KHSAA elects to keep high school fall sports in their fall seasons!
The KHSAA Board of Control met yesterday and fall sports were on the agenda. We only cover the one sport so this report will be tailored to football. The other fall sports had their resumption plans also announced yesterday.
Kids across the commonwealth of Kentucky this fall will play ball. However, the schedules will be adjusted and different from what any of you are accustomed to seeing. The Board approved in the July 28, 2020 meeting the following schedule for the fall sports.
Football…in the case of this sport it was decided the teams could keep conditioning as they have been doing. Once they put on helmets and begin actually practicing, the schedule will go as follows…
First day of practice: August 24
First official game: September 11
Playoffs: first round, November 13 and 14
Finals: December 11 and 12
Commissioner Tackett said the championship games could be moved back a week, if necessary. Each school will follow a specific schedule, allowing for three weeks of practice before the first game.
It is the strong recommendation that activities be held outside as often as possible. Teams wishing the KHSAA will only be allowed to play other schools within Kentucky or a county that borders the state. This keeps teams from traveling to potential “hot spots.”
Now the plan isn’t perfect. Looking at the some schedules previously published, beginning September 11 wipes out as many as three games, leaving teams seven regular season games.
The KHSAA said schools could schedule games over their off weeks. The KHSAA also moved back the start of the playoff an extra week to permit teams to schedule a game there.
The plan is to allow schools 8-9 games this coming regular season. We reached out to some Kentucky AD’s and Head Football Coaches about what were their plans. Some of them texted back that all possibilities would be explored consistent with the new Board of Control action.
We can tell you this, I fielded calls late into the night, last evening. The general inquiry was “Do you think ___________ would play us and would you have their head coach’s or AD’s contact?” Should be interesting going forward.
What I failed to hear was how the RPI and home-field advantage in the playoffs would be handled. If it was discussed I missed it. I will attempt to update this article should that have been discussed yesterday and I just missed it.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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