The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control met to discuss and vote on several issues, with commissioner Julian Tackett giving an update on the start of fall sports and the board looking ahead to the start of basketball and other winter sports.
'Totally ignoring the guidance'
Tackett said he was pleased with how the majority of schools handled the first week of fall sports competition but noted discouraging reports of two schools in southcentral Kentucky not following protocols. Tackett did not identify the schools. “We already have a couple of school systems that I would say are in danger of getting a letter from us that recommends they not hold any competitions,” Tackett said. “They are totally ignoring any of the guidance. …“They’re not requiring masks. As a matter of fact, their (athletic directors) are meeting teams without a mask on. There’s just an almost ambivalence to the fact that there’s even a problem.”
Tackett said he sensed a feeling of relief from athletes who are getting the opportunity to compete.
“Where we’ve had concerns expressed, for the most part, are from non-essential people,” Tackett said. “We feel really good about the two to three hours that they’re playing games or in practice. We don’t all feel really good about the 21 or 22 other hours. Given they’re social animals, that’s where we’ve heard people have had trouble – a party here, a field event there, a bonfire, something. We’ve had all kinds of stories.”
Fall sports championships
The board approved the following for fall sports championships in cross country, golf and volleyball:
* Cross country – With concerns about holding all three class championships on the same day, the board approved allowing the races to be held during a Thursday-Sunday window (Oct. 29-Nov. 1) at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The exact schedule will be released at a later date.
* Volleyball – The previous state tournament format involved all 16 regional champions playing first-round games on Friday, quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday and the championship match on Sunday. This year only, eight teams will advance to Valley High School for the state tournament. A semistate round will be held earlier in the week, with a blind draw setting matchups for champions from regions 1-8 and regions 9-16. The tentative plan is to play state quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 6, and the semifinals and final on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Start Dates Approved for Winter Sports
The board approved the following start dates for winter sports:
* Basketball – practice on Oct. 26, competition on Nov. 23.
The KHSAA does not set competition dates for the activities of bowling, competitive cheerleading or dance.
Tackett noted the delay in the start of basketball practice, originally set for Oct. 15, was in part to avoid an overlap with district volleyball tournaments that will begin Oct. 19.