KCKPS is working on a plan for multi-sport athletes in the spring
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – For Kansas City, Kansas, public schools, fall sports could be played in the spring, but questions remain about what that will look like.
Last week, the district school board voted unanimously to adopt the Kansas State High School Activities Association policy, which allows schools that don’t play in the fall, or can’t play, to move those sports in the spring semester.
What fall sports would look like in the spring is still relevant, according to the district athletic director.
“In terms of what we’ll actually play, who we’ll play against, when it will actually start, how many games, we’ll be addressing that as we get closer to spring,” KCKPS athletic director Tammie Romstad said.
Romstad told 41 Action News that trigger criteria would be created and used to determine which low- and high-risk sports could be played and when.
“We are limited now because the number of cases in the county per 100,000 is really high,” Romstad said.
Next week, Romstad said conditioning and workouts will begin for athletes who have completed a physical and COVID-19 questionnaire.
“I really think it’s something they need. It has certainly been very taxing on their minds to look around and see all the games going on and of course they are not able to compete right now,” said Camron Smith, head football coach at Washington High School.
Many students in the district are multi-sport athletes. Smith told 41 Action News he encourages his players to get involved in a second sport after the football season and hopes student-athletes can do the same this spring.
“My goal as a head coach is to be very understanding of the athletes and even of the other coaches and to make sure we can work together to do what’s best for the kid,” said Smith.
Romstad said the district is working on ways to ensure students who play multiple sports don’t have to choose.
“In this unique pandemic situation, I think all of us, the students and especially our coaches, have to make the most of it,” Romstad said. “We’re here for the kids. It’s about what the kids want and need and if we have kids who are competitive enough and want to compete in multiple sports in the spring, we need to make that happen. for them.”