Waiver allows KSD, DCA to face off

The rule says that Kentucky High School Athletic Association member schools can’t play varsity games against schools that are in Kentucky but aren’t members of the KHSAA. So what are Kentucky School for the Deaf and Danville Christian doing playing each other in basketball?

KSD, which is a member of the KHSAA, and DCA, which plays in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association, are scheduled to play a girls-boys doubleheader tonight at KSD’s Thomas Hall, and another one Jan. 4 after the schools’ Christmas break.

These games were scheduled thanks to a KHSAA waiver of its by-law that allows KSD to play non-member schools. And since the KHSAA gets plenty of grief for its more controversial decisions — including sometimes in this space — it should also get a pat on the back for this move.

With its ever-shrinking student body size, KSD can compete against only a handful of Kentucky schools. DCA, which is in only its third year of varsity basketball, should be one of them. Allowing KSD to play DCA and Somerset Christian, which the KSD boys play in a home-and-home series later this season, gives the Colonels a chance to compete against a couple more teams that are within easy driving distance.

Travel is always an issue for KSD, which plays many of its games against schools for the deaf from other states. Even when it plays another state school, it’s usually a long bus ride. Other than DCA and SCA, Burgin and Berea are the only schools on this year’s schedules that are less than 90 minutes away.

The games are also good for DCA, which is still trying to develop its programs and which has its share of long road trips as well. Its closest competitors in the KCAA are in Lexington, Frankfort and Somerset, so it’s good for the Warriors to find a team they can play only three or four miles from their front door.

Allowing these schools to play does no damage to the intent of the KHSAA’s rule against playing non-members. And it does a world of good for the area’s two smallest schools.

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