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KHSAA delays start of winter sports until January; Sweet 16 basketball tentatively set for late March

KyForward staff

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control has voted to delay the start of winter sports until Jan. 4 and is expecting to finish the virus-altered basketball season in late March.

The basketball season was scheduled to begin on Monday, but the KHSAA’s decision will push back the start of play by more than a month. Boys and girls basketball teams will now be limited to an eight-week regular-season schedule before the district playoffs begin on March 1.

High school basketball in Kentucky will not begin until early January. (Photo by Bob Jackson)

The winner and runner-up in each district will advance to regional tournaments that begin on March 8.

The state basketball tournaments are tentatively set for March 17-21 and March 24-28 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The Board of Control scheduled a special meeting on Dec. 10 to discuss any conflicts concerning those dates.

Swimming and wrestling are the other KHSAA sanctioned sports that must wait until Jan. 4 to begin competition. Bowling and competitive cheer are sports activities that also take place during the winter months.

During the summer, the KHSAA pushed back the football season by three weeks. The organization later postponed the opening round of the playoffs — originally set for for Nov. 13-14 — until this week.

According to the KHSAA, the review of the football playoffs “will be ongoing as it has been all along, and it is possible substantial changes could be made as needed in future days and weeks.”

A total of 21 schools have withdrawn from the state football playoffs as of Wednesday night.

(Information compiled from the KHSAA and staff reports)

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