The Kansas State High School Activities Association’s Board of Directors will decide Tuesday whether to postpone winter sports competitions and other activities until Jan. 15.
The board will have a 1 p.m. virtual special meeting and vote on a proposal that delays and reduces winter competitions in all high school activities. It will require a majority vote to pass the proposal.
Rapid spread of COVID-19 in Kansas dominated the executive board’s Wednesday discussion in a virtual meeting. Members cited the multitude of positive cases statewide, the impact of other illnesses, an overburdened health care system and competitions moving to indoor facilities as part of its proposal to postpone games and other activities until mid-January.
When competition returns in sports and non-athletic activities, masks will be mandatory. The exception will be for athletes and officials while on the court or mat during competition.
In a news release, KSHSAA’s proposal includes practices only for basketball, wrestling, bowling, swimming and diving through Dec. 22.
The proposal would also allow for only virtual competition in debate and scholar’s bowl, and would establish Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 as the winter break with practices starting again Jan. 4.
The proposal would also bar spectators from competitions from Jan. 15 to Jan. 28; allow a limited number of fans to attend events on Jan. 29 through the remainder of the winter seasons; and cancel all invitational tournaments.
KSHSAA will not make a decision about postseason competitions before Jan. 15.
KSHSAA also will place competition limits on teams. At Marysville and area high schools, basketball and wrestling are the only sports. Basketball teams could play a maximum of 13 games and wrestlers could compete in a maximum of 12 events.
Middle school and junior high teams would have restrictions too. If KSHSAA’s proposal passes, the season would end for the Marysville Junior High School girls’ basketball and wrestling teams. Boys could practice in December only and would not be able to compete until Jan. 15.
Athletes may not participate in other outside competitions during this time. KSHSAA rules state that once a student joins a school team in practice, they are part of that school team and are restricted from competing on a non-school team.