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KHSAA moves starting date for basketball to January 4

Breaking news from a very long KHSAA meeting! The Board of Control just voted unanimously to move the start date for high school basketball to January 4. Games were originally scheduled to begin this coming Monday. Here’s the new high school basketball schedule:

  • December 14 – Basketball practice starts
  • January 4 – Regular season starts
  • March 1 – District tournaments start
  • March 8 – Regional tournaments start
  • March 17-21/March 24-28 – Sweet 16 dates (tentative)

“I really can’t in clear conscience tell you I think it’s a good idea for our member schools to start playing official games this coming Monday,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “I know there will be parents upset. That’s okay. I know there will be coaches upset. I know there will be kids upset.”

Tackett said the board can revise any of these changes based on what happens with the virus in the coming weeks and months. With this revised calendar, spring sports would begin the week of April 5.

As for football, the KHSAA will allow the playoffs to begin as schedule this weekend. Teams that have to withdraw in the semifinals or finals will be replaced by the team they defeated in the previous round.

UPDATE: The Board also approved moving the start date for other winter sports like swimming and diving, wrestling, competitive cheer and dance to January 4 to mirror basketball.

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5 Comments for KHSAA moves starting date for basketball to January 4

  1. dhard
    3:14 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    So football is good, basketball and others are not?

    • ClutchCargo
      3:45 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

      Outdoors vs indoors, maybe? That’s all I got.

  2. Keets
    4:19 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    For this decision making mindset (fball this wknd; no bball) to make sense, does this mean KHSAA must have completed or have access to studies that show, because it’s outside, football linemen at the line of scrimmage throughout the course of a full game are not at risk like indoor bball players are?

  3. nocode96
    4:24 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    I agree with the decision because this stuff is very real, but…… it’s odd that they have found football to be okay and basketball to not be okay. I’m sure it has something to do with outdoor versus indoor as others have stated. I’m sure it’s more difficult to get an indoor facility down to acceptable levels to ensure these kid’s safety. Here in Pittsburgh my son has been able to play outdoor deck hockey for a couple months now, but indoor ice hockey was only allowed to start a week or two ago and they’ve limited parents in the arena and showed crazy levels of sanitation done between ice times.

    • sharpshooter81
      10:57 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

      This is crazy. These young people are almost at a zero chance of anything more than mild symptoms if they get at all and full recovery is like 99.99999% rate. My question is this: what makes them think it will be any better come January 4th? This miracle vaccine that most Americans have already said they will not get it because they don’t trust it.