All Dawson County school athletic programs participated in the Georgia High School Association’s annual mandatory “dead-week” that takes place at roughly the same time every year.
By-Law 2.69 (b) of the 2018-2019 Georgia High School Association’s Constitution and By-Laws states:
“During the summer (i.e., between the ending of one school year and the beginning of the next) the only restrictions on practices and competition are that all activities must be strictly voluntary, and the “Dead Week” must be observed, as follows: Schools are prohibited from participating in voluntary workouts, camps and/or clinics, weight training or competitions during the week (Sunday through Saturday) in which the Fourth of July falls each year.”
This year the “Dead Week” started June 30 and lasted through July 7, and the stadium, fields, weight rooms and gymnasiums of Dawson County High School echoed with silence as athletes and coaches enjoyed some well-deserved time off before the official start of the fall season.
According to their website the GHSA traces its history back over 100 years to 1904, when Dr. Joseph S. Stewart founded an athletic organization in Temple that, in 1908, became the GHSA, which has since grown to cover literary along with a wide-array of coed sports throughout Georgia in keeping with their mission statement:
“The objective of the GHSA organization shall be the promotion of education in Georgia from a mental, physical, and moral viewpoint, to standardize and encourage participation in athletics, and to promote sportsmanship and an appreciation for and study of music, speech, and other fine arts through Region and State competitions.”
The Dawson County Tigers football team will be the first team back in action as they begin conditioning for the 2019 campaign on July 25. The fall season officially gets under way for football, volleyball, softball, cross-country and cheerleading on July 30.
The Lady Tigers softball team will open competition with the earliest competition start date of Aug. 3, followed by the cheerleaders on Aug. 4, volleyball and cross-country on Aug. 6 and, finally, football opening their season Aug. 17.