HENDERSON, Ky (WFIE) - The future of fall sports in Henderson was decided Monday evening. The board met in a special meeting to consider how to move forward with scheduled competitions.
School leaders ultimately sided in favor of the players, but several modifications have been made to make it more safe.
“They compromised; we felt like we needed to compromise, too,” Board Chair Lisa Baird said.
The board unanimously approved a plan, which was put together and presented at the local level, that helps figure out how to protect student-athletes during the pandemic but still be able to play.
Several squads including, cheer, dance, soccer and basketball players showed up with an unwavered stance.
“Hopefully we’re allowed to have supporters out to the games and I’m just really excited to play with all my friends and have a good time,” senior soccer player Cooper Wilson shared.
The district plans to avoid hot spots such as Warren, Jefferson and Fayette Counties in Kentucky, plus possibly Vanderburgh County Indiana.
“Being on a team is just so important because they learn how to work with other people, to be dependable, to show up and to work hard,” parent Shannon Lyons expressed.
Coaches, especially of high-contact sports, agreed to make some changes including removing tournaments.
A few other modifications were in boy and girls soccer who will not play Warren County this season.
Football is dropping freshman games, and will only compete at J.V. and varsity levels.
Cheerleaders will only participate at home football games.
The dance team will not include partner tricks.
“For my daughter, it gets her out of the house,” parent Dusty Marsh shared. “It gets her with some different friends so she’s not always with the same. But, for all of these athletes, it’s a good way to keep them out of trouble. It keeps them busy and focused. You have to have good grades to do their sports.”
Teams can begin to play the week of September 7 as approved by KHSAA.