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Kentucky BANS handshakes after high school sports games unless they are ‘properly supervised’

  • Schools can  choose to ignore the ban but will be penalised if altercations  happen
  • The  Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s commissioner, Julian  Tackett,  posted the directive on Tuesday saying it was ‘disappointing’  to take such  measures
  • He said it  comes after more than a dozen post-game tussles have happened in the past three  years
  • The  directive also instructs game officials to immediately leave facilities after  games and contests or risk being penalised
  • ‘Don’t do it, unless you can properly supervise  it,’ said  Tackett

By  Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:47 EST, 9  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:23 EST, 9 October 2013

High school sports players in Kentucky have  been banned from conducting post-game handshakes unless they are ‘properly  supervised’ because of too many physical confrontations.

The state’s athletic sanctioning body,  Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), posted the directive on their  website on Tuesday following more than two dozen post-game tussles in the past  three years.

The body’s commissioner, Julian Tackett, did  not mention specific fights or conflicts but said several sports have had  post-game incidents.

No more handshakes: Kentucky sports teams have been banned from engaging in organised post-game handshaking with the opposite team due to too many fights

No more handshakes: Kentucky sports teams have been  banned from engaging in organised post-game handshaking with the opposite team  due to too many fights

Do it at own risk: Schools are told they can continue doing the ritual, but that they will be penalised if fights break out

 

Do it at own risk: Schools are told they can continue  doing the ritual, but that they will be penalised if fights break out

'Disappointing': Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner, Julian Tackett, said over two dozen incidents have happened during post-game handshakes in three years
‘Disappointing’: Kentucky High School Athletic  Association Commissioner, Julian Tackett, said over two dozen incidents have  happened during post-game handshakes in three years

In the directive, he said: ‘Don’t do it,  unless you can properly supervise it. And if you don’t supervise it, or if you  do and problems occur, then you will be held accountable.’

He said all sports have had problems over the  years but cited a fight between volleyball players this fall as one  example.

The organisation, which also instructed game  officials to immediately leave facilities after contests or risk being  penalised, said it was ‘disappointing’ to take such action but that it had  become necessary.

‘Henceforth, any incidents by an individual  squad member (including coaches) or group of squad members that results in  unsporting acts immediately following the contest will result in a penalty  against the member school athletic program, and additional penalties against the  individuals or schools as deemed appropriate following investigation,’ said  Tackett.

Teams can choose to ignore the order, but  those who do must supervise the activity and report any incidents to  KHSAA.

Member schools or coaches that engage in  unsportsmanlike behaviour will be fined and penalised.

‘Sportsmanship and civility remain hallmark  values,’ said Tackett. ‘It is my hope that all schools can provide the proper  supervision and accountability to continue these types of activities. But if  they can’t, then stop doing them.’

He said there was no penalty for continuing  post-game handshakes, but that ‘if you don’t do it right, you’re going to be  held accountable’.

No more: High school football players are told not to give handshakes to their opposing teams to avoid fights breaking out
No more: High school football players are told not to  give handshakes to their opposing teams to avoid fights breaking out
'Penalised': Game officials are also instructed to immediately leave facilities after contests or risk being fined
‘Penalised’: Game officials are also instructed to  immediately leave facilities after contests or risk being fined

Brian Durban, varsity coach for Olden County  High School Boys Soccer, told Fox News that  sportsmanship was ‘the most important thing you can teach’.

The coach has devised a plan to get around  the new directive: ‘If we can’t  shake our hand after the game, we can shake  before the game.’

With the state football playoffs just around  the corner and the possibility of players shaking hands after an  emotionally-charged elimination game, the directive was implemented to make  schools take responsibility for conduct or not performing a ritual of  sportsmanship.

'Good luck': Brian Durban, varsity coach for Olden County High School Boys Soccer, said his teams are now having to shake hands before the game instead
‘Good luck’: Brian Durban, varsity coach for Olden  County High School Boys Soccer, said his teams are now having to shake hands  before the game instead
Volleyball fights: The commissioner mentioned Volleyball as one of the sports where incidents have happened post-game
Volleyball fights: The commissioner mentioned Volleyball  as one of the sports where incidents have happened post-game

‘Unfortunately, for whatever reason, all  involved in contests seem to be more aggressive immediately after the contests  are concluded and winning with honour and dignity, and losing the same way,  doesn’t seem to be being instilled across the board,’ he said.

‘If you have 75 players shaking hands,’  Tackett said, ‘you’d better watch what’s going on.’

Not everyone agrees with the directive, with  some people taking to Twitter to complain.

One comment from a Twitter user, Jenny Toth,  says, ‘how about suspending the fighters instead?’

Todd Robertson, another Twitter user, posted:  ‘As a HS coach I cannot say how ridiculous and object more to the new @KHSAA  policy is banning post game handshakes. Foolish adults

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