Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

KHSAA Commissioner Revises Directive Concerning Post-Game Handshakes

khsaa1 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (10/10/13) – After a highly controversial notice from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association was released Tuesday directing school districts to not participate in organized postgame handshakes, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett has issued a statement to clarify the directive.

Tackett wrote in a blog post Wednesday that the original directive was “at best, a poorly worded and at worst, an incomplete notice.”

“First, for those who may choose to read no further, there has never been a ban or prohibition on postgame handshakes or other types of good sporting behavior by the KHSAA, its Commissioner or its Board of Control,” Tackett said at the beginning of the post in a bold and underlined font. “Nor has such a ban been proposed. There is no ban or prohibition on such activity today or contemplated for the future.”

According to the Commissioner's directive, more than two dozen incidents have occurred during postgame activity over the past three years. Tackett attributed that to lack of supervision, adding that if postgame activities are to continue, schools must be able to monitor what is going on.

“First, if schools desire to perform postgame rituals such as handshake lines, etc., they must be able to monitor the activity closely,” Tackett said, adding that schools will be held accountable for student and coach conduct going forward.

Tackett also addressed a misconception that game officials, such as referees or umpires, are responsible for monitoring what happens postgame. He said nothing could be further from the truth.

“The duties of those independent contractors needs to end as soon as their rule book jurisdiction ends, and that jurisdiction ending should not be extended by their participation in these ceremonies, or an expectation that they monitor these activities,” Tackett said.

Tackett apologized for the misconceptions. He said he takes very seriously his role to ensure clear, consices and accurate communication regarding the expectations for membership, participants, coaches, officials, and all involved.

“In haste to get the information out, the normal expected quality control steps were not executed to ensure such clarity. For that, I apologize to member schools,” Tackett said.

To view the revised directive, click here. Or, to view the entire statement from Commisioner Tackett, click here.

David Gillum
SurfKY News
Image courtesy of ihigh.com

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Latest Video

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Stock Report

1 DOW 16,979.13
+59.54 (0.35%)    
2 S&P 1,986.51
+4.91 (0.25%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,526.48
-1.03 (-0.02%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Community Helps Police Make Arrest in Home Invasion

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (8/19/14) — With the Community’s help, the Hopkinsville Police Department were able to make an arrest… Read More

Providence Police Reports Released

PROVIDENCE, Ky. (8/19/14) — The Providence Police Department released the following arrest reports Monday, Aug. 18.… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 17, 2014 3706

Greenville Police Conducting Traffic…

in Top Stories by Wes Miller
August 16, 2014 3659

Pogue's Automotive Annual Picnic Brings…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3305

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 2994

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 2854

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 20, 2014 2734

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 2522

Madisonville Man Charged for Shoplifting,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 16, 2014 1435

Non-Partisan Offices Deadline Passes -…

in Top Stories by Keenan Ratliff
August 18, 2014 1311

Madisonville Firefighters Recognized for…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 16, 2014 1259

Madisonville Police Conducting Sobriety…

in Top Stories by Lt. Charles Young II

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 18, 2014 2994

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 2854

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler
August 18, 2014 2780

RiverArtes Opening at OMFA

in News by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
August 19, 2014 2222

Free Arthritis Exercise Program will be…

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 19, 2014 1936

Municipal Art Collection on Exhibit at…

in News by Mary Bryan Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 17, 2014 3706

Greenville Police Conducting Traffic…

in Top Stories by Wes Miller
August 16, 2014 3659

Pogue's Automotive Annual Picnic Brings…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3305

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 2593

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 2469

'How Dry I Was'

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06