Coaches, parents and players from all across the state were hoping to receive some guidance from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association last week.
That didn’t happen.
The KHSAA Board of Control met on Friday in Covington and discussed various issues concerning the restart of school-based athletics during the COVID pandemic.
In the end, no major decisions were announced.
The organization simply extended the social distancing and safety guidelines already in place until Sunday, Aug. 2.
The inaction of the KHSAA was a major disappointment to many and just raised even more questions about how to move forward with fall sports — football, field hockey, soccer and cross country.
Coaches and athletic directors may have to wait for several more weeks.
KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said the board could meet again in late July — perhaps July 28 — but that would likely mean some sports would not begin their seasons on time.
Golf is the only sport to get approval from the KHSAA to move forward. Teams can begin practice today (Wednesday) and compete in officially sanctioned events beginning on July 31.
The rest of the fall sports remain in a holding pattern.
Soccer was set to open the 2020 season on Aug. 10, with volleyball following on Aug. 17 and field hockey on Aug. 18. Football wasn’t scheduled to open the season until Aug. 21 or 22, but almost every team in the state had scrimmages planned for the first two weeks of August.
Schools have been able to hold non-contact workouts in small groups since June 29. Those activities, though, have been extremely structured and extremely limited in scope, which has also been frustrating for the coaching staffs.
On Friday, the KHSAA voted to limit athletes to just six hours of practice a week until Aug. 2.
That just makes it more improbable that players and teams will be ready to get back to action at the originally scheduled starting point.
And school-imposed regulations may go beyond those put forth by the KHSAA.
Any student-athlete who leaves the state must sit out of practice for a week after their return or get a COVID-19 test.
If fall sports do get underway next month, things will certainly be much different.
Coach expect restrictions on the number of athletes that can travel with the team and perhaps an elimination of junior varsity or freshman games.