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Athletic Dead Period Instituted for All Sports Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has instituted a “dead period” for all of Kentucky’s student-athletes.  This impacts the Laker spring sports:  baseball, softball, tennis, and track; and cancels spring football as well.

This decision by the KHSAA means that student-athletes will not be allowed on campus to play or practice anytime starting today (Friday March 13) through Sunday April 12.  This ending date for the dead period is subject to change and could perhaps be extended.   As a change from the typical summer dead period, the KHSAA has lifted the restriction on communication between coaches and their players and parents during this time.

This ruling will be strictly enforced during this time frame.  Any student-athletes caught on campus in a sports capacity during this time may be subject to loss of eligibility.  Laker Baseball and Lady Laker Softball had already canceled their planned tournament trips to Myrtle Beach for spring break before the KHSAA announcement.

As most sports fans already know, concerns over the coronavirus have led to widespread cancellations at the college and professional level, and it has already caused the indefinite postponement of the KHSAA Sweet 16 Basketball tournaments.  Spring Football activities have also been canceled for this year by the KHSAA.

Our usual Last Week in Laker Sports column will resume once we get back from this extended break.  In the meantime, we hope that everyone will stay safe and healthy.  Until next time, thanks for following sports at RussellCountyHIgh.Com

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