The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control approved multiple return dates for high school sports in the state during its special meeting Thursday afternoon.
Here’s the important approvals KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett and the Board of Control made during the meeting:
- The current dead period will end Monday, June 1.
- Teams can hold meetings — no workouts or practices — in groups of 10 or less people from June 1-14.
- Team workouts can begin June 15 while following state guidelines. Low-impact sports (cross country, golf) can start practices in groups of 10 or less, while high-impact sports (football, volleyball, soccer, field hockey) can start workouts in groups of 10 or less.
- Competition in low-impact sports can begin on June 29. No dates have been set for competition in high-impact sports.
- The normal summer dead period — this year’s set for June 25-July 9 — has been eliminated.
- An extra year of eligibility for student-athletes due to COVID-19 halting seasons was not approved.
Tackett said COVID-19 has impacted our world in ways we’ve never seen — and hopefully in ways we’ll never see again. “Let’s get these kids back to their coaches — sooner rather than later,” he said.
The KHSAA said that its staff will review policies and procedures based off today’s action and issue updated guidelines on Friday.