Football won’t be the only fall sport played in the SEC this fall, as the conference announced that the fall sports men’s and women’s cross country, soccer, volleyball along with men’s and women’s golf and tennis will compete this fall.
The conference put out guidelines for each particular sport. The league previously decided that any athlete that elects not to play this fall due to health and safety concerns will still have their scholarship honored. The SEC had previously postponed all fall sports up through Aug. 31.
Sports like baseball and softball are allowed may have fall practices but exhibition games against other teams are still prohibited.
Georgia volleyball coach Tom Black expressed his thoughts on the matter.
“We’re excited by the decision of the SEC to be able to compete this Fall as well as be eligible for Spring play, Black said. “We want to thank our leadership, in particular our AD Greg McGarity and President Jere W. Morehead, for creating this opportunity under complicated circumstances. The testing and care for our student-athletes has been remarkable. We’re thankful to be able to play.”
Georgia football’s season will still start on Sept. 26, as the Bulldogs open up against Arkansas.
Below you can see the new start dates and regulations for each sport that is competing this fall.
- Season runs September 11-October 23
- Seven (7) weeks of competition
- Compete in a minimum two (2) events (maximum of three) prior to SEC Championships
- No restrictions on opponents; must adhere to SEC Testing protocol the week leading into competition
- No more than 10 teams may compete in a single race
- Schools may not compete in consecutive weeks
- Season runs from weekend of September 18-November 8 (eight total weeks)
- Eight (8) regular season matches plus at least two (2) matches at the SEC Tournament
- The regular season includes six (6) divisional opponents and two (2) crossover opponents (4 home/4 away)
- One (1) match per week – play dates will be either Friday, Saturday or Sunday based on-campus activities & television.
- Matches may move to Thursday on the fifth weekend of the season for make-up dates.
- 14-team Conference Tournament – Nov. 13-22; each team guaranteed at least two (2) matches
- Season runs weekend of October 16-November 27
- Six (6) weeks of competition
- Compete against four (4) opponents; same opponent twice in the same weekend
- Eight (8) total matches
GOLF AND TENNIS
- Teams may compete in up to three team events
- Competition can take place no earlier than October 1
- Teams are limited to events involving only SEC members or non-conference teams from the school’s geographic region
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