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Kentucky High School Athletic Association votes to delay high school football games until Sept. 11

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 10:07:15-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control voted to delay high school football games until Sept. 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The KHSAA hosted a virtual meeting Tuesday morning to discuss several issues for the 280 member schools in the state association.

The Sept. 11 starting date for football games was the original Week 4 of the season.

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The KHSAA previously scheduled the first official high school football games for Aug. 21 on its school year calendar before Tuesday's vote.

The first official football practice is scheduled for Aug. 24. The first round of the playoffs are scheduled for Nov. 13-14. The state finals are scheduled for Dec. 11-12.

The KHSAA Board of Control also voted to delay the start of the fall sports seasons for cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.

Official practice would start the week of Aug. 24 with a limit of 7.5 hours.

Full practice is scheduled to start the week of Aug. 31.Competition for those sports is scheduled to start Sept. 7.

The starting date for the soccer postseason moves to Oct. 12 and condenses the first three rounds of the tournament into two weeks. It leaves the postseason dates for cross country, field hockey and volleyball as previously set on the calendar.

Golf was previously given the go-ahead for its season which officially starts Friday.

The board also approved the recommended motion that, until further notice, KHSAA member schools may only play schools located in Kentucky or located in a county that directly borders Kentucky.

The board also approved a recommendation to help ensure appropriate social distancing and until further notice, that interscholastic competition have limits on players in uniform with most of them matching current region and state event limits to include: Cross country (10), field hockey (24), football (60), soccer (24) and volleyball (15).