04/15/14 – Middle School Regulation – 702 KAR 7:065

April 18, 2014 Middle School Blog Updates and Information

NOTE: The following is an excerpt from 702 KAR 7:065 as passed by the Kentucky Board of Education. As of April 18, 2014, the underlined portion of this text is in the regulatory promulgation process, and will be considered by the General Assembly in June.

RELATES TO: KRS 156.070(2)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 156.070(1), (2)
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 156.070(1) requires the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to manage and control the common schools, including interscholastic athletics in the schools. KRS 156.070(2) authorizes the KBE to designate an agency to manage athletics. This administrative regulation designates an agent for middle and high school athletics; establishes the financial planning and review processes for the agent; and incorporates by reference the bylaws, procedures and rules of the agent.

Section 3. To remain eligible to maintain the designation as the agent to manage interscholastic athletics at the middle school level, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the KHSAA shall implement the following requirements for all participants in middle school athletics and distribute these requirements to all middle schools and publish via the KHSAA website:

(1) Require that any coach (head or assistant, paid or unpaid) desiring to coach interscholastic athletics at the middle school level meet the requirements of KRS 156.070(2)(f)2. and KRS 160.380(4)and (6);
(2) Require the adherence to the following items regarding safety, sports medicine, and risk minimization for all interscholastic athletics at the middle school level:

(a) Each student, prior to trying for a place on a middle school athletic team, shall provide an annual medical examination performed and signed by a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, or chiropractor (if performed within the professional’s scope of practice), for each student seeking eligibility to participate in any school athletic activity or sport using the form approved for use at the high school level;
(b) All participants at the middle school level shall adhere to all sports medicine policies in use at the middle school level that may be supplemented by the school, school district, conference, or association including:

1. Heat index and heat illness programs;
2. Wrestling weight management programs; and
3. Concussion and other head injury policies;

(3) Create a permanent Middle School Athletics Advisory Committee. This committee shall:

(a) Be autonomous with respect to the Board of Control of the KHSAA;
(b) Be composed of no less than three (3) middle school representatives from each Supreme Court district as well as no less than three (3) at large representatives from throughout the state;
(c) Provide an opportunity for nonprofit athletic groups, parents, and others to participate and provide input on the sport, athletic event, or athletes involved in interscholastic activities through local school districts;
(d) Meet not less than twice annually to review current programs and policies; make recommendations for improvements to and participation in middle school interscholastic activities, as well as any changes in statute, administrative regulation, or policy related to middle school interscholastic athletics; and assist in the development of model guidelines for schools, districts, conferences and associations to be used in implementing a middle school athletic program; and
(e) Report regularly, not less than annually, to the commissioner of the KHSAA and issue, in conjunction with the commissioner, a formal written report annually to the Kentucky Board of Education with recommendations for changes in statute, administrative regulation, or policy;

(4) Require any organization conducting a school based event at the middle school level to submit the following, which shall be published and listed on the KHSAA Web site:

(a) Annual financial reports of all sanctioned and approved events sponsored by the organization; and
(b) Documentation of financial accountability including verification of federal status and tax documents including an annual IRS Form 990;

(5) Provide notice to the middle schools related to any program conducted by KHSAA related to educating school administrators about the provisions of Title IX;
(6) Provide educational materials and a mechanism to facilitate the monitoring and tracking capabilities for the middle schools to ensure compliance with the provisions of KRS 160.445, and other requirements for coaches at the middle school level;
(7) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year and thereafter, require that no student enrolled initially in grade (5) through grade (8) during the 2015-2016 school year or thereafter who is repeating a grade for any reason be eligible to compete in interscholastic competition involving students enrolled in grades six (6) through eight (8) while repeating a grade;

(8) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, require that a student who turns:

(a) Fifteen (15) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades eight (8) and below;
(b) Fourteen (14) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades seven (7) and below; and
(c) Thirteen (13) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades six (6) and below;

(9) Require each school, school district, conference, or association of schools to develop rules and limitations regarding student participation at the middle school level to include:

(a) A defined age limitation for participating students;
(b) A policy regarding the participation of students below grade six (6);
(c) A limitation on practice time prior to the season in any sport or sport activity which shall not exceed the practice time adopted for play at the high school level;
(d) A limitation on the number of school based scrimmages and regular season, school based contests in each sport or sport-activity, which shall not include post season contests and shall not exceed the allowable number of contests for that sport or sport-activity at the high school level; and
(e) A limitation on the length of the regular competitive season in each sport or sport-activity, not including any post season activities, which shall not exceed the length for that sport or sport-activity at the high school level;

(10) Conduct all meetings related to middle school athletics in accordance with KRS 61.805 through 61.850;
(11) Require that the common schools at the middle school level may only compete in contests against schools, including combined elementary or middle school teams, that adhere to these provisions; and
(12) Issue an annual report to the Kentucky Board of Education on the status of interscholastic athletics at the middle school level, including any recommendations for changes in statute, administrative regulation, or policy; and
(13) Nothing in this administrative regulation shall prohibit a school or school district from choosing to join a conference or association that has developed rules for any particular sport or sport-activity to satisfy the requirements of this administrative regulation.