Members of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly will be asked to toughen safety standards for girl's high school fast pitch softball. The proposed measure would require the pitcher, plus players at first and third base to wear protective masks.
The issue was discussed last week during a legislative meeting in Frankfort. Meade County Softball Coach Mike Harreld testified before the Interim Education Committee.
"It doesn't make sense to me that they made a rule that the batters had to wear a face mask because the pitchers were throwing 60 and 65 miles an hour and some of them were getting hit," said Harreld. "Yet, the ball is being hit back at these pitchers and corners at 100 to a 120 mile an hour."
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.”
The leader of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association says he’s pleased with the job WKU has done in hosting the state football finals. That might quiet any talk about the finals moving from Bowling Green to Louisville.
WKU has hosted the state high school football finals since 2009, and is under contract to remain host through 2014. Before that, the city of Louisville hosted the events stretching back to 1979.
In a text message to a Courier-Journal sports reporter, KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said his group is happy with Bowling Green as the location for the football finals, saying WKU’s L.T. Smith Stadium gives fans and player a more intimate setting than the larger Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. Tackett says WKU “appears to maximize all desired factors.”
The U of L Cardinals’ upcoming move to a new athletic conference means the team won’t be playing at home the first weekend in December, the weekend the high school football finals are traditionally held. Because of that availability, some have speculated the KHSAA might consider moving the high school finals back to Louisville.