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KSHSAA to vote on alternative fall sports timeline Friday

KSHSAA to vote Friday on alternative fall sports schedule
KSHSAA to vote Friday on alternative fall sports schedule(WIBW)
Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 5:31 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2020 at 6:34 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas State High School Activities Association will vote Friday on an alternative timeline for fall sports seasons played in the spring.

Today, a KSHSAA Board voted unanimously to advance a proposition that outlined a fall sports schedule played in the spring.

KSHSAA’s vote doesn’t postpone the fall sports season to the spring. It offers a guideline for school districts that decide to postpone their fall sports to the spring.

“We wanted to provide this relief and hopefully it will help school leaders.” KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick said. “It truly is to provide that option should it need to be exercised.”

The vote will be held on Friday at 3 p.m.

Under the new proposition, it says that there won’t be both a fall and spring sports champion in one sport. At any classification, if enough schools play through the season and play for a championship in the fall, then schools playing fall sports in the spring at that same classification will not be allowed to play for a championship.

The minimum number of teams necessary to compete for a state championship is 8.

Classifications will be grouped into two bands. 1A-2A-3A schools are in one band and 4A-5A-6A schools are in another band.

In order to implement the delayed start/end dates for the alternative spring season for all schools in classes 1A-2A-3A, more than half of the combined 1A-2A-3A schools must participate in the alternative fall season in one or more activities. In order to implement the delayed start/end dates for the alternative spring season for all schools in classes 4A-5A-6A, more than half of the combined 4A-5A-6A schools must participate in the alternative fall season in one or more activities. All spring activities within a band will follow either the traditional spring calendar or the alternative delayed start/end spring calendar.

The proposed schedule for fall sports played in the spring and how that impacts the spring sports schedule is as follows:

KSHSAA unveiled a new schedule for schools that decide to play a fall sports season in the spring.
KSHSAA unveiled a new schedule for schools that decide to play a fall sports season in the spring.
KSHSAA's new proposal for changes to the fall sports season included a delayed start to the spring sports season.
KSHSAA's new proposal for changes to the fall sports season included a delayed start to the spring sports season.

New guidelines are given to students that decide to transfer during the pandemic. KSHSAA does not view COVID-19 as a “hardship” that permits a student to transfer and be immediately eligible to play. Transfer students are not eligible at their new school if they change residences and enroll following the final class day in the previous school prior to the end of the extended spring season. Transfer students are also not eligible for a second season in the same sport in a given school year.

KSHSAA’s proposal requires schools to commit by September 21 if they will play the normally scheduled fall sports season or choose the alternative plan. Below is KSHSAA outlined the maximum number of games allowed to be played before a team sport isn’t eligible for the alternative fall season.

KSHSAA outlined their maximum number of contests allowed to be played before a school's sport isn't eligible for the alternative fall season.
KSHSAA outlined their maximum number of contests allowed to be played before a school's sport isn't eligible for the alternative fall season.

Click here for a video of the whole KSHSAA discussion.

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