KENTUCKY (WFIE) - The Kentucky High School Athletic Association held a meeting to discuss the future of fall sports on Tuesday.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the KHSAA Board voted to move back the beginning of soccer, cross country, and volleyball seasons until early September.
Limited practices, six hours of practice per week, have moved back until August 24. Full practice will start up on August 31, and competition will begin on Monday, September 7. Football will begin that Friday, September 11. The football playoffs will begin on November 13, and state championships are set for December 11-12.
Daviess County head football coach Matt Brannon is as excited as he’s been in a long time. His team finally sees a light, at the end, of what has been a dark tunnel.
“I was really excited about the way they handled their business today,” said Matt Brannon, Daviess County football head coach. “All along they’ve been very transparent with their process. It was just good to see that we have a start date in mind. It’s been difficult doming out here for the past five or six weeks, with the uncertainty of whether we’re gonna play or not.”
KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett and the board ultimately decided pushing back the start of fall sports, was the best option, with the number of Covid-19 positive cases, trending in the wrong direction. Until further notice, all sports will continue to practice in groups no larger than 50. On August 24th, football can begin helmet-only practices.
“I’ll be anxious to see how the players respond to this news. I think it’s gonna pep up their step in practice,” Brannon added. “Now is the time to really push even harder on what we’ve been doing, staying out of these large groups, avoiding crowds, wearing your face mask, and doing the things you’re supposed to do, to get the numbers to go down, so we can keep these dates and get our season started.”
The board also decided, one way to limit potential exposure to the virus, is to limit competition against out-of-state opponents, this fall, to only counties that border Kentucky.