The KHSAA’s annual start date for fall sports will NOT be July 15th.
During a meeting with the Board of Control Friday morning, Commissioner Julian Tackett outlined a general plan for high school sports to return to Kentucky this fall. The big news from the discussion — fall sports must wait to begin practicing until at least August 3.
The only exception is golf, a sport where it’s easy to socially distance and spectators can be limited. Golf practice can begin July 15, with competitions teeing off July 31.
“We’re playing this fall,” Tackett said. “We’re going to participate in athletics and activities this fall. We don’t know what it’s going to look like, but we’re going to.”
Final decisions on if and how high school sports will proceed this fall are expected to be determined by the KHSAA at its next meeting, scheduled for July 28. A few more noteworthy tidbits from the KHSAA’s Board of Control meeting:
— Governor Beshear’s mask mandate will not require athletes to wear masks while participating in their respective sport. However, Tackett notes that mask-wearing and social distancing is imperative for sports to return this fall.
— “Days of playing freshman/JV/varsity triple-headers are probably done,” Tackett said.
— Traditionally football sidelines included everything between each 25 yard-line. Those will likely be extended to each 10 yard-line, taking up almost the entirety of the field to allow social distancing.
— Teams can continue strength and conditioning training sessions, per the established guidelines. Athletes are being limited to six hours of practice per week to limit exposure to one another.