Kentucky High School Athletics Board Eyes September 7 Start Date

Aug 20, 2020

Kentucky high school sports would begin the fall season as planned on September 7th under a plan approved by the state high school athletic association board Thursday, but the decision faces a number of hurdles.

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"Nothing today is absolutely final in terms of all criteria, but we are hoping to define the season," association commissioner Julian Tackett explained.

Board members voted 16-2 to stick with the current restart schedule. That includes practices set to begin on Monday. Competition in soccer, volleyball, cross country, and field hockey would start September 7th, with football to follow on September 11th, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Golf is already underway.

The plan will need the stamp of approval from the Kentucky departments of education and public health - along with Gov. Andy Beshear, who this week urged student athletes to be patient.

"We've got to think about whether or not if you'll start now you'll play two games and the rest of the season may be cancelled because of COVID, or if we're patient sometime during the school year, you might be able to play eight, nine, ten of them and have a championship," he told reporters Wednesday.

If the governor strikes any part of the KHSAA plan, the association will have to regroup and craft a new strategy.