KHSAA delays winter sports, continues with high school football playoffs

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 2:42 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2020 at 6:22 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - In its board meeting on Wednesday, the KHSAA decided to move the winter sports season back to January 4, 2021. The board voted on that unanimously.

“I really can’t in clear conscience think to tell you I think it’s a good idea for our member schools to start playing organized games, official games this coming Monday,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in the meeting.

With the plan, the board would move the entire season back, ending with the state tournaments in late March, which would be the desire of the board. Practice would start up to three weeks before the start of the season, which would be on Monday, December 14. The decision comes as more than 100 counties in Kentucky are in the red.

Here is the tentative plan for basketball:

  • Jan. 4 - Start of regular season
  • March 1 - District tournament week
  • March 8 - Regional tournament week
  • March 17-21/March 24-28 - Tentative Sweet 16 tournament dates

Tackett also said that the board has the ability to revisit all parts of this decision in their board meeting on December 10. Much of that meeting will be to discuss conflicts at Rupp Arena in March that may affect the rest of the sports calendar.

As it pertains to football, the KHSAA decided to move forward with the playoffs. As of Wednesday, 18 teams opted out due to COVID-19. Middlesboro became the 18th team to opt out on Wednesday morning. They are the first Eastern Kentucky team who made the playoffs to opt out of the season.

“We feel good about the continuation of the football playoffs. No. 1, it’s outdoors," KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. Pike Central and Lawrence County will be the first game to kick-off on Thursday, November 19.

Tackett added that if a team withdraws from the playoffs in the semifinals or the finals, the team they defeated in the previous round would replace them. The state finals are still scheduled for Friday, December 18-Sunday, December 20. The board also voted to give commissioner Julian Tackett the power to revise championship dates should it be needed.

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Posted by WYMT on Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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