By LARRY VAUGHT
The Kentucky Football Coaches Association worries that restrictions for teams to start any kind of workouts in his COVID-19 area are preventing some school systems across the state from allowing football workouts to resume.
The KFCA has recently created an elected council for the first time. David Buchanan of Mercer County, the KFCA president until 2022, says the goal is to unite coaches to give one voice for major issues.
“It’s a democratically elected voice and when somebody says, ‘Well, what do the football coaches think?,’ we can give them an answer instead of 30 answers,” Buchanan said.
That’s why he was in Frankfort Tuesday along with Mercer athletics director Donald Smith and Mason County football coach Jonathan Thomas to meet with attorney general Daniel Cameron, a former high school and college football player.
The trio wanted to stress the importance financially of a high school football season and why certain restrictions are making it hard for teams to start back.
“Despite the allowance of many schools to resume workouts on 6/15, many did not. Staying in compliance is very difficult. Coaches and schools do not want to risk the consequences of non- compliance, and certainly potential lawsuits. The current guidelines are actually an incentive to seek workouts at other places, away from the safety and supervision that comes from being in their school facility with their school coach,” a statement from the KFCA said.
“Some student-athletes are choosing not to participate off-campus either … compounding their health issues …. physically, emotionally, and mentally. In Kentucky, there have been ZERO deaths for teenagers to COVID 19. But the prolonged period for student-athletes without the physical activity, interaction with teammates, and mentoring from their coaches will make a significant and negative impact, especially during a time of heightened social & civil unrest, not experienced in this nation since 1968.”
The group presented both a list of “difficult” restrictions compared to KFCA recommended guidelines to help have a 2020 high school football season. Here are both lists:
— Taking temperatures… will be tough to do that correctly and easy to cheat.
— Not using the locker-room.
— No groups over 10.
— Staying 6 feet apart… thinking football practice.
— Recording all of the data on each player…. will take time and prolong the time that kids are in the facility and interacting
— Must wash their hands when they arrive at the facility
— Own personal water bottles… kids will not keep them clean.
KFCA Recommended Guidelines
1 — Clean workout equipment and locker-room after each practice and workout.
2 — Socks, t-shirts, and shorts are taken home after each use and washed.
3 — If you have a temperature over 100.4 stay home.
4 — If you lose your sense of smell and taste (#1 indicator of COVD 19), do not return until you have been tested for COVID 19.
5 — No touch water stations if available. If not, use own personal water bottle. No sharing of water bottles. And, take home water bottle to clean each day. Cannot be left in locker-room.
6 — Must wear t-shirts for all workouts… shirtless is not permitted.
7 — Student-athletes sign COVID 19 releases & waivers for the KHSAA and your local school system.
“Daniel just listened to what we had to say to give him a better understanding of things. We appreciated him giving us a voice for our concerns and ideas,” Buchanan said.