starts July 13th.

By Tim Towe , 07/07/20, 9:30AM EDT


MAC sets Practice Guidelines. Practice Starts July 13th.

The Mountain Athletic Conference held a meeting Monday July 6th to issue practice guidelines and prepare for the start of the season. It is important that if your child is feeling sick or showing any symptoms of COVID-19 that you DO NOT send them to practice.


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.

  • Weight equipment should be cleaned prior to each workout and sanitized between use by

each student.

  •  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.


The league is still on track for Sept 12th Opening Day

Minor Changes for 2020 Season

  • The league has voted to not have a captains meeting or a coin toss when games begin. The visiting team will have the option to take the football or defer to the 2nd half.
  • No post game handshakes will take place.
  • The Conference did vote to cancel 7V7 for this upcoming season but schedule 3 jamborees for the upcoming season tba later.