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02/14/18 – NFHS Announces KHSAA Coach of the Year Honorees for 2016-17

2017-2018 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2018

As part of its annual recognition program, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association recently announced its award winners for the 2016-17 seasons. Twenty-five coaches from Kentucky were honored as Coaches of the Year for their respective sports at the state level, while Johnson Central head football coach James Matney was named the NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year.

The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports – one for boys and one for girls – that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award.

The next award level after […]


12/13/17 – First-Ever KHSAA State Dance Championships Set For Saturday in Lexington

2017-2018 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2017

The KHSAA’s newest championship makes its debut Saturday at Frederick Douglass HS with the inaugural KHSAA State Dance Championships. In its first year as a KHSAA-sponsored offering, Dance is the fifth sport-activity and sixth championship added by the Association since the 2011-12 academic year, joining Bowling, Competitive Cheer, Bass Fishing, Archery and Field Hockey.

The Dance Championships begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with the morning session featuring the Jazz Small, Hip Hop Large, Kick Large, Pom Large and Jazz Large divisions. Awards for the morning session are tentatively scheduled for 11:30 a.m., with the afternoon session to begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon session will feature performances in the Hip Hop Small and Pom Small divisions, with a short break scheduled at 2:42 p.m. The last performance is slated for 5:02 p.m., with awards to begin at approximately 5:20 p.m.

The KHSAA State Dance Championships will be webcast live […]


11/29/17 – State Cheer and Dance Championships Tickets Available

Cheer Blog Updates

Fans can now order tickets online to the 2017 KHSAA State Competitive Cheer Championships as well as the State Dance Championships.  

The State Cheer Championships are scheduled for Dec. 8-9 at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  General Admission tickets are $10 each, with 10 and under admitted for free.  The Horse Park will be charging $5 a vehicle for parking.

The State Dance Championships are scheduled for Dec.16 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.  General Admission tickets are $10 each, with 10 and under admitted for free.  There is no charge for parking at FDHS.

Purchase Tickets – Click Here

State Cheer Information
Cheer Homepage

Game Day Cheer Schedule of Performances

2 1/2 Minute Cheer Schedule of Performances

State Dance Information
Dance Homepage

10/16/17 – State Dance Divisions Posted

Dance Blog Updates

The 2017-18 KHSAA Dance divisions list has been compiled and released.

Click here to view school squad declaration

Click here to view division totals

A reminder to coaches that no changes to divisions may be made and withdrawal from competition will result in penalties under Bylaw 27, including a fine.

With the adoption of Varsity/UDA scoresheets, coaches are advised to review those as posted on the KHSAA website. Posted are links for UDA Scoresheet Explanations, 2017-18 Scoresheet and 2017-18 Judging Rules and Standards.  All of this information is under the Dance Judges, Judging and Scoresheet Information link.

The State Competition Participation Manual as well as the competition schedule will be posted soon for coaches, participants and fans.


The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to


09/21/17 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

2017-2018 News Releases

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Fall Sports Championships is now live, and can be accessed by going to

Credentials to each KHSAA state championship event are issued by the KHSAA to working members of the media that regularly cover high school athletics. Credentials must be requested prior to the established deadline for each sport through the online credentialing system (

Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of his/her organization needing to attend an event. Credentials for freelance photographers and stringers must be requested by the sports editor/director at the outlet the freelancer will be representing. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the quantity of credentials issued to media outlets when space is at a premium.

Failure to adhere to the KHSAA policies and guidelines, as well as unauthorized use of the media […]


09/12/17 – Dance Online Rule Clinic Now Available

Dance Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport activity of Dance was available beginning September 11. The clinic is required of all all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:


September 11 to September 23 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
September 24 to October 13 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
October 14 to October 27 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets […]


07/20/17 – Heat and Humidity Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With temperatures rising across the state, now is a good time to remind all of our school administrators and coaches of the requirements of the Heat Index program. No game, or plan for a game, is worth short-cutting this required procedure that is now nearly fifteen years old. Nothing about the program has changed, but with the turnover in coaches (and administrators) perhaps a few heat index reminders are helpful:

  • Heat index requirements and restrictions apply (and have always applied) to outdoor and indoor sports. In many cases during the summer, indoor practice areas (including gymnasiums) are set to be electronically controlled in terms of temperature and coaches must monitor conditions to ensure compliance.
  • While the gold standard for heat index measurement is the wet bulb globe, the KHSAA has adopted the use of the digital sling psychrometer as the measurement instrument for heat index as the next best available and most cost effective […]


05/23/17 – Dance State Competition FAQs

Athletic Department Blog Updates


Frequently Asked Questions (as of August 18, 2017)

The following is a FAQ for Dance. Refer to the Competition Rules that will be published in the KHSAA Handbook and on the Association website for more information. The Competition Rules govern Dance.

Is Dance a “Sport”?

  • Within the programs of the KHSAA, Dance is categorized as a “sport-activity”.

With the KHSAA sponsoring a Dance championship, does that make Dance exactly the same as all other sports and activities within the school?

  • The management of individual teams within a school is a local decision. School administrators will decide about issues such as compensation, travel allowances and other benefits in compliance with federal, state and locally adopted policies.
  • Nothing about the KHSAA adding this sport-activity makes anything “automatic” within a school or school district.
  • Be mindful of the fact that unless supervised in the same manner as the rest of the school sport and sport-activity programs, the […]


05/12/17 – State Dance Competition

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Following is a link to the news release that was posted following yesterday’s KHSAA Board of Control meeting concerning the 2017 KHSAA State Dance Competition.

News Release

In addition, coaches should be mindful of the following:

The State Competition will be an open competition (no regional qualifying).

Once UDA finalizes the scoresheets, we will send out a notice to coaches.

Championships will be conducted in the following:
Hip Hop

Judge training will be conducted through UDA (online) at no charge. The KHSAA will be managing Dance, so individual school questions/inquiries should come to the Association office.

The State Competition will be Saturday, Dec. 16 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.  Additional information on the competition is being finalized and information will be posted soon.

Please contact the […]


05/10/17 – Board of Control Addresses Championship Sites for Football, Girls’ Basketball, Dance

2016-2017 News Releases


The Board of Control addressed future locations of the KHSAA state football finals, girls’ basketball Sweet Sixteen®, and Dance during Wednesday’s meeting at the KHSAA offices, awarding championships to Kroger Field, BB&T Arena, Rupp Arena and the new Frederick Douglass High School.

After hearing proposals from representatives of Bowling Green, Highland Heights, and Lexington, the Board authorized the Commissioner to enter into contract negotiations for the 2017 and 2018 State Football Finals with the University of Kentucky to be played at Kroger Field in Lexington. For the last eight years, the football finals were played at Houchens-LT Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University, but WKU’s football success within their conference resulted in the order of games being reshuffled at the last minute during each of the last two years due to the C-USA Championship game.

“While we are eternally grateful for the efforts of our tremendous […]


08/27/15 – Triennial Survey Results Highlight Dance For Potential Future KHSAA Sponsorship

2015-2016 News Releases


During Monday’s Board of Control meeting at the Owensboro Convention Center, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett presented the results from the Association’s triennial survey of the membership, conducted earlier this summer, the results of which designated Dance as the one sport or sport-activity to receive enough interest to be considered for future adoption.

The Board directed staff to return at the November meeting with a report on the necessary steps for implementing a championship in Dance in the future, including a complete fiscal analysis of the impact to the KHSAA and all member schools and its impact on other programs, along with an update on the addition of Rifle Marksmanship, which was previously approved by the Board.

“It is so vitally important that our member schools have this regular opportunity to evaluate options for championship play and provide this input. With our emphasis on opportunities for ALL students, not simply […]