KHSAA Board of Control Approves return of High School sports

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – High school players, coaches and fans can finally breath a sigh of relief, as the KHSAA’s Board of Control voted to approve the return of all fall sports across the Commonwealth.

The decision was made during a special, three-hour meeting, which was held online Tuesday morning.

The Board started by approving a measure that featured the fall sports of cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. Teams in these sports can start practicing on a limited basis on August 24, begin full practices on August 31 and start competitions on September 7.

As far as the sport of football goes, the Board of Control approved a plan that will allow teams to start holding helmet-only practices on August 24. Week 1 of the regular season will kick off on September 11 and a full, five-week postseason is set to begin on November 13.

State championship games will take place on December 11-12 at their normal location of Kroger Field in Lexington.

This timeline will shorten the regular season from ten games to nine games this fall. However, the reduction is something that Bowling Green Purples head coach Mark Spader is not too worried about.

“Of course, we’re very excited,” Spader explained, “We know we’re losing a few weeks of the season, but if all of this is able to work out, it’ll be so great for our (players).”

The KHSAA Board of Control will hold another meeting on Thursday, August 20 to examine the latest Covid-19 numbers in Kentucky before team practices begin the next Monday, August 24.