KHSAA Board of Control keeps same guidelines, pushes back date to start mandatory practice from July 15 to August 3

The KHSAA Board of Control moved to extend Segment Three to August 2. The hope from the board is that the KHSAA can start mandatory practice on August 3.
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 1:36 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Not much will change on July 12 for high school sports in Kentucky. The KHSAA Board of Control moved to extend Segment Three to August 2.

“We’re at a point that we have to address the period that starts Monday. It does not appear wise for us to take any steps to allow more activity that is currently going on,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “That’s uncomfortable cause people don’t wanna hear that, but our data simply doesn’t support it.”

The hope from the board is that the KHSAA can start mandatory practice on August 3. In addition, student-athletes will be limited to six hours of practice a week.

“July 15 just became August 3,” Tackett said. The original start date for high school fall sports mandatory practice is July 15 in most years.

The KHSAA is looking at having a meeting on the morning of Tuesday, July 28 to discuss August and beyond. No discussion has been made of pushing back the start to any of the fall sports seasons.

The sport exempt from this is golf. “With minimal effort, the social distancing can work. The nature of that game allows people to socially distance,” Tackett said on the subject. “We’re focusing on seven fall sports, but that doesn’t mean they’re all gonna start at the same time.”

In terms of high school sports happening in general, Tackett said that’s up to the people of Kentucky to follow the rules.

“If our state wants high school sports, we’re going to have to follow the CDC guidelines on masking, on distancing, on handwashing - that’s it. You’re making a choice,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “You are openly saying, regardless of your motivation, whether it’s political or otherwise. Regardless of your motivation, you’re openly saying, ‘I don’t want us to get back to normal as fast as we could.”

He continued to remain optimistic about fall sports happening in 2020, saying ”We’re playing this fall. We’re gonna participate in athletics and activities this fall. We don’t know what it’s gonna look like, but we’re going to. It’s important to send that message. The sky is really not falling, but we gotta be smart.”

To combat COVID-19 spread, the Board also moved to move the sideline boxes in football from between the 25-yard lines to between the 10-yard lines. He also added that there will not be any freshman/JV/varsity triple headers in the fall to combat the virus as well. Tackett also said that most of the transmissions have not come from athlete-to-athlete contact, but from different environments, such as vacationing to beaches or hotspots.

Though it isn’t a fall sport, some have already started looking ahead to basketball season. Tackett says that the board has been looking at information that basketball may be a greater risk than sports like football and soccer, both because of constant contact and that it’s indoors.

Student-athletes will have an exception on the mask mandate while working out, but coaches will have to continue to wear masks. “Any person who is actively participating in athletic practice, scrimmage or competition that is permitted under separate Healthy at Work requirements.”

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