Webster County High School’s basketball programs will take to the court next week for the official start of the 2021 season, following strict COVID-19 guidelines set by the Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) Board of Controls.

The season will begin with a maximum of 15 players per team in uniform, and heavy restrictions on attendance during the first two weeks of the season.

“They will allow only four tickets per player per team,” WCHS Athletics Director Matt Bell reported on Monday. “That will be it.”

Those limitations will be reassessed during that two week period and attendance could be increased by up to 15% beginning Jan. 14.

“That will be about 250 people,” Bell said. “But you have to count all essential personnel in that number, including players, coaches, trainers and gate workers. That could account for up to 70 or 80 people. We will still make sure that family has first chance at tickets. After that we will open whatever is left up to the public.”

In the event that teams have a double header, which will come up a few times during the season, all players, officials and guests will be required to leave the gym between games. The gym will then be fogged and all surfaces will be wiped down before anyone is allowed back in.

The Trojans will open the season on Monday at home against Caldwell County at 7:30 p.m, while the Lady Trojans will start the season on Tuesday at Hopkins County Central, also at 7:30 p.m.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069