THOMASTON — Next week is “dead week” for Georgia High School Association athletic teams. The league currently has no changes from its current COVID-19 guidelines, but Executive Director Robin Hines said that could change.

On the GHSA’s coronavirus updates page, Hines said on June 25 that the council will meet this week to “discuss possible changes for the week of July 6th.”

Before dead week, teams were allowed to condition with as many as 50 individuals per group, as long as social distancing measures were followed. Teams can also use sport-specific equipment and work out. They are still barred from scrimmaging, including one-on-one competition. Baseball and softball teams cannot have live batting practice if the catcher and batter are within six feet of one another.

The GHSA has also asked schools to report any positive coronavirus tests. Teams are asked to specify if the positive test is from a player or coach, the date of the positive test and which sport it was. No names should be given.

Positive tests have been reported at least 10 high schools in Georgia, including Glynn Academy in Brunswick and Parkview in Lilburn. One state over, Clemson’s football team reported 37 positive tests as of June 27.

To keep up with GHSA COVID-19 news, visit https://www.ghsa.net/latest-ghsa-statements-coronavirus-situation.

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