KHSAA moves back start date for fall sports
The football season will be delayed until September 11.
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - High school athletes and coaches received good news today, as the KHSAA put a plan in place to delay fall sports. Most notably, high school football will start full practice on August 24, with the first game played on September 11. The playoffs would begin on November 13 and state championships pushed back one week to December 11-12.
Practices will be helmet only to start on August 24, and with all sports limited to 7.5 hours of practice the first week of practice. Golf will start as scheduled.
The vote for this passed 17-0 with Jefferson County Athletic Director Jerry Wyman abstaining from the vote. Wyman added that there needs to be a date in place before the start of practice to discuss any updates to the plan, if necessary.
The board also passed a motion to begin practice for field hockey, soccer, cross country and volleyball on Monday, August 24. This practice will be limited to six hours during the week. Full practice will start on Monday, August 31st with competition starting two weeks later on Monday, September 7. The vote for this passed 17-0 with Wyman abstaining again.
In addition, competitive cheer can start practice on August 24 as well.
As of right now, schools will stay in Segment Three of the KHSAA plan right now with mainly conditioning and strength workouts.
With the motions, schools will be able to play about 80% of their schedules. Football teams can play a maximum of nine games. Soccer will play 16 games, field hockey will play 19, volleyball will play 28 and cross country will have 11 meets.
The KHSAA also passed a motion that KHSAA member schools may only play schools located in Kentucky, or a county that directly borders Kentucky. In addition, scrimmages will be removed for all KHSAA members this year, and competitions in team sports events will be limited to eight teams this year. Basketball tournaments with more than 16 teams will likely get cut down.
In addition, the board moved to eliminate multiple game settings. Commissioner Tackett says that if schools are willing to send people out and clean between games, then multiple games may be hosted together.
Tackett and the board also passed a motion to limit the number of athletes for sports: 60 for football, 24 for field hockey and soccer, 15 for volleyball and ten for cross country.
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