LEXINGTON, Ky. —  The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control met Tuesday to decide the fate of fall sports in Kentucky.

"Obviously with an uptick in what's going on in our state, we have to be wise to current events, but we are striking a balance all the time," Commissioner Julian Tackett said.

They weighed a lot of different options but ultimately settled on keeping fall sports in the fall season, but just delaying the start dates. Here is what that will look like for each sport:


  • August 24: Helmet-only practices can start
  • September 11: Games start
  • November 13: Playoffs start
  • December 11 and 12: Finals

Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, and Field Hockey

  • August 24: Practices start
  • September 7: Games start

Competitive Dance and Cher

  • August 24: Can start the season
  • Strongly recommended that these teams practice outside as much as possible


  • July 31: Can start the season
  • This was decided at a previous board meeting.

Commissioner Tackett said all of these lined out dates could be subject to change because a lot can change with state and local guidelines given the unsettled nature of the coronavirus.

The board also voted to ban all tournaments or events with more than eight participating schools, except for golf and cross country since those sports are played individually. The board also ruled that, until further notice, Kentucky schools may only play against schools in Kentucky or located in a county that directly borders Kentucky.