Football Blog Updates

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.
    Level 4-“Live Action”-Drill is run in game-like conditions […]

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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:

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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.

    – KHSAA –

    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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    07/10/14 – Reminder about Changes in Football Preseason Practice Rules

    2014-2015 News Releases

    The changes that were made by the delegates at the 2013 Annual Meeting of schools have been given final approval in the last few days, and are therefore in effect immediately for the 2014 football preseason.

    The preseason has been restructured as follows:

    • During the period beginning from July 10 through July 31, member schools may participate in non-contact simulations (i.e. 7 on 7) and such participation does not count against scrimmage limitations provided that the first practice in full pads has not been conducted.
    • The school issued helmet may be used during these activities, but no other equipment included in NFHS Rule 1-5 may be issued prior to the dates detailed in subsection (a)(2) of this section. The KHSAA catastrophic insurance is not in effect for these simulations if other schools are involved;

    Preseason and during season practice in football shall be as follows:

    • The first legal organized practice wearing a […]

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    06/13/14 – Bluegrass State Games 7 on 7 for Football

    Football Blog Updates

    Recently, we have had a couple of coaches request clarification regarding the Bluegrass Games and a proposed 7 on 7 competition. Management of the games have worked closely with KHSAA staff to ensure that all applicable rules are followed.

    Provided that: the competition is held after the dead period and prior to the first legal date for shoulder pads (August 1 for all schools for 2014), no other equipment is worn, and the heat index guidelines are adhered to, there should be no issues with Kentucky teams participating and such participation does not count against scrimmage limitations. 

    The Bluegrass games, including football coordinator Ron Mack and BGSG Executive Director Terry Johnson are in constant communication with the association to keep our schools rules compliant and yet offer opportunities to be part of the games. If you have questions or doubts about any of the proposed activities, please feel free to contact the office.

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    06/03/14 – Important Memo From NOCSAE re:Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings

    Football Blog Updates

    NOCSAE has released important information regarding the testing that is being done on helmets at Virginia Tech. While many may use test results, ratings and public relations materials to attempt to influence purchases and usage, the overarching concern is to remain compliant with NOCSAE standards in order to help constrain liability.

    The complete information is located in the release at http://goo.gl/KE47SM

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    05/22/14 – 2014 NFHS Kickoff Coverage

    Football Blog Updates

    2014 Five Person Free Kick Coverage 

    Five-Game Official Positions for Kickoff

     I. KICKOFF

    II. REFEREE

    A. Before kick:

    1. Position: R’s goal yard line on the head linesman’s side just outside hash marks.

    2. Count R players.

    3. Check positions of other game officials.

    4. After ready signs have been received from other game officials, declare the ball ready for play and sound whistle and verify that at least four K players must be on each side of the kicker until the ball is kicked.

    5. If short free kick is anticipated:

    a. Take position near R’s 10-yard line.

    b. Be alert to assist other game officials.

    B. After kick:

    1. Kick down the middle:

    a. Signal clock to start (S #2) when kick is touched other than first touching by K.

    b. Pick up runner and […]

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    05/13/14 – Board of Control Approves Future Championship Sites, Football Alignment

    2013-2014 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2014 

    During Tuesday’s scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Office, the Board of Control awarded the girls’ basketball state tournament to the Bank of Kentucky Center and Northern Kentucky University for 2016 and 2017, while extending the stay of the Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro for four more years (2015-18). In addition, the Board approved a final draft of the football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons which can be found at this link: http://goo.gl/rZfNWC.

    “It speaks volumes to the growth and progress of female athletics in this state that we received two very strong proposals for both championships, where in the past there might not have been much interest. It bodes very well for the future of female athletics in Kentucky,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “In terms of the girls’ basketball championship, the Board was of […]

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    05/13/14 – Board of Control Adopts Football Alignment for 2015-2018

    Football Blog Updates

    This is being sent to all Principals, Superintendents and Athletic Directors of KHSAA Football Playing Schools.   The Board of Control today adopted the final alignment of teams for the 2015-2018 playing seasons. That alignment is listed at http://goo.gl/rZfNWC.   With this action, the moratorium on scheduling and contracts is lifted, and schools may engage and negotiate final agreements.   In a related matter, the Board of Control established the pairings for 2015 ONLY for Class 6A to mirror the other classes, and will continue discussion and deliberation on postseason pairings at future meetings. Multiple member schools in Class 5A had made a request to begin playoff pairing rotation, but this issue will not be addressed until a further determination is made regarding Class 6A.

     

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    05/13/14 – Final Adopted Alignment for 2015 to 2018 Playing Seasons (revised 7/14/2014)

    Football Blog Updates

    Class 1A
    District 1 – Crittenden County, Fulton City, Fulton County, Russellville
    District 2 –Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Caverna, Fort Knox
    District 3 – Eminence, Frankfort, Holy Cross (Louisville), Kentucky Country Day
    District 4 – Beechwood, Bellevue, Dayton, Ludlow
    District 5 – Berea, Bishop Brossart, Bracken County, Nicholas County, Paris
    District 6 – Fairview, Paintsville, Raceland
    District 7 – Harlan, Lynn Camp, Pineville, Williamsburg
    District 8 – Hazard, Jenkins, Phelps, Pikeville, South Floyd
    5th place team from District 8 as the 4th place in District 6 for playoff brackets
    5th place team from District 5 will not advance to playoffs

    Class 2A
    District 1 – Ballard Memorial, Mayfield, Murray, Webster County
    District 2 – Butler County, Hancock County, McLean County, Owensboro Catholic, Todd County Central
    District 3 – Clinton County, Glasgow, Green County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County
    District 4 – Christian Academy-Louisville, DeSales, […]

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    04/16/14 – Scheduling Grid for 2015-2018, Week 0

    Football Blog Updates

    Because of the scheduling moratorium, the scheduling grid for 2015-2018 was not originally included in the material released yesterday. It is imperative that you remember that because changes could still be made to the alignment before it is adopted, that you not sign contracts for games to be played 2015 and beyond. These changes could result from the feedback requested of the membership and related responses considered by the Board of Control at its May meeting.

    However, several schools have indicated a desire to conduct tentative scheduling meetings in the next few weeks. Therefore, the tentative scheduling grid for 2015-2018 has been posted on the page with the other realignment information. Go to www.khsaa.org, click on Sports/Activities, Football, Football Alignment, Realignment Information, 2015-2018 Alignment/Realignment Information, Football General Realignment 2015-2018.

    Several have also questioned whether Week 0 will be available during the next realignment period. As of now, there has been no proposal passed by […]

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    04/15/14 – Board of Control Adds Field Hockey For 2014-15; Approves Football Alignment Draft for 2015-18

    2013-2014 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2014 

    During Tuesday’s meeting at the KHSAA Office, the Board of Control approved a motion to add field hockey as a team sport beginning with the 2014-15 season and approved a draft of the football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons to be distributed to the membership for feedback. The addition of field hockey as a female-only team sport, brings the Association’s total number of sports offered to 13 beginning in the fall of 2014, with four additional sport-activities. The Association will work in the coming months to select a site for the 2014 field hockey championship, and put the infrastructure in place for field hockey to be an officially-sponsored KHSAA sport.

    The Board approved a draft of the football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons, which was configured after member schools were given the opportunity to declare their desire to “play up” in classification. The […]

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    04/15/14 – Football DRAFT Alignment of Teams, 2015-2018

    Football Blog Updates

    DRAFT 2015-2018 KHSAA Football Alignment of Teams

    Proposed Class 1A
    District 1 – Crittenden County, Fulton City, Fulton County, Russellville
    District 2 – Berea, Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Caverna, Fort Knox
    District 3 – Eminence, Frankfort, Holy Cross (Louisville), Kentucky Country Day
    District 4 – Beechwood, Bellevue, Dayton, Ludlow
    District 5 – Bishop Brossart, Bracken County, Nicholas County, Paris
    District 6 – Fairview, Paintsville, Raceland
    District 7 – Harlan, Lynn Camp, Pineville, Williamsburg
    District 8 – Hazard, Jenkins, Phelps, Pikeville, South Floyd

    5th place team from District 8 as the 4th place in District 6 for playoff brackets
    5th place team from District 2 will not advance to playoffs

    Proposed Class 2A
    District 1 – Ballard Memorial, Mayfield, Murray, Webster County
    District 2 – Butler County, Hancock County, McLean County, Owensboro Catholic, Todd County Central
    District 3 – Clinton County, Glasgow, Green County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County
    District 4 – Christian Academy-Louisville, DeSales, Shawnee, Washington County
    District […]

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