Jones Middle basketball players celebrate after winning the 2019-20 Gwinnett County championship.

Gwinnett County Public Schools has canceled middle school athletics for the 2020-21 school year because of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.

GCPS sponsors two sports at the middle school level, basketball and cheerleading. The county has 29 middle schools, which means 58 basketball teams and 29 cheerleading teams won't have a middle school season.

The season-ending middle school basketball tournament is typically a popular event that draws large crowds.

“Obviously, we have no desire to cancel things kids are involved in, No. 1,” GCPS athletic director Ed Shaddix said. “At the middle school level, we don’t have the professional trainers and athletic staff we have in the high schools to support a safe environment.”

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man this is some bull some kids can’t afford to even go to aau and this is just taking their easiest route without spending a lot of money from them like how does that work just make a bunch of precautions and that’s it common as a middle school player i can’t play 7th grade because the only seventh graders are the team manager like come on then when i go to high school imma have to play on the freshman team without any recognition

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