Make it three counties in Alabama which decided not to play athletics in the fall. As Alabama high school cancels all activities for the year 2020-2021.
According to a story in the Dothan Eagle, Barbour County is shutting down — not only fall sports — but sports for the entire year.
Alabama high school cancels all activities
“We’ve cancelled the season. And we’re not going to have athletics for the school year 2020-2021”.’ Barbor County athletic director Joe Briggs told the paper.
Biggs reported all sports for the year included the shutdown.
“This is about keeping people safe first,” Chad Martin, a football coach, told the newspaper. “We all love football and we all want to go out there, play and do whatever we can to do that, so you have to think not only of player safety, but if one of them catches it and is asymptomatic they can carry it home and some of them stay with grandparents.
“From that view, I see it. It hurts not being able to play, particularly when I thought like we’d got much better. It hurts not playing, but at the same time you have to put protection first, and the wellbeing of the players and their families first.
No more sports this year
Last week the Central Board of the Alabama High School Athletic Association approved an on-time return to sports and published recommendations for “best practices.” However, Steve Savarese, executive director of AHSAA, and Dr. Eric Mackey, state superintendent, have said that individual counties and districts will have to make the right decisions for them.
Three high schools were impacted by the last two days’ decisions. Monday at Greene County and Sumter Central. County Barbour, on Tuesday. The football team of Barbour County, along with Autaugaville, Billingsley. Also Loachapoka, Maplesville, Notasulga and Verbena, is scheduled to compete in Class 1A, Area 4.
The Jaguars, who went 0-10 last year, were going to open on Aug. 28 against Russell County. A year ago they’d get a defeat by 664-120.
However, Barbour County’s basketball team is a perennial title contender and competed for the Class 2A state championship earlier this year, losing to Mr. Basketball J.D. Davison and Calhoun in dramatic fashion.