Winter sports can begin practicing Monday after the KHSAA Board of Control voted during a special meeting Thursday to uphold its earlier decision to begin practice for winter sports Dec. 14 and regular-season competition Jan. 4.
The board voted to push back the dates for the boys’ and girls’ Sweet 16 to March 29-April 8, with the event schedule and format to be finalized at a later date in consultation with Rupp Arena.
“These are extremely complex issues. Our Board has spent an extraordinary amount of time examining every aspect surrounding the resumption of sports, particularly those that are indoors and have extreme concerns from public health officials,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in a statement. “At the same time, there is significant data being shared about the need for students to be engaged with one another in traditional settings, be they the classroom or the athletic court or field.
“Trying to balance competing public health concerns has been a tremendous challenge all year. Just last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics published an article on the need to get kids back involved, while at the same time, the number of positive cases of coronavirus continues to be very high both in Kentucky and in other states. Finalizing the plan for going forward allows the member schools to use some local decision making in areas that are concerning and adopts a blueprint for the rest of the school year.”
Guidelines for winter sports, including attendance, will be finalized in the coming days with more details to be released on the postseason schedule as they become available.