South Shore League to start fall sports on Sept. 25 – Sports – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
Volleyball will be moved to the Fall II window, but cross country, soccer, field hockey and golf will begin competition on Sept. 25.
The South Shore League announced in a press release on Saturday that it will compete in MIAA sports this fall.
Volleyball has been moved to the Fall II season, which is currently scheduled for Feb. 22-April 25. Football, competitive cheer and unified sports will also be played in that window.
The league will start tryouts for golf, cross country, soccer and field hockey on Sept. 25.
“The South Shore League Athletic Directors will continue to meet in the coming weeks to finalize a schedule for our member schools,” read the press release. “The Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors of each school remaining committed to providing an opportunity for students to participate in athletics in a safe manner.”
“It obviously won’t look like what it typically does and the safety of everybody is first and foremost. I think everyone will be very, very cautious,” said Hull High athletic director Scott Paine. “If we start to see anything going awry, we’re going to shut it down right away. It’s important that the kids play but it’s much more important that they stay healthy and safe.”
Each sport will end the season with a league tournament, as there will be no MIAA fall tournaments. All games during the season will be against league opponents.
The SSL is broken up into the Sullivan and Tobin Divisions. East Bridgewater, Middleboro, Norwell, Randolph and Rockland play in the Sullivan while Abington, Carver, Cohasset, Hull and Mashpee are in the Tobin.
Paine said soccer will end will end with a double-elimination, round-robin tournament inside of each division and then the champions of each side of the league will meet for the SSL title.
“That will be fun,” said Paine. “It’s not a true state tournament, but it’s at least something to keep the kids’ interest up.
“A lot of football players are interest in playing soccer, whether it be varsity or jayvee, just to get involved with something. I’m excited about it.”
Paine said that the league’s ADs have a meeting with principals on Thursday. He also said during that meeting the ADs plan to recommend no out-of-season coaching until Nov. 1 with a plan to revisit that later in the fall.
“We’re kind of taking that off our plates for right now, trying to get school open and trying to get what sports we can play up and running.” said Paine. “We just decided to take that off the plate and we’ll revisit it in early November.”
Paine said that according to DESE regulations, if a school is in remote learning, the school committee can still vote to continue to play athletics. As of now, all SSL schools are expected to compete this fall.
Initially, the league’s ADs voted in favor of playing volleyball this season, but after further discussion and the issues created by playing an indoor sport, they opted to push the season to Fall II.
“All athletic activities will adhere to the EEA, DESE and MIAA guidelines outlined by each organization,” read the press release. “Although there remains a significant amount of work to be done, and details to be finalized, know that the health and safety of our student athletes, coaches, staff and families will remain our top priority.”