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KHSAA delays start of fall sports

The KHSAA voted on Tuesday that practices will start for fall sports the week of August 24.
The KHSAA voted on Tuesday that practices will start for fall sports the week of August 24.(WSAZ)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 11:02 AM EDT
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COVINGTON, Ky. (WSAZ) - The Kentucky High School Athletics Association announced fall sports will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The KHSAA voted on Tuesday that practices will start for fall sports the week of August 24.

This includes cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.

This means practices will be limited to 7.5 hours the week of August 24 for all sports the first week of practice. Full practices will be allowed to begin the week of August 31. Competition will be allowed to start September 7.

The KHSAA says the starting date for soccer’s postseason will be October 12. This would condense the first three rounds into two weeks. This wold also leave the postseason dates for cross country, field hockey and volleyball as previously set. This will be finalized on the next meeting.

The Board has also approved a starting date for competitive cheer and dance for August 24 with a strong recommendation that all activity be held outdoors where safety equipment and conditions will permit.

According to the KHSAA, the board also approved a recommendation to set football practice to begin on August 24 and competition to start on September 11.

The first round of football playoffs will be November 13 & 14 instead of November 6 & 7. The finals will be held on December 11 and 12.

The staff is also producing a specific calendar for acclimation to ensure three weeks of practice will be followed by the first competition week.

The board has also approved that the allowance for interscholastic scrimmages will be removed for all KHSAA teams until further notice and the limit on contests to be reduced to correspond with the approved starting date.

They also approved a reduction of sanctioned events to minimize exposure, ensure social distancing and as of right now, the KHSAA will not sanction any event where NFHS sanctioning is required.

The KHSAA says the board has approved a motion until further notice that member schools may only play schools located in Kentucky or located in a county that directly borders Kentucky.

The board also approved a motion for events in team sports of basketball, baseball, field hockey, soccer, volleyball and softball to be restricted to no more than eight teams until further notice.

Earlier this month, the KHSAA pushed back practices to August 3. Click here for our previous story on this.

This is a developing story.

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