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Guidelines for the return of Youth Sports in Kentucky

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Friday afternoon Governor Andy Beshear announced guidelines specific to the return of youth sports in Kentucky. These guidelines only pertain to youth sports. The KHSAA will meet next week before it issues recommendations for high school athletes. Instead of combing through the 10-page document, allow KSR to outline some of the specifics.

June 15

As the plans continue to develop, these are the sports that fall under each category developed by the state.

Low-Touch, Outdoor Sports — Track and field, biking, tennis, golf, mini-golf, horseback riding, and cross-country, and baseball/softball/teeball.

Low-Touch, Indoor Sports — Gymnastics, swimming, diving, bowling, solo-dance/solo-ballet, tap-dance, and archery.

All low-touch youth sports may resume practices June 15. Practices must be held in small groups of only ten youths with one adult coach per group. The following high-touch sports are limited to physical fitness training in groups of ten on June 15.

High-Touch, Outdoor Sports — Football, soccer, lacrosse, flag football and field hockey.

High-Touch, Indoor Sports — Karate/martial arts, basketball, cheerleading, tandem or team dance, ice hockey, volleyball, fencing and wrestling.

June 29

Low-Touch Indoor and Outdoor Sports may resume competitions with up to 50 spectators present, all of which must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

High-Touch Indoor and Outdoor Sports can advance to the next phase, participating in practices that limit scrimmages and competition with one coach for every ten youths. These practices should not be considered “full contact.” When competitions may resume in high-touch sports has yet to be determined.

Practice Recommendations

Stations — Instead of mixing kids within the team, exposure can be limited by operating drills in stations.

No High-Fives — Replace the fist bumps with tips of the cap, salutes or another sign of respect.

No Traveling — Keep the competitions within your local neighborhood, community or township.

Do Not Share Equipment when Possible — This is one of the most difficult asks. To throw a baseball, more than one person must touch the ball. However, they do not need to share bats, hats, helmets or water bottles. Coaches should search for creative alternatives to limit physical contact on equipment.

Stagger Arrival and Limit Carpooling — This will be the most difficult ask for parents. The state is asking you not to pick up six kids and drive them in a tiny van. Coaches also need to coordinate practice times, allowing more time between events to promptly enter and exit the field, limiting potential contact between teams.

Bye, Bye Dugouts — Areas like dugouts and locker rooms where social distancing cannot be followed should be eliminated.

Sanitize — Before, during and after events. To ensure athletes are not using soiled equipment, designate separate areas for clean and potentially infected equipment. Think of it as laundry — one pile for clean equipment, another for dirty equipment. Cleaning stations should be available to clean equipment and areas, as well as for the athletes.

Coaches, Cover Your Face — This applies at all times to adults and kids when they are not actively participating.

This is just a brief outline of the recommendations. Click here to read more specifics to ensure kids can safely return to sports.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 Comments for Guidelines for the return of Youth Sports in Kentucky

  1. BigBlue01
    1:28 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    This is stupid. When will you ppl open your eyes? This is not ok.

    • sharpshooter81
      3:56 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      Please elaborate more.

    • BigBlue01
      4:55 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      If i have to spell it out for you… 1 parent per kid, no siblings allowed, kids are asked to bow to each other to say good job, 1 coach, no chewing gum, seriously. Lol. You think this is ok? We dont want to live in the same America apparently.

  2. BigBlueFoo42777
    1:48 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    Elon Musk says your more likely to die in a car crash than the coronavirus. If that’s true the ride to the game is far more dangerous. Maybe the goverment should ban driving and any other activities that could result in death.

    • bigblue98
      2:16 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      If Elon Musk said that he’s an idiot then. The latest statistics from the US were from 2018 – there were about 35,000 car deaths for the entire calendar year. There have been over 100,000 deaths in about 3 months from this virus. He needs to research before he says stupid things like this that give people incorrect information. Took me about two minutes to look up online.

  3. sp
    2:07 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    My son would have had his first year of tee ball this summer. I won’t be introducing him to a game that’s played this way. Youth sports are just as much about learning team building and cooperation/ getting along with others. Forcing them to separate, and especially in baseball having no dugouts, flies in the face of this. The older kids that understand this is different is one thing. Trying to teach someone new to a game that this is how it will be is another. And only one coach? Good luck with that.

    2:34 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    You all are being groomed for socialism – I may be old enough to not see it but you younger folks will see it here in America in your life time. It spits in the face of every man and woman of every color that has died defending this country. Covid was but a glimpse of how the leaders will control – Cousin Andy is following a play book — Covid is real and is serious but its being used to get control of the masses by fear and its being used to for in house voting so the dems can get control and continue to push their social agenda. Freedoms get taken away and I guess if everyone can stay home and collect a check everyone is happy right?

    • Bluehender
      5:32 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      Time for a revolution..

  5. sharpshooter81
    4:00 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    Life including sports and economy has to move forward as people can’t sit on their asses in their house forever. You can’t wait for a miracle vaccine or medicine for the virus. We all take risks every single day and we will have to take them now with this coronavirus.

  6. dbake
    4:16 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    Enough is enough. Its time to get back to life. If you don’t want your kids playing then keep them at home and let the rest of us get back to normal. The fact that the Nutter Field House hospital facility was constructed at over 6 million dollars and never used is proof enough. Now guess who gets to foot the bill for that? Your friendly tax paying population that is who. It is rather simple all these regulations are governments overstepping their bounds. What right does our governor have to say a restaurant can not seat more than 33 percent of its capacity? He has no business doing that. Same for sports! If you are one on the ones who drank the Kool-AId stay at home with your toilet paper and clorox wipes and let the rest of us live life as we choose. Pretty sure that’s why we came to America any way.

    • Bluehender
      5:31 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

      I was born here

    4:46 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    No dugouts…? Lol! Yeah. Ok.

  8. sharpshooter81
    11:53 pm May 23, 2020 Permalink

    @BigBlue01. I must apologize to you as I miss interpreted your quote. I thought you were saying it wasn’t okay to get back to allowing sports.

    I do agree with you that the rules displayed are stupid and not necessary.