If COVID-19 cancels fall football, schools could try again in the spring

State officials Friday approved a plan giving schools that are forced by COVID-19 to cancel fall sports, such as football, the chance to kick off in the spring.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association board of directors voted 45-29 for an alternative schedule that would allow fall sports to move to a shortened spring schedule.

KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick said the optional season was proposed to give students more opportunities to participate in school sports.

Some districts have gone forward with the traditional sports schedules, others have delayed their seasons, while some are considering moving their seasons around to postpone the more contact-oriented sports because of high localized infection rates.

Under the KSHSAA alternative, football would move from an August-November schedule to a shorter March-April season with no state level playoffs. Volleyball would move from August-October to March-April, also with no state tournament. Alternative start dates also are outlined for other fall sports, such as cross country, girls golf, gymnastics, boys soccer and girls tennis. Even spring sports could be delayed. For example, the alternative schedule for baseball would allow the traditional season of March 1-May 28 to move to March 29-June 25.

According to guiding principles from KSHSAA, participation in the alternative season is optional and participation in the traditional fall season is encouraged if it can be done within local health guidelines.

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