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.