TCCAA SET TO START SPORTS SEASONS WITH SPRING SEMESTER

TCCAA SET TO START SPORTS SEASONS WITH SPRING SEMESTER

As 2021 begins, so does the athletic season for the TCCAA.  With the Covid-19 outbreak this past march, the NJCAA chose to suspend all sports until the spring semester at all institutions.  Although cross country and golf were allowed to comptete in the fall, the cross country schools opted out nationally and the golf teams official play wasn't unil this spring.  The other sports will begin play this week with basketball kicking of this past week.  

There will be some changes with the basketball, softball, and baseball schedules as teams are not allowed overnight trips.  Basketball will play a 16 game conference schedule, but the league will break in to two divisions with each team their division foes four times.  The East will be made up of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Motlow, Roane, and Walters.  The West will consist of Columbia, Dyersburg, Jackson, Southwest Tennessee, and Volunteer.  At the conclusion of the regular season, the #5 team from each division will be eliminated from the post season.  The #1 seed will host the #4 seed, and the #2 seed will host the #3 seed in the division semifinals.  The winners of that round will play at the higher seed for the division crown.  Division winners will play for the Region VII Championship currently set for Volunteer State.  The Men's rounds will take place on Monday, Wednesday,and the championship wil be played on Friday.  thje women will play their rounds on Tuesday, Thursday with their championship on Saturday.  As of now, no fans will be permitted into the venues to watch any contest.

Volleyball will begin their conference play on February 2 and they will play four contests against each other as they are doing basketball.  With only four teams in Region VII, at the conclusion of regular season play the Region VII rpournament will be held at Walters State March 29-30.  The semifinals will take place on March 29th with the championship match taking place on the 30th.  The winner will advance to the District Tournament which will be held by Region X on April 3 with the site top be determined.  As with basketball, no fans will be allowed in attendance.

Soccewr will begin play in April with all four temas competing for the championship.  Soccer will be also be playing four matches against each other with the regular season champion being named the Region VII representative at he District 10 Championship.  In case of a tie there will be a playoff match between the two teams to determine a champion of the region.   The district tournment will be held May 22 at the Region X champion.

Baseball and softball will use a similar scenario as the other sports as they will split into divisions and play each school four times.  They will play 32 conference games with doubleheaders on all dates.  At the conclusion of their regular season, the #4 seed will host the #5 seed in a one game playoff.  That winner will advance to the next round and travel to the #1 seed while the #3 seed will travel to the #2 seed for a best out-of-three series.  Those winners will play a best out-of-three series at the higher seed for the division championship. The playoff games are scheduled for April 28 wiuth the first round to be played April 30-May 1.  The second round will be played May 9-10 to allow for finals week and graduation.  The Region VII Champiknship will be playued May 13-14 at either Columbia or Volunteer.  The winner of the softball tournament advances to the College World Series while the baseball team will advance to the East Central District to be hosted by Region XVII May 19-21.

With no fans allowed to attend basketball and volleyball contests, schools have or are making plans to livestream those contests on the internet.  As of now, Columbia, Dyersbur, Roane, and Walters are live streaming events.  Their links are listed below:

Columbia :  tennesseesports.com/columbia-state-community-college-sports

Dyersburg: N/A

Roane:  live stream

Walters:  live stream