CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Executive Committee of the South Carolina High School League voted to pass their winter sports guidelines 14-0 on Tuesday morning with basketball set to begin practice in the state on Monday.
Among the big changes in the proposal for the season as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the playoffs will be cut from 5 rounds to 4 meaning that, in most cases, only 2 teams from each region will qualify for the postseason.
The season will be the same length this year but it was recommended to teams that they take at least 2 days off between each game. It was also suggested that teams should attempt to play the same team twice in a week to cut down on the number of interactions they’d have with different players.
The committee also recommended leaving a week open at the end of the season for possible make up games.
The topic of the football state title games was also discussed. Commissioner Jerome Singleton said there are still no venues set up to host the championship games with the playoffs set to start in just over 2 weeks.
The state title games for Class 5A, 4A and 3A have been held at South Carolina’s Williams Brice Stadium the last several years with 2A and 1A being hosted by Benedict College.
Singleton said holding games at Williams Brice would be too costly this season and suggested they may have to hold the games at multiple smaller stadiums.