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02/23/18-Football Schedule Moratorium, Draft 2019 Alignment Procedures

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All football playing member schools are reminded that football contracts signed prior to May 10 for games beyond the 2018 season will not be considered valid as the moratorium on scheduling remains in place. In addition to the alignment changes, there will also be consideration of all bracketing parameters for the playoffs as well as scheduling grids and other factors that make signing contracts premature prior to that time.

At its regular meeting on February 21, the Board of Control approved a draft alignment of football teams for distribution. The board accepted the requests of seven schools to play into a higher class and one team to withdraw from district play. That document is listed at http://khsaa.org/football/realignment/2019-2022/memo%20to%20board%20summary%20of%20responses.pdf

The Board then approved the distribution of a draft alignment of teams. The alignment is detailed at http://khsaa.org/2019-2020-through-2022-2023-draft-football-alignment/

An interactive map of the classes is located at https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1VRZArVmbCYCGsYMP-BBE-Ih4R_zxa7uo&ll=38.858223851796694%2C-85.76905&z=8

Please note the following points:

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  • 02/22/18 – 2018-2019 NFHS Soccer Rule Changes

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Soccer teams will be reversing their home and visiting uniforms next year. Effective for the 2018-2019 school year, the home team will now wear dark jerseys and socks while the away team will now wear solid white jerseys and socks.

    The uniform change was among the new rules announced by the NFHS last week, which can be viewed at: http://www.nfhs.org/articles/homevisiting-uniforms-to-switch-in-high-school-soccer/

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    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 http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

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    02/21/18 – Board of Control Addresses Postseason Format for Softball, Suspends the Implementation of the International Tiebreaker for the 2018 Postseason

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    During the course of its February meeting at the KHSAA offices on Wednesday, the Board of Control deliberated on the postseason format for the sport of softball, with the Board voting for the event to transition to a single-elimination format in 2019. The move to single elimination will bring the softball championship more in-line with the baseball state tournament while also helping to alleviate concerns with the potential overuse of pitchers under the current double-elimination format.

    “We have been discussing the future and the format of the state softball tournament for the last several years, and I applaud the Board for the steps it took today in approving our recommendations,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Examining the state softball and baseball tournaments, you would be hard-pressed to say the events were equitable for the participants and fans in their current formats. Moving to a single-elimination format where each team plays one game per day in […]

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    02/15/18 – 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 is 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.
    • Those that have multiple system roles (coach, AD, etc.) be sure you select that you are logging in as the Designated Representative
    • Please clearly vote for one of the following school candidate(s) for the KHSAA Board of Control by logging in […]

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    02/05/17 – 2018 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Applications Now Open

    2017-2018 News Releases

    For the fifth 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. 28. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a school.

    Winners will be recognized during the 2018 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ State Basketball Tournament, March 14-18 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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    01/30/18 – KHSAA Partners With Kentucky Department of Agriculture to Create Ag Athlete of the Year Awards

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2018

    The KHSAA has teamed with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to create new college scholarship opportunities for student-athletes involved in agriculture. As part of the 2018 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® (March 14-18), the KHSAA and the Department of Agriculture will award six $1,000 scholarships to three male and three female senior student-athletes, with the honorees recognized as the 2018 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year.

    “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is honored to be partnering up with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to provide this scholarship opportunity for students who balance agricultural and athletic interests,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles. “It is my hope that the 2018 Kentucky Ag Athletes will be able to use these $1,000 scholarships to further their education and ultimately give back to their communities.”

    The one-time scholarships, payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded to […]

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    01/18/18-Football Alignment Update and Opportunity to Play Into a Higher Class and Withdraw from District

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    January 22, 2018

    TO: Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors and Designated Representatives of Football Playing Schools

    FR: Commissioner Julian Tackett

    RE: Update on the Drafting of 2019 through 2022 Football Alignment, Opportunity to Withdraw From District Play or to Play in a Higher Class

    At its meeting in January, the KHSAA Board of Control discussed and agreed on parameters surrounding an alignment of teams in football for the 2019 through 2022 playing seasons. This communication is solely about classification and geographic alignment development.

    The following decisions have been finalized within the drafting of the alignment for this classification period:

    SCHEDULING MORATORIUM

    Please consider that there is, for 2019 and beyond, a scheduling moratorium in place. Until further notice, contracts signed for 2019 will not be considered valid. Until the alignment is finalized, do not schedule contests. It is the intent of the Board of Control to complete this project not later than its May 2018 meeting, […]

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    01/19/18 – Become an Official – Stay Connected to High School Sports

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    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.

    They don’t normally make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores unless at the very bottom, and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most essential individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.

    These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized; they would be chaotic. As many have stated, without officials, it is simply recess.

    In some areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new licenses are being issued. And junior varsity, freshmen, and middle school games […]

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    01/05/18-Entry Open for Title IX T63 (Survey Form)

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The second phase of entry for the 2017-2018 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the results of the student survey, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. The entry is open and automatically calculates and confirms the response rate (80%) that is necessary.

    This (2017-18) is the year for the statewide Form T63 for student interest surveys and all schools must conduct the required biennial survey of your 9th, 10th and 11th-grade students and if appropriate, enrolled 8th-grade students. The T63 form will allow for the final entry of survey results. The form has been revised and will NOT allow for entry if there is less than an 80% response rate. In addition, any entry of 0 as the interest of the students will have to be confirmed since our audit team has found it highly unlikely that no student in the entire survey audience has an interest in a specific sport or sport-activity.

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    Vacancy Announcement for Classified Support Staff Position(s) (Regular, Part-time)

    2017-2018 News Releases

    The KHSAA, a private, non-profit entity designated by the Kentucky Board of Education to manage high school sports and sport-activities in the Commonwealth, has an immediate need to fill at least two openings on its support (classified) staff for Administrative Events Coordinator-2. These two non-administrative openings will be filled as soon as possible and are regular, part-time positions with a 25-hour per week work schedule. The KHSAA operates regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and these positions will normally operate within that schedule.

    The positions are support staff position (clerical/secretarial/administrative support) and reports directly to the Office Manager. Duties may include:

    • Opening and distributing mail;
    • processing checks and credit card requests received;
    • serving as a primary contact answering telephone;
    • assistance with specific aspects of special programs;
    • providing assistance to the rest of the support staff;
    • year-round work supporting an administrator in specific sports and with the preparation for specific […]

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    12/12/17-Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships

    2017-2018 News Releases

    When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2017-2018 is now underway.

    Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through Friday, January 19, 2018. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and a member of the […]

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    12/12/17-Schools Requested to Submit Form GE81 for Future Offerings

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Every three years, per adopted policy, the KHSAA surveys the membership as to the desire to expand and/or continue sports and sport-activity offerings.  In this manner, the staff and Board of Control can continue to be pro-active in terms of offering new opportunities and assess the satisfaction of its membership with the current offerings.

    Please complete the required survey at https://schools.khsaa.org/ge81-khsaa-triennial-sports-offering-survey-2017-2018/ on or before Friday, January 5, 2018, to assist in the determination of future offerings by the Association. This survey will help determine the sports or sport-activities offered by the Association in which your school would likely participate if the KHSAA were to begin or continue sponsoring championship play. 

    You will need to be logged in to the KHSAA school subdomain to complete the survey and should be requested to login by clicking on the link. To access the survey, click the link in the email or blog post, or login to the school system at https://schools.khsaa.org/, and click on KHSAA Forms and Reports, […]

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    11/10/17- Special Activities in Conjunction with NCAA Field Hockey in Louisville

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    During the 2016-17 school year, the Board of Control approved an extension of the KHSAA sponsorship of Field Hockey for a three-year period. During this period, the current participating teams were charged with promotion of the sport and attempting to measure its growth within the membership. The current participating schools have done an admirable job and have offered to come to different parts of the state and do instructional clinics, answer questions, and show the value of this sport that has been played in our state for more than fifty years and represents an opportunity for increased participation by female students.

    In addition to these efforts, we are excited to promote three additional opportunities to expand knowledge about this sport in conjunction with the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Games being held in Louisville the weekend of November 18 and 19 in events co-sponsored by USA Field Hockey, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, the Kentucky […]

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    11/09/17- Bylaw 9 Rulings

    2017-2018 News Releases

    Recently, the ruling officer for Bylaw 9 handed down sanctions to student-athletes from Lafayette, Frederick Douglass, Scott County, Montgomery County and South Laurel after school administrators proactively self-reported violations to the Association. The violations centered around an organized basketball contest involving students in member schools after the start of school but prior to the first day of allowable practice.

    The KHSAA enforces the rules its membership approves, and though the event in question resulted in a minimal penalty (a one-game suspension) for the participating student-athletes, the Bylaw 9 violation is hardly unique to this specific event. Several other events in various parts of the state resulted in similar sanctions as required by the rule. Despite the constant education efforts of Association staff, this situation could have easily been avoided had adjustments been made to the event’s format, setup and participant composition. The rule is well known to the athletes, member school coaches, member school athletic […]

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    11/02/17- First Phase (T35 Report) Open for Title IX Reporting Entry for 2017-18

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The initial phase of entry for the 2017-2018 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2016-17 to be entered on the form T-35, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. There have only minimal changes based on the great cooperation and feedback from the membership.

    T35 EMPHASIS POINTS

    There has been a continual effort to eliminate inconsistent information that has been entered on that form and the following points are emphasized:

    • Entry for the T35 is now open. Login to http://schools.khsaa.org and begin entry when you are ready.
    • The T35 requires you to enter 2016-2017 expense information (as it has been audited within your district) but will pulls the coaching counts from your current listings. The use of the current year on coaches allows for you to self-audit your data and ensure all of your coaches have been properly entered. It is recognized that for brand new offerings, you ma, in fact,  have coach data […]

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    10/11/17- 2017-2018 Basketball Rules Clinic Online Now

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    The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Basketball is now online for all coaches (head and assistant) and licensed officials.

    HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES

    • The clinic is required for ALL coaches at each school, head or assistant, paid or unpaid.
    • For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. 
    • October 11 to January 23  – the Basketball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • January 24 to February 12  – the Basketball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period. This late fee will be refunded to new (first year) coaches (first time ever in basketball, not the first year at a school). If this first-year exemption […]

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    10/05/17-Reminder about KHSAA Title IX Workshop

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    As was previously announced, the KHSAA will be conducting a Title IX Workshop on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. CT in Gilbertsville at the Kentucky Dam Village Green Room.The focus of this meeting will be the elements of Title IX as it relates to the management of the interscholastic athletic program. To register for the workshop, please visit http://khsaa.org/ge67-regional-meeting-registration/. There is no charge for attendees.

    The workshop should be extremely beneficial for all member schools, especially as schools prepare for re-visits during the coming years. Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Central Time. EILA Credit has been applied for in order to help the appropriate administrators who attend and in addition, this meeting will count three (3) hours toward the Bylaw 25 required hours for Athletic Directors.

    This workshop should be extremely beneficial for all member schools, especially as schools prepare for re-visits during the coming years. Registration will […]

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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