High School Sports Begin Return as Dead Period Ends

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – High school sports teams across the Commonwealth are returning to action this week after the statewide, 81-day dead period officially came to an end on Monday, June 1.

The dead period was issued by the K-H-S-A-A back on March 12th due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to marking the end of the dead period, Monday also signaled the first day that high school coaches can organize with their players. These informal meetings have limitations, like groups of less than ten people and no athletic activity, but it is a positive start nonetheless.

The next stage of high school sports’ return takes place on June 15, when coaches in all sports across Kentucky can hold workouts for their team. These workouts still must include less than ten people, but will allow teams to start doing sports-related activities.

On June 29, all sports can begin to hold practices of up to 50 people. “High-touch” sports, such as football, volleyball and basketball, can practice but must focus on conditioning and skill training.

Originally, a statewide summer dead period was scheduled to take place from June 25 to July 9, but last week the KHSAA Board of Control voted to eliminate it this summer by a 13-to-5 margin.