Coaches Continue to Prep as KHSAA Board of Control Meeting Looms

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The next seven days will be massive for high school sports teams across the state of Kentucky as the KHSAA’s Board of Control is expected to meet next Thursday, August 20th, to examine the state’s latest Covid-19 numbers and provide a final decision on the future of fall sports.

High school football teams throughout the Commonwealth can begin holding practices on August 24th, with Week 1 of the regular season scheduled for September 11th.

Due to the adjusted timelines, the regular season will be a couple of weeks shorter than normal. However, that doesn’t seem to bother Bowling Green Purples Head Coach Mark Spader, who says he’ll be happy regardless of how many games are played.

“I guess with the thought that we may not have a season, we’ll take what we can get,” Spader says.

When football teams are allowed to return to the gridiron, they’ll be faced with five days of helmet-only practice, followed by three days of helmet and shoulder pads, before finally being able to practice in full gear.

The lack of quality, contact practice could very well result in sloppy, inconsistent play at the start of the season, but Coach Spader believes his team will be able to hit its stride when district play begins.

“We’re not going to be in playoff form to start with,” the Purples’ head coach states, “but we need to be by the time we get to the district portion of our schedule.”