Vermont's fall sports practices can begin on Sept. 8

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BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Principals' Association announced today that school-based fall sports programs may initiate coach-led practice sessions (skills and drills work) and intrasquad scrimmages no earlier than the first day of academic instruction.

Games/meets/contests may only occur between or involve Vermont-based teams or teams from counties eligible for quarantine-free travel.

Cross-country running, golf and bass fishing may hold team practice sessions and interscholastic meets/competitions. The number of participants in any meet or competition may not exceed current limits on event size (currently 150). A meet may involve multiple groupings through the day if the groups do not interact with one another.

Soccer and field hockey may hold team practice sessions, intrasquad scrimmages (within their school program), and interscholastic games. "Jamboree" or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games versus multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted.

Football and cheerleading may initiate practice sessions limited to no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Full contact scrimmages, games, and cheer stunting are not permitted during the fall 2020 season. Football programs may engage in intrasquad and intersquad 7-on-7 touch football. Sideline cheer training and performance must occur outdoors and participants must wear cloth facial coverings.

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