Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: New COVID rules for high school baseball (no post-game handshakes included). Final AP Top 25 football poll has ‘Bama as no. 1, UGA at no. 7. Six NFL playoff games this season.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: New COVID rules for high school baseball (no post-game handshakes included). Final AP Top 25 football poll has ‘Bama as no. 1, UGA at no. 7. Six NFL playoff games this season.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.

Georgia High School Association announces new safety protocols as baseball season draws closer. Here’s what to expect this winter and spring:

GHSA Special Considerations and Baseball Rule Modifications: The considerations outlined in this document are meant to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by
encouraging social distancing, limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel and allowing for
appropriate protective equipment during practice and competition.

1. Host School Responsibility
• Schools shall sanitize facility, press box, dugouts, and spectator area between games.
• Schools shall provide hand sanitizer for both schools (in dugout) and umpires.
• The use of face mask/covering is highly recommended for all spectators.
• Schools shall enforce social distancing requirements in spectator areas and facility entrances.

2. Player Equipment
• Face mask/coverings are recommended, but not mandatory. If worn it may have a school logo and all masks
shall match. If a school logo is not used the mask must be a single color, without logos or lettering. Pitchers
shall not wear a facial mask that is any tint of white or grey.
• Face Shields are permitted to be plastic shields if they are integrated into the fielding face mask, catching
helmet, or batting helmet. The face shield shall be clear without tint.
• Players shall use their own gloves, helmets, and bats as much as possible.
• Players shall use their own water/beverage bottles (sharing these items is prohibited).
• Sunflower seeds are prohibited in the dugout and on the field.
• Player/team equipment shall be sanitized before and after each practice/game.
• The host schools shall provide enough baseballs (NFHS Approved) that allow for sanitation of the game balls
before they return to play.
a. If a game ball goes out of play, it should be returned to host dugout to be sanitized before putting back in
play.
b. If weather conditions or damage creates a need to change the ball out, the host school is responsible to
retrieve the ball, sanitize, make playable and/or provide another game ball.
c. This “modification” should provide another layer of safety precaution for the players and umpires.

3. Bench and Field Precautions
• Physical distancing (6 ft.) requirements shall be maintained in both dugouts and may extend the dugout into
a clearly marked “out of play” area.
• Limit bench personnel to observe social distancing.
• Players are not allowed to exit the dugout to congratulate teammates after a home run or a run score.
• Team huddles without physical distancing are prohibited.
• A charged defensive conference shall be conducted on the outer edge of the pitching circle maintaining
physical distancing.
• Pitchers are prohibited from licking fingers, touching any part of their hands to the mouth, or blowing into
their hands prior to delivering a pitch. NOTE: Any violation of this policy shall be called a “dead ball”
immediately, the ball shall be removed from play, sanitized, another game ball provided by the host school,
and the pitcher’s hand shall be sanitized before play resumes.
a. The first violation will constitute the defensive team warning.
b. Each subsequent violation will count as a defensive conference.
c. If a pitcher is removed from the mound the defensive team will not be charged a defensive conference.
d. Each pitcher will be allowed to carry a small cloth moistened with water only in their back pocket to use
on their fingers.
• Eliminate handshakes from post-game.

4. Coaches & Umpires
• Officials should arrive in uniform to officiate.
• Officials are encouraged to wear face mask/covering and/or gloves.
• Coaches shall always maintain social distancing to own players and opponents.
• The pregame conference is limited to one coach from each team and the umpires. Coaches shall remain
outside the batter’s box nearest their dugout, plate umpire shall be behind the catcher’s box, and base
umpire shall be in front of the plate to exchange lineup cards.
• Substitutions shall be made with physical distancing to umpires and scorekeepers.
• Coaches who request a timeout to discuss a ruling on the field, or to make a substitution, shall maintain
physical distancing from the umpire(s).
• Base coaches shall always maintain physical distancing to base runners.
• The plate umpire shall be positioned safely to call balls and strikes.
• Base umpires shall maintain physical distancing from any players in the starting positions and during
rotations.
• The catcher and batter shall maintain physical distancing while the umpire dusts off home plate.

 

 


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama finished the 2020-21 season atop the AP’s Top 25 football poll on Tuesday following the team’s huge win over Ohio State. Alabama finished 13-0.

  • Ohio State was no. 2 followed by Clemson, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.
  • Georgia finished no. 7 with a n 8-2 overall record.
  • Other SEC teams: no. 14 Florida.
  • From the ACC: no. 18 North Carolina, no. 22 Miami.
  • The complete Top 25.

NFL

What’s next in the National Football League’s playoffs: For more, click NFL

Divisional round

Saturday:

  • Rams vs. Green Bay, 4:35 p.m., Fox.
  • Ravens vs. Bills, 8:15 p.m., NBC.

Sunday:

  • Browns vs. Chiefs, 3:05 p.m., CBS
  • Tampa Bay vs. Saints, 6:40 p.m., Fox.

Atlanta FalconsThe Atlanta Falcons have interviewed Brad Holmes once already and, according to a report on Tuesday, the team has met with the Los Angeles Rams’ director of college scouting a second time. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Falcons owner Arthur Blank interviewed Holmes on Saturday. Holmes interviewed with Falcons remotely back on Jan. 5. Here’s a look at the Falcons’ GM and head coaching candidates.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

  • No outside fans at Berry/SAA events per COVID concerns. Fans will be limited to only students, faculty, and staff members that are part of an SAA institution’s COVID-19 on-campus community. Please visit www.SAA-Sports.com.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

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