Postgame Handshake Policy Rubs Some The Wrong Way

Oct 10, 2013

A directive recommending Kentucky high schools do away with postgame handshakes has some schools and at least one lawmaker pushing back.

The backlash has included district officials saying they won't follow it and a lawmaker who is calling for change.

Kentucky's athletic sanctioning body issued a "directive" on Tuesday that told high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years.

The Lexington Herald-Leaderreports Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett issued another clarification of the directive on Wednesday, describing it as a recommendation.

But at least three schools, including the state's two largest, say they plan to continue the tradition.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Steve Riggs of Louisville said he plans to pre-file a bill to remove the KHSAA's authority to fine schools and athletic personnel.

Tackett had said that member schools or coaches that engage in unsportsmanlike behavior would be fined and penalized.