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12/01/16 – 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Information

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2016

The 1A Championship will open the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Friday night at 7 p.m. (CT) when Beechwood (13-1) takes on Hazard (12-2) at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The action resumes Saturday afternoon when Central (9-5) faces Belfry (13-1) in the 3A Championship at 5 p.m., followed by Trinity (Louisville) (14-0) and Lafayette (13-1) in the 6A Championship at 8 p.m.

Sunday’s slate features three contests on the campus of Western Kentucky University, with Christian Academy-Louisville (13-1) taking on Danville (12-2) in the 2A Championship at 12:30 p.m. Franklin-Simpson (14-0) will square off against Johnson Central (13-1) at 3:45 p.m. in the 4A Championship, with Bowling Green (14-0) and Pulaski County (12-2) closing out the weekend with the 5A Championship at 7 p.m.

Each game of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network ( Share via emailShare on Twitter Share

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11/26/16 – Revised and Updated Schedule, 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Finals

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With Western Kentucky University’s win tonight at Marshall University combined with Southern Mississippi’s upset win over Louisiana Tech on Friday, WKU has qualified to again host the Conference USA championship game in Bowling Green. The game will be played on Saturday morning, December 3rd at 11 a.m. CT. This will necessitate a change in the KHSAA game schedule for the state finals, which will wrap around the Conference USA championship game. 

The Class 1A game will be played on December 2nd with a kickoff slated for 7 p.m. CT.

“Conference USA championship rules have large mandatory blocks of time that must be made available at the playing facility, not only for team preparation but for stadium and network television preparation, and this was the only alternative other than playing a game very early on Friday morning,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Last year’s Thursday night game was problematic for both schools with the travel necessary both on Thursday […]

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11/18/16- Single Game Tickets for Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Championships

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Single Game Tickets (all game dates and times tentative, all times CT)

All ticket prices will increase the week of the games. Advance seats priced at $18 (club level, West Side, $13 reserved chairback (West Side Only), $10 General Admission)

Enter desired number of seats, options will be displayed for purchase. 

Class 1A-Beechwood vs. Hazard, 7:00 p.m., Fri, 12/2 – Click Here

Class 3A-Central vs. Belfry, 5:00 p.m., Sat, 12/3 – Click Here

Class 6A-Trinity (Louisville) vs. Lafayette, 8:00 p.m., Sat, 12/3 – Click Here

Class 2A-Christian Academy-Louisville vs. Danville, 12:30 p.m., Sun, 12/4 – Click Here

Class 4A-Franklin-Simpson vs. Johnson Central, 3:45 p.m., Sun, 12/4 – Click Here

Class 5A-Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County, 7:00 p.m., Sun, 12/4 – Click Here

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11/10/16- High School Playoff Games Again Asked to Honor Veterans at Week 2 Games

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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 during 2016.

For the second round of the football playoffs at home sites November 11, each home school is asked to request all veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand and be recognized for their contributions.

The KHSAA is certainly proud to be a part of this recognition and hopeful that this simple acknowledgment will convey a powerful message of thanks on the part of the school and […]

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11/07/16 – Information On Ordering Tickets to 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals

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Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

It is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals.

WORKING DRAFT- Football Brackets 2016 (UNOFFICIAL)

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Official Brackets To Be Released Following Last Regular Season Night of Play

N/A Slots are To Be Determined Due to TieBreakers on October 29/30

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09/20/16 – KHSAA Issues Rulings on Unsporting Acts and Shortened Games in Football

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016

The KHSAA today issued sanctions regarding Bylaw 15 (Practice of Sportsmanship) violations from a pair of football contests, as well as final rulings concerning Bylaw 22 (Contests, Sanctions, Rules, Forfeitures) incidents from last weekend.

Per the KHSAA Competition Rules, when a contracted football game is interrupted by events beyond the control of all parties, three choices exist:
a) Terminate game with score as it exists;
b) Resume game at point of interruption at a mutually agreed date and time. This decision shall be finalized at the site prior to team departure.
c) Resume the game on the following calendar day, unless published Board policies prohibit such play, in which case it shall be played the following day.

On Friday, Sept. 16, a football game between Scott County HS and Lafayette HS was interrupted with 11:04 remaining in the 3rd quarter, with Scott County leading 25-20. In […]

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09/09/16 – KHSAA to Participate in “Team Up, Speak Up to Fight Concussions” on September 13

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The Concussion Legacy Foundation has created the first ever national concussion education day, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13. On Team Up Day, millions of athletes will hear a speech from their coach, captain and medical team that encourages them to Team Up & Speak Up to Fight Concussions, with the specific message that a good teammate looks out for concussions in their teammates, and has a responsibility to speak up to a coach or other adult if they think their teammate has a concussion.

Organizations representing over 1 million athletes have already signed on to Team Up Day, and the goal is that all 44 million youth athletes hear this message this year. The growing list of participating organizations includes the National Federation of State High School Associations, USA Rugby, the American Hockey Coaches Association, California Interscholastic Federation, Idaho High […]

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08/25/16 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Soccer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2016

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

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 (12 p.m. each Thursday).

Member schools failing to meet the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics subject themselves 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/2016/stats.htm

Class 1A Stats Leaders
http://khsaa.org/football/2016/stats1.htm

Class 2A Stats Leaders
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08/15/16 – Part 2 Football Test Reminder

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The Part 2 Test will be available online from midnight Eastern Time on August 15 through midnight Eastern Time on August 29. The test will automatically close exactly at that time. Login at http://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.

Any official determined to have been involved in the improper administration of the exam, including taking it for another official or having it taken by another official, will have the score disregarded for the year and be subject to other penalties in compliance with the jurisdiction of the office through the Federal Court Decree.

Please also be mindful that the rules clinic remains free online through midnight Eastern Time September 19, however your assignments are subject to cancellation at any time for failure to complete the clinic. Certainly, no official should be officiating any contest at the high school […]

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08/01/16 – 2016 Football Rules Clinic Now Available Online

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The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is available beginning August 1. THOUGH THERE ARE MINIMAL RULE CHANGES, one is major to the way the game is coached and officiated and both groups should take the clinic as soon as possible. Remember, 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:

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07/28/16 – Board of Control Finalizes Championship Dates for Football, Field Hockey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2016

The Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2016-17 season on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. During the course of the two-day session, the board participated in a comprehensive orientation for all Board members and an extensive review of the due process procedure under KRS Chapter 13B. Among the action taken during Wednesday’s full meeting, the Board approved a final championship schedule for the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl and set the dates and sites for the 2016 State Field Hockey Tournament.

The 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will tentatively be held Dec. 2-4 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University. The format for this year’s football finals will have the Class 1A and 4A championship games on Friday, Dec. 2nd, followed by Class 3A and 6A on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, and Class 2A and 5A on Sunday, Dec. 4th. Game times […]

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07/25/16 – Reminder about Heat Index Procedures – FB & FH

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While the media coverage has been great about our schools and their compliance with the mandated heat index monitoring and activity adjustment protocols, it is important that our Football and Field Hockey programs be reminded of important subtleties within the procedures.

When no additional protective equipment is being worn (i.e Football has on helmet only or Field Hockey does not have the goalie in protective gear), the threshold of 104-degree heat index is the point at which all activity must stop. But it is important as we face the hottest week of the year thus far, that all be reminded that once football adds shoulder pads or the field hockey goalie puts on gear, that threshold drops to 99 degrees. No activity can continue above a 99-degree heat index if that additional gear is being worn. The same is true for any school-based activity in baseball and softball (due to catching gear) at other times of […]

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07/11/16 – Important Reminders About the Start of Football Practice

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These reminders are critically important as we transition to the start of football practice for the 2016 season. This notice and all provisions supersede any and all previous communication regarding practice rules and regulations.

The following provisions should be noted at all times:

KHSAA Sports Contacts, 2016-2017 and beyond

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06/22/16 – Reminder about Equipment Issuance During Dead Period (USA Football)

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The KHSAA offices have received several inquiries regarding participation by students in USA Football’s National Development Games. According to their verification letter, there are six different options to attend. We had asked at least two member schools to seek clarifications regarding equipment, but none responded, so today, staff contacted USA Football directly for clarification. Following that clarification, here are the provisions that have been determined. These provisions apply ONLY to 2016, as likely additional restrictions will be added to football rules to clarify (and likely restrict) this for the future years.

2016-2017 Official Ball Adoptions

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Reminder to school administrators about the primary points of the KHSAA and its ball adoption agreements.

In an effort to offset the services and events provided by the KHSAA and eliminate passing on a great deal of additional cost to the membership, the association has long entered into official ball adoption agreements. The provisions of these agreements are similar and official ball numbers are listed in the table below.

The following provisions are in place in each of the listed sports:

05/12/16 – Board of Control Names Spalding Official Ball Sponsor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2016

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2015-16 academic year over a two-day session at the Association’s headquarters May 10-11. Among the various items discussed, the Board reviewed the results of a request for proposals distributed in March for a new official ball partnership, as its current agreement with Rawlings will expire at the end of the 2015-16 season. Following its review, the Board approved the Commissioner’s recommendation to accept the three-year proposal from Spalding (2016-17 through 2018-19), pending final signed contracts.

The Board completed a comprehensive review of eligibility rules and programs within the Association as required by existing state regulation, focusing on potential Constitution and Bylaw proposals to be voted on by the membership to address undue influence (recruiting) concerns and revisions to the transfer and enrollment rules. Final proposal determinations will be determined at the Board’s July meeting.

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04/22/16 – Reminder Bylaw 23 Limitation of Seasons

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This is a reminder to all administrators and coaches concerning Bylaw 23, Limitation of Seasons. KHSAA staff members have received several inquiries about permitted activity,  specifically concerning fall sports and practice/tryouts for the fall. The same principle and rule would apply to any “tryout” in any sport or sport-activity that is not held during the period defined by Bylaw 23.

The first official tryout/practice date for 2016 football is July 10.  For the other fall sports/sport-activities (Soccer, Golf, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, Competitive Cheer), the first official practice date is July 15. Only after these dates can anything mandatory be required of team members or potential team members. 

Until the day following the last day of school or May 31 (whichever is earliest), coaches are permitted to provide instruction and be involved with team members (provided such is approved by the principal), but continue to be restricted in “competitive” situations with other schools unless they are […]

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04/04/16 – Reminders About Spring Football Practice and Rest of School Year

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With more than 80 percent of our football schools setting their practice window for the Monday following spring break, it seems timely to remind every about the rules on practice and equipment. There are no changes for 2016 as these changes were adopted prior to the 2015 season.

The published spring football dates are online as always, located at http://khsaa.org/football/2016/springpractice2016.pdf. There are no provisions to change submitted dates (only in an emergency request from school administration). Per the bylaw, the only change permitted is to start the three-week (19-day) window on the Monday following the ORIGINAL published spring break week. Remember, scheduling of spring practice is a calendar function NOT a coach function, it is possible that with coaching changes, spring practice may not be an option at a specific school.

  • Spring practice is the only option to utilize all of the football equipment for the players. Formal spring practice per the listed dates is […]

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  • 03/24/16 – Board of Control Approves Football Playoff Structure in 5A, 6A; Issuance of RFP for Official Ball

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2016

    The Board of Control conducted its fifth regularly scheduled meeting of the school year at the Lexington Center on March 18th, during which time it finalized the playoff format for 5A and 6A, approved the issuance of an RFP to designate a new official ball, and elected its President-elect for 2016-17.

    After an extensive review of potential playoff formats over several meetings that was finalized in January, the Board reviewed the proposed cross-bracketing table for Class 5A and 6A for 2016 through 2018. Following the review, the Board approved the cross-bracket table for 5A and 6A, and will continue review of playoff pairing discussions in 2A, 3A and 4A for 2017 and 2018 during its May meeting, following receipt of survey results. The adopted table of cross-bracket pairings is available at http://www.khsaa.org/football/playoffpairings.pdf.

    With the Association’s current ball contract with Rawlings set to expire at the end of the school year, the […]

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    Board Approves Cross-Bracket Pairings for 2016-18 in Class 5A, 6A; Moratorium Lifted on Contracts

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    The Board of Control has finalized the cross-bracket pairings for Class 5A and 6A in the football playoffs for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Board had determined in January, following months of dialogue and review, that some form of cross-bracketing was the desire of the membership (as opposed to playing the first two rounds of the playoffs within the district). In January, the Board then also approved rotating those regional pairings (cross-bracket pairings) in 5A and 6A for 2016 through 2018 with staff directed to bring back proposed options to the March 18th meeting. Those pairings were then finalized by the Board of Control at the March meeting and are listed at http://www.khsaa.org/football/playoffpairings.pdf. The Board also approved in January a provision that stipulates that if equal seeded teams meet in consecutive years in the third / fourth rounds, the game site from the prior year will be reversed so that the same team will […]

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    Bylaw 23 Provisions – Football Practice Regulations

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    This supersedes any previously published material.

    Bylaw 23. Limitation of Seasons
    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:
    a. “Level 0” or “air” means that players run a drill unopposed and without contact;
    b. “Level 1” or “bags” means that a drill is run against a bag or another soft contact surface;
    c. “Level 2” or “control” means that a drill is run at the assigned speed until the moment of contact; one (1) player is predetermined the winner by the coach; contact remains above the waist; and players stay on their feet;
    d. “Level 3” or “thud” means that a drill is run at the assigned speed through the moment of contact; there is not a predetermined winner; contact remains above the waist; players stay on their feet; and […]

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    01/29/16 – Board Approves Final Football Alignment Moves, Resolves Cross-Bracketing Review for 2016 through 2018

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    At its regular meeting on January 28, the Board of Control completed a review and discussion on a variety of football related issues. These issues had been on the Board agenda for a period of time and input had been gathered from the Administrators, Athletic Directors and Football Coaches that are members of the Football Advisory Committee, in addition to nearly constant general membership feedback. Data gathered (including travel mileage) and presented to both the Advisory Committee and the Board of Control is available through the Board agenda system at https://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4374&AgencyTypeID=1&BeginDate=1-1-2016&EndDate=1-31-2016

    Per the Competition Rules, the school enrollments were to be reviewed following receipt of the 2015-16 enrollments, and the current four-year average boys enrollment at each school was to be compared with the four-year average boys enrollment that placed the teams in classes for 2015-2018. Any school whose ranked enrollment would place them in a different class AND the percentage of enrollment change was […]

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    01/28/16 – Board of Control Addresses Football Alignment, Bracketing; Baseball Pitch Count; Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2016

    The Board of Control addressed a lengthy agenda during its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Thursday, approving a slight “midcourse” adjustment to the football alignment as required by the competition rules and future football playoff bracket formats, finalizing a baseball pitch count, and settling on the number of regional qualifiers for the state swimming and diving meet for 2016.

    Per the football competition rules, a “midcourse” adjustment is to be made in the second year of a four-year alignment. In order to be considered for adjustment, the four-year average enrollment (including 2015-16 data) would have to be within the boundaries of another class, and the school shall have had at least a 10 percent change in four-year average enrollment during the two-year period.

    Upon review of the data, only two schools fit the criteria to be placed into a different class, and the Board unanimously approved the movement of […]

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    01/26/16 – Reminder About Moratorium on Signing 2017 Football Contracts (and beyond)

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    For some reason, we have received several reports of schools prematurely scheduling contests for 2017 and beyond in football. Please remember that until the alignment for 2017 is finalized, no contract may be signed. As has been the case for many years, the four year alignment has a two-year adjustment based on significant changes in enrollment.

    Because of the ripple effect of any change in alignment, no school may sign a contract for 2017 until the Board of Control has finalized the 2017 adjustments. That is an agenda item this coming Thursday at the regular meeting of the Board of Control, and within three days afterwards, schools will be advised of the option to begin signing contracts. If any adjustments are finalized Thursday, the clearance will be given from the office. Otherwise, if there are any decisions deferred, it will be at least the March meeting of the Board before contracts can be signed.

    Consider this as […]

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    12/03/15 – Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Schedule

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2015

    The 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl gets underway tonight as Pikeville takes on Beechwood in the 1A Championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green at 7 p.m. (CT). Each game of the championship will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network. A free audio broadcast of each game can also be found at KHSAA.net.

    All KHSAA.tv productions will be a part of the NFHS Network this season, which is a subscription based service. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a day pass ($9.95), a monthly pass ($14.95) and an annual pass ($119.95).

    These passes, with the daily pass priced less than the cost of admission to state championship contests, not only entitle the users to Kentucky broadcasts, but all of the broadcasts from the more than 40 participating state associations. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, visit: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

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    11/27/15 – Schedule Set For 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2015

    With its win over Marshall on Friday, Western Kentucky University secured its right to host the Conference USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. (CT). WKU hosting the C-USA Championship means the KHSAA will utilize the alternative schedule for the 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl approved by the Board of Control in October.

    The revised order of games will be as follows:

    Thursday, December 3
    7:00 PM (1A) – Beechwood vs. Pikeville

    Saturday, December 5
    5:00 PM (6A) – Male vs. Lafayette
    8:00 PM (5A) – Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

    Sunday, December 6
    1:00 PM (2A) – Mayfield vs. Newport Central Catholic
    4:00 PM (3A) – Lexington Catholic vs. Belfry
    7:00 PM (4A) – South Warren vs. Johnson Central

    *All Times Central

    Fans can watch a live webcast of each game at KHSAA.tv, or listen to a free audio broadcast of each game at […]

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    11/19/15 – Board Approves Revised Schedule For State Baseball, Tennis Tournaments

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2015

    On Wednesday, the Board of Control approved a proposal from KHSAA staff to revise the schedule for the state baseball tournament during its regularly scheduled meeting at the Association’s headquarters. In an effort to alleviate competitive issues under the current format resulting from pitching limitations and roster depth, as outlined in the extensive research conducted by Lawrence County Athletic Director Travis Feltner and validated through staff review of the current format, the new format will provide a minimum of three days of rest between the quarterfinals and the semifinals. Beginning with this year’s state tournament, the revised format will allow teams the opportunity to use their pitchers at the top of the rotation in both the early rounds (first round/quarterfinals) and the later rounds (semifinals/championship).

    “Pitching limitations are in place for the health and safety of our student-athletes,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “In keeping with the overall desire of the […]

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    11/12/15 – Information On Ordering Tickets to 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals

    Football Blog Updates

    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 are obviously later than normal, but have tried to work out logistics for ticket pickup, etc. in the event that WKU hosts its conference final game. If you have not read the information about the scheduling conflict with the final games and WKU’s possible conference title game, please see http://khsaa.org/103015-update-on-schedule-for-2015-russell-athletickhsaa-commonwealth-gridiron-bowl/. 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.

    11/10/15 – High School Playoff Contests Asked to Honor Veterans

    2015-2016 News Releases

    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.

    For the second round of the football playoffs at home sites November 13 and 14, each home school is asked to request all veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand and be recognized for their contributions.

    The KHSAA is certainly proud to be a part of this recognition and hopeful that this simple acknowledgment will convey a powerful message of thanks on the part of the school and the […]

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    11/03/15 – NFL Releases New Study on Helmets

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The NFHS recently shared with the KHSAA an item from the NFL. The NFL recently released the results from a joint study with the NFLPA that looked at what football helmets best reduced the severity of impact. The performance of the 17 football helmets in these laboratory tests was evaluated across all impact velocities and locations and compared with one another. A statistical test was used to group football helmets with similar performance scores.

    It is important to emphasize that these results were based on testing intended to represent NFL impacts and thus, the conclusions on helmet performance cannot be extrapolated to collegiate, high school, or youth football.

    The findings from this study that were offered this past July to NFL athletic trainers and equipment managers are posted on the KHSAA website at /football/2015nflfootballhelmettestingstudy.pdf.

    For those interested in the poster, you can find it at http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/photo/2015/08/05/0ap3000000506659.pdf

    Please use this information as you see fit.

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    10/31/15 – Final End of Season FB Tiebreaker Results

    Football Blog Updates

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2015

    The calculations for the three-way tie-breaker in football have been posted online at  http://www.khsaa.org/football/2015/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/2015-football-district-standings/

    There were five out of state records that factored into the tiebreakers

    There were five specific ties this season with the final calculations at http://www.khsaa.org/football/2015/threewaytiebreakertodate.pdf:

    10/30/15 – Update On Schedule For 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2015

    The 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Finals are slated for Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University the weekend of December 3-6. The tentative schedule for the event has the games scheduled as follows (All times Central):

    Friday, Dec. 4th – 1A – 11 AM, 2A – 2:30 PM, 6A – 6 PM
    Saturday, Dec. 5th – 3A – 11 AM, 4A – 2:30 PM, 5A – 6 PM

    In the event that Western Kentucky University would earn the right to host the Conference USA Championship game the same weekend as the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, the schedule of games for the state football finals would have to be adjusted as follows:

    *Thursday, Dec. 3rd – 1A – 7 PM
    *Saturday, Dec. 5th – 6A – 5 PM, 5A – 8 PM
    *Sunday, Dec. 6th – 2A – 1 PM, 3A – 4 PM, 4A […]

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    10/29/15 – Reminders about Football Playoffs and Final Regular Season Week

    Football Blog Updates

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

    As we prepare for 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 this coming 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 website. 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 YOUR SCORE TO THE SCOREBOARD 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 result from a non-playoff or out of state team, so all scores […]

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    10/26/15 – 2016 State Bass Fishing Site Announced, Upcoming KHSAA.tv Webcast and Audio Schedule, Lincoln County Sanctioned

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2015

    During its meeting at the KHSAA Offices on October 20th, the Board of Control reviewed site options for the 2016 KHSAA Bass Fishing Championships. After examining options across the state, the Board ultimately elected to keep this year’s event at the Kentucky Dam Marina in Gilbertsville due to success of the event in its first three years, and strong support from local organizers and sponsors. The Board also asked the Commissioner to seek proposals for an additional three years from both the area near Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, as well as the Lake Cumberland region.

    “It is always good when multiple quality facilities and communities are interested in hosting our championships. The event has been wildly successful in terms of administration in its three years in the Kentucky Lake area and during that time of year, has offered our participants great opportunities for success in landing quality fish,” said Commissioner […]

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    10/11/15 – Reminder – Fall Postseason Eligibility Limited To Those On Postseason Roster

    Cross Country Blog Updates

    This reminder to all athletic directors, principals, and coaches at KHSAA member schools. Only those students who are indicated with a checkmark in the “postseason roster” column are eligible to compete in KHSAA sanctioned postseason competition. The following are quick reminders to take the steps necessary to complete this task, and will only work if you have administrator rights (principal/AD) or coach that has roster rights granted by an administrator:

    10/01/15 – Riherds.com to Sponsor Above and Beyond Awards at All State Championship Events

    2015-2016 News Releases

    Riherds.com, a Kentucky-based company headquartered in Smiths Grove specializing in trophies, awards, name tags and signs, will provide the “Above and Beyond” award at each KHSAA state championship event for 2015-16. Riherds.com is proud to be the Official Supplier of Trophies and Awards to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

    The award is given to a participant at each KHSAA championship event and will be awarded from the pool of candidates nominated by participating school representatives. The award is based on five attributes: Citizenship, Leadership, Athletics, Sportsmanship and Scholarship.

    Nominated students should exemplify these five attributes by:

    09/30/15 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

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    The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Fall Sports Championships is now live. Media members can visit credentials.khsaa.org to apply for credentials online.

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

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

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

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    09/04/15 – Reminder about Heat Index/Drones at Competition

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This notice is being sent to all member schools and specific licensed officials.

    HEAT INDEX
    While we have been blessed with a relatively cool summer, such is likely not to be the case this weekend and early next week. Keep in mind that the Heat Index regulations are always in place, with mandatory recording of temperatures and humidities to determine if any activity needs to change. The quick reference chart is located at http://khsaa.org/sportsmedicine/heat/heatindexchartcolor.pdf but schools as always are responsible for complete policy adherence, not just what is on the chart. 

    For Field Hockey, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf and even Volleyball (if played in a facility without air conditioning), all play must be suspended when the Heat Index reaches 104 degress. When the heat index is above 99, mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes for at least 10 minutes in duration are required, along with all other stipulations in the heat index guidelines. 

    For Football, the threshold temperature for […]

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