Serving Kentucky's Schools and Student Athletes Since 1917

01/21/21 – Board of Control Reviews Status of Winter and Spring Sports

January 21, 2021 2020-2021 News Releases



The Board of Control held its fourth regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Thursday at the KHSAA Office, conducting a thorough status review of ongoing operations and championship plans. Staff provided an overview of all winter and spring sports and sport-activities, while outlining considerations and options for the winter events that will be presented for final review at the Board’s next meeting on Feb. 17.

“Today’s meeting provided an opportunity to update the Board of Control and our constituency on the various issues and COVID-19 mitigations facing each of our sports and sport-activities,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Circumstances change rapidly during the pandemic but we hope to have a clearer picture for how we can proceed with our winter championships when the Board next meets in February.”

Included in the staff’s report on basketball, was a preliminary discussion on ticketing to the 2021 Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet 16®. More details will be released in February, but the current guidelines include an attendance capacity restriction of 15 percent.

Among the action taken on Thursday, the Board confirmed a recommendation to hold the state Competitive Cheer and state Dance Championships during the week of May 10th. Regionals for those sport-activities would be required to be completed by May 2nd and the Association will reopen all declarations for postseason competition to be submitted prior to Feb. 15.

The Board also approved a motion to limit the number of Unified entry pairs at the regional bowling tournament level to eight, in an effort to alleviate overcrowding at regions where the number of entries has become unmanageable. The number of state bowling Unified qualifiers was not adjusted.


About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 284 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches, and licenses and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.


icon-angle icon-bars icon-times