KSHSAA recommends delaying winter sports until 2021

Posted at 7:06 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 20:06:18-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas State High Schools Activities Association released on Wednesday new recommendations, which include delaying the start date of winter sports until Jan. 15, 2021.

The KSHSAA Executive Board cited a "recent rapid deterioration of Kansas health evidenced by elevated positivity rates, the impact of other illnesses on top of COVID-19 in an overburdened health care system," for its recommendations.

Other recommendations include:

  • Allowing virtual competition only in the debate and scholars bowl;
  • Not allowing fans at competitions from Jan. 15 - 28, 2021;
  • Allowing a limited number of fans after Jan. 29, 2021.

It also recommended mandatory universal masking, with exception to athletes in competition and officials during live action and no invitational tournaments.

For high school competition, the board recommended a maximum of 13 games per teams and a maximum of 12 events for wrestling teams, among others.

In middle school sports, it recommended no competition in December, but practices could continue. When games do start on Jan. 15, the executive board recommended only two fans per player.

The full KSHSAA Board of Directors will discuss the recommendations in a special virtual meeting at 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.

A full list of the recommendation can be found the KSHSAA's website.