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KHSAA says no post-game activity; coach introduces pre-game handshake

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Oldham County, Ky -- The post-game handshake -- it's a tradition that goes back decades in many sports.

But in Kentucky, it's becoming a thing of the past.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association said in a new rules directive that too many incidents have occurred in the last three years, meaning it no longer supports post-game interaction.

"I think it's very unfortunate we've come to this," said Brian Durbin, the varsity coach for Oldham County High School Boys Soccer.

He says in his 10 years coaching, he's never had a problem with violence after games.

"I believe sportsmanship in high school sports is the most important thing you can teach," he said.

Parents tell WDRB they agree.

"You try to teach your kids sportsmanship. I think high school sports are basically for that purpose," said Tom Davis, an Oldham County parent.

Coach Durbin has come up with a plan to work around the new recommendation.

"I just had the thought if we can't shake their hands after the game then we should shake them before the game," said Durbin.

So instead of saying "good game" after the match , the teams will say "good luck" before.

But it seems, sometimes the problem isn't the players.

In the commissioner's directive, it says the adrenaline required to participate in the sport sometimes seems to deplete the supply of judgement.

Coach Durbin says on his field, adults lead by example.

"Coaches, they have to be the leaders. They have to be the ones to show these kids how to demonstrate proper sportsmanship," said Durbin.

If the decision is made to ignore the directive and teams participate in some form of organized post game handshake, coaches must report any incidents that occur.

That means coaches and administration will be held accountable if any fights break out.

This includes baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling.

It also states officials should have no role in post game activity and if they participate, they'll be penalized appropriately.

JCPS declined WDRB's request for an on camera interview.

"We really don't have a choice in the matter," said Ben Jackey, JCPS.

Click here to read the directive.

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