November 30, 2020
The Holmes County Christmas Basketball Tournament will be held on December 10-12, 2020. Due to circumstances this year surrounding COVID-19 and the restrictions in place to reflect current safety and social distancing guidelines, the tournament will be held at Poplar Springs School Gymnasium. After a thorough discussion among school principals, coaches, and athletic directors, the decision was made to move the tournament to Poplar Springs School. The tournament had originally been scheduled for Bethlehem School, but due to the seating numbers it was decided in order to maximize the opportunity for fans, students, and parents, the two schools would switch the years they were scheduled to host the tournament. The tournament will return to Bethlehem next year barring any unforeseen circumstances.
There will also be a minor change in the normal format of play. Traditionally on Thursday and Friday evenings the format is two Junior Varsity games played back to back followed by two Varsity games. To allow for a smoother transition and hopefully for more fans from each prospective school to be able to attend, we will do a JV/Varsity format. This allows for the four schools competing on that evening to watch their games back to back. We ask that fans be considerate of the next two teams playing the second half of the evening and vacate the gym and allow those fans to buy tickets without violating any capacity guidelines currently in place. The Saturday afternoon games will be played on the JV, JV, Varsity, Varsity format as always played.
We thank you for your patience in this matter, and simply ask for everyone to remember that sportsmanship is the focus and consideration for other fans will go a long way in setting a positive example for our students and communities.