KHSAA shakes up post-game tradition

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's become standard after any kind of sporting event. Players and coaches on both sides meet to shake hands, but that tradition could be ending for Kentucky high schools.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association recommended players and coaches avoid the post-game handshakes. And this has people talking across the state.

Serve, spike, and tip are just a few things volleyball players do during a game. And after the match, they line up, shaking hands with their opponent.

"It seems kind of rude not to shake hands," said Rainey Twilla, a freshman volleyball player at Bryan Station High School.

It's a tradition many high school sports partake in. But now the KHSAA wants no part in any post-game activities. An announcement on Tuesday by the KHSAA recommends handshakes following a game are no more.

The coaches, both for Bryan Station and East Jessamine high schools, were briefed before the match Tuesday night by the referees. They put the ball in their court on what they would decide. Whether to shake hands was an easy decision for Coach Bonnie Bollmer with the varsity volleyball team at Bryan Station High School, never having an issue with one of her girls on the court.

"They've never lashed out, and they're always very respectful," said Coach Bonnie Bollmer.

But that's not the case with all high school players across the Bluegrass. KHSAA officials released that more than a dozen fights have broken out during what was supposed to be a sign of sportsmanship.

"I really do find it sad," said Coach Bollmer. "I really find it disappointing."

"When you meet someone for the first time, you always shake their hand. You always thank them in that way in meeting them. And I think it's the same thing when you're playing a sport," said Rose Robinson, a parent of a volleyball player at East Jessamine High School. "That goes for any sport."

At Tuesday night's volleyball game, KHSAA referees told coaches that they will no longer play a role in administering this policy with the players when the game is over. So the players and coaches decided to do it themselves, supervising it and lining up on the court. And win or lose, coaches at Bryan Station High School say they plan to continue in the future.

Now, if schools decide to participate in this post-game handshake anyways, then it must be supervised. Also, if any unsportsmanlike conduct follows this handshake, it can result in a fine against the school's athletic program.

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