As high school sports in Kentucky get under way, there are several guidelines handed down by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association not only for student-athletes and coaches but fans as well.
Caldwell County High School Athletics Director Kim Farmer said the school is only offering season passes to its fall sports rather than individual game tickets at the gate.
“After we get a week or two in, maybe we can offer game passes, if there are any left,” she said. “Right now, I wouldn’t count on that if you are a fan. I’d go ahead and get a season pass.”
Farmer added that CCHS sports events will be restricted to 30% capacity to allow for social distancing.
“KHSAA recommends 20 to 40% capacity, so we went middle-of-the-road at 30%,” she said.
Like students who are getting in-school instruction, fans will have their temperature checked at the entrance to sports venues and will be required to wear masks for the entire time they are inside the venues.
“Children will have to stay seated with their parents,” Farmer said. “We can’t have them running around and playing as we’ve had in the past.
“At football, on our top concourse, we usually have fans standing at the railing, but because of the social distance lines at the concession stand, there’s not going to be any standing up there permitted.”
For football, hillside seating outside of the school cafeteria will be opened for lawn chair seating as well as near the end zones, but that seating will be limited.
For home volleyball matches, home and visiting fans will be separated. The blue chairback seats will be pulled out, but they will be socially distanced.
“We ask that people not raise a chair or anything else that hasn’t been raised,” Farmer said. “Home will be on one side this year, and visitors will be on the other side. That will be something different for volleyball this year.
“You also have to have your temperature checked, get season passes and you have to wear a mask at all times and socially distance while you’re in the stands.”
Fans wanting to attend CCHS sports on the road will find fewer seats available because like Caldwell County, those schools are limiting seating to promote social distancing.
Farmer said she understands the frustration that fans may have with the modifications to the norm, but asks them for patience and understanding.
“We just ask that everybody cooperate,” she said. “These kids have worked hard. The coaches put in time and the kids have put in time, and we want this season to take place. I don’t want to have to look at another senior and tell them that their season has been canceled (like last spring’s sports). So, we need the full cooperation of parents and fans and everybody else in order to make this happen.
“If people are not following the social distancing guidelines, we will have to stop the game, and that’s not what we want to do. This is all about the kids.”