The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced on Tuesday the postponment of the start of its fall sports season by three weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The KHSAA Board of Control met on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation and voted to delay the season in all sports across the board. The first practice date for all sports will now be Aug. 24 with the first cross country, soccer, volleyball and field hockey games to be played no earlier than Sept. 7. The soccer postseason tournament will begin Oct. 13 while all other sports will keep their original postseason dates.

Football’s first game date has been pushed back an additional week to Sept. 11 with the playoffs pushed to Nov. 13.

In addition to the calendar changes, the KHSAA also eliminated all scrimmage events, limited district seed games to just one per team and set a maximum limit of eight teams per tournament. The KHSAA has also disallowed contests against schools from outside of Kentucky, except those in counties that border the state.

The announcement will have an effect on Switzerland County’s football season. The Pacers were scheduled to host Gallatin County on Aug. 28 and travel to Trimble County on Sept. 4. Now, the school is faced with a potentially large hole in its schedule.

“I’m afraid we will have open dates for this year,” Switzerland County Athletic Director Mark Boggs said on Tuesday evening. “I will shop for games but not sure we will have any luck.”

Switzerland County also had a girls soccer game with Carroll County scheduled for Aug. 22 that will either be rescheduled or canceled outright.

Trimble County was scheduled to play in the Madison Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 29 as well as at South Ripley on Sept. 2. That later match will not be allowed to be made up since Ripley County does not border Kentucky.

In addition, the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Volleyball Tournament was scheduled to be played on Sept. 5 at Owen County. That tournament will need to be rescheduled.