For those of you interested in the future of high school football in Kentucky, you should take a glance toward our neighbors to the south, where the state of Tennessee delayed the start of football and girls’ soccer.
Tennessee’s governor extended the state’s State of Emergency until August 29, which will push back the beginning of the season for those two high school sports.
We are working with the Governor’s office to ensure that our member schools are in compliance with the executive order in regards to athletic participation and contact sports.
While the Governor’s order is in place, member schools cannot have any competition or scrimmage with other schools and cannot have close contact activities during their fundamental practice in the sports of football, 7-on-7 football, girls soccer, wrestling and basketball.
Based on the extension of the Governor’s order, football and girls’ soccer cannot begin their seasons as originally scheduled. We are in the process of developing regular season and postseason options to present to the TSSAA Board of Control for their consideration. The Board will ultimately make the decision as to how this will impact the postseason and if any adjustments can be made to regular season competition.
This may not impact Kentucky whatsoever, but it’s not the best news as we hope for sports to begin on time.