Despite Reports, Athletic Association Isn’t Banning Handshakes

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FootballLEXINGTON, Kentucky-

The commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association says a poorly worded directive led people to believe handshakes were no longer allowed after games or matches.

The KHAA clarified their stance on post-game rituals in a statement released Tuesday. School officials must keep an eye on handshakes and celebrations after games to ensure no fights or anything “unsporting” happens.

Their reasoning, the association says, is that more than 24 fights have broken out in in recent years after games or matches.

A ban on handshakes “has not been considered, contemplated or reviewed as an option,” the KHAA’s statement read.

KHAA Commissioner Julian Tackett did say, however, that post-game handshakes shouldn’t happen unless they can be properly supervised.

“It’s really that simple. Sportsmanship and civility remain hallmark values,” Tackett wrote. “It is my hope that all schools can provide the proper supervision and accountability to continue these types of activities. But if they can’t, then stop doing them.”

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