TAPPS delays seasons

Fall, winter sports’ start date pushed back

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Faith Academy in Bellville will delay the start of fall and winter sports after the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools announced July 17 that it will be delaying the start of those sports seasons due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The governing body held a webinar to announce its return-to-sports plan that keeps all sports from starting practice until Sept. 8 with individual sports (cross country, tennis, swim, golf) and volleyball able to begin games on Sept. 21. Fall soccer and field hockey will have scrimmages the week of Sept. 21 and can start playing games Sept. 28.

Football similarly will start practice on Sept. 8, with balls and helmets, before pads and full contact practice begins the following week. Only one scrimmage will be on the schedule for the week of Sept. 21 before games start Sept. 28.

The fall sports playoffs, however, were unchanged and will begin Nov. 12-14 which leaves just a six-week season on the football field.

The Faith Academy of Bellville Knights’ football team will have a new head coach after the retirement of James Crawford. Trey Carter, formerly the junior high director and golf coach, will take the reins of the squad that will compete in Division III’s District 5 against Baytown Christian Academy, Brazosport Christian School, Grace Christian Academy and St. Joseph Catholic School.

Carter and the rest of the TAPPS head coaches have now reverted to the summer rules where all workouts are voluntary and have a maximum of three hours per day and 15 hours per week. TAPPS also announced no interscholastic competition will occur between Aug. 3 and Sept. 7.

The start of the winter sports season was also delayed, with the first day of practice moving from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2. Instead of scrimmages starting Oct. 26, they’ll now start Nov. 9 ahead of games beginning on Nov. 12, 10 days after they were originally scheduled to begin. The winter transfer deadline was also made Nov. 3.

On July 16, the Southwest Preparatory Conference, an 18-member private school league, made a similar announcement where no competition will occur for any sport until at least Sept. 8.

“SPC counter games would not occur until, at earliest, the week of September 21,” the July 16 press release says. “SPC will not regulate when or how individual member schools hold training sessions or practices during the unusual circumstances of COVID-19.”

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