Dependent on COVID-19 data, KHSAA set August 3 as start date for practice

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett believes this season will not start on time


LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – On Tuesday, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett told the Kentucky Interim Joint Commission on Education he expects there to be fall sports.  On Friday, the KHSAA continued down the road for all fall sports, including football, to be played this fall.  He added, it will likely look very different.

For now, the KHSAA Board of Control voted for football teams and other sports to continue to practice as previously allowed until August 2.  This allowed teams to have voluntary workouts, but they must be socially distanced and only groups of ten were allowed to work out together at a time.  On August 3, if COVID-19 data allows it, Tackett says teams will be allowed to begin normal practice.  Traditionally, football teams begin normal practice mid-July.  This season that date was previously set for July 15.

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“July 15 just became August 3,” said Tackett.

Tackett went on to say this likely means the season will not start on time.  Originally with practices scheduled to start July 15, games were set to begin on Friday, August 21.  If that timetable holds true, with the new tentative start date of August 3 for practice you’d expect the football season to begin about five weeks later on September 4.  The KHSAA Board of Control will meet prior to August 2 to make an official decision.

The only sport not affected by Friday’s ruling is golf. The KHSAA voted they will proceed without plans to compete in tournament as previously laid out by the schools.

The KHSAA Board of Control set a tentative meeting date of July 28 to vote on what happens after August 2.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas