The leader of Kentucky’s high school sports governing board is trying to clarify the group’s position on postgame handshakes.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association came under criticism after media outlets reported that a statement released by Commissioner Julian Tackett banned postgame handshakes due to incidents of fights breaking out.
According to the Courier-Journal, Tackett says the KHSAA is not banning or in any way prohibiting the practice of teams or individual athletes shaking hands following a game. However, the sanctioning body said it would fine schools if fights or other conflicts break out after games end. The KHSAA says they would rather have the practice monitored instead of eliminated.
Tackett admitted that his initial news release on the subject was “at best poorly worded, and at worst...incomplete.”