KSHSAA releases considerations for fall sports season
KSHSAA is expected to make a decision on the start of the fall sports season next week.
Dylan Ensch is entering his senior season for Frontenac football.
“You’ve just gotta do what you can and hope for a season,” Ensch says, “That’s really what we’re all doing right now.”
The Kansas State High School Activities Association has yet to make a decision on the start of fall sports.
After the Kansas Board of Education rejected Governor Laura Kelly’s order to delay the beginning of the school year, KSHSAA is communicating with school districts to get an idea of each district’s plan for opening this fall before making a decision on athletics and activities.
“It’s the most important thing. It’s the biggest thing on my mind right now,” Ensch adds.
At an Executive Board Meeting on Wednesday, the organization released guidelines and recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the fall sports season.
“The guidelines are very doable,” says Frontenac head football coach Mark Smith, “It’s definitely going to be a change for everybody. Everybody is going to have to take it seriously If it’s very important to you to have a football season, sometimes you gotta do things that you don’t want to do or things that are going to help other people stay safe. That’s the most important thing.”
For football, the recommendations include extending the players box from the 25-yard line to the 10-yard line, allowing players to properly social distance, and asking coaches and other team personnel to wear face coverings.
“I’ve been doing it all summer with the mask out here,” Smith says, “It won’t be fun, but it’s for the kids. If it’s going to let us play, I’ll definitely do that and have our staff and managers do that as well to keep them safe.”
On the field, KSHSAA recommends modifying pre-snap huddles from circles to rows.
“It’s going to be hard to hear the quarterback, especially when you have a place like this and you have…all the people in the crowd,” Ensch says, “Even if they’re all socially distanced, you’re still going to hear the yelling and it’s going to be hard to hear what the play is. We’re just going to have to find a way to make it through it.”
Regardless of the changes, Ensch is just hopeful he gets the chance to finish his Raider career the right way.
“This is probably going to be my last year of football,” he finishes, “I want to be able to finish this year and make a mark on this school.”
The Kansas State High School Activities Association is expected to make a decision on the fall sports schedule next week.