Athletic Department Blog Updates

09/22/17-UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year

2017-2018 News Releases

UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports.
  • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
  • The nominee must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
  • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
  • The nominee must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Nominations shall be submitted by December 30, 2017, to the KHSAA through the link at http://khsaa.org/ge36-uk-healthcare-comeback-athlete-of-the-year/.

Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff for review and selection.

  • The selection committee, consisting of athletic trainers from each region across the state, will […]

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09/04/17-Annual Meeting Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With the KHSAA Annual Meeting of schools two weeks away, this reminder about designating the delegate for your school.

DELEGATE DESIGNATION AND OTHER DETAILS

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure and designate your school’s delegate. The post at http://khsaa.org/082817-2017-khsaa-annual-meeting-registration-reminder/ gives complete instructions.

Please contact the Commissioner’s office if you need further instructions. More information is forthcoming as it is finalized. We look forward to seeing you there!

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08/28/17-Role of the Home Team, Officials and Coaches in Practice of Sportsmanship at Soccer Contests

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This combination of requirements, recommendations, and best practices supersedes all prior versions of this communication.THE ROLE OF THE HOME TEAM, OFFICIALS AND COACHES IN THE PRACTICE OF SPORTSMANSHIP AT CONTESTS

Background

The practice of good sportsmanship is integral to conducting an interscholastic athletic contest. After reviewing past records of disqualifications and sportsmanship issues involving the KHSAA and its member schools, the KHSAA Board of Control has adopted the following additional recommended procedures for implementation at contests in the sport of soccer.

Home Game Management Responsibilities

  • The Principal of the home team shall designate a game manager on site prior to the start of each contest at a time designated by the KHSAA.
  • The home game manager will meet with the officials during the pre-game period, making the officials aware of his/her primary location for the entire contest.
  • The home game manager is responsible for providing proper security at each event.
  • The home game manager […]

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09/01/17 – Reminder about Shortened and Interrupted Football Games

Athletic Department Blog Updates

In light of the large number of calls and emails this week and with the vast amount of turnover in athletic administrators and coaches, a reminder about the Competition Rules is in order for Football. Interrupted games are not new and this weekend’s weather is not our first dose of weather problems.

Within the playing rules, in an emergency (such as inclement weather where advisories are placed against travel or to seek shelter), teams can mutually agree to shorten any remaining period or terminate the game at any point. If such termination is mutually agreed to, the game shall be recorded as the current score and the game cannot be replaced on the schedule.

Just a couple of reminders and probably the last sentence in the tournament rules is the main point to keep in mind, “All involved shall remember that this situation is caused by elements such as weather that are uncontrollable by anyone, and keep the discussions in that […]

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08/30/17-Rescheduled Football Games Due to Anticipated Weather

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This notice is being sent to all KHSAA football schools.

With likely inclement weather, many of our football schools are moving their Friday night games to Thursday or Saturday. Please take a look at the football schedule for this weekend at
https://scoreboard.12dt.com/scoreboard/khsaa/kyfb17/2017-08-31_2017-09-02

If your game has been moved and the date and time have not been changed, please reply and let us know.

There is NOT any type of mandate to move as was erroneously reported earlier in the media, just a desire to keep everyone informed.

Also, remember that for contracted games, no single school can simply say “we aren’t coming”. Changing of contracted games required mutual consent. Let me know if we can help.

Thank you!

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08/28/17 – 2017 KHSAA Annual Meeting Registration Reminder

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

ANNUAL MEETING

This reminder that the 2017 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on Wednesday, September 20 in the Bluegrass Ballroom on the third floor at the Lexington Center (High Street level, adjacent to the concourse of Rupp Arena). Final agenda is being published as it becomes final in the coming days, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 12:30 p.m. Details and requirements for the Annual Meeting Delegate are summarized below. To submit the name of your delegate, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ge38-annual-meeting-delegate-designation/

ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATE DESIGNATION

The Annual Meeting has continuous improvement/leadership training opportunities throughout the morning as members work to carve out the best plan of action for the future and then the meeting concludes as delegates convene to […]

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08/28/17 – Reminders about Required Title IX Student Interest Survey During 2017-18, KHSAA Assistance Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

For all KHSAA member schools, 2017-2018 is the year for the biennial student interest survey related to Title IX. None of the basic survey requirements have changed, as you are to survey your students in grades 9 through 11, as well as the identified 8th graders within the feeder pattern of your school system. Only minimal changes have been made to the survey instrument, KHSAA Form T61.

T61 Student Interest Survey Assistance is now available as a membership benefit from the KHSAA. If you have specific questions about the survey requirement or other Title IX specific information, contact Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry at the KHSAA at 859-299-5472 or via email at dbilberry@khsaa.org. If you desire the KHSAA to setup and tabulate your survey for you via our electronic system and need assistance, contact Information Technology Director Rob Catron via email at rcatron@khsaa.org to request your survey.

The required target response rate for survey validity remains […]

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08/25/17 – Reminders on Schedules/Rosters/Statistics Entry Requirement

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Please take a moment to review the following reminders on requirements for member schools involving schedules, rosters and statistics.

SCOREBOARD/ROSTER/SCHEDULE
The KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard is provided as a service to schools, student-athletes, media members and the general public. Scoreboard data is copyrighted through a joint partnership with the KHSAA, Frank Riherd and Riherds.com, and the Association thanks them for their efforts in support of this project.

One of the most frequent complaints we hear from the media, general public and our own membership is that the scoreboard contains inaccurate schedules and rosters. As this is often the tool the media uses to cover your programs, this information provides tremendous promotional benefit to your students and school community. It is the responsibility of each school to maintain its schedules and rosters with current and accurate information, including jersey numbers and positions for all listed student-athletes.

At your earliest convenience, please take a moment […]

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08/16/17 – High School Activities Bring Communities Together!

2017-2018 News Releases

By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.

Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths, and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.

That’s why attending the activities hosted by your […]

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08/10/17 – 2017-2018 Regional Athletic Administrators Meetings of Membership

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This reminder is for all member school Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors within the KHSAA. 

For the fall of 2017, the KHSAA has revised the manner in which it conducts its regional workshops and meetings. The old “region meeting, data and Title IX workshops” and the former required Principal meetings have been combined into a single series of meetings.

Attendance is required of each school but is no longer specific to the principal or principal certification. The Principal or the Designated Representative listed on the KHSAA website will count toward each requirement. In addition, this workshop is on the list of those items that satisfy the requirements for the continuing improvement hours for each Athletic Director per Bylaw 25. There is no registration fee.

The content for the segments will include sessions on managing the coach and player data for your school, a review of the KHSAA Bylaws, an update on the operations and projects around […]

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8/08/17 Soccer Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Soccer is available beginning August 8. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

August 8 to September 4 (Officials) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
September 5 to September 24 (Officials) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
September 25 to October 1 (Officials) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

COACHES

August 8 to September 5 (Coaches) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and […]

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08/08/17-Football Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is now available following a minimal delay for system maintenance. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

August 8 to September 28 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
September 29 to October 18 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
October 19 to October 25 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

COACHES

August 8 to September 29 (Coaches) – the Football Clinic […]

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08/08/17 – 2017 Cross Country Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Cross Country is available beginning today, August 8. Remember, the clinic is required of all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen levels, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:


COACHES

  • August 8 to September 23 – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 24 to October 13  – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • October 14 to October 27 – the Cross Country 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 […]

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08/08/17 – NFHS Announces Football Publication Corrections and Interpretations

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Each licensed official and each head coach have received the NFHS Rules and Case Books by now. Several of you have also purchased the Rules By Topic and other publications from Referee Enterprises.

You will find the minimal amount of corrections to those publications for 2017 that have been distributed by the NFHS at /football/2017/2017 nfhs football rules interpretations -clarifications – final.pdf.

Continued luck this season.

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08/07/17 – HYPE Student Leadership Conference Registration Open

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Registration is now open for the 2017 KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences. 

DATES
Monday, August 28 – Lexington Convention Center (430 W. Vine St., Lexington, next to Rupp Arena)

Tuesday, August 29 – Ramada Hotel and Conference Center (9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, off of Hurstbourne Pkwy.)

COST
There is no charge to attend.  Schools are responsible for transportation and any meals.

REGISTER
To register, use the following link: https://goo.gl/ZoY7eH

LUNCH
Lunch will be “on your own”.

ATTENDEES
Each school may select up to 18 individuals to attend.  Registration is first-come first-served and the Lexington Conference traditionally is at capacity.  Those that have attended a conference previously are not eligible to attend.

SCHEDULE
8:30-8:55 a.m. – Registration
9-9:20 a.m. – Opening Session
9:30-10:20 a.m. – Breakout Session #1
10:30-11:20 a.m. – […]

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07/21/17 – KY High School Basketball Hall of Fame Opens – Celebrating the Essence of the Game

2017-2018 News Releases

In celebration of the great work by so many individuals through the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and their allied partners, the KHSAA wishes them the very best of luck as the induct the remainder of their Centennial Class this weekend. In celebration, we gladly present a piece written by Hall of Fame journalist Billy Reed as KABC finishes this step in their long journey to celebrate the essence of the game that led to the KHSAA founding, high school basketball.

“Well, one of my dreams has always been, on a Sunday morning, to be coming home on a fire truck, riding through Shelbyville and holding the state championship trophy with my finger up in the air: ‘We’re number one!’”
— Arnold Thurman, 1966 Shelby County state champs

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — If basketball has more to do with dreams than any other sport, and a convincing argument can be made that it […]

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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 […]

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07/20/17 – Football Practice and Acclimation/Acclimatization Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As the helmet-only period continues and more activity is available, it is necessary to issue a few reminders about football practice. None of these procedures have changed, but with the massive turnover in coaches and the plethora of inquiries and perhaps spreading of misinformation, these reminders are essential.

  • July 10-31 is a period to participate in non-contact simulations (7 on 7) wearing only a helmet. Only level “0-air”, “1-bags” and “2-control” activity can occur. By definition, level “2” activity stops at the moment of contact. Period. During this time period, there are both practice (number) and practice time limitations contained in Bylaw 23.
  • July 22-31 is a period when shells (helmets, shoulder pads, shorts) can be worn. but only for those individuals who have had five days with the rest of the team members in helmets only after July 10. During this time period, there are both practice (number) and practice time limitations contained in Bylaw 23.
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07/18/17 – Required Face Protection Approved in the Sport of Softball

Athletic Department Blog Updates

At its July 15 meeting, the Board of Control approved a recommendation from the Commissioner and staff to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen. The new requirement will go into effect at all levels of play for KHSAA member schools with the upcoming 2018 season. No specific brand was selected or endorsed, but all schools are reminded that all face protection equipment must be worn as intended by the manufacturer. It will also be recommended for immediate implementation to the Middle School Advisory Committee when that body meets during the 2017-2018 school year.

You can view the full press release as well as the Commissioner’s statement by clicking on the following link:

http://khsaa.org/071817-board-of-control-mandates-face-protection-in-softball/

Please be sure to contact Darren Bilberry at the KHSAA if you have any additional questions.

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07/18/17 – Cross Country and Track & Field Alignment Approved

Athletic Department Blog Updates

At its regular meeting on July 15, the KHSAA Board of Control gave final approval to the alignment of teams for the 2017-2018 through 2020-2021 period for both Cross Country and Track & Field. The alignment will go into effect immediately, starting with the 2017 fall Cross Country and 2018 spring Track and Field seasons.

The distributed draft received feedback from the membership over the last two months. Following a review of the suggestions from that feedback, the Board approved a change recommended by the Commissioner to revise the qualifying for State Cross Country which will likely result in a few additional teams being added to the state field.

“In several cases, school feedback favored the movement of teams away from optimal geographic locations solely to ensure a particular region didn’t have its number of state qualifying teams reduced. Rather than see team travel increased solely for state qualifying, the Board approved a recommendation to change the […]

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07/17/17 – Approved Cross Country and Track & Field Alignment, 2017-2018 to 2020-21

Athletic Department Blog Updates

APPROVED DRAFT TRACK AND FIELD ALIGNMENT – 2017-18 to 2020-21 – APPROVED JULY 15, 2017

For a graphical review of the draft alignment, use the web link at https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1QckxqoDqFXset6PlM8B–bk0qVQ&ll=37.803153988960545%2C-85.8404611328125&z=8, and select the appropriate class.

CLASS 1A (0-595)

Region 1 – Ballard Memorial, Carlisle County, Christian Fellowship, Community Christian (Paducah), Crittenden County, Dawson Springs, Fulton City, Fulton County, Hickman County, Livingston Central, Lyon County, Mayfield, Murray, St. Mary, University Heights

Region 2 – Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Caverna, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Fort Knox, Frederick Fraize, Green County, Hancock County, McLean County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Owensboro Catholic, Russellville, Todd County Central, Trinity (Whitesville), Washington County

Region 3 – Beth Haven, Brown, Evangel Christian, Holy Cross (Louisville), Kentucky Country Day, Louisville Collegiate, Portland Christian, Presentation, Shawnee, St. Francis, Valor Traditional, Walden, Whitefield Academy

Region 4 – Beechwood, Bellevue, Bishop Brossart, Calvary Christian, Covington Latin, Dayton, Heritage, Holy Cross (Covington), Lloyd Memorial, Ludlow, Newport, Newport Central Catholic, Silver Grove, St. Henry District, Villa Madonna, Walton-Verona, Williamstown

Region 5 – Augusta, Berea, Bracken County, Burgin, […]

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07/14/17 – Rosters Open for Entry for 2017-18

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Hope many of you as athletic administrators are back after taking advantage of the only two “down” weeks of the year with dead period. Again this year, there have been additional enhancements to the roster and school system including several that are currently in final development, and schools will be notified later in the summer of those options and through demonstrations at the regional meetings.

The KHSAA system (which is the ONLY system for roster and schedule entry that meets KHSAA rules and requirements), is now back online after our summer roster rollover process.

Here are the recommended steps for getting started for 2017-2018:

  • Login to your KHSAA Member High School Account on the school login system
  • Go to your Maintain Member School Information (non-personnel) page located in the Primary School Database Operations section of links (direct link http://schools.khsaa.org/schools_update/).
  • Ensure that all of your sports offerings for 2017-2018 are correct.
  • Make any necessary changes to […]

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  • 06/20/17 – Sport-Activities During Dead Period

    Archery Blog Updates

    As the dead period approaches, it is important to remind all coaches about sport-activities (bowling, competitive cheer, archery, bass fishing) during the dead period. This includes both middle and high school students per 702 KAR 7:065.

    Any participation by student-athletes would be a violation of Bylaw 24 if the school were to be involved in any way, including coaching, transportation, funding, providing uniforms or all other specifics mentioned in Bylaw 25. Though participation itself by a student-athlete is not necessarily a violation of KHSAA rules, the dates from June 25 – July 9 precludes any Kentucky school representative from participating in an event. For a complete understanding of restrictions, provisions, and interpretations related to this bylaw, see the link at
    http://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20162017/bylaw24.pdf

    The Dead Period was developed more than twenty years ago by the member schools to address several issues under review at that time which continue to exist today. The rule was enacted by the membership […]

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    05/23/17 – Dance State Competition FAQs

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    KHSAA DANCE

    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 […]

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    05/17/17 – Title IX/Participation List/Roster Entry Closure and Roster Status

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    All member school Title IX and Participation Lists have been received at this time. Thank you to the membership for your outstanding cooperation with this project.

    • TRACK AND FIELD SCHOOLS WITH POLE VAULT COMPETITORS – It is imperative that you have made your changes to the online system designating pole vault coaches if you have athletes entered. The athletes will not be permitted to compete without this designation.
    • Roster entry for all fall and winter sports and sport-activities is now closed for the 16-17 school year. Roster entry and editing
    • Roster entry and editing remain open for spring sports (Track and Tennis will close Monday). Schools have been sent reminders about postseason roster requirements for baseball and softball.
    • Schools have been sent reminders about postseason roster requirements for baseball and softball.
    • Roster entry will be closed for baseball and softball in the coming days as postseason play continues. Once these rosters are closed, all […]

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    05/17/17 – Reminder about Postseason Baseball/Softball Rosters

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This reminder to all athletic directors, principals, and coaches at KHSAA member schools. Only those students who are indicated with a checkmark in the “postseason roster” column are eligible to compete in KHSAA sanctioned postseason competition.

    The following are quick reminders to take the steps necessary to complete this task, and the instructions are contained in a short (around 4 minute) video at http://schools.khsaa.org/help-the-postseason-roster/. These steps will only work if you have administrator rights (principal/AD) or coach that has roster rights granted by an administrator:

    • On the school’s login menu (http://schools.khsaa.org/), click on the link that says maintain specific team roster.
    • Select the green box for the varsity team, and you will see the current roster of the varsity displayed.
    • At the top or bottom of that listing, click on assign/unassign players.
    • At the top of the roster column (under level) will be a button to initialize your postseason roster. If you […]

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    05/10/17-Reminders about Students Practicing/Playing While Ineligible

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Recently, the Commissioner’s office has been made aware of several questions and concerns regarding various approved changes to the eligibility rules of the KHSAA. A reminder to all involved is that once a proposal receives the requisite vote of the membership, that is only the FIRST of many steps for the proposal to have the force of regulation.

    During the promulgation steps this year (required steps to implement changes as state regulation), clarifications have been received regarding some of the action taken by the schools and the conflicts that the new and proposed rules might have with existing rules. THE FOLLOWING NOTICE AND RULING SUPERSEDES ANY AND ALL PRIOR INTERPRETATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN IN PERSON OR VIA PHONE, ELECTRONIC MAIL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION. Please ensure that this is shared with all relevant parties.

    The table below represents an attempt to summarize various decision points schools may have (or may not have) when […]

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    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:

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

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

    DIVISIONS
    Championships will be conducted in the following:
    Jazz
    Pom
    Kick
    Hip Hop

    JUDGING
    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.

    STATE
    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.

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2017

    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 […]

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    04/17/17 – 2016-2017 Financial Aid Survey

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    All schools, public and nonpublic, are required annually to report detailed financial information to the KHSAA as per Bylaw 11. This report is required of all member schools. It is important to note that if tuition is charged for any reason to any student (including out of district students, etc.), a complete response is required.

    The link to the survey has been sent to the Principal of record and the Athletic Director has been notified. It is important to note that failing to complete this report this year will result in a possible penalty by the association.

    If you have questions, feel free to contact Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh or Assistant Commissioner Mike Barren at the KHSAA. The deadline to complete the survey is May 5, 2017.

     

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    04/06/17 – Nominations For Midway Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Track & Field

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Track & Field participants for 2016-17.

    The award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one female participant from each 2017 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at http://khsaa.org/ge79-midway-universitykhsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

    The winner, if present, will be recognized during the KHSAA Track & Field State Meet (May 19-20) in Lexington, Ky. In case the winner does not qualify for the state meet, representatives from Midway University will present the award at the recipient’s high school at a mutually determined later date.

    From the winners selected for each championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2017-2018 Midway University/KHSAA […]

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    03/30/17 – KHSAA Revising Office Hours Effective April 3, 2017

    2016-2017 News Releases

    Effective April 3, 2017, the KHSAA will have new office hours. The office will open each day at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. ET.

    Logistical and traffic issues (both current and anticipated) in the surrounding area near the office, in particular, the opening of the new Frederick Douglass High School have created this necessity.

    We appreciate the understanding of our membership and various constituencies.

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    03/30/17 – Reminders about Title IX and Participation List Submission for 16-17

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As spring sports are now fully in swing, it is time to remind each of you that the annual reports for Title IX and the Participation List are due on April 30.

    • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, any of our Assistant Commissioners should be able to help get you some assistance. Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) is our primary contact for your questions related to the law and its interpretations.
    • Information Technology Director Rob Catron (rcatron@khsaa.org), as well as almost any of our support staff, can help you with electronic issues including login and report preparation using the online system. The online system is currently available for entry.

    This year, based on feedback from the membership, there have been minimal system changes to make this task easier. Here are the highlights:

    • You will not be able to submit your reports if you have incomplete rosters. Based […]

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    03/30/17 – Financial Aid Survey Questions

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    It is again that time of year once again for ALL KHSAA member schools to complete their required annual financial aid survey. In an effort to assist Principals and Athletic Directors in preparing for this survey, we have provided a list of questions below that will be asked of you in this year’s survey. The intent of this blog post is to inform you of what questions will be on the survey so you can spend the next couple of weeks gathering data and locating the answers to these questions. The link to submit your survey will be sent to the Principal, per Bylaw 1, on April 15th. Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh will be the contact for sending out the request for submissions and can answer any of your questions.

    You will be asked the following questions and should have this information before attempting to complete the survey:

    • Select the Specific Public School Boundary […]

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    02/15/17 – Board of Control Election Procedures

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    BOARD OF CONTROL BALLOT – BOARD OF CONTROL ELECTIONS – INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BALLOT:

    • Balloting is ONLY done online for these positions.
    • Balloting will be available beginning on Wednesday, February 15.
    • Only the Principal or Designated Representative may vote. The names on file as verified by the KHSAA website at the time of this ballot distribution are listed on the school directory page at http://khsaa.org/general/resources/member-school-directory/.
    • If the wrong individual is listed as the Designated Representative, the correction may be made by anyone with Athletic Director system rights (Principal, AD) prior to the ballot being submitted. For support in making these changes, contact Rob Catron or Marilyn Mitchell at the KHSAA offices.
    • Please clearly vote for one of the following school candidate(s) for the KHSAA Board of Control by logging in to http://schools.khsaa.org/, then select Board of Control Elections in the second column.
    • After marking your ballot, click Submit Vote.
    • If […]

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    02/09/17 – Important Reminders-Title IX Reports and Rosters

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As the winter sports season draws to a close, and we prepare to open up the 2017 Online Title IX reports for entry, we have discovered that a substantial number of member schools have team related issues that must first be corrected. Specifically, the issue is that a member school will designate that they offer a particular team, but do not have enough players on that team to actually field the team. Please note that new for 2017, the required online Title IX reports will be locked out for entry until a school corrects such team errors.

    As a reminder, schools should only have teams loaded into their Primary KHSAA School Database that compete interscholastically against another team at that level. You must play a competitive regular schedule against other schools. Although mistakes do occur on the Varsity level, it is apparent that the vast majority of the issues in the roster system […]

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    02/02/17 – 2017 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Applications Now Open

    2016-2017 News Releases

    For the fourth year Whitaker Bank, as part of its continuing title sponsorship of the Boys’ Sweet 16®, and the KHSAA will be presenting four one-time $1,500 scholarships. The scholarships are open to high school seniors that participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports and sport-activities.

    Deadline for the information to be received by the KHSAA is Feb. 25. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a school.

    Winners will be recognized during the 2017 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ State Basketball Tournament, March 15-19 in Lexington.

    Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application Forms are only available online and may be completed using the link below:

    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION AND APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP

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    01/13/17 – Board Approves Alternative Region Tournament (Team Sports) and Alignment for Region 15

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Thursday, the Board of Control approved a requested new trial pilot program for the 15th Region Tournament beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. These changes will not be implemented until the 2017-18 school year, and will have no impact on play for the remainder of 2016-2017. This approved pilot project is for the team sports of baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball. The following post includes segments of the press release issued late yesterday afternoon, as well as additional details for 15th Region schools.

    Following the consolidation of South Floyd and Allen Central High Schools, changes were needed in the basketball alignment (and subsequently the alignments in baseball, softball and volleyball) for the 15th Region. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett attended a meeting of the Superintendents in the impacted districts on January 9 to review options related to the region. Facing challenges like an […]

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    1/13/2017 – Nominations sought for Midway Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Girls’ Basketball

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year among girls’ basketball participants for 2016-2017.

    This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one female participant from each 2016-2017 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at http://khsaa.org/ge79-midway-universitykhsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

    The winner, if present, will be recognized at the 2017 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA State Basketball Tournament March 8-12 in Highland Heights. In case the winner’s team does not qualify for the state tournament, representatives from Midway University will present the award at the recipient’s high school at a mutually determined later date.

    From the winners selected for each championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2016-2017 Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of […]

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    01/03/17 – ArbiterPay Option for Schools for Payment of Officials

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As was shared with those that were attendance at the Annual Meeting, the KHSAA has now finalized a review and approval giving member schools the option to pay licensed officials online (some schools have already started using this service) through ArbiterPay (A Division of Arbiter Sports).

    While the assignment of officials has been done through Arbitersports.com in the past, this added resource (ArbiterPay) has been reviewed and approved by the KHSAA Board of Control and has been given positive referral by the Kentucky State Auditor’s office.

    ArbiterPay Questions
    What is ArbiterPay?
    ArbiterPay or “RefPay” is the web based software that pays officials electronically through Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF). ArbiterPay is completely integrated with ArbiterOne so school administration can pay officials with the click of a button once the system is properly configured.

    What are the benefits of paying officials through ArbiterPay?

  • Can eliminate vouchers
  • Eliminates check processing
  • Eliminates checks to the wrong official
  • Eliminates postage
  • Eliminates lost or stolen checks
  • Eliminates bookkeeping headaches
  • Eliminates stop […]

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