GLASGOW — In a virtual meeting Thursday afternoon, the KHSAA Board of Control voted to cancel the 2020 summer dead period for high school athletics which was originally scheduled to take place from June 25-July 9.
The decision was approved on a 13-5 vote after a long discussion of the new schedule.
“I just don’t think it’s feasible to start, stop and start back up again,” Commissioner Julian Tackett said on Thursday.
Also determined in the meeting was that starting on Monday, June 1 coaches can hold meetings with their players as long as social distancing guidelines (groups of no more than 10 people) are followed. The recent dead period had been in effect since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new period of low social interaction between coaches and players will take place from Monday until June 14. On June 15, teams may begin workouts and “low-touch” sports such as cross country and golf may begin practicing on that day.
Schools are expected in the next two weeks to take all the necessary steps and precautions in making sure their facilities are ready to open back up to students.
This schedule still follows the guidelines from the governor which state that practices of 10 or more people may not begin in the state until June 15. Tackett was sure to remind anyone watching that the KHSAA is a state actor and is under the direction of the Board of Education.
“Contrary to the belief of a lot of people out there, we don’t have the authority to do our own thing,” Tackett said.
Tackett and the rest of the board were sure to note that there is still no immediate timetable for when “high-touch” sports (football, soccer) will be allowed to practice and compete even though voluntary workouts will be allowed on June 15.
The board also reiterated that annual physicals must still be taken by athletes before they play any sports as the KHSAA has no jurisdiction to waive the guidelines on physicals.