KENTUCKY (FOX19)- For the first time, middle school athletics
in Kentucky could be overseen by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
The state board of education has already approved this regulation and now, it's
up to lawmakers.
The KHSAA says that the lack of oversight in
the past has created problems at the middle school level.
The KHSAA says in recent years, too many
parents are having students repeat a grade solely for athletic reasons.
Covington Catholic football coach Dave Wirth agrees this is one problem this
proposal could address.
"If some of the middle school leagues in
the state that aren't doing the right thing have the KHSAA looking over their
shoulder maybe that will help them put their kids that are in their program in
a better, safer situation," said Wirth.
Another issue that prompted this regulation
is some schools are playing more games during a season than is considered safe.