KHSAA fall sports practices begin Monday; football season kicks off Sept. 11

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control voted in favor of keeping its original plan of beginning fall sports practices Aug. 24 with competition starting Sept. 7 – football on Sept. 11 – during its special meeting Thursday morning.

The Board of Control voted on three different proposals but ultimately voted and approved the plan – known as Option 1 – it put together at its last meeting.

Option 2 would have delayed the start of football practice to Sept. 7 with games beginning Oct. 2. Option 3 would have allowed cross country and field hockey to begin Sept. 7 and delayed football, soccer and volleyball until Sept. 28.

Although the Board of Control has made its approval, the fall sports plan will now move forward to public health officials, the Kentucky Department of Education and Governor Andy Beshear’s office for finalization.

In regard to capacity limits and mask mandates, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said that the “best they can hope for” is 25-30% in all sports. He also said that masks will be required as long as the state mandate is in place.

The Board of Control said it would meet in September to discuss the fall sports postseasons.

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