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2017-2018 News Releases

01/12/18 – Board of Control Expands State Archery Format, Reviews Initial Football Realignment Parameters

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During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA offices on Thursday, the Board of Control approved a proposal from staff to create a new championship opportunity for girls in the sport-activity of Archery. Where previously Archery was conducted as a coed sport, awarding one overall team championship, the regional and state competitions will now award separate team championships for coed and all-girls divisions.

“With the continued growth of Archery since becoming a sanctioned sport-activity six years ago, staff was asked to look into the feasibility of creating a separate all-girls division,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “The number of female competitors in our member schools and the overwhelming support of this proposal by the advisory committee made for an easy decision to recommend.”

Staff will return to the board in February with a final outline of the […]


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

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

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

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


12/19/17 – Initial Basketball Stat Leaders Report Released

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2017

The first statistical leader reports of the 2017-18 season for girls’ and boys’ basketball have been posted at Where in the past the statistical leader reports had been compiled on a weekly basis, the reports will now be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m., allowing for more current and up-to-date information.

Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27. 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.

Based upon recommendations from the Basketball Advisory Committee, the fine for schools not in compliance was doubled last season, […]


12/13/17 – First-Ever KHSAA State Dance Championships Set For Saturday in Lexington

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2017

The KHSAA’s newest championship makes its debut Saturday at Frederick Douglass HS with the inaugural KHSAA State Dance Championships. In its first year as a KHSAA-sponsored offering, Dance is the fifth sport-activity and sixth championship added by the Association since the 2011-12 academic year, joining Bowling, Competitive Cheer, Bass Fishing, Archery and Field Hockey.

The Dance Championships begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with the morning session featuring the Jazz Small, Hip Hop Large, Kick Large, Pom Large and Jazz Large divisions. Awards for the morning session are tentatively scheduled for 11:30 a.m., with the afternoon session to begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon session will feature performances in the Hip Hop Small and Pom Small divisions, with a short break scheduled at 2:42 p.m. The last performance is slated for 5:02 p.m., with awards to begin at approximately 5:20 p.m.

The KHSAA State Dance Championships will be webcast live […]


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

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

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


12/06/17 – Competitive Cheer Championships Begin Friday at Alltech Arena

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The KHSAA State Competitive Cheer Championships return to Alltech Arena this weekend, beginning with a new game day division on Friday, Dec. 8. The game day competition begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, with the awards presentation scheduled for 3:40 p.m. The competition resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with the All-Girls Small/Medium/Large Divisions in the morning session, followed at 2:30 p.m. by the All-Girls Super/Coed A/Coed B divisions in the afternoon session.

Tickets to the KHSAA State Competitive Cheer Championships are available for purchase online at Doors will open for fans at 8 a.m. each day and those planning to attend should be advised that the Kentucky Horse Park charges $5 for parking.

The KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships will be webcast live at for subscribers to the NFHS Network ( Subscription plans for the NFHS Network are available for $9.95 a month. A monthly […]


11/29/17 – 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Info

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For Immediate Release: November 29, 2017

The state football finals return to Lexington for the first time since 1976 on Friday at 2 p.m. when Beechwood (11-2) takes on Raceland (10-4) in the 1A Championship of the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Kroger Field. The action continues Friday night at 7 p.m. when Boyle County (13-1) faces Corbin (13-1) in the 3A Championship.

Saturday’s slate features three contests at Kroger Field, starting with Mayfield (13-1) versus Danville (14-0) in the 2A Championship at 1 p.m. Franklin-Simpson (11-3) and Johnson Central (12-2) will square off at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s 4A Championship game, followed by Covington Catholic (14-0) and Madison Southern (11-3) in the 5A Championship at 8 p.m. The 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl concludes Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when Trinity (Lou.) (14-0) takes on St. Xavier (12-2) in the 6A Championship.

Since last played in Lexington […]


11/25/17- Many Lexington Business Offering Discounts for Football Final Attendees

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Lexington is rolling out the welcome mat as several businesses are offering discounts to KHSAA State Football final ticket holders in town for the championship game!

Attendees holding a ticket stub from a game of the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will receive discounts at the following local vendors, including special discounts to other contests in town being hosted by the University.

Restaurants providing discounts with presentation of ticket stub

A.P. Suggins Bar & Grill

 Free non-alcoholic beverage


 10% discount

Athenian Grill

 15% discount at all locations

Bourbon n’ Toulouse

 $1.00 off


 15% discount

Corto Lima

 Free queso blanco with limit of one per table

J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar

 10% discount


 15% discount


 10% discount

Palmers Fresh Grill

 A free shareable with purchase of an entrée

Ramsey’s Diner

 Teams and Coaches get 20% off. If any team would like to eat at Ramsey’s please call and make reservations […]


11/19/17 – Dawahares/KHSAA Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018 Inductees Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2017

LEXINGTON – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was announced today in a press conference at the KHSAA Offices. The 13 members in this year’s class will be the 31st inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class of 2018 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Hilton. The Class of 2018 will also be recognized during the semifinals of the 2018 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®. The induction of the 13-member Class of 2018 will bring the total number of honorees in the Hall of Fame to 469.

Brian Brohm (Trinity (Lou.)) – The 2003 Mr. Football honoree, Brian Brohm led Trinity (Lou.) to three-consecutive state championships from 2001-03 while amassing 10,579 passing yards and 119 touchdown passes for the Shamrocks. A multi-sport […]


11/16/17 – Board of Control Addresses Future Basketball Calendar, Regional Alignment and State Advancement

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For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017

The Board of Control conducted a regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Wednesday morning, during which time it addressed a future basketball scheduling conflict, the placement of a new school in 2018-19 and revised state qualifying in two championships.

With a facility conflict pending at Rupp Arena in 2021 due to the venue hosting first round games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, an adjustment to the basketball calendar was necessary to accommodate the Sweet 16®. In addition, the girls’ basketball tournament was previously awarded to Rupp Arena in 2019 and 2020, with an option to extend to 2021 and 2022.

Based upon recommendation from staff, the Board approved a proposal to shift the start of the basketball season forward one week, for the 2020-21 season only, and adjust the corresponding dates calendar accordingly. The Commissioner was also authorized to begin […]


11/14/17 – 2018 KHSAA Hall of Fame Press Conference This Sunday; Football Championship Tickets On Sale

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will hold a press conference on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. to announce the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The Hall of Fame announcement will take place at the KHSAA Offices in Lexington (2280 Executive Drive).

The 2018 Hall of Fame banquet will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington (369 W. Vine Street). Ticket information for the banquet will be available at in the coming weeks. For more information on the Hall of Fame, or to submit a nomination, visit

2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Tickets Available Online

Tickets for the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl are available for purchase online at as both full championship sets and individual game orders. Reserved sets (all six games) are available in the Woodford Reserve Club for $150 or the Field Level […]


11/09/17- Bylaw 9 Rulings

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

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


11/08/17- High School Playoff Games Again Asked to Honor Veterans at Week 2 Games

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Every high school hosting a KHSAA football playoff game is again asked to 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 the importance of their sacrifices and the meaning of Veteran’s Day. The KHSAA is grateful to be able to participate again during 2017.

For the second round of the football playoffs at home sites November 10, each host 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 community in general.


2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Tickets Availability

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  • Class 2A, […]


11/02/17 – Information On Ordering Tickets to 2017 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 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals.

  • The games will be played at Kroger FIeld at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
  • Advance ticket purchases INCLUDE parking charges. There will be no additional parking charge for those holding a pre-purchased ticket.
  • All tickets ordered in advance will be held at will call at the stadium for distribution beginning on Friday morning, December 1 at the main stadium box office near Gate 9.
  • The schedule for this year’s event has games scheduled as follows (All times Eastern):
    • Friday, December 1st – 1A – 2 PM, 3A – 7 PM
    • Saturday, December 2nd – 2A – 1 PM, 4A – 4:30 PM, 5A – 8:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 3rd – 6A – 2 PM


11/02/17 – Fall Championship Weekend Wraps Up Volleyball, Soccer and Cross Country Seasons

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Nine team state titles will be awarded this weekend as the KHSAA’s Fall Championship weekend puts the finishing touches on the 2017 soccer, volleyball and cross country seasons. Six state championship trophies will be up for grabs Saturday during the 2017 KHSAA Cross Country State Meet at the Kentucky Horse Park. Championship action continues that evening with the finals of the girls’ and boys’ state soccer tournaments at Lafayette HS with the first game starting at 5 p.m. The 2017 KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament gets underway Friday morning with first round matches at Valley HS in Louisville and concludes with the championship match at 2 p.m. on Sunday. will produce live webcasts of the championship games of the KHSAA State Soccer Tournament, as well as the semifinals and finals of the KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament. A highlight package of the 2017 KHSAA Cross Country State Meet will […]


10/26/17 – State Soccer Tournament Continues With Quarterfinal Action Saturday in Lexington

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The 2017 KHSAA State Soccer Tournament resumes Saturday morning with quarterfinal action at Frederick Douglass HS and Lafayette HS in Lexington. Four games will take place at each site, with the first games of the day starting at 12 p.m. and the last games at each site scheduled for 6 p.m.

at Lafayette HS
12 p.m. (GIRLS) – Bowling Green vs. West Jessamine
2 p.m. (BOYS) – Daviess Co. vs Perry Co. Central
4 p.m. (BOYS) – Warren Central vs. Campbell Co.
6 p.m. (GIRLS) – Daviess Co. vs Russell

at Frederick Douglass HS
12 p.m. (GIRLS) – Corbin vs. Notre Dame
2 p.m. (BOYS) – St. Xavier vs. Oldham Co.
4 p.m. (BOYS) – Corbin vs. Ryle
6 p.m. (GIRLS) – Sacred Heart vs. Simon Kenton

All games after Saturday […]


10/20/17 – Field Hockey State Tournament Begins Tomorrow in Louisville

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The fourth annual KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament gets underway Saturday morning with quarterfinal action at Assumption Green in Louisville. Sacred Heart (18-7) takes on Presentation (7-13) in the first game of the day at 10 a.m., followed by defending state champion Assumption (18-6) vs. Ballard (16-5) at 12 p.m.

Kentucky Country Day (22-4) will square off against Christian Academy-Louisville (19-5-2) at 2 p.m., with DuPont Manual (15-8-2) facing Atherton (15-8-1) in the final match of the day at 4 p.m. Live stats for all games will be available on the Field Hockey page at, with box scores posted following the completion of each match.

The semifinals and championship of the state tournament will move to Christian Academy-Lou., with the semifinal games set for 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23. The championship game will take place Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the […]


10/09/17 – Volleyball, Soccer, Field Hockey Draw Show Set For Wednesday

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The pairings for the 2017 KHSAA Volleyball, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, and Field Hockey State Tournaments will be revealed Wednesday, October 11th when the annual KHSAA Fall Championship Draw Show is conducted at the KHSAA Offices at 11:30 a.m. The Draw Show will be broadcast live online by through the NFHS Network.

The Field Hockey State Tournament gets underway Saturday, Oct. 21 at Assumption Green, with the semifinals (Oct. 23) and championship (Oct. 25) moving to Christian Academy-Louisville. The Soccer State Tournament begins with Semi-State matches at local sites on Oct. 23rd for the boys and Oct. 24th for the girls. The quarterfinals will be played in Lexington at Frederick Douglass and Lafayette High Schools on Saturday, Oct. 28, with all remaining rounds taking place at Lafayette. The Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Semifinals will be played on Nov. 1-2, respectively, with the finals set for Saturday, Nov. […]


10/06/17 – Board of Control Sets State Soccer Sites, Approves New Member School

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During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 28 at the KHSAA Offices, the Board of Control accepted a membership application from Danville Christian Academy and finalized sites for the 2017 State Soccer Tournament. Danville Christian Academy will begin its two-year probationary period with the current 2017-18 school year, and will be ineligible for postseason competition until the 2019-20 academic year.

Based upon a recommendation from the Commissioner and staff, the Board approved Frederick Douglass and Lafayette High Schools as the sites for the 2017 State Soccer Tournament. The quarterfinal matches will be played at Frederick Douglass and Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 28, with all semifinal (Nov. 1-2) and championship matches (Nov. 4) taking place at Lafayette.

The Board also approved the passage of the Annual Meeting proposal to the Kentucky Board of Education. The proposal, passed by the membership with a vote of 167-22, would amend […]


10/02/17 – Leachman/KHSAA State Golf Championships Begin Tuesday

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The first state championships of the 2017-18 season will be contested this week at the Bowling Green Country Club with the 2017 Leachman Buick•GMC•Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championships. The boys’ tournament begins Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 a.m., with the final 18 holes slated for Wednesday, Oct. 4. The girls’ championship gets underway with first round action on Friday, Oct. 6, followed by the second round on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Tee times and pairings for each event can be found through the tournament homepage links below, which will also be the source for live scoring throughout the championships:

Boys –

Girls –

On the boys’ side, Lyon County’s Cullan Brown will look to repeat as individual medalist while St. Xavier will be in search of its fourth-straight team title. Brown claimed the 2016 state title with a five-under par 139 (66-73), while St. Xavier posted a […]


09/21/17 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

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The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Fall Sports Championships is now live, and can be accessed by going to

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 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 […]


09/22/17-UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year

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UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports.
  • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
  • The nominee must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
  • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
  • The nominee must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Nominations shall be submitted by December 30, 2017, to the KHSAA through the link at

Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff for review and selection.

  • The selection committee, consisting of athletic trainers from each region across the state, will […]


09/18/17 – Annual Meeting of Delegates This Wednesday At Lexington Center

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2017

The KHSAA Annual Meeting of Delegates will be held Wednesday, September 20th at the Lexington Center, starting at 8 a.m. with three information and continuous improvement sessions for athletic administrators. The day’s agenda begins with a workshop on Title IX education, followed by presentations on services for member schools (Arbiter Sports, NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, and Huddle/GoFan Ticketing), and a segment on Emergency Action Plans by UK Sports Medicine.

The business meeting is slated to begin at 11:45 a.m. in Bluegrass Ballroom 2, with only one proposal up for consideration at this year’s meeting. The proposal put forth would amend Bylaw 23 to remove the second scrimmage restriction from football teams that have their first regular season game during week 0 (NFHS Week 7), and allow those teams that play during Week 0 to play a second scrimmage, with said scrimmage to be limited to allowable contact per […]


08/31/17- Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Soccer

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The first weekly statistical leader reports of the season for football and boys’ and girls’ soccer have been posted at 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:

Overall Stats Leaders

Class 1A Stats Leaders

Class 2A Stats […]


08/24/17 – KHSAA To Host Annual HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Next Week

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The 17th Annual KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences will take place next week in Lexington and Louisville. The conferences are a free service provided by the Association for student-athletes to learn teamwork exercises and sportsmanship initiatives, and discuss current issues.

The first conference will be held Monday, Aug. 28 at the Lexington Convention Center, followed by the second seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel & Conference Center.

Assisting with this year’s conference will be a group of five student-athletes that represented the KHSAA at the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit in July: Olivia Graber (Muhlenberg County), Maggie Metzger (Assumption), Austin Wetherington (St. Mary), Amanda McConnell (DuPont Manual) and Peyton Lipe (Muhlenberg County). In addition to helping facilitate this year’s conference, the group will help plan the 2018 HYPE Student Leadership Conference.

Topics for this year’s […]


08/16/17 – High School Activities Bring Communities Together!

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By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.

Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths, and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.

That’s why attending the activities hosted by your […]


08/03/17 – Pannell Swim Shop Returns as Title Sponsor of State Swim Meet

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The State Swimming and Diving Championships will have a title sponsor once again, as Pannell Swim Shop and the KHSAA have reached an agreement on a three-year deal beginning with the upcoming 2018 championships. Pannell Swim Shop, which previously served as title sponsor of the State Swim Meet from 2009-13, has 30 years of experience serving the swimming community as a premier one-stop shop for all swimming and swim-related needs.

“Pannell Swim Shop is synonymous with high school swimming in the Commonwealth and we are absolutely delighted to have them continuing as a partner in support of our state meet,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Tom [Viney] has a longtime involvement in the swimming and triathlon community, and his familiarity with both our schools and this event are the ideal combination. Nothing could be more appropriate than for Pannell Swim Shop to rise to the occasion […]


07/29/17 – KHSAA Recognizes Top Officials During Officiate Kentucky Day

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With nearly 700 officials in attendance for the first-ever Officiate Kentucky Day, the KHSAA honored its top officials of the 2016-17 season during the day’s festivities at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. The top officials for each sport or sport-activity the Association licenses officials were honored as part of the annual officials recognition program during a luncheon on Saturday.

This year’s nominees and winners (in bold) for the 2016-17 season are:

Baseball — Randy Ross (Morehead), Bryan Hockman (Russellville), Kyle Maggard (Hazard),
Basketball — Molly Caldwell (Lexington), Kristie Combs (Hazard), Tim Trent (Pikeville), Barry Vincent (Bowling Green)
Competitive Cheer — Ruth Sorace (Elizabethtown), Judy Lowry (Lexington)
Field Hockey — Mary Brainard (Lexington), Craig Kalbfleisch (Louisville)
Football — Brian Taylor (Russell), Joe Ammerman (Cynthiana), Tyrone Fields (Whitesburg)
Soccer — Keith Green (Wingo), Eric Morwessel (Ft. Wright)
Softball — Chuck Standiford (Hopkinsville), Mike Carby (Bowling […]


07/26/17 – KHSAA To Host Officiate Kentucky Day This Saturday In Louisville

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The KHSAA will host the first-ever Officiate Kentucky Day on Saturday, July 29 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in conjunction with the 2017 National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Annual Summit (July 30-August 1). More than 650 attendees will convene in Louisville for this one-day gathering designed to educate officials, exchange valuable information and celebrate their involvement in the industry.

Saturday’s festivities begin with an opening session at 8:30 a.m. with topical breakout sessions scheduled throughout the day, culminating with a closing session at 4:30 p.m. featuring Fox Sports Rules Analyst Mike Pereira as the keynote speaker. A full schedule of events can be found at; with a list of speakers and presenters available at

As part of the day’s activities, the KHSAA will conduct its annual Outstanding Official of the Year Awards program for the […]


07/21/17 – KY High School Basketball Hall of Fame Opens – Celebrating the Essence of the Game

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In celebration of the great work by so many individuals through the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and their allied partners, the KHSAA wishes them the very best of luck as the induct the remainder of their Centennial Class this weekend. In celebration, we gladly present a piece written by Hall of Fame journalist Billy Reed as KABC finishes this step in their long journey to celebrate the essence of the game that led to the KHSAA founding, high school basketball.

“Well, one of my dreams has always been, on a Sunday morning, to be coming home on a fire truck, riding through Shelbyville and holding the state championship trophy with my finger up in the air: ‘We’re number one!’”
— Arnold Thurman, 1966 Shelby County state champs

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — If basketball has more to do with dreams than any other sport, and a convincing argument can be made that it […]


07/18/17 – Board of Control Mandates Face Protection in Softball

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The Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 academic year July 14-15 at the Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky. Over the course of its two-day meeting, the Board took a progressive step in the area of student-athlete safety by approving a recommendation from staff to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen. The Board’s action, which follows the recommended use of protective headgear in July of 2014, makes Kentucky the first state to require face protection in high school softball, and continues the KHSAA’s willingness to be at the forefront in regards to player safety, as the Association implemented a pitch count in baseball one year before it was approved at the national level.

The KHSAA submitted a proposal to amend the NFHS playing rules at the 2017 NFHS Summer Meeting (June 28-July 2), […]