KHSAA votes to move forward with original plan
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated Story:
The KHSAA Board of Controls voted to move forward with its original plan for the upcoming football season.
Football practice with helmets starting on August 24th, helmets and shoulder pads on August 31st, and full pads on September 7th. The first game is set to kick off on September 11th.
Although the board voted 16-2 to continue the option one plan, they know that their decision could get overruled by health officials or Governor Beshear.
”I think we should stand behind whatever we vote for today. I don’t think we should be talking about the what-ifs right now. Down the road, if people don’t support that that are above us, I think we should go back and look at it. It wouldn’t take that long of a meeting to do that, but I think to muddy the waters right now is not the time,” said Mercy Athletic Director, Mark Evans.
The plan will still need approval from Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Education. Beshear mentioned the decision is his daily briefing on Thursday.
Governor Beshear also said that he has not received a recommendation from the KHSAA. “I’m certainly not going to make a decision before I get. I may want to ask their commissioner some questions. We’ve communicated before. I want to know a little bit more about some of the rationale of folks that are there,” said Beshear.
The KHSAA will move forward with the current plan on fall sports. The motion passed to move forward with Option 1, 16-2. The plan will still need approval from Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Education.
The Board of Control voted Option 2, 15-3. First competition would have started the week of September 28 for all fall sports. The first Friday for football would play would have been October 2. Jerry Wyman of Jefferson County Public Schools, Marlon Miller of Louisville and Rowan County’s Lucy Moore all voted for the option.
Option 3 was also shot down. The board voted against it 13-5. This option would have allowed cross country and field hockey to start as planned with practice on August 24 and competition on September 7. Football, volleyball and soccer would move back three weeks to start competition on September 28.
The board also ruled that for this year only, AAU basketball can be played up until the first day of KHSAA basketball practice on October 15. That date may change because of COVID-19.
The KHSAA will not make any decision on postseason play until their next meeting in September, as well as if there are any changes in COVID-19 numbers or feedback from other groups.
In addition to any changes, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett says the board will meet to discuss the mandates on fans at fall sports events. That may include masks and limiting the number of people in attendance.
This story will be updated.
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