|KHSAA update: golf, at least, gets go-ahead
Editor’s Note: Most of the information for this story was provided through the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control and communications director Joe Angolia:
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control held its first meeting pertaining to the 2020-21 school year last week in Covington and released new information concerning their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The major announcement was that the board approved a recommendation to extend the long list of recommendations made earlier through Aug. 2 with the exception of the sport of golf.
As a result of the board’s action, the traditional July 15 start of practice for KHSAA fall sports has been pushed back until Aug. 3.
However, they noted that Kentucky has some of the earliest starts to fall practice (dates when activity could be mandatory) in the continental United States.
Along with that announcement, mandatory tryouts or practices cannot be held prior to Aug. 3, including for the sport-activities of Dance and Competitive Cheer, which have already benefitted from an additional window for virtual tryouts during the summer after the April period was eliminated due to the COVID-19 Dead Period.
The board also recommended that for the period running through Aug. 2 that there be a limitation of six hours per week for each student athlete to be involved in voluntary workouts for all of their member schools.
Golf gets go-ahead
Golf was approved to begin on schedule with practices being mandatory for participants (such as tryouts if such is declared by the school) beginning on July 15 as well as the implementation of the current year catastrophic insurance provisions for participants.
The first scheduled playing date remains as July 31, with all competition held in conjunction with COVID-19 guidelines and guidance from the Kentucky Dept. of Health, Kentucky Golf House, Kentucky Junior Golf, Allied Golf Associations and Golf Course Superintendents of Golf.
More specific information is being made available to coaches through various websites.
The board then directed the Commissioner’s office to finalize the development of guidance for formal practice and contests for fall sports in consultation with the Governor’s Office, Dept. of Public Health and the Dept. of Education to allow for the regular season to begin (including timelines) and that such guidance, including alternative policy considerations, be reviewed by the Board of Control for adoption in the period of late July or early August.
New RPI provisions
The Board approved an adjustment (for 2020-2021 only) to standings as well as RPI calculation methods due to possible cancelation of games resulting from the pandemic and local impact.
In all contests, games canceled due to the pandemic or mandatory quarantines shall not have a result recorded, and no forfeit or forfeit provisions will be applied.
In all seeded games (including district football), games canceled due to the pandemic or mandatory quarantines, the current provision of counting a contest unable to be played or rescheduled will be implemented as a win and loss for both teams when calculating winning percentage. This method is currently utilized in most team sports in the case that a required seeded district game is unable to be played and is not the result of forfeiture.
The RPI will be adjusted for each of these types of contests to apply the out of state victory factor for both teams.
Members also voted to suspend the mandatory Prime Date requirement for girls’ basketball contests for the 2020-2021 school year, due to anticipated scheduling challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will give members schools greater flexibility in balancing their girls’ and boys’ basketball schedules without having to be day of the week specific.
Officials also voted to revise the KHSAA Cheer Divisions to match the University Cheerleader’s Association guides for 2020-2021 and also approved the revisions to the dance competition rules and designated the competition dances as Jazz, Hip Hop, Pom and Game Day with no squad size subdivisions;
Four new schools have applied for membership in the KHSAA and those were accepted pending a review of the staff.
Those schools are Trinity Christian, Somerset Christian, North Hardin Christian and Foundation Christian.
If the review is successful and criteria are met, those schools will be placed in candidacy status for the 2020-2021 school year.
New board members
Several new board members were welcomed to the group.
Those included Larry Coldiron (Supt. of Raceland-Worthington Independent Schools), Taylora Schlosser (Supt. Marion County Public Schools), Russell Thompson (Supt. Pineville Public Schools).
The board also approved the appointment of Supt. Alvin Garrison of the Covington Independent Schools to complete the final year of the term of Bonnie Barnes as the Designated African-American member from Regions 9-16, in response to Mrs. Barnes’ upcoming retirement.
The Board also approved the extension of the contract of Commissioner Julian Tackett to run through the 2023-2024 school year.
The dates for upcoming regular meetings for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year will be Sept. 16, Nov. 18, Jan. 21, Feb. 17, May 4-5.
MSHS 54, Carlisle 12
MSHS 34, Versailles 0
MSHS 14, Georgetown 7
Lynch 21, MSHS 20