The KHSAA has handed out its stamp of approval for the fall sports season to continue as planned.
By a vote of 16-2, the KHSAA Board of Control moved Thursday to give fall sports the green light by beginning practices next week on Aug. 24. A nine-week high school football season will kick off Sept. 11, according to the plan that was previously established last month. A look at the calendar for Kentucky High School Football in the fall of 2020:
Aug. 24 — Helmet-only practices begin
Sept. 11 — Regular-season play begins (nine-week regular season)
Nov. 13 — First round of playoffs (keeping all five rounds)
Dec. 11-12 — State finals at UK moved ahead one week
Other fall sports are also set to begin practicing Aug. 24. Cross country, volleyball, soccer and field hockey will still be able to play 80% of their regular season games by abiding by the following calendar:
Aug. 24 — Light practice (six hours per week)
Aug. 31 — Full practice
Sept. 7 — Full competition begins
The Board of Control considered two options that would delay the start of football season two weeks to Sept. 28, the date Governor Andy Beshear recommended for schools to return to in-person classes. The rural vs. urban divide determined how the votes were cast, with representatives from Kentucky’s largest cities voting in favor of delaying the start of the fall sports season. Ultimately, they lost by a wide margin in each vote, paving the way for the season to start according to plan.
Individual school districts still have the option to delay the start of their season. If Jerry Wyman and Marlon Miller, the only two votes against beginning athletic activities next week, choose to withhold Louisville public schools from competition, they can. The governor, department of education and state health officials must also approve the KHSAA’s plan. Once approved, this is the complete calendar for fall sports.