KHSAA leader addresses handshake directive at Manual-Male football game

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by NEWS RELEASE

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 12:02 AM

LOUISVILLE (NEWS RELEASE) -- After clarifying the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s position on post-game handshakes, the association’s top official attended his first 2013 high school football game in Louisville Friday night, Oct. 25, at the invitation of Rep. Steve Riggs, D-Louisville.

Kentucky High School Athletics Association Commissioner, Julian Tackett, and Rep. Steve Riggs sat together at Friday’s matchup between Male and Manual. Kickoff was at 7:30 p.m. at DuPont Manual High School.

According to a press release, there is no ban on handshakes after sporting events. Commissioner Tackett will shared a post-game handshake with Rep. Riggs after the game.

Following news reports that post-game handshakes might not be allowed any longer, Tackett issued a clarification stating that there is no ban or prohibition against the longstanding ritual. The intent of the KHSAA directive that caused the initial confusion, Tackett said, was to state that schools that want to have handshake lines after games should make sure they’re able to monitor the activity closely.

In order to resolve confusion on the issue, Rep. Riggs directed legislative staff to draft proposed legislation that would ensure that KHSAA couldn’t fine coaches, athletic directors, and team volunteers for allowing post-game handshakes.

“I appreciate that Commissioner Tackett accepted my invitation to attend a high school football game in Jefferson County,” Riggs said. “We’re looking forward to a matchup between two great Louisville schools and eager to see the good sportsmanship that makes school athletics so worthwhile and character-building for students.”
 

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