Jun 25, 2012 11:09 AM
All will remain quiet on high school athletic fields and in school gyms across Kentucky for the next two weeks.
The KHSAA mandated "dead period" began at midnight Monday and will run though 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 9. During that time, high school coaches and staff, including volunteers, may not coach or train student athletes. Additionally, school facilities must remain closed, and uniforms, school nicknames, transportation and equipment may not be used.
KHSAA member schools adopted the dead period nearly 20 years ago in response to concerns about year-round play and practice, and parental and coaching desire for some down-time from interscholastic play.
The rule makes an exception and allows for postseason wrap-up activities, celebrations and recognition events for spring sports teams that participated in KHSAA state championship play.
According to the KHSAA, member schools chose the time of inactivity following the pattern of the historic idling of southern textile mills.
"This time allows administrators, coaches, student-athletes and their families a time where they are not committed to school play."