Last week, the KHSAA voted to allow high schools across the state to begin fall sports practice this week. Governor Andy Beshear still has to approve the plan, and in hopes of persuading him to give it the green light, hundreds of high school students, parents, and coaches are currently gathering in front of Capitol in Frankfort.
All are members of the “Let Them Play” Facebook group, which has over 30,000 members and planned the rally over the weekend. According to reporters on the scene, they plan to be there until Beshear’s daily press conference at 4 p.m.
— Dennis J. Ting (@DennisJTing) August 24, 2020
Let them Play rally on Capitol steps here in Frankfort. Going on up till governor’s daily presser pic.twitter.com/2xJNNlc4Uf
— Jared Peck (@HLpreps) August 24, 2020
— Adam Bowling (@ABowlingKY) August 24, 2020
Some high school sports athletes, their families and coaches gathering in Frankfort today in hopes of pushing Gov. Beshear to allow high school sports season to move ahead pic.twitter.com/TgvRgqnigg
— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) August 24, 2020
The KHSAA Board of Control approved the new fall sports calendar by a vote of 16-2. A nine-week high school football season will kick off Sept. 11, according to the plan that was previously established last month:
- 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 today. 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
On Thursday, Beshear said he was surprised by the KHSAA’s decision, but wanted to wait until he reviewed the plan before recommending it.
“I’m certainly not going to make a recommendation before I get it,” Beshear said. “I may want to ask their commissioner some questions… I’m going to take a breath and make sure that I’m thoughtful about what we do.”
Some school districts, including Jefferson and Fayette Counties, have already postponed practice, with meetings scheduled for tonight to vote whether or not to move forward.