Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/9/13
It sounds like the state of Kentucky is putting the kibosh on a wonderful sports tradition and lifelong lesson in good sportsmanship because of a few violent incidents recently. The state's athletic sanctioning body has ordered high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years. Tuesday’s directive from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett posted on its web site didn’t mention specific fights or conflicts but said several fall sports have had postgame incidents. The organization says it’s “disappointing” to take such action but that it became necessary because of occurrences statewide and nationally. KHSAA has also instructed game officials to immediately leave facilities after contests or risk being penalized. But there is a loophole. Teams can choose to ignore the order. Schools that can conduct handshakes must supervise the activity and report ...
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