TOPEKA, Kan. — The state of fall sports in Kansas has once again been thrown into flux after Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order aimed at delaying the start of school until after Labor Day, was rejected by the Kansas State Board of Education.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association Executive Board met this afternoon to discuss the future of fall sports.
The board first adopted a policy allowing students enrolled in school districts that have remote learning to still be eligible for KSHSAA activities.
KSHSAA leaders say if schools do go to a remote learning format, athletes will be able to maintain a close circle with each other and limit their outside contact.
Jeremy Holaday, KSHSAA Assistant Executive Director, says, “Let’s say the soccer team has been practicing, going to weights together all summer long. If that school has decided to do remote learning, those same group of kids are [going to] practice and [compete] together, just like they’ve been doing all summer long. So I know it’s not a perfect bubble as some people in the sports world are saying, but it’s pretty close.”
The board also discussed its plan to return to athletics, offering general and sport specific considerations that school districts should consider adopting for different sports. For example, in football, jamborees are now discouraged. Huddles may not be formed in circles, but in rows.
KSHSAA plans to survey state school district superintendents before making a decision on the timing of fall sports. The executive board would then meet again early next week to continue the discussion.