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KY Athletic officials asking schools to cut post game handshakes

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KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is asking schools to get rid of post game handshakes to help prevent fights.  

Now, officials have received criticism after issuing that directive. 

Commissioner Julian Tackett says some schools have misinterpreted the directive. He says it's a recommendation, but it is not a ban on handshakes.

Tackett says the bottom line is: don't do it, unless you can properly supervise it.

Union County Athletic Director, Jeremy Tackett, tells 14 News how they are going to handle it.

"We're going to change it to a pregame handshake if opposing coaches will agree. Those opportunities for sportsmanship are great opportunities to grow as young men and woman," Jeremy said.  "When the game's over, they're ready to shake hands and congratulate them if they're victorious, and pat them on the butt and tell them good luck next week if we're victorious. Our kids are going to be upset I think. They're going to lose out on that aspect."

Most local high schools tell 14 News that they are still looking into adjusting their policies.

Officials at Henderson County High School says they are not going to change post-game handshakes, but they will increase supervision.    

If there is a fight, it must be reported and there could be fines.

Note: The Tacketts, the coach and the commissioner, are not related.

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