KHSAA Board recommends to proceed with fall sports

Fall sports begin Sept. 7, Football on Sept. 11

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Controllers voted 16-2 to move forward with its initial plan for fall sports.

That plan will allow practices for fall sports to begin on Aug. 24 with the first competitions beginning Sept. 7 for fall sports aside from football, which would play its first contest on Sept. 11.

While the KHSAA Board passed the measure, it still must be approved by the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

Further guidance is expected to be released later regarding concessions, attendance, and use of locker rooms, according to Russell County Schools Athletic Director Michael Carpenter.

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said unlimited attendance will not happen for fall sports, but right now, he is hopeful for approximately 25 to 30 percent capacity attendance. If the state mask mandate is still in place, fans at the games will be required to wear a mask.

The Russell County High School volleyball team is slated to begin its season on Sept. 8 on the road at Cumberland County. The boys and girls soccer team is scheduled to begin the same day with a matchup on the road against Monroe County. Russell County Football is scheduled to kick off on Friday, Sept. 11 at home against Casey County.

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