Football Blog Updates

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
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04/15/14 – Football Draft Alignment Information and Feedback

Football Blog Updates

Throughout this school year, the Board of Control Team Sports Committee has been conducting discussions and working with staff on finalizing a draft alignment of schools for the 2015 through 2018 playing seasons. The Board has authorized me to release a draft of schools divided into districts for play during the 2015 through 2018 seasons.

All of the information relative to the realignment is located at http://khsaa.org/football-alignmentrealignment-information/. Select the 2015-2018 alignment/realignment menu to review maps and other related data.The draft alignment is listed at http://khsaa.org/041514-football-draft-alignment-of-teams-2015-2018/

Let me give you a brief summary of the Board’s discussions and where things stand as of now:

  • Scheduling Moratorium: Contracts signed prior to May 12, 2014 for the 2015 playing season and beyond are not to be considered valid. Schools are to hold off scheduling until the final alignment is approved.
  • Board Next Steps: The alignment will be made final following a comment period by the schools, at the [...]

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  • 03/28/14 – Football 8th Region Official Association Interest

    Football Blog Updates

    TO ALL KHSAA FOOTBALL OFFICIALS -

    The 8th Region policy board and a group of regional officials are in the early stages of the possible formation of an 8th Region Football Officials Association, and have communicate such interest to the KHSAA. Interested officials should email your contact information (name, phone, email address) to eighthregion@gmail.com. Submitting this information is not a commitment to join that association nor is it a decision to leave another association, but will gauge interest in creating this association before investing resources. Gathering numbers and contact information of interested officials will give us a better understanding of the viability of such an association.

    If formed, the 8th Region Football Officials Association could possibly provide officials for the 8th Region schools listed below that have a football program, at one or more levels. As with all other associations, there would be no mandate for a school in the region to use a [...]

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    03/20/14 – Board of Control Adopts Official Soccer and Volleyball, Approves Football Playing-up Report

    2013-2014 News Releases

    The KHSAA Board of Control, at a special meeting on March 20, 2014, took action on several pending matters. At the meeting, the Board of Control:

    Approved SELECT SPORT as the official ball for postseason play in Soccer beginning with the 2014-2015 school year;

    Approved BADEN as the official ball for postseason play in Volleyball beginning with the 2014-2015 school year; and

    Approved the requests by nine member schools to voluntarily play into a higher classification in the 2015-2018 football alignment, and nine member schools to move to a lower class compared to the original distributed school list. Detailed listings are available at http://khsaa.org/football/realignment/20152018/ListingbyClassbyEnrollmentwithEnrollments.pdf. At its April meeting, the Board of Control will review a draft alignment of teams in districts for football to begin with the 2015-2016 school year, with final approval set for the May Board of Control meeting.

    The next Board of Control meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 at [...]

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    01/28/14 – Football Alignment Update and Opportunity to Play Into a Higher Class

    2013-2014 News Releases

    January 28, 2014

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

    FR: Commissioner Julian Tackett

    RE: Update on the Drafting of 2015 through 2018 Football Alignment, Opportunity to Play to a Higher Class

    At its meeting January 27, the KHSAA Board of Control discussed and agreed on parameters surrounding an alignment of teams in football for the 2015 through 2018 playing season. While many issues constantly are discussed nearly every time the subject of football is brought up, it is timely that the alignment discussion become finalized. The following decisions have been finalized within the drafting of the alignment:

    CHANGES AND NOTE SINCE DISTRIBUTION

    The originally distributed enrollment listings have been amended to reflect the merger of Wayne County and Monticello High Schools. Wayne County would then be a 4A school, with Moore being in Class 3A. The revised documents will be posted on the website.

    SCHEDULING MORATORIUM

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    01/27/14 – Board of Control Discusses Football Realignment at January Meeting

    2013-2014 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 27, 2014

    During its January meeting at the KHSAA Office on Monday, the Board of Control discussed at length football realignment for the 2015-18 seasons. The Board examined several options for establishing future classifications before approving a measure to use four-year enrollment averages to determine the 2015-18 alignment.

    The Board also approved a motion to allow teams to voluntarily play into a higher class, with the only restriction being that the school in question shall remain in the class for the entire four-year period. All requests must be made prior to the set deadline before district boundaries are established. If a team from one classification elects to play into a higher class, the lowest enrollment average school in the higher class will be given an option to move into the lower class, with every attempt being made to ensure a balance in the number of [...]

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    12/09/13 – Boys Sweet 16® Press Conference Tuesday; Competitive Cheer Championships Saturday; Football Championship Review

    2013-2014 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 9, 2013 

    Press Conference Called For Tuesday Regarding Boys’ Sweet 16®

    The KHSAA will hold a press conference at the Association’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon regarding the future of the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen®. The press conference will begin at 12:15 p.m. with remarks from the Association and iHigh.com. The press conference will be streamed live at KHSAA.org.


    KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships This Saturday At Alltech Arena
     

    The second annual KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships will take place this Saturday at Alltech Arena in Lexington. Doors open to the fans at 9 a.m., with the competition beginning at 10 a.m. with the All-Girls’ Small and All-Girls’ Medium divisions. The All-Girls’ Large and All-Girls’ Super-Large Divisions will begin at 2 p.m., with the day’s events concluding with the Coed Division at 6 p.m. An awards presentation will immediately follow each competition [...]

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    12/06/13 – 10:30 am – Changes in Schedule, State Football Finals

    2013-2014 News Releases

    After reviewing all of the available data/information and the most educated predictions, the KHSAA is making schedule adjustments for the rest of the weekend, and changes to a few of the event instructions to help with this weekend’s weather situation. Though there are dozens of factors that went into the schedule revisions, the first and foremost concerns have been competitor safety, and the travel needs of the entire school communities, especially the evenings when ice is highly anticipated. All 12 schools through their senior administration, have been involved in the lengthy discussions about options and individual situations considered, ranging from those three miles from the facility, to many hours away. In the end, the teams have committed at this time to being able to accommodate the schedule changes. Each person desiring to attend the games must make the most prudent decision for their own circumstances as far as coming to the games, all of which will be streamed live on www.khsaa.org [...]

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    12/05/13 – 9:30 a.m. Current Status – KHSAA Football Finals – Weather Related Announcement

    2013-2014 News Releases

    The KHSAA is closely monitoring the weather situation related to the football finals this weekend in Bowling Green, with both local weather information and public information from Kentucky Emergency Management.

    12/5/2013 – 10:00 a.m.
    At this point, the schedule remains the same, and the Class 1A (11 a.m.) and 3A (3 p.m.) games, scheduled for Friday, December 6 will be played as planned.
    No later than 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, December 6, a final determination will be made for the Class 6A (7 p.m.) and subsequent games and announced through all available means. As of 9:30 a.m. on 12/5, the games WILL BE PLAYED AS SCHEDULED, but this is subject to change based on changing conditions.

    The KHSAA and its member institutions as well as everyone involved in the hosting of these games urge all involved to make carefully considered decisions regarding attendance at the games and to exercise caution. Leaving earlier than [...]

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    12/03/13 – KHSAA Partners With First String Media, PrepSpin.com For Enhanced Web Streaming Network

    2013-2014 News Releases

    KHSAA Partners With First String Media, PrepSpin.com For Enhanced Web Streaming Network

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 3, 2013

    Through a new venture launched prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the KHSAA has transitioned its online video broadcast network (KHSAA.tv) to an internal operation through a new partnership with First String Media and PrepSpin.com. After outsourcing its championship webcasts in previous seasons, this year’s championship events will feature live video streaming and highlight packages produced internally through the new partnership. Live video streaming, archived broadcasts and highlight packages will remain free of charge through the Association’s website.

    KHSAA.org will remain the exclusive home for live video streaming of KHSAA Championship events, with live championship coverage of 11 events, and post-event highlight packages provided for six other sports and sport-activities. Live video streaming will be available for a total of 41 games during the 2013-14 season through [...]

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    11/22/13 – On-Demand Printing For KHSAA Championship Programs

    2013-2014 News Releases

    Updated commemorative copies of each completed KHSAA fall championship event are now available for on-demand printing through TheBookPatch.com. Full color and black-and-white versions of this year’s championship programs (Golf, Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball) are all available for purchase.

    Commemorative editions of each championship program from the 2012-13 season are also available through TheBookPatch.com, along with the 2013-14 KHSAA Events Calendar and 2013-14 Handbook.

    A complete list of KHSAA programs available for sale can be found at:

    http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStoreResults.aspx?search=KHSAA&ddl=authors

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    11/05/13 – High School Playoff Contests Asked to Honor Veterans

    2013-2014 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.

    For the first round of the football playoffs at home sites this weekend, each home school will be 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 9, there will be an announcement prior to [...]

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    11/01/13 – Fairview High School Receives Sanctions From KHSAA; Football Team Removed From Postseason Play

    2013-2014 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 1, 2013 

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Fairview High School for violation of Bylaw 3 (Maximum Number of Years) and Bylaw 4 (Enrollment Requirements), penalties which include the forfeiture of 19 football games over the last two seasons, including having its 2012 Class 1A State Runner-Up finish vacated, and the suspension and removal of the Fairview HS football team from the 2013 state playoffs.

    “For 55 years, Fairview Schools have had an outstanding relationship with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Today’s ruling will not change that relationship as this incident with the ineligible player was handled with the utmost professionalism by the Commissioner and his staff,” said Fairview Independent Schools Superintendent Bill Musick. “We as a staff at Fairview Schools accept the responsibility for what has transpired. Neither the Fairview Schools nor Fairview High School has [...]

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    10/29/13 – Reminders about Football Playoffs and Final Regular Season Week

    Football 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 [...]

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    10/22/13 – Information On Ordering Tickets to State Football Finals

    2013-2014 News Releases

    Seems like the years continue to go faster, as it is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to this year’s 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 6 and Saturday, December 7 at Feix Field, Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green;
    • Game times will be 11:00 (1A), 3:00 (3A) and 7:00 (6A) on Friday, and will be 11:00 (2A), 3:00 (4A) and 7:00 (5A) on Saturday. All times are Central Time;
    • The KFCA will be conducting an important continuous improvement session in conjunction with the finals. Contact Jimmie Reed with the KFCA for details;
    • Both the club level and VIP [...]

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    10/17/13 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

    2013-2014 News Releases

    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 grant the bearer, and only the bearer, access to KHSAA championship events, and are non-transferable.   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 [...]

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    10/09/13 – Commissioner Issues Clarification about Postgame Activity, Corrections to Erroneous Media and Social Media Reports

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    First, for those who may choose to read no further, there has never been a ban or prohibition on postgame handshakes or other types of good sporting behavior by the KHSAA, its Commissioner or its Board of Control. Nor has such a ban been proposed. There is no ban or prohibition on such activity today or contemplated for the future.

    This message has been composed entirely by the Commissioner of the KHSAA. I do not want any room for misinterpretation or anyone else being accused of being involved. As the Commissioner, I take very seriously my role to ensure clear, concise and accurate communication regarding the expectations for our membership, participants, coaches, officials and all involved.

    However, yesterday (10/8), at best a poorly worded and at worst, an incomplete, notice was sent from me to the member schools regarding postgame activity. Regardless of the number of people who had written [...]

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    10/08/13 – Commissioner’s Directive on Postgame Activity

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    For those that may choose to read only the first few lines, it is worth reiteration. THERE IS NO BAN OR PROHIBITION ON POSTGAME HANDSHAKES. Has not been considered, contemplated or reviewed as an option.

    Several sports have “traditions” regarding postgame handshakes, etc. by team members (both en masse and as individuals), but none of them have such action dictated by playing rules. While it is an obvious sign of sportsmanship and civility, many incidents have occurred both in Kentucky (more than two dozen in the last three years in Kentucky alone) and throughout the country, where fights and physical conflicts have broken out during these postgame handshakes. And this is not restricted to specific sports. In our state alone, incidents in soccer, football and volleyball have occurred this fall.

    Unfortunately, the adrenaline and effort required to participate in the sport sometimes seems to deplete the supply of judgement available to participants. And this can [...]

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    09/30/13 – Golf Regionals Underway; KHSAA To Honor Past Championship Teams

    2013-2014 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2013


    Golf Regionals Monday and Tuesday; Leachman/KHSAA State Golf Championship Next Week

    Golfers from around the state will vie for a spot in the first state championship event of the 2013-14 season as regionals are held Monday (boys) and Tuesday (girls) throughout the Commonwealth. The 2013 Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championships will take place next week at the Bowling Green Country Club. The boys’ championship will be held Oct. 7-9, followed by the girls’ event Oct. 10-12.

    Results from the regionals will be posted to the golf home page at KHSAA.org as soon as they become available. Pairings and tee times will also be available online, with live scoring for the events available through GolfStat.com.


    KHSAA To Honor Silver, Golden Anniversary Teams At Fall Championships

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    08/30/13 – Additional Information Received – Riddell Helmets with Helmet Add-ons

    Football Blog Updates

    As the coaches are aware, we have sent out several bits of communication regarding helmets and helmet add-ons. Today, we received the information below that was sent out by Riddell regarding the use of add-on devices to their helmets. This notice reiterates the stance we have consistently held, that unless you receive written approval from a helmet company that they consider their helmet to be NOCSAE certified with any add-on (cap, glue on pad, or any other add-on to the shell of the helmet), then these attachments cannot be worn in practice or competition.

    August 30, 2013 – Riddell Response to Address Aftermarket Accessories and NOCSAE Certification

    Football helmets and face masks worn by professional, collegiate, high school and most youth football players are required to meet National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) performance standards. NOCSAE certification involves rigorous internal product testing, independent laboratory testing and a sound quality assurance program. Each [...]

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    08/30/13 – Quick FB 0 Week Wrap Up

    Football Blog Updates

    Just about three quick reminders after watching quite a bit of Week 0 video.

    FB Experimental Rule

    Remember we are experimenting with a rule on kickoffs. This experiment adds to the end of 6-1-3, “After the ball is marked ready for play and until it is kicked, no member of the kicking team with the exception of the kicker may be more than five yards behind the kicking team’s free kick line.” As we apply this experiment, remember it is only a foul if someone is touching beyond the goal line side of the five-yard mark. In other words, with a standard 40-yard line kickoff, if someone were touching the 35-yard line, but not beyond the goal-line side edge of that line, it is legal. Don’t over officiate this new rule. Something has to be touching beyond.

    If the foul does occur, it’s a five yard encroachment foul, which kills the play before it begins. Remember, [...]

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    08/30/13 – Heat Timeouts Mandated for Football Week 1, August 30 and 31

    Football Blog Updates

    Obviously with today’s extreme temperatures and expected to go through the weekend, a quick reminder is in order.

    YES, for this entire weekend and in all games regardless of temperature, we will mandate a heat timeout which shall not be charged to either team, during each quarter. The time-outs should be taken at the first change of possession following the six minute mark of each quarter.

    Officials and coaches should also remember that the Heat Index Policy is in place for all games. If the heat index is 95 to 99, then a break is mandatory for at least 10 minutes in duration, every 30 minutes. If the heat index is above 99, no activity, including warmups, is permitted due to the requirements for safety equipment.

    Best of luck to all involved.

     

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    08/26/13 – Video Replay and Video Board Reminders for Schools

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    USE AND REVIEW OF VIDEO OF SCRIMMAGES AND CONTESTS, USE OF VIDEO BOARDS

    REMINDER ABOUT TAPING WITHOUT PERMISSION (FROM BYLAW 15)
    Sec. 2) Illegal Equipment/Videotaping
    a) It shall also be considered a violation of this rule if any school or school representative(s) uses or allows the use of illegal equipment which gains a competitive advantage in the contest and which is expressly prohibited by the rules adopted for that sport.
    b) This shall also include the on-site recording of past or future opponents in any electronic form without the expressed consent of all involved teams.
    c) A violation of this provision may result in penalization by the Commissioner’s office in accordance with the provisions of this bylaw and in accordance with KHSAA Bylaw 27.
    Case BL 15-14- Is it a violation for a school to videotape an opponent without permission or use otherwise illegal equipment such as cleats [...]

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    08/23/13 – Heat Reminders and Time-Out Procedures Reiterated for Football games

    Football 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, officials are directed to take the NFHS permissible heat time-outs during each quarter of each game played on August 23 and August 24 if the ambient temperature at the playing site is 80 degrees or higher. In most cases, we will not reach the normal levels of the heat index monitoring regulations, but safe is certainly better than sorry. The time-outs should be taken [...]

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    08/12/13 – Reminder about Football Running Clock Procedure

    Football Blog Updates

    This notice effects all football games played in Kentucky involving KHSAA member schools at al levels of play.

    The point differential to initiate the running clock has been changed from 45 points to 36 points. Though this was previously noticed to all football coaches, this reminder is necessary as the season is about the begin. As was stated in the earlier notice email, the Commissioner’s Football Advisory Committee, which is made up of coaches and athletic administrators throughout the state, felt strongly that having had ample time to evaluate the previous difference, and with a desire surrounding injury prevention and efficient conduct of the games, that the number should be changed.

    For details of the procedure, see http://khsaa.org/running-clock-provisions-khsaa-football-all-high-school-levels-of-play/.

    Best of luck to all as the season begins.

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    08/10/13 – NOCSAE Position Statement Revised Again Helmet Attachments, Clarification for Coaches and Officials

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    NOCSAE, National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, has again revised its position statement regarding Helmet Attachments. The complete position statement is located on their web site, and available  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LATEST POSITION STATEMENT FROM NOCSAE.

    Neither the KHSAA, not the NFHS tests football helmets. As such, we cannot make an evaluation concerning any claim made about a product that is added to the helmet or its usage.

    However, the KHSAA does strictly adhere to the NFHS playing rules. NFHS playing rule 1-5-3(9) clearly states that any piece of equipment is illegal if not worn as intended by the manufacturer. It is the obligation of the helmet manufacturer to indicate to the member school IN WRITING that a specific helmet attachment is being worn as intended by the manufacturer if such equipment is worn. If such written verification is received, it should be presented to the officials during [...]

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    08/05/13 – Reminder about Approved Football Experimental Playing Rule

    Football Blog Updates

    For the 2013 playing season (and possibly beyond), the KHSAA is conducted an approved experiment with the NFHS playing rules dealing with the formation of the kicking team on a free kick (kick-off).

    DESCRIPTION OF MODIFICATION: Add to end of 6-1-3. After the ball is marked ready for play and until it is kicked, no member of the kicking team with the exception of the kicker may be more than five yards behind the kicking team’s free kick line.

    The intent of this change is to hopefully slow down the acceleration of the kicking team members and reduce some of the collision involved with the full-speed kicking team member collides with the somewhat stationary receiving team member in an attempt to reduce opportunity for injury and minimize risk. The penalty would remain encroachment (as 6-1-3 is now), and would be a dead ball foul, killing the kick immediately to prevent potentially hazardous contact.

    Here are [...]

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    08/05/13 – Reminder about Accurate Football Schedules

    Football Blog Updates

    Many schools have not yet verified the accuracy of their football schedule. Please be sure your schedule online is accurate and complete. The following table shows game totals for this current season. Double check your school game count and login to http://schools.khsaa.org if you need to make any changes.

     

    School

    Games Playing

    Adair County

    10

    Allen Central

    10

    Allen County-Scottsville

    10

    Anderson County

    10

    Apollo

    10

    Ashland Blazer

    10

    Atherton

    10

    Ballard

    10

    Ballard Memorial

    10

    Bardstown

    10

    Barren County

    10

    Bath County

    10

    Beechwood

    8

    Belfry

    10

    Bell County

    10

    Bellevue

    10

    Berea

    9

    Bethlehem

    10

    Betsy Layne

    10

    Bishop Brossart

    10

    Boone County

    10

    Bourbon County

    10

    Bowling Green

    10

    Boyd County

    8

    Boyle County

    10

    Bracken County

    10

    Breathitt County

    10

    Breckinridge County

    10

    Bryan Station

    10

    Bullitt Central

    10

    Bullitt East

    10

    Butler

    10

    Butler County

    10

    Caldwell County

    10

    Calloway County

    10

    Campbell County

    10

    Campbellsville

    10

    Carroll [...]

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    07/23/13 – New Track/XC Alignment Approved; Football Draft Alignments; Tackett Receives New 4-Year Contract

    2013-2014 News Releases

    New Track/XC Alignment Approved; Football Draft Alignments To Begin; Commissioner Receives Extremely Favorable Evaluation

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 23, 2013

    The Board of Control conducted its July meeting on Monday at the Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. Among the various topics addressed was the finalizing of a new alignment for Track and Field/Cross Country for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

    Following months of review, a survey of the member schools, and consideration of all of the suggested amendments, the Board of Control adopted a revised alignment for Track & Field/Cross Country to take effect for postseason competition in the fall of 2013. Originally, a draft alignment was developed which would have minimized differences in enrollment between the largest and smallest schools in Class 1A and Class 3A. However, the feedback from the membership was more favorable to the current system [...]

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