Non-fall sport workouts suspended in Butler County following “strong recommendation” by KHSAA
Several school-sponsored sports workouts ground to halt last week following the decision to suspend activities for all non-fall sports. The decision announced by Butler County school officials comes on the heels of a strong recommendation from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).
Effective August 5, Butler County High School announced that it was implementing a shut down of all sports that are not fall sports. In effect, this means that at the high school level only volleyball, cross-country, football, golf, and soccer should be practicing at this time.
Butler County High School Principal Stoye Young notified coaches last week of the change, acknowledging that it wasn’t necessarily the news coaches were looking for.
“I know this update is not the news we wanted, but after talking to Mr. Tuck (Butler County Schools’ Superintendent), we believe we need to follow the guidelines of the KHSAA,” said Young.
Mr. Young said the school will “wait to hear further guidance from the KHSAA in the future.”
“We are trying to keep the safety of our students as the top priority,” added Young.
Superintendent Robert Tuck said the school district is seeking to maintain consistency in its approach to all school sports.
“We are looking at the governing authorities of the various organizations involved with athletics as they develop guidelines and recommendations for their particular sport,” said Tuck. “Many of the individuals on the KHSAA Board of Control and those on the boards of other governing boards are educators, administrators, athletic directors and coaches so their expertise is important to consider as we move forward,” said Tuck.
Earlier this month the KHSAA Board of Control voted to delay the start of fall sports (except golf) and imposed various practice restrictions through August 23. Those restrictions ease a bit after that and the first competition date for fall sports has been delayed to the week of September 7.
Meanwhile, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett informed member schools that it is “strongly recommended” that basketball workouts cease until after the start of school and that spring sports activities be shut down totally.
The KHSAA Board of Control will meet again on August 20 to further discuss fall sports.