TOPEKA – The nine-member executive board for the Kansas State High School Activities Association voted 9-0 Wednesday on a proposal to delay the start of the winter sports season to Jan. 15.
The board reviewed data regarding the impact of the coronavirus on interscholastic activities. The executive board unanimously approved the proposal. The final vote now goes to a special 78-member board of directors meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Winter sports teams would be allowed to practice where allowed by local officials through Dec. 22 with a moratorium between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1 when practice could resume.
The proposal would exclude fans from Jan. 15-28. Then, limited fans would be allowed in Jan. 29 through the remainder of the winter season (in locations where fans are allowed). Masks will be mandatory except for athletes during competition and officials during live action.
The proposal would reduce the basketball season from 20 to 13 games, bowling to 8 matches, swimming and diving to six meets per athlete and wrestling to 12 events.
No scientific findings indicating spread of COVID19 between athletes on the field of competition
Rapid recent deterioration of Kansas health. Primarily an adult issue
Hospital capacity at max (no transfers)
Other illness on top of COVID19
Athlete mental health – compromised with fear, anxiety qStrict adherence to mitigation basics necessary
Pause competition, practice beneficial
Winter activities practice through Dec. 22. Winter practice resumes Jan. 4
Delays competitions for all winter activities until Friday, Jan. 15
Allow virtual competition in debate and Scholars Bowl.
Winter moratorium scheduled Dec. 23 -Jan. 3. No contact between coach/athlete/school. No school facility use in locations where practice is allowed.
All KSHSAA risk mitigation protocols enforced
RESUMPTION OF COMPETITION
Jan. 15 competition could resume
No fans permitted Jan. 15-28
Limited fans Jan. 29 through remainder of winter competitions
Mandatory universal masking. Exception—athletes in competition, officials
No decision on final status of winter postseason earlier than Jan. 15
HIGH SCHOOL LIMITS
No invitational tournaments
Basketball – 13 games
Bowling – 8 matches
Swimming and Diving – 6 competitions/athlete
Wrestling – 12 event maximum, 20 competition points
MIDDLE SCHOOL RULES
No competition in December until Jan. 14
No events with more than three schools participating
Encourage skill development
Encourage intramural play
Limit two fans per player starting Jan. 15