Football Blog Updates

08/29/15-Reminder about 8 Quarter Participation Limit for Football

Football Blog Updates

With the season now in full swing, it is timely to remind all representatives of the football programs about the limit of eight quarters per week (Friday through the following Thursday) for high school football players. While this information has been distributed on multiple occasions to coaches at all levels (grades 9-12), it is again reiterated to prevent the use of ineligible players at any time.

  • Each player is limited to eight quarters per week in contests, from Friday through the following Thursday, starting with the Friday of Week 0.
  • Participation in one play during a quarter counts as that student having now participated.
  • If contests have quarters that are six minutes or less, each quarter played counts as one-half of a quarter toward the eight-quarter limit.
  • Any contest with periods longer than six minutes counts as a full quarter for each quarter played.
  • By rule, overtime is an extension of the 4th quarter and does not count as an […]

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08/26/15 – Board of Control Reviews Classification and Triennial Survey Results; Approves Several Championship Sites

2015-2016 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2015

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year on Monday at the Owensboro Convention Center. Among the many agenda items discussed, the Board executed a lengthy review of its current classification and alignment system for postseason play, and the ramifications of possible expansion of classification to other team sports. This review was requested by the Board after receiving a proposal concerning the classification of baseball and the format of all rounds of the postseason baseball tournament from Lawrence County High School during the 2014-15 school year. Following the receipt of the requested changes from Lawrence County, the Board requested information for a broader review of the issues in classification in the other team sports, not simply a review of baseball.

During the discussion and review, six major points were concluded when reviewing the situations from other states when compared to the current setup of championships: […]

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08/25/15 – Initial Football, Soccer Statistical Leader Reports Available

2015-2016 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2015

The weekly statistical leader reports for football and boys’ and girls’ soccer have been updated at KHSAA.org. Statistics are compiled weekly throughout the regular season and will be posted to the KHSAA website every Tuesday.

As a reminder, member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that means the team in question did not update its statistics through the KHSAA’s online system prior to the deadline.

Beginning last season, as contained in Bylaw 27, the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics was enforced more rigorously by the KHSAA. This enforcement subjects member schools to penalties by the Commissioner, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

The statistical leader reports can be found through the links below:

FOOTBALL
Overall Stats Leaders
http://khsaa.org/football/2015/stats.htm

Class 1A Stats Leaders
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08/21/15 – Reminder about Statistics Entry – Soccer and Football

Football Blog Updates

STATISTICS REMINDER
Game by game statistical entry for teams and individuals is required in the sports of football, basketball and soccer, which will be used to compile a list of statewide leaders, and can also be sent to local media outlets (with only specific schools) upon request.

For soccer, individual goal scoring and assist categories are the only categories compiled at this time and, therefore, the only required categories for individuals.

Please note this compilation is a great service to the membership and its student-athletes and is routinely touted by college recruiters as a valued source of information when they contact our office.

At this time, the software and data infrastructure do not exist for volleyball and field hockey compilation, but this is under development for the 2016-17 season.

See the note at the end of this post regarding failure to maintain current contest-by-contest statistics.

PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE
Beginning last season, as contained in Bylaw 27, the requirements to enter […]

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08/14//15 – Reminder about Football Scrimmage Limitations

Football Blog Updates

This reminder to all school about the unique limit of football scrimmages. This is NOT a new provision, and nothing about this part of Bylaw 23 is new or changed.

IF you are playing a game week 0 (August 21/22 of this year), you only get ONE scrimmage once contact practice begins. We have had reports of many that scrimmaged weekend of August 7 and have scrimmages planned for weekend of August 14 as well.

If you do not begin play until week 1, the weekend of August 28, you can have two scrimmages.

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08/11/15 – Football Rules Clinic Now Available Online

Football Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is available beginning today, August 11. Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

  • August 10 to August 31 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 1 to October 19 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • October 20 to October 31 (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 10 to September 7 (Coaches) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 8 to October 5 (Coaches) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
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07/31/15 – Reminder about Heat Index as Full Gear FB Practice Begins

Football Blog Updates

With tomorrow being the first permissible day for full gear football practice, this notice is important to help minimize risk for the coaches and competitors. While all efforts have been made to ensure gradual phasing in of equipment to allow for proper acclimatization and acclimation, it remains possible that many athletes are not properly acclimatized to the wearing of full gear in hot weather, in spite of practicing the required number of days.

Out of an abundance of caution, and respect for the safety of the competitors and coaches, as well as game officials in scrimmage situations, schools are reminded that activity reduction or cessation is mandatory at certain levels of heat index at the local venue. Once scrimmages begin over the next couple of weeks, game officials will be encouraged to take the NFHS permissible heat time-outs during each quarter or at the minimum, every 30 minutes of action. 

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07/23/15 – Football Officials Mechanics Change/Clarification; FBZ Clarification

Football Blog Updates

For the 2015 football season, there is a major change in on-field mechanics for officials in four- and five-person coverage, and a reminder about the changes for 2014 kickoff change. At this time, these are the only known mechanics clarification and all officials are expected to otherwise apply only the mechanics in the NFHS Football Officials Manual.

FREE KICK MECHANICS

The Back Judge in a five-person crew (page 27, V, B, 6) is supposed to move to the center of the field after the kick goes downfield. This is important in order to get the Back Judge in his/her normal position as the return begins.  

LINESMAN/LINE JUDGE MECHANICS

Beginning with the 2015 season, the Linesman and Line Judge will be changing sides of the field at halftime for all games using four or five person mechanics. This is not a local option and is required statewide.

The following changes from the Officials Manual are necessary due to this mechanic:

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07/10/15 – Reminders as Football Allowable Helmet Period Begins

2015-2016 News Releases

With the dead period ending and most of football coaches starting into fall workouts at various times in the coming days, it is timely to remind each of you of the major changes made in football practice and competition rules. 

FORMS TO MONITOR COMPLIANCE

From the post on May 18, the forms and their usage. Complete details at http://khsaa.org/051815-board-of-control-approves-compliance-forms-for-football-revisions/. FB135 monitors practice restrictions, FB136 monitors each contest (freshman, JV and varsity) to track the eight quarters per week restriction, and FB137 is a pre and postseason verification for school administrators to monitor the requirements.

QUARTER PARTICIPATION LIMITATION

Have had several questions regarding the new restriction on quarters played, which will be placed in the football competition rules in the Handbook. As a reminder, as part of the changes, there is now a limit the number of quarters played by each player once contests begin. Each player is limited to eight quarters per week in contests, from Friday through […]

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05/18/15 – Board of Control Approves Compliance Forms for Football Revisions

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With the approval of the sweeping changes in football contact rules, the Board of Control has approved three forms which are to be used by schools to monitor practice limitations, participation limitations, etc. These forms are NOT to be submitted to the KHSAA at this time, but a random ten (10) percent of the membership will be audited for compliance and penalized under Bylaw 27 if unable to verify that the rules are being followed. 

The new forms are:

FB137 – An optional form which may be used by schools and districts to ensure that coaches are aware of the new restrictions. The form allows for a preseason signature by the coaches (all coaches, head and assistant, paid or unpaid) verifying understanding of the USA Football definitions and contact restrictions. The form then also allows for a postseason signature indicated that the rules have been adhered to throughout the season. This form is located at http://www.khsaa.org/forms/fb137.docx […]

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05/13/15 – Board of Control Adopts New Football Compliance Forms, Competitive Cheer Regional Rotation

2014-2015 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2015

In an effort to assist its member schools in properly regulating new safety standards in football, the Board of Control adopted new compliance forms during a meeting at the KHSAA headquarters on Wednesday. The new forms will allow member schools to monitor compliance with new player safety restrictions on participation, while certifying awareness with the new measures passing during April’s Board of Control meeting in response to recommendations from the NFHS Task Force.

In order to ensure the availability of top flight judges at all regional competitive cheer competitions and minimize cross region concerns about competitive advantage, the Board approved a rotation plan for the scheduling of region competitions. The four-year rotation will alternate the order in which regional competitions are held, while ensuring that there are not an excessive number of competitions on any one weekend, and that the services provided to the students competing in competitive cheer are kept […]

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04/22/15 – Board of Control Approves Recommended Safety Revisions and Future Championship Schedule for Football, Swimming Alignment

2014-2015 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2015

The KHSAA Board of Control addressed the NFHS Task Force recommendations on contact restrictions in football during a meeting at the Association’s headquarters on Tuesday, while approving the future order of football championship games and a new swimming alignment beginning in 2015-16.

The Board approved the revised football contact restrictions to be implemented immediately due to health and safety concerns in response to the NFHS Task Force recommendations released in November. The detailed summary of the revisions is located at http://goo.gl/O0nchB. At its meeting Tuesday, the Board approved the draft restrictions that had been sent to the membership in March with one staff recommended revision permitting schools, with local school and school system approval, to utilize helmets from June 1 through June 24, provided all activity is on campus, does not involve other schools, is non-contact, and complies with the heat index restrictions.

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04/22/15-Final Changes Adopted for Football in Response to NFHS Task Force Recommendations

2014-2015 News Releases

At its regular meeting on April 21, the KHSAA Board of Control adopted policy changes including emergency changes to the bylaws and policies of the KHSAA related to football practice. The draft of changes was released to the membership in March for comment, for final adoption at this meeting after consideration of member school final remarks. A compliance form is being finalized and once approved by the Board of Control in May, will be distributed to the membership to assist in education coaches and ensuring compliance by all schools.

After consideration and following considerable feedback from the membership, the Board approved the staff recommendation to make one change from the draft, and allow the wearing of helmets for on campus, non-competitive, non-contact work in June. Specifically, from June 1 through June 24, the following provisions will be in place (different from the original draft): a) Schools may not issue football equipment included in NFHS Rule 1-5 other […]

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04/22/15-Football Equipment Timelines

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Below is an interpretative listing of the various equipment periods. Any conflict with Bylaw 23, Section 6 (Football) will yield to the Bylaw 23 section for enforcement :

PRE-SEASON (POST DEAD PERIOD) ACCLIMATIZATION AND ACCLIMATION THROUGH THE END OF REGULAR SEASON

(1) Acclimatization and Acclimation Starting July 10

  • July 10, First date of OFFICIAL practice in helmet only. Only Level 0 – “Air” and Level 1 – “Bags” drills can be conducted. The catastrophic insurance is in place for these drills and practice sessions. Heat index monitoring guidelines must be complied with during any activity. 
  • July 22, First date of practice in shells (shorts, helmets, shoulder pads) for each player who has had at least five days in helmets only. Only Level 0 – “Air”, Level 1 – “Bags” and Level 2 – “Control” drills can be conducted. The catastrophic insurance is in place for these drills and practice sessions. Heat index monitoring guidelines must be complied with during any activity.
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  • 04/22/15-Final Bylaw 23 Changes Necessary Due to Emergency Adoption of NFHS Task Force Recommendations

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Below is the revised wording of Bylaw 23, Section 6 (Football), as a results of its emergency adoption due to the recommendations of the NFHS Trask Force:

    Sec. 6) Sports Specific Limitations- Football
    a) Organized practice shall be structured in football as follows:
    (1) Football drill work and practice activity shall be defined in the following five categories:
    Level 0-“Air”-Players run a drill unopposed without contact.
    Level 1-“Bags” – Drill is run against a bag or another soft-contact surface.
    Level 2-“Control” – Drill is run at assigned speed until the moment of contact; one player is pre-determined the ‘winner’ by the coach. Contact remains above the waist and players stay on their feet.
    Level 3-“Thud” – Drill is run at assigned speed through the moment of contact; no pre-determined “winner.” Contact remains above the waist, players stay on their feet and a quick whistle ends the drill.
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    03/30/15 – DRAFT Bylaw 23 Changes Necessary Due to Emergency Adoption of NFHS Task Force Recommendations (NOT FINAL, DRAFT ONLY)

    Football Blog Updates

    Below is a comparison table of the changes to Bylaw 23, Section 6 (Football) 

    OLD VERSION (2014) 

    Sec. 6) Sports Specific Limitations- Football
    a) Organized practice shall be structured in football as follows:
    (1) From the end of the season through the day prior to the first day of spring practice; and from the day after spring practice through July 21, schools may not issue football equipment including helmets, with the exception of an all-star game or individual camp as detailed.
    (2) From the end of the season through the day prior to the first day of spring practice; and from the day after spring practice through July 21, schools may not organize or participate in any football activities that involve “full contact” or allow players to be in full pads, even if “full contact” doesn’t occur. “Full contact” is defined as football drills or live game simulations where ‘live action’ occurs.
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    03/30/15-DRAFT Information Regarding Emergency Policy Changes, Football Practice Limitation Changes Due to Concussion Recommendations from NFHS DRAFT NOT FINAL ADOPTED LANGUAGE

    Football Blog Updates

    This is intended to update the membership about ongoing work by the Board of Control and the Commissioner’s office in response to the NFHS recommendations on football practice that were released to the KHSAA in November. It was important that the information be comprehensive, thorough and in somewhat final form in order to ensure consistent messaging and eliminate misinformation where possible, therefore it is only now in a final form for distribution.

    Following the receipt of the report, the information was distributed to the KHSAA Board of Control members and placed on the agenda for its November, 2014 meeting for a brief discussion and background. At that meeting, staff was asked to review the information with various football constituent groups, including the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Football, and to try and determine best practices going forward. Clearly, the recommendations were a call for action in many areas and required immediate changes in the way Kentucky schools […]

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    01/28/15 – Board of Control Approves Revised Archery Competition Rules and Alignment for 2015

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2015

    The KHSAA Board of Control finalized competition rules and a new alignment for the sport-activity of Archery in a meeting at the Association’s headquarters on Wednesday morning. After extensive review, the newly approved competition rules for Archery, which include the elimination of charging competitors to compete at tournaments and the desire to conduct an autonomous state championship, will go into effect this season.

    Updated competition rules and a revised alignment for Archery can be found at the following link:
    http://khsaa.org/handbook/competitionrules/arcompetitionrules.pdf

    The 2015 KHSAA Archery State Championship will be held Thursday, April 23rd at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington.

    In other action taken on Wednesday, the Board of Control:

    • Accepted a recommendation from staff to modify the field size requirements for hosting regional soccer tournaments. Following the Board’s acceptance, the minimum field width requirement to host a regional soccer tournament will be reduced to a range of […]

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    01/14/15 – First Basketball Statistical Leader Reports Released; NFHS Names Mueller, Bender National Coaches of the Year

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2015

    First Weekly Basketball Statistical Leader Reports Now Available

    The initial weekly statistical leader reports for boys’ and girls’ basketball have been posted to KHSAA.org. Statistics are compiled weekly throughout the regular season and will be posted to the KHSAA website every Wednesday.

    As a reminder, member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that means the team in question did not update its statistics through the KHSAA’s online system prior to the deadline.

    Beginning with 2014-2015, as contained in Bylaw 27, the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics will be enforced more rigorously by the KHSAA. This enforcement will subject the member schools to penalties by the Commissioner, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

    The statistical leader reports can be found through the links below:

    Boys’ Basketball
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    12/09/14 – KHSAA Issues Clarification on Penalty Near End of Corbin/Central Playoff Contest

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2014

    Following the conclusion of the Corbin vs. Central playoff contest on November 21, the KHSAA has received several inquiries regarding a penalty assessed near the end of the game. On the last timed down, a long pass was completed by Central and a face mask foul was called at the end of the play. The play, which was widely scene on ESPN SportsCenter and in other media outlets, showed a Central player losing possession of the football, with the ball striking his foot before being caught by another Central player who was subsequently tackled near the sideline as time expired. On the tackle, the game officials called a foul for tackling by the face mask, and administered the penalty against Corbin and awarded Central one untimed down.

    “As the video shows, the catch and run were legal and at the end of the play, the Corbin player tackled the Central runner […]

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    12/08/14 – KHSAA Sanctions Football Officials, Officials’ Association for Rule Misapplication

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2014

    The KHSAA has assessed sanctions against a crew of five football officials and an adjustment to the schedule for future playoff assignments for the local association involved, following a misapplication of the playing rules in the semifinal round playoff game between DeSales and Murray on November 28. During the second quarter of the game, on a play when Murray scored a touchdown, the covering official called a foul against a coach from Murray when the covering official made contact with the coach in an area where coaches are not permitted during play. The officials then mis-administered the playing rules by assessing the penalty from the spot of the foul and not allowing the touchdown.

    “The foul occurred as the covering official was making his way up the sideline covering the play and made contact with a coach in the two-yard restricted area where coaches are not permitted,” stated KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett, […]

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    11/18/14 – KHSAA Extends Football Championship Agreement With Russell Athletic, Western Kentucky University Through 2018

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2014

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association officially extended its agreements with Russell Athletic and Western Kentucky University to partner and host the state football finals through 2018 in a press conference in Bowling Green on Tuesday. The KHSAA Board of Control previously approved an extension for WKU and Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium as the host site of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, dependent at the time upon retaining Russell Athletic as the event’s title sponsor.

    “We are very excited to continue our outstanding partnership with Western Kentucky University, which has only improved through the emergence of Russell Athletic as the event’s title sponsor,” said Julian Tackett, KHSAA Commissioner. “In feedback from our membership, WKU has an ideally-sized stadium for our event. We look forward to continuing a strong, long term relationship with both WKU and Russell Athletic, partners who have a strong relationship with our membership both in […]

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    11/03/14 – High School Playoff Contests Asked to Honor Veterans

    2014-2015 News Releases

    KHSAA State High School Events Honoring Veterans At Events Closest To Veterans Day

    Through the efforts of a veteran and concerned individual by the name of Robert Williams of Menlo Park, California, there is now a national movement to have every high school and college in the United States honor all veterans and active duty military at events near Veteran’s Day. This is a great way to recognize our veterans and active duty military and hopefully reinforce to all the importance of their sacrifices and the meaning of Veteran’s Day. The KHSAA is grateful to be able to participate.

    Again this year, for the first round of the football playoffs at home sites November 7 and 8, each home school is asked to request all veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand and be recognized for their contributions.

    For the KHSAA State Cross Country meet on Saturday morning, November 8, there will be an […]

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    11/01/14 – Final End of Season FB TieBreaker Results

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2014

    The calculations for the three-way tie-breaker in football have been posted online at  http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/threewaytiebreakertodate.pdf.

    Playoff pairings as well as the instructions and details about the games, are available at http://www.khsaa.org/football and the final district standings are posted at http://khsaa.org/2014-football-district-standings/

    There were four relevant out of state records for teams-

    • South Point, OH (2-8, counted 2 wins)
    • Providence, IN (7-4, counted the 7 wins, only counted first 10 played games)
    • Hurley, VA (6-3, counted 6 wins)
    • Grundy, VA (0-9, counted 9 wins)

    There were nine specific ties this season with the final calculations at http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/threewaytiebreakertodate.pdf:

    • Class 1A, District 2- tie for 1st broken based on points through top four defeated opponents including Providence, IN
    • Class 2A, District 2- tie for 4th broken based on points through top four defeated opponents
    • Class 2A, District 8- tie for 1st broken based on points through top four defeated opponents including Hurley, VA
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    10/31/14 – Reminders about Football Playoffs and Final Regular Season Week

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is going to ALL KHSAA football playing schools. If it doesn’t apply to you, please disregard.

    As we prepare for potentially 95 games to be played during week 1 of the playoffs, we ask for your cooperation as we try and pull final brackets together over the weekend. We have published what we have as of now, but need game times and sites confirmed so that officials assignments can be made.

    A few reminders–

    1) BRACKETS AND TIE BREAKERS – All information as we have it now, is posted on the KHSAA web site. You can find it at http://khsaa.org/sports/fall/football/ under the pull down for playoff Rounds 1-4,

    2) PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL IN YOUR SCORE as soon as the game is over this week EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT PLAYING IN THE PLAYOFFS. Many times, the three-way tiebreaker comes down to a single missing results from a non-playoff team, so all scores are […]

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    10/29/14 – Tentative Football Tiebreaker Calculations Available

    Football Blog Updates

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2014

    NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED WITH FINAL RESULTS ON THE FOOTBALL INFORMATION PAGE AT www.khsaa.org/football.

    With the 2014 regular season coming to an end this week, tentative football three-way tiebreaker calculations are available at KHSAA.org (through games of October 24). The tentative projections can be viewed at http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/threewaytiebreakertodateoctober252014.pdf.

    Interested parties should keep in mind that the calculations are tentative, as most teams have a game remaining this weekend and tiebreakers cannot be finalized until all games are played. For teams playing out-of-state opponents from Indiana, only wins from the first 10 games of the opposing team’s schedule are counted for tiebreaking purposes, to keep those teams on par with Kentucky schools.

    Playoff pairings for the 2014 season can be found at this link:
    http://khsaa.org/football/playoffpairings20112014.pdf

    For convenience, the tie-breaking procedure for football (from the KHSAA Handbook) is listed below:

    b) TIE-BREAKER (more than two teams). Should three […]

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    10/27/14 – Fall Sports Postseason In Full Swing; Hopkinsville Penalized for Bylaw Violations

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2014

    Fall Sports Postseason In Full Swing

    With the Leachman Buick•GMC•Cadillac/KHSAA Golf State Championships already in the books, the postseasons for the remaining KHSAA fall sports are in full swing. The inaugural KHSAA Field Hockey State Championship resumes tonight with semifinal action at Bellarmine University. Assumption takes on Sacred Heart at 5:30 p.m. followed by DuPont Manual against Mercy at 7 p.m. Live stats and a live webcast for each game will be available at KHSAA.org. The KHSAA Field Hockey State Championship game will be played Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

    The KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer State Tournament begins tonight with girls’ semi-state games at campus sites, followed by the boy’s semi-state games tomorrow evening. The KHSAA Soccer State Tournament Quarterfinals will take place Saturday, Nov. 1 with the boys’ games at Henry Clay HS and the girls’ games at Lafayette HS in Lexington.

    Volleyball Region Tournaments began […]

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    10/25/14-Interim Football TieBreaker Calculations Posted

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The three-way tiebreaker calculations through play of October 24, 2014 have been posted on the KHSAA website.

    Viewers should be mindful that:

    • The calculations are tentative and are not final until the final game is played;
    • Most teams likely have another game next week, allowing for a possible additional defeated opponent to be included.

    The calculations are located at http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/threewaytiebreakertodateOctober252014.pdf

     

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    10/22/14 – Information On Ordering Tickets to Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals

    2014-2015 News Releases

    Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    It is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to the Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals. We hope we can count on your continued support for the twelve teams that make it to the finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals.

    • The games will be played on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at Feix Field, Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green;
    • Game times will be 11:00 (3A), 3:00 (2A) and 7:00 (5A) on Friday, and will be 11:00 (1A), 3:00 (4A) and 7:00 (6A) on Saturday. All times are Central Time;
    • The KFCA will be conducting important continuous improvement sessions in conjunction with the finals. Contact Jimmie Reed with the KFCA for details as well as details about the important benefits the organization provides for students;
    • The Club level and […]

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    09/03/14 – First Football, Soccer Statistical Leader Reports Released

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014

    The initial weekly statistical leader reports for football and boys’ and girls’ soccer have been posted to KHSAA.org. Statistics are compiled weekly throughout the regular season and will be posted to the KHSAA website every Tuesday (Soccer) and Wednesday (Football).

    As a reminder, member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that means the KHSAA did not receive a report prior to the deadline. Beginning with 2014-2015, as contained in Bylaw 27, the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics will be enforced more rigorously by the KHSAA. This enforcement will subject the member schools to penalties by the Commissioner, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

    The statistical leader reports can be found through the links below:

    FOOTBALL
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    09/02/14 – NFHS Football Rules Interpretations/Clarification/Corrections 2014

    Football Blog Updates

    The NFHS has released its annual early season updates to the rules and interpretations for football. For a complete listing, see the NFHS website at http://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/football-rules-interpretations-2014/ or for a printed copy, go to http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/2014 football interps.pdf.

    Please note that the information contains strike-through underline formatting to show what should be deleted (strike through) or added (underlined) to your rules notes and books, but may not represent any change that will be formally adopted in the future.

    If you have questions, contact Julian Tackett, KHSAA rules interpreter for football, at jtackett@khsaa.org.

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    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. The blogs for specific sports and sport-activities are on that sport or sport activity main page, and there are general information blogs at http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

     

     

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    08/29/14 – Part 2 Exam Ends Sunday; Free Clinic Ends Monday

    Cross Country Blog Updates

    We would like to remind all Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country and Volleyball officials that the part 2 exam, which is a requirement to officiate a postseason contest in Football, Soccer, Field Hockey and Volleyball, is ending this Sunday, August 31st at midnight est.

    Also, the free period for the required online rules clinic ends for all fall sports officials in Football, Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country and Volleyball on Monday, September 1. Beginning September 2 there will be a $100 charge to view the clinic. If you have started and not finished the clinic, this will serve as your final reminder.

     

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    08/23/14 – Reminder about Interrupted Football Games

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    In light of the large number of calls and texts on night 1 of high school football and in light of the vast amount of turnover in athletic administrators and coaches, a reminder about the Competition Rules is in order. Interrupted games are not new, usually it’s lightning, last night it was about every possible variation of bad weather. 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 perspective.”

    • Per the playing rules, there is no such thing as a “no-contest”. Period. So if the contest begins, the interrupted games procedure is in place.
    • Once a contest begins, then the game counts against the allowable number of games. Only if the contest does not begin can […]

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    08/22/14 – Heat Index Reminder, All Sports but Particularly Football Contests Played 8/22 and 8/23

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    With tonight being the first permissible night for football contests, this notice and directive is important to help ensure the health and safety of the competitors. Due to the extremely low temperatures that have existed throughout most of fall practice, it is possible that many athletes are not properly acclimatized to the wearing of gear in hot weather, in spite of meeting the required number of days.

    Out of an abundance of caution, and respect for the safety of the competitors, coaches and game officials, football officials are directed to take the NFHS permissible heat time-outs during each quarter of each game played on August 22 and August 23 if the ambient temperature at the playing site is 80 degrees or higher (temperature not heat index). The time-out should be implemented much like a media time-out, and it is recommended that it be taken at the first dead ball after the 7 min. mark on the […]

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    08/16/14 – Reminder about Carryover Ejections from 2013-2014

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    In several unfortunate situations each year, coaches or athletes with eligibility remaining are ejected near the end of the season, or near the end of the season for violations of Bylaw 15, Sportsmanships. Please note that when that happens, the penalty carries to the next year if the student-athlete remains enrolled, and to the new school if the coach changes jobs/schools. 

    Please note all rules related to player/coach ejections, including the provisions for varsity and non-varsity ejections, are listed at http://khsaa.org/dq-policy-on-reinstatement-of-disqualified-apolicy-on-reinstatement-of-disqualified-athletes-coaches/, and a complete list from 2013-2014 is listed on the KHSAA website at http://khsaa.org/dq_list_public/. You will need to review this listing to ensure that you properly require athletes and coaches to miss the required contests if in fact they were ejected. 

    Also note that being ineligible for scrimmages (sitting out) does NOT satisfy any penalty, such must be served at the varsity contest level.

    If you have specific questions, please contact Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) […]

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    08/05/14 – Football Rules Clinic Now Online

    Football Blog Updates

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

    HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES

    • August 4 to September 7  – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • September 8 to October 5  – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
    • October 6 to November 6  – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
    • After November 6, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply. For schools not entering the playoffs, additional administrative penalties will apply.

    LICENSED OFFICIALS

    • August 4 to September 1 – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
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    08/06/14 – Football Equipment Restrictions and Reminders

    Football Blog Updates

    With the beginning of contact practice this week, it is important that all coaches be aware of what is legal, and when it is legal with respect to football equipment usage. For that reason, and in light of recent changes, the following summary is provided.

    Reminders about Major Changes and Clarifications to Both InSeason/OffSeason Restrictions for Football Equipment Issuance and Usage
    The entire calendar year is broken down below detailing what is permitted in terms of usage and issuance of football gear. This supersedes all previous interpretations and rulings that may have been issued, and is issued based on Bylaw 23 and Bylaw 24. Most information has been distributed earlier to schools and is capsulized here for easy reference.

    • Acclimatization and Acclimation Starting July 22
      • July 22, First date of OFFICIAL practice. This is the day the catastrophic insurance is officially in place. Other activities prior to this date have no catastrophic insurance […]

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    08/01/14 – Reminder about Video Standards and Exchange Rules for Football

    Football Blog Updates

    This information is reprinted from the Competition Rules of the KHSAA related to football. Compliance by all schools is expected, and failure to comply leaves the school subject to penalty under Bylaw 27.

    Football Videotaping Standard and Procedures and Video Exchange Policy:
    1) All Visiting teams will be given the same area to record from as the home team.
    2) All exchange video should be recorded digitally with a digital Camera.
    3) All exchange video should be recorded in DVD format or Online
    4) All exchange video shall be recorded using a Tripod.
    5) All exchange video shall be recorded from the highest possible point in the stadium
    6) All exchange video shall be recorded so that the teams numbers are visible
    7) All exchange video shall be recorded from the huddle to a few seconds past the end of the play (5-10 seconds).
    8) If the team is a no huddle team, […]

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    07/21/14 – Football Individual Minimum Practice Reminder

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    With the change back to August 1 for the first day of practice in pads (anything other than shoulder pads, following the minimum three days of helmets only and minimum of three days of helmets and shoulder pads), several coaches have inquired about the minimum number of days before playing against another school.

    The rule states: “Each player, in order to be eligible to participate against another school and to become acclimatized and acclimated, shall have taken part in a minimum of three (3) practices over three (3) days in helmets only, three (3) practices in helmet and shoulder pads over three (3) days followed by five (5) contact practices over five days.”

    Each player is required to have five days of practice in full pads (anything than shoulder pads and helmets) before going against another school. The rule continues to require the phase-in of these days as listed above. 

     

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    07/15/14 – Board of Control Recommends Use of Protective Head Gear in Softball; Makes Football Alignment Adjustment

    2014-2015 News Releases

    Board of Control Recommends Use of Protective Head Gear in Softball; Makes Football Alignment Adjustment

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2014

    The Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2014-15 academic year at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Northern Kentucky on Monday morning. Among the action taken during Monday’s meeting, the Board passed a proposal recommending the use of protective headgear for certain positions in fastpitch softball, finalized specific site selection for the 2014 state soccer tournament, and upheld an appeal by Hazard in regards to the 2015-18 football alignment.

    With a growing concern to player safety in fastpitch softball, the Board addressed the issue of face/head protection. NFHS Rule 1-8-4 states that defensive players are permitted to wear face/head protection in the field. The Board of Control, based on a proposal from staff, a review of available injury data from the NFHS RIO […]

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