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KSHSAA votes to allow winter high school sports to start on time

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas State High School Activities Association held a 4-hour virtual meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss changes to winter sports plans as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

This comes after a proposal from the KSHSAA Executive Board last week to delay the start of winter competition until Jan. 15.

During the meeting, the KSHSAA Board voted for winter sports to start on time. The winter moratorium will go from Dec. 23 to Jan. 7.

The Board voted that for the period of Dec. 1 through Jan. 28, no spectators will be admitted/allowed for the KSHSAA sponsored interscholastic high school activities of basketball, bowling, scholars bowl, swimming & diving, and wrestling.

The Board also approved no spectators for KSHSAA sponsored interscholastic middle school activities of basketball, bowling, wrestling, ad scholars bowl from Dec. 1 through Jan. 28.

The KSHSAA put limitations on large in-person invitational tournaments. Tournaments would be limited to four schools playing basketball concurrently. Wrestling tournaments would be limited to no more than 8 teams or 112 individual participants.

It also voted in favor of all activity participants wearing face coverings in the manner they were intended to be worn while at the event and for the duration of the event. This includes athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, support staff and all others attending or participating in school activities.

The only exception is for athletes during the time they are competing and for officials during active play.

The KSHSAA Board considered limiting the number of games and/or events students could participate in, but decided to not make any changes to current rules.

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