AHSAA: 2020 football season will kick off on time

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The Alabama high school football season will kick off on time this fall.

The AHSAA Central Board Of Control approved a return to play plan for high school football on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of what took place in that meeting.

Under the plan, the season would start on time with preseason practice scheduled to start Monday, July 27 with the season openers set for Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21.

The only circumstance that would alter the plan would be if restrictions were put in place by Governor Kay Ivey.

There will be many safeguards and protocols in place that AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese will discuss at a news conference Thursday.

Savarese has been complimentary of how schools have handled individual workouts, which began in early June amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coaches have been performing daily temperature checks on their players. Masks have been worn by coaches and players. Social distancing has been strictly enforced.

Savarese has urged AHSAA member schools to be patient and flexible moving forward.