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08/21/14 - Heat Index Reminder for Soccer

With Temperatures reaching into the nineties for many areas across the Commonwealth this week, I would like to remind all of you of our Heat Index guidelines for Soccer:

In games where the heat index has been determined to be 95 or higher, play will stop at the 20-minute mark of each half of play to allow student-athletes and officials to take a mandatory 10-minute heat timeout and water break. Contest officials will get heat index information from game management before the start of the contest and will then implement the timeout procedures by notifying the coaches at the required pre-game meeting.

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

08/21/14 - HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Take Place Next Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2014

The 14th Annual HYPE KHSAA Student Leadership Conference will be conducted next week in Lexington and Bowling Green. The conference is 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. 25 at the Lexington Convention Center, followed by the second seminar on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green. This year’s event marks the fourth since the HYPE Student Leadership Conference was split into two meetings to better accommodate students across the Commonwealth.

“We are one of about twenty-five states that conduct a similar student conference, but one of only a handful that provide the service free of charge,” said Associate Commissioner Butch Cope. “We try to provide activities and sessions that students can take back and put to use at their school and on their specific teams. We look forward to this event in preparation for the Association to participate in the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) summit in Indianapolis in July, where Kentucky students will be attending with students from across the country.”

Topics for this year’s breakout sessions include seminars on New Leaders (Patrick George), Leadership Safety (Bill Bell, KOHS), Leadership (Brad Harlan, MSG) and Team Building (Kara Mattingly, Asbury University). This year’s keynote speaker will be Harvey Alston (http://www.harveyalston.com/).

The conference is free to attendees and primarily funded with the receipts from the Association’s corporate sponsor program. More than 600 student-athletes attended the two-day session last year.

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.

08/21/14 - Scoreboard/Rosters/Statistics Reminder

With the 2014-15 school year underway, not to mention a large number of administrators and coaches holding new positions across the state, now is a good time to pass along a few reminders for the fall sports season in regards to schedules, statistics and rosters.

SCOREBOARD/ROSTER/SCHEDULE REMINDER
The KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard is provided as a service to schools, student-athletes, media members and the general public. The most frequent complaint we hear from the media, general public and our own membership is that the scoreboard contains inaccurate schedules and rosters, as this is often the tool the media uses to cover your programs and this information provides tremendous promotional benefit to your students and school community. It is the responsibility of each school to keep their schedules and rosters current and accurate throughout the year as has previously been detailed by the Commissioner.

At your earliest convenience, please take a moment to review the schedules and rosters for your fall teams on the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard and make sure they are up-to-date, including jersey numbers and positions for varsity student-athletes.

SCORE REPORTING
Please remind your coaching staffs of the importance of calling in scores to the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard hotline (1-800-453-6882) immediately following each game, whether they are at home or on the road, whether they win or lose. Do not assume the home team will call in the score. It is better to have a score reported twice than not at all. The KHSAA pays for individuals to monitor the scoreboard each night to provide timely results to the public and media, and of course, to the membership. Having an accurate and up-to-date scoreboard is a valuable resource for all involved. See the note at the end of this post regarding failure to maintain current contest by contest results.

In addition to the scoreboard hotline number, beginning this season, the admin system will be generating “upcoming game” emails on game days that will allow score reporting directly from the email message. Each email will have an active link, which once clicked upon, will allow you to enter the game directly from your computer or mobile device. This option is being offered as a user-friendly way for teams to report results.

SCHEDULES AND TOURNAMENTS
If your team is competing in a tournament in Kentucky during the regular season, first search the schedule system to see if the event is already in the database before creating a potential duplicate record. If it isn’t listed, please send an email to scheduleentry@khsaa.org with a request to have the tournament added, and include the name and location of the tournament. If you are hosting the event, please also list any out-of-state teams competing in the event, so that we can approve this information to add into the system as well as review sanction requirements per Bylaw 22. If the event/tournament is out of state, please send an email to scheduleentry@khsaa.org with a request to have the tournament added, and include the name and location of the tournament. See the note at the end of this post regarding failure to maintain current contest-by-contest schedules.

STATISTICS REMINDER
Finally, statistical entry is also required in the sports of football, basketball and soccer, which will be used to compile a list of statewide leaders, which can also be sent to local media outlets upon request. See the note at the end of this post regarding failure to maintain current contest-by-contest statistics.

PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE
Beginning with 2014-2015, as contained in Bylaw 27, the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics will be enforced more rigorously. This enforcement will subject the member schools to penalties by the Commissioner, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27. In general, the information (statistics, results, etc.) will have a 48-hour grace period to comply. Due to the unique nature of football and the infrequency of play, enforcement on football will likely be more aggressive concerning score reporting.

As always, please feel free to contact Communications Director Joe Angolia or any member of the KHSAA staff if you have any questions or issues.

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/news-and-information/sports-blogs/

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

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

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

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

If you have specific questions, please contact Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA offices, or any member of the Executive staff.

 

08/12/14 - North Hardin’s Webb, Bryan Station’s Broadnax Named Kentucky Track & Field Coaches of the Year By USTFCCCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2014 

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today announced the state-by-state winners of its inaugural High School Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach were chosen from each of the 50 states for their success during the 2014 season, with North Hardin’s James Webb (boys) and Bryan Station’s Kathy Broadnax (girls) receiving the honor for Kentucky.

Webb guided North Hardin to its second-straight KHSAA boys’ 3A state title in 2014, while Broadnax led Bryan Station to the girls’ 3A state title – the program’s first girls’ track and field championship since 1988.

The winners from each state, as chosen by a committee of experts from around the country, will be considered for the USTFCCCA’s first-ever National High School Coach of the Year award – announced later this month.

“We’ve established a tradition of recognizing our nation’s top collegiate coaches on a yearly basis, and we felt it was time to shine the spotlight on our best coaches at the high school level,” USTFCCCA CEO Sam Seemes said in a press release.

“As a professional coaches association, we deeply value the excellent work being done by high school coaches around the country, embodied by all of today’s award winners. They are not only preparing student-athletes for their next competitions but, more importantly, the next steps along their paths to adulthood.”

The factors taken into consideration during the selection process for the state honorees included team score and placement at the state meet, the number of different events in which student-athletes qualified, individual championships, and how their team’s performances measured up to previous seasons.

An inaugural High School Coach of the Year award for cross country will be awarded during the upcoming 2014 season.

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.

08/11/14 - Middle School Students Repeating Options and Age Requirements for Interscholastic Participation

The following is related SOLELY to interscholastic play for grades 5-8 students in grades 6 through 8 play.

Through the completion of the 2014-2015 school year, policies regarding the participation of repeating students at the levels of play below high school interscholastic athletics (below grade nine(9)) shall be determined by the school council pursuant to KRS 160.345 (2) (i).

Effective with the 2015-2016 school year, policies regarding the participation of repeating students at the levels of play below high school interscholastic athletics shall be implemented pursuant to 702 KAR 7:065 as follows:

  • Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year and thereafter, require that no student enrolled initially in grade (5) through grade (8) during the 2015-2016 school year or thereafter who is repeating a grade for any reason be eligible to compete in interscholastic competition involving students enrolled in grades six (6) through eight (8) while repeating a grade;
  • Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, require that a student who turns:
    • Fifteen (15) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades eight (8) and below;
    • Fourteen (14) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades seven (7) and below; and
    • Thirteen (13) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades six (6) and below;

 

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

 

08/11/14 - Reminder on "Fall Ball" and Facilities

With the start of a new school year, it’s a good time to remind schools about recent changes in KHSAA Bylaws, and we wanted to remind Administrators and Baseball/Softball Coaches about issues around offseason play (“Fall Ball”) and school facilities.

Bylaw 23, which defines the season and allowable play, was amended at the Annual Meeting in 2012 (approved by member school administrators by a vote of 194-12-1) and changes were approved through the regulatory process and published in the 2013-14 KHSAA Handbook. The primary element of this change was a restriction in the use of school facilities by enrolled student-athletes outside of the season.

This restriction is during the school year, but outside the defined limitation of season where coaches (head/assistant) may not coach players in organized competition on the campus of a member school if such competition involves at least fifty (50) percent of the normal playing squad (5 or more for baseball and softball), and the members of the team may not play as a unit on the campus of a member school if such competition involves at least fifty (50) percent of the normal playing squad (5 or more for baseball and softball).

This was voted on and put in place as a means of giving students an option of not having to play one sport year round, the possibility to play other sports (and multi-sport participation remains the gold standard for participation at the high school level in terms of overall predictors of success in becoming college and career ready), giving the facilities a break with time for maintenance and other usage and not giving an advantage to a group of students at one school over another group at another school that may not have such facilities.

During this same time period, off of school campus/facilities with principal approval, coaches could be involved in competition with students who were members of the high school team provided participation is not mandatory, no school funds are used, no school equipment or uniforms are being used and with the knowledge that this activity is not covered under the KHSAA Catastrophic Insurance plan. On campus, such involvement may only occur if there are less than five players involved at a time, an allowance that allows for individual skill development and offseason skill improvement.

School administrators, as evidenced in the 194-12-1 vote, want to get away from year-round school play/facility use by the high school students. However, it is acknowledged in some areas that the school facility may be the only facility in the area, thus the provision to rent to an outside group remains available. The rental of the school facility to an outside league/group continues to be permitted, but that rental itself does not allow 50% or more of a normal team to play together at the facility.

A specific scenario – School A rents its facility to an outside group. Can coaches from School A coach members of Schools A’s High School team on a team playing in the outside league on School A’s campus? — No, not if such competition involves at least fifty (50) percent of the normal playing squad (5 or more for baseball/softball) of School A’s High School team. Additionally, School A rents its facility to an outside group. Can fifty (50) percent or more of a normal team (5 in baseball/softball) play together in the outside league on School A’s campus? — No, not if such competition involves at least fifty (50) percent of the normal playing squad (5 or more for baseball/softball) of School A’s High School team.

Hopefully these important reminders assist everyone in understanding the bylaw. Please contact the office if you have further questions.

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

 

 

08/11/14 - Field Hockey Rules Clinic Now Available

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

HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES

  • August 11 to September 7  – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 8 to October 5  – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • October 6 to October 17  – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
  • After October 17, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply. For schools not entering the playoffs, additional administrative penalties will apply.

LICENSED OFFICIALS

  • August 11 to September 1 – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 2 to September 28 – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • September 29 to October 17  – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
  • After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

PROCEDURES FOR VIEWING

  • The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has started).
  • Once you advance to the last slide of the presentation, you will be returned back to the KHSAA website and will receive credit for the clinic (there are no “certificates” for completed online rules clinics). If the presentation is not completed, and you are not taken back to the KHSAA website at the end, you will not receive credit.
  • Each person that views the clinic must be logged into their account in order to get credit. If taken using anyone else’s e-mail address other than your own (including your administrator’s), you will have to re-take the clinic.

LOCATION

  • For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. If you have any trouble finding that link, you can type the following URL into your Internet browser: http://schools.khsaa.org/rule_clinics/
  • For officials, login to http://officials.khsaa.org, click on the link entitled “View online Sports Rules Clinics for 2014-2015″ under the Rules Clinic heading.  
  • If you have trouble logging into the system, contact the KHSAA offices.

– KHSAA –

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

08/11/14 - Handbook Final Revisions in Progress

This notice to all interested parties. The 2014-15 Handbook is in final process with the final adjustments being made to directory listings, records and published interpretations. The Handbook documents in final form should be published by Friday, August 15, 2014 and an email will be sent to all school representatives with that notice. Until that time, you might notice broken links, missing information, and the relevant sections being posted piece by piece through the week.

Thanks for your patience during this annual project!

08/11/14 - Middle School Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (updated)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/UPDATE – MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS REGULATIONS- UPDATED AUGUST 11, 2014

Please refer to this blog for updates and responses to frequently asked questions to guide you throughout the year.  If you have an immediate question, please contact Associate Commissioner Butch Cope (bcope@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA.

Authority and Jurisdiction

What is Middle School as used in these regulations and rules?
Middle School is defined by competition conducted between grades 6 through 8 to align with assessment parameters and divisions.

Can SBC or Local Board of Education enact a rule/policy that is either more restrictive or more lenient than the restrictions in the regulation?
A school based council or Local Board of Education MAY make policies MORE restrictive than the KHSAA policies.  A school based council or Local Board of Education MAY NOT make policies that are LESS restrictive or more permissive.

How are rules created/revised that will be applied statewide?
The Commissioner appoints a Middle School Advisory Committee within the parameters of 702 KAR 7:065. This committee meets not less than annually to review the regulation, discuss policies, and consider any potential changes to the middle school section of the regulation. If any changes were proposed, the Committee forwards them to the Commissioner for presentation to the Kentucky Board of Education as part of an annual report required within the regulation. Following that presentation, any change accompanies the high school changes in the required regulatory review process including approval by the Administrative Regulation Review SubCommittee of the Kentucky General Assembly. These rules can also be changed by direct action of the Kentucky Board of Education, or by action approved through the Kentucky General Assembly.

Who are the members of the Middle School Advisory Committee?
The roster of members is found on the KHSAA website at http://khsaa.org/current-members-middle-school-advisory-committee/

How is communication handled between, and to, the KHSAA and the middle schools?
Current communication is through the Middle School Blogpost as well as e-mail notices to Superintendents and other Athletic Administrators.  The KHSAA is working to develop a database of schools, primarily from the listings at the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Non-Public School Commission. Each school will be asked to designate a single individual for reporting and communication purposes. Initial communication will also be with the Superintendents of each local school district with the request that the information be forwarded to the appropriate personnel.

Requirements/Recommendations for Eligibility

Repeating Students
In 2014-15, athletic eligibility at the middle school level of a student repeating a grade is a local school district decision.  

Beginning in 2015-16, students that are repeating a grade will not be eligible to participate in middle school athletics (competition for grades 6-8) for any reason.

Age Restrictions
For 2014-15, there is no statewide age limit with regard to participation at the middle school level.  This could be a local district decision.

Beginning in 2015-16, the following limits have been approved through the regulatory process and will be in effect:

  • A student that turns Fifteen (15) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades eight (8) and below;
  • A student that turns Fourteen (14) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades seven (7) and below; and
  • A student that turns Thirteen (13) years of age prior to August 1 of the current school year shall not be eligible for interscholastic athletics in Kentucky in competition against students exclusively enrolled in grades six (6) and below;

Home School Students
Currently, there are no statewide regulations on home school students participating at the middle school level and any such restriction would be a local level decision.

Students Enrolled at Other Schools, Including Schools that are not under the same Board of Education
Currently, there are no statewide regulations that students are to be enrolled at a specific school or school system for participation at the middle school level and any such restriction would be a local level decision.

If a student is “grandfathered” having “played up” at the high school level in one sport/sport activity, does that “grandfathered” status now permit the student to play a new sport/sport-activity at the high school level?
No.  A student is grandfathered and remains eligible at the high school only in the sports/sport-activities that they participated in during the 2013-14 school year.

Coaches

Are there any restrictions on middle school coaches being involved in coaching outside teams?
Currently, there are no statewide regulations on coaching outside teams, and any restrictions with regard to middle school coaches coaching non-school teams would be a local level decision.

Are there any restrictions on coaching outside levels within the same school system?
Currently, there are no statewide regulations on other levels within the system, and any restrictions with regard to middle school coaches coaching other levels within the school system would be a local level decision.

What are the requirements for Middle School Coaches?
Coaches must adhere to the requirements of KRS 156.070 (2)(f) (age and graduation requirements, http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=39992); KRS 160.445 (sports safety course, http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Statutes/statute.aspx?id=41871) and KRS 160.380(4) and (6) (background checks, http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Statutes/statute.aspx?id=40245).

Are middle school coaches required to be twenty-one years of age, whether they are paid or not?
Yes, whether paid or unpaid, per KRS 160.380(4).  It is not the jurisdiction of the KHSAA or the middle school advisory committee to waive this restriction.

Are middle school coaches required to complete the Sports Safety Course as listed in KRS 160.445?
Yes.  The Sports Safety Course is available through the KHSAA website.  Since 2014-15 is a transitional year, Athletic Administrators should instruct their coaches the following:
Go to http://khsaa.org/safety_course/index.php.  Middle School coaches should click “Don’t Take for Credit”.  The “Take for Credit” option is for High School coaches that are in the KHSAA High School database.  Middle School coaches are advised to print out and keep on file the ending certificate to the course to verify completion. The KHSAA will be working to provide an automated means of monitoring this requirement for the middle schools in the state in the future.

Do job openings for middle school coaches require posting, application periods, etc.?
Currently, there are no statewide regulations on posting requirements for middle school coaching positions, and any requirements would be a local level decision but must be compliant with adopted local policies.

When will the sports safety course be open to middle school coaches?
Since 2009, the course has been public on the KHSAA website.  Coaches may take the course now.

Officials

Are middle schools required to only use KHSAA licensed officials?
No. This is a local school/school system/conference/association group of schools decision. Licensed officials provide a means of vetting (including background checks) and training, but the use of only licensed officials is not addressed in statewide restrictions.

Will assigning secretaries have to be used for assigning games (and paid)?
No. This is a local school/school system/conference/association group of schools decision.

Will schools be able to continue hiring their own officials?
Yes. This is a local school/school system/conference/association group of schools decision.

Will the Board of Control or the KHSAA set a standard pay rate for officials?
Per 702 KAR 7:065, middle school athletics is not under the direction of the KHSAA Board of Control. The Middle School Advisory Committee has not recommended a standard pay rate for officials. This is a local school/school system/conference/association group of schools decision.

Limitation of Seasons

Will there be restrictions on students playing on multiple levels of teams in the same sport (i.e. girls middle school basketball, followed by high school, followed by outside play, etc.)?
It is important to remember that nothing about this regulation changes or supersedes KRS 156.070 (2)(c) which prohibits state or local rules related to 7th and 8th grade students playing on high school teams, and also prohibits a local board from adopting a rule that makes the athletes “choose” one level or the other.

In addition, all local schools must adopt a limit of seasons. That limit of seasons may not exceed the high school limit of seasons (KHSAA Bylaw 23) but is not required to use the same dates. For example, a locally adopted baseball season may not have more than four weeks of preseason practices, eight weeks of games, 36 total contests, 2 total scrimmages and three weeks of postseason play. The decisions related to the time of year, etc. are local decisions and not currently contained in statewide regulations.

What about kids who leave my practice and go practice with an AAU team, how can we limit this?
There are no statewide rules that address this issue and this would be a local decision.  Currently, at the high school level, only football and basketball have any restrictions to play on outside teams during the school year.

Will all sports be aligned to play in the same season?
When a sport or sport-activity season is played at the middle school level remains a local decision. Many schools and systems are limited in the available time in gyms or fields. It was felt by both the original task force and the current Middle School Advisory Committee that this should be left to the local level, thereby allowing schools to address facilities issues on an individual basis.

Who can teams play?
Schools (single schools or combined teams) may only compete in contests against schools, including combined elementary or middle school teams (including non-public schools/teams) that adhere to the provisions of 702 KAR 7:065(3).

Requirements/Recommendations for Sports Medicine Coverage

Are middle school coaches required to monitor the Heat Index and adhere to the heat index protocols including cancelling practice/games, etc. in certain conditions?
Yes. Details are on the KHSAA website.

Are middle school wrestlers required to adhere to the NWCA descent chart and calculations in order to compete?
Yes. Details are on the KHSAA website.

Do the statewide rules regarding concussion management, including return to play, apply to middle school level play?
Yes. Details are on the KHSAA website.

Dead Period

Does the High School Dead Period apply to middle school athletics?
No. The dead period is a High School rule. There is no statewide middle school rule related to the dead period, and the implementation of such a restriction would be a local level decision.

Title IX

Will the KHSAA Title IX program apply to middle schools (annual reports)?
No.  However, for any meetings conducted by the KHSAA related to Title IX or other resources, they will be shared with Middle School Administrators to help guide them with compliance.

Will the KHSAA Title IX visits occur to review middle school facilities?
No.  However, for any meetings conducted by the KHSAA related to Title IX or other resources, they will be shared with Middle School Administrators to help guide them with compliance.

Will the KHSAA notify the middle school administrators when they are holding a meeting concerning Title IX?
Yes.  It will be communicated via the KHSAA website as well as shared with the Educational Cooperative Meetings.

Physical Exams/Insurance
Will middle school students be required to have a physical exam?
Yes. Each student at the middle school level, prior to trying for a place on a middle school athletic team, shall provide an annual medical examination performed and signed by a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, or chiropractor (if performed within the chiropractic professional’s scope of practice), for each student seeking eligibility to participate in any school sport or sport-activity.

When does the requirement of the physical exam have to be completed on the middle school form?  
Beginning the first day of the 2014-15 year, physicals will be required to be conducted and completed using middle school form MS01.  

Is there a specific middle school physical form?
Yes. KHSAA Form MS01 is posted on the KHSAA website. Local schools/districts/associations/groups of schools may supplement that form with additional material but must use the MS01 for the physical examination.

If a student plays middle school and high school athletics, are both middle school (Form MS01) physical form and the high school (Form GE04) required?  
Yes.  Both forms are needed since wording on the permission form is necessarily different.  The information on the physical part from doctor is the same, but the parent permission/information forms are different and likely always will be for legal reasons.  This part would have to be filled out separately for a student who played both middle and high school athletics.  You could attach one to the other (if middle school form is completed, one could attach the doctor’s part of the middle school form to the high school form) as a grandfathered student, 7th or 8th grader, who plays up to the high school level.

Will the two forms eventually be combined for students that play both levels?  
No, not planned at this time.  Information cannot be combined for regulatory and legal reasons. Parent permission information is completely different and entry portion (years in school, etc.) are not valid at middle school level.

Does this now require all students to get new physicals on the new form or when the physicals expire?  Beginning the first day of the 2014-15 school year, no other form is valid. Beginning in 2014-15, physicals must be completed on Form MS01. 

If we used the high school version of the physical part (doctor information), since we had been previously,  could that be attached to the new form where the parent gives permission? No. MS01 is the only valid form for 2014-2015. 

Does the 6th grade physical that is required suffice for the middle school athletics physical?
No.  The 6th grade physical that is required in no way covers the same elements as an athletic physical. An entirely new physical form (MS01) would be required to be completed.  It would be up to the approved individual that performed the physical if the requirements in MS01 required a new visit from the patient, or could be completed from existing patient records.

Are middle school participants required to have insurance up to any medical maximum?
No. There is no statewide middle school rule related to insurance minimum coverage, and the implementation of such a restriction or requirement would be a local level decision.

Does the KHSAA Catastrophic Insurance policy apply to middle school students playing solely middle school athletics?
No. This plan is solely provided to the dues paying member high schools, and covers only the students enrolled in those member schools participating within the restrictions of the KHSAA Handbook.

Outside Entities

Are there requirements for groups that conduct events at the middle school level?
Yes. Any outside group/organization conducting a school based event at the middle school level is required to submit specific information. This would apply to any entity to which a school, school board, booster club or other related entity issued payment for participation. In addition, the requirement would be in place for any event or entity designating the event as middle school in its promotional or organizational material.
The following is to be published and listed on the KHSAA website:
a) Annual financial reports of all sanctioned and approved events sponsored by the organization
b) Documentation of financial accountability including verification of federal status and tax documents including an annual IRS Form 990

08/08/14 - Changes/Reminders about Compliance with Playing Rule Uniform Requirements

08/08/14 - Additional Roster Level Added to Help Member Schools with Postseason

08/08/14 - Reminders Regarding Bylaw 9 and Play Once School Starts

Bylaw 9 has been in place for many years, and restricts players in basketball and football, who have not yet both been in grade nine and played for a high school team at some level,  from playing in outside competition once the school year begins, and until the end of the season. There has been no change to that rule proposed by the member schools of the KHSAA for a number of years.

For the past two years, due to NCAA recruiting rules, the KHSAA has allowed an interpretative fall exception weekend to Bylaw 9. This exception allowed male student-athletes who had previously played for a boys’ team to request permission to attend one event in the fall where competition is held. The interpretative exception was made to coincide with NCAA Division I rules and the allowable recruiting periods.

This year, based on changes to NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.7.2, the NCAA fall recruiting period restricts NCAA coaches from attending these special events at nonschool facilities between September 9 and October 9. (https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Men’s%20Basketball%20Recruiting%20Calendar2014.pdf). Among other things, this change is based on the mutual desires of coaches and administrators to return high school recruiting back to the high schools and lessen the impact of third party promotional entities. Per the NCAA calendar, “All live evaluations by NCAA coaches during recruiting periods shall be limited to regularly scheduled high school, preparatory school and two-year college contests/tournaments, practices and regular scholastic activities involving prospective student-athletes enrolled only at the institution where the regular scholastic activities occur.” Simply put, Division I coaches can only attend open gym type activities before formal practice, and regular practices and games after the start of regular practice if these events are held on high school campuses and only involve the host school.

For that reason, there will be NO exceptions/waivers available made to Bylaw 9 that would allow for competitive events for males during this time. Nothing precludes attendance at events that do not conflict with CS-BL-9-2 as printed for 2013-14. Per Bylaw 9, students who have been enrolled in grade nine and then played for a high school basketball team may not play organized basketball competition starting with the first day of school, other than permitted on campus open play with no other team present prior to October 15, or school practice or games after October 15. It is considered to be organized play (competition) if there is any type of competition (anything other than classroom or strictly individual instruction), or if more than one player is paired with another player from another school for any type of play, practice or work. 

The existing exception for females will continue in order to coincide with NCAA rules. For the girls, Bylaw 9 does not apply during the NCAA exempt weekend for non scholastic girls basketball events, which is September 26-28, 2014. There is no application necessary for girls to have that exemption.

Below is the complete wording of this interpretation of allowable activities for boys during the entire time prior to the end of the school season, and for the girls outside of that one allowed weekend, as it appears as Case Situation BL-9-2 in the 2013-14 Handbook:

What specifically is permissible, and not permissible for basketball players to participate in after the first day of school?
The following situations would be expressly prohibited:
(1) Any play involving more than two (2) people at a time where score is kept, either among the players, on a flip scoreboard, digital scoreboard, or using any other device;
(2) Any play involving a third party acting in the role of a contest official, whether or not the person is a licensed or approved official;
(3) Any type of play against other players where the teams are selected either prior to arrival or after arrival, by any other method than simple player selection by the players themselves;
(4) Any play at any event where school funds are expended for participation fees, travel or any other expense, including fees paid by booster organizations or any member of the coaching staff;
(5) Any play where future play is predicated by the outcome of other play at or preceding the event; and
(6) Any play at which players where school team identifying apparel of any type.
The following situations would be permitted:
(1) Activity such as individual play or skill development or technique drills where neither score nor time are kept and future play is not predicated by results of other play;
(2) “Pick-up” type of action initiated solely by players, and with no coaches, event organizers, promoters of event sponsors having any involvement in the activity whatsoever; and
(3) Any individual instructional activity fully funded by the student participants at his/her own expense.

Thank you for distributing this information as necessary.

 

08/08/14 - Title IX Workshops Open to Middle School Administrators

As part of the regulation on Middle School athletics, Middle School Administrators are invited to attend the regional KHSAA High School Data and Title IX Seminars.  

While the vast majority of content for these meetings is for High School Administrators, attendance for Middle School Administrators is for informational purposes only with regard to Title IX. All other elements of the meeting are for High School Administrators.  These sessions will begin just after 8 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. 

A final schedule for each day will be sent to all registered attendees and posted on the KHSAA website. 

The first of these workshops will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria. This workshop is NOT required. 

You may complete the registration form for this meeting at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-2015KHSAAWebandTitleIXMeeting. It is important that you register in advance so that we may be better prepared for your arrival.

If you have any questions about Middle School Administrators attending this, please contact Butch Cope at the KHSAA.

August 20, 2014 – Bishop Brossart HS, Alexandria
August 27, 2014 – Elizabethtown HS, Elizabethtown
August 29, 2014 – KHSAA Offices, Lexington
September 3, 2014 – North Laurel HS, London
September 4, 2014 – Valley HS, Louisville
September 11, 2014 – Caldwell County HS, Princeton
September 12, 2014 – Muhlenberg County HS, Greenville
September 16, 2014 – Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg

– KHSAA –

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

08/08/14 - Volleyball Reminders / Clarifications

Following are some reminders for Athletic Directors, Volleyball Coaches and Officials:

1) The Board established prior to last year, a standard warm-up time before matches.  Following is the adopted scheduled:

15 Minutes
4-5-5-1
4 Minutes of Shared Court
5 Minutes Court – Serving Team
5 Minutes Court – Receiving Team
1 Minute – back to bench

2) Remember if you haven’t done so already, please make sure your schedules are entered on the Riherd’s/KHSAA Scoreboard.

3) Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Baden is the official volleyball of the KHSAA.

Any ball used in regular season play must have the NFHS Authenticating Mark (the KHSAA logo is not the NFHS Authenticating Mark).

In all KHSAA District, Regional and State Tournament play, the use of a Baden ball (Perfection VX5EC-210-leather or composite) with the NFHS mark is required. At State, the Baden Red, White & Blue ball will be used.

 – KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

 

08/06/14 - Commissioner’s Response to Home School Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2014

Commissioner’s Response to Home School Proposal

“Following the announcement of the bill introduced by Representative Stan Lee (R-Lexington) on Tuesday, our office has received a number of phone calls and emails from media members seeking comment. While this bill was originally reported as a measure to allow home schooled children to play athletics at the middle and high school level, the actual details are much more impactful to education-based athletics and its impact much more pervasive on our member schools. As it is currently drafted, the bill would fundamentally alter high school athletics in the state, as it would allow all nonpublic school student-athletes to attend a nonpublic school and yet compete for public schools at their discretion, if the school in which they are attending (including home school) didn’t offer a specific extracurricular activity.

This proposed act is particularly different from past acts, as it appears to offer a blanket opportunity for any nonpublic school to have its students participate in school-based sports at another school. For example, a strict read would appear to allow a student at Sayre to participate in football in their district of residence. This is much more than just a home school proposal. It should also be noted, that KHSAA guidelines only apply to high school students. Situations involving middle school students are decided at the local level.

As Representative Lee stated in his public comments, there is ample time before this bill begins to work its way through consideration and the legislative process. We certainly look forward to and welcome the discussion of this topic with Rep. Lee and all other members of the General Assembly, as well as our constituents and the KHSAA Board of Control, as we all work together for what is best for students in our Commonwealth.”

-Julian Tackett
KHSAA Commissioner

  

Background and General Information on Previously Reviewed Proposals Concerning Home Schooled Students and Education-Based Athletics

As the entity designated by the Kentucky General Assembly and the Kentucky Board of Education to manage high school athletics in Kentucky, it is the KHSAA’s responsibility to support the wishes of its 277 member schools, the representatives of which have emphatically been against similar proposals in the past. There are numerous specific challenges and concerns that arise by allowing home schooled children to compete that have been identified by the member schools in the past, some of which have included:

  • The main disconnect (between enrolled and non-traditional students) is academic accountability. There seems to be no means of verifying the student’s curriculum to allow for comparison of equitable academic performance to those students in public schools. This extends not only to grade awarding concerns, but the requirements for a student to be enrolled full-time (four hours per day) of the six hour day for instruction;
  • A lack of any state required certification or requirements for home school instructors (compared to requirements for public school teachers);
  • Participating in high school sports is a privilege which is afforded to those students who regularly attend the school and enroll in the academic curriculum. Other community based participation opportunities are available for the general citizenry, but this participation is expected to be education and school based;
  • The ability of students failing to meet the academic standards and requirements of public schools to withdraw from that school and be immediately eligible simply by being enrolled in home school;
  • The financial aspects of the public school being required to manage the personnel and facilities for competition without receiving the state appropriation for those students;
  • Schools covering the expenses of a student who is not paying the full cost of education to attend;
  • The displacement of an otherwise eligible public school student, who has earned their time to participate, by a non-enrolled student;
  • The potential liability and risk of back-and-forth travel to both practices and contests;
  • The potential for a student-athlete to gain a competitive edge on another student athlete. It is possible that a home schooled student is spending the whole day in pursuit of learning or he/she could be on the golf course gaining an advantage on the enrolled student;
  • Concerns about the inclusion of an accurate representation of home school athletes in the enrollment counts when considering enrollment based classified sports such as track and football;
  • The argument that in allowing this type of participation, these entities appear to want the best of both worlds, with the membership traditionally forming the general consensus that if they (the parents and students) don’t want the academics, they don’t get the athletics.

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.

08/06/14 - Reminders and Updates - Online roster system

Based on the number of calls that we have received concerning the start of the school year roster initialization and the eligibility and roster requirement, we wanted to send a brief clarification. Please contact IT Director Rob Catron (rcatron@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA if you have specific questions. 

First, concerning the Initilization of your schools overall athlete list (Manage Overall Athletic Roster – direct link: http://schools.khsaa.org/athletes/). The two most common questions that we have received:

  • I have students on this list master list that are not currently participating in a sport – should I remove them; otherwise, won’t it affect my Title IX counts if I don’t? ANSWER: No, it is not necessary, nor recommended that you remove students from your overall athlete list that are not currently playing sports. They may choose to play a sport later in their high school career (or even later in this school year in a different sport season). Unless they are assigned to an actual team roster (or rosters) they will not effect your Title IX counts.

You should only remove a student athlete from this list if:

  • There is a duplicate
  • You know for certain that they are no longer at your school. 

Remember, every year, during the summer, the KHSAA will roll their grade level and remove your seniors from the previous year.

  • When do I have to have my team rosters filled out? ANSWER: Per the blog post from July 22, 07/22/14 – ROSTERS RESET, READY FOR 2014-15, REMINDERS ABOUT REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY “No student is eligible to participate in a contest or scrimmage IN ANY SPORT if they are not currently listed on the school team roster online. No other paper or electronic form may substitute. Beginning with 2014-2015, the roster requirement will be enforced with administrative penalties including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.”

It is recommended that you review the following two blog posts in detail for further explanation of procedures:

07/22/14 – Rosters Reset, Ready for 2014-15, Reminders about Requirements for Eligibility

and

07/27/14 – Welcome Back to all Member Schools

08/05/14 - Football Rules Clinic Now Online

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

HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES

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

LICENSED OFFICIALS

  • August 4 to September 1 – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 2 to September 28 – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • September 29 to November 6  – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
  • After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

PROCEDURES FOR VIEWING

  • The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has started).
  • Once you advance to the last slide of the presentation, you will be returned back to the KHSAA website and will receive credit for the clinic (there are no “certificates” for completed online rules clinics). If the presentation is not completed, and you are not taken back to the KHSAA website at the end, you will not receive credit.
  • Each person that views the clinic must be logged into their account in order to get credit. If taken using anyone else’s e-mail address other than your own (including your administrator’s), you will have to re-take the clinic.

LOCATION

  • For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. If you have any trouble finding that link, you can type the following URL into your Internet browser: http://schools.khsaa.org/rule_clinics/
  • For officials, login to http://officials.khsaa.org, click on the link entitled “View online Sports Rules Clinics for 2014-2015″ under the Rules Clinic heading.  
  • If you have trouble logging into the system, contact the KHSAA offices.

– KHSAA –

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

 

08/06/14 - Football Equipment Restrictions and Reminders

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

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

  • Acclimatization and Acclimation Starting July 22
    • July 22, First date of OFFICIAL practice. This is the day the catastrophic insurance is officially in place. Other activities prior to this date have no catastrophic insurance coverage and cannot involve equipment unless detailed below in the all-star / individual camp exception.
    • First three days on or after July 22 (minimum), helmet only.
    • Next three days (but not until the completion of three helmet-only days), helmet and shoulder pads may be worn. No contact with players against players, only with sleds and dummies. Once the first of these practices has been held, no 7-on-7 or other game simulations against other teams can be held.
    • Remainder of gear can be handed out to players for use on or after August 1, which is first day that full gear can be worn, provided that the three days of helmet only and three days of helmet and shoulder pads has been completed.
  • Requirements for Individual Players before playing against another school (game or scrimmage). These are required of each player, and this listing is vital for those coming out for the team after practice starts.
    • Three days of helmets only in sessions with the rest of the team.
    • Three days of helmet and shoulder pads with the team. During these days, no contact with other players, only sleds and dummies.
    • Five days of full practice in pads with team. The fifth day cannot be the day of the first desired game.
    • If playing other sports after July 15 and come out for football later, the three days in helmet only (acclimatization) can be waived, but three days of helmet and shoulder pads with the team, followed by five full days of practice with the team would be required before playing against another school.
  • Once contact practice (practice in all equipment) begins on or after August 1:
    • Cannot have multiple contact practices on consecutive days;
    • On days when two contact practices are held, a total limit of 5 hours per day of practice, not including the mandatory break;
    • A 3-hour break is required after each contact practice during which no activity can be held;
    • Meetings, film study, water breaks, rest breaks and injury treatment shall not count against the 5-hour limit;
    • Weight training, voluntary conditioning without coaching, and teaching period/walk through simulations without equipment do not count against 5-hour limit provided they are not conducted during the three-hour required break.
    • If only one contact practice during a day, 3 hours per day is the limit for contact. 
    • In any noncontact (non-equipment) session, no equipment, except the helmet, can be worn, and no contact against another player may be done, only against pads and dummies;
    • Schools must maintain heat index records which will be randomly audited.
  • Offseason Timeline for Issuance and Usage of Equipment
    • Team must submit Spring Practice Dates on or before December 15.
    • From the last game of the season to the first day of spring practice, no equipment (including helmet) may be issued except as detailed in the all-star game/individual camp exception to be detailed later. 
    • First three days of previously submitted spring practice period are helmet and shoulder pads for any player who has not been on a winter sports eligibility list or has not participated in a minimum of eight (8) conditioning workouts.
    • From last day of spring practice through June 24, no football equipment (including helmet) can be used for any reason except as detailed in the all-star game/individual camp exception to be detailed later. 
    • From last day of spring practice through June 24, no session can be held where attendance is taken or any other implied or explicit required activity.
    • June 25 to July 9, including June 25 and July 9, Dead Period, no workouts can be conducted, no use of facilities, equipment, etc. due to Bylaw 24.
    • July 10 to July 21, permitted to issue helmets, and play non-contact game simulations (such as 7-on-7). No full contact camps for teams or issuing other equipment to individuals except as detailed in the all-star game/individual camp exception to be detailed later.
  • Restrictions and allowances after July 9 prior to first contact practice (practice in full gear):
    • 7-on-7 and other simulations are allowed from July 10 to the first day any other pads are worn. Catastrophic insurance is not valid during these simulations, and the helmet is the only equipment allowed to be issued.
    • No other pads can be issued to players prior to the first date.
    • There is no opportunity for any team activity in full gear prior to the first date of wearing gear on August 1. (not new, has not been allowed in past)
  • All-star game/individual camp exception
    • Gear may be issued to a player who has previously played for the team to participate in an individual camp or all-star game between the last day of the previous season and before July 21. 
    • No individual camp (not a single postseason all-star game) may be held at a KHSAA member school, or at a facility utilized for games by a member school if that camp includes more than five (5) individuals from the same school during the entire camp. This includes camps sponsored by outside entities if a member school’s coaches are present or any equipment is issued to participants.
    • The gear must be returned by the individual immediately following the camp.
  • Penalty for violation will be BOTH institutional, and against the coach, which may include multiple contest suspension

 – KHSAA –

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

08/04/14 - Archery Changes on the Horizon

As the school year begins, and for planning purposes we would like you to be aware of some important changes for the postseason in Archery. Due to some potential misinformation that is being circulated, we felt it better to communicate this information when it becomes available instead of waiting until the season actually begins later in the year.

The KHSAA archery tournament dates and basic management are being adjusted, particularly with respect to scheduling. The KHSAA, along with our partners at KY Fish and Wildlife and the NASP are  trying to move our tournaments to a time  with less conflict with other sports and sport-activities and to make the events truly KHSAA events. In the end, these moves will create even more shooting opportunities for our high school archers while changing/eliminating the cost element to many of the participants.  KHSAA, KY Fish and Wildlife and NASP are working together to make sure that all of these programs grow to  become stronger than ever.

For this reason, we will no longer host our championships in conjunction with the NFAA  Championships in Louisville in March. We will continue to partner with both KY Fish and Wildlife and NASP for the advancement of this great sport-activity in our member schools. We will shift the event to more mirror the model of championship that our member schools are familiar with by having our schools host regional championships and the staff will be investigating and finalizing sites for our State Championships.

With this announcement, we hope to dispel any rumors that we are moving away from the standard NASP style of competition. We will continue to sponsor our events using target archery and the standard NASP competition rules. We are not leaving our partners, we are simply adopting a different style and schedule and letting the sport experience its natural growth. We will be working diligently on arrangements and plans and update our information as it becomes available, particularly with issues such as site logistics, and links from our competition to other advancement meets. Pay attention to the archery blog posts for more information by visiting http://khsaa.org/category/archery/archery-blogs/

 

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

08/05/14 - 2014-2015 Athletic Administrators Meetings, Including Title IX

This reminder is for all member school Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors within the KHSAA.

For the fall of 2014, the KHSAA is again scheduling an Athletic Administrator Workshop in eight areas of the state. The content for this non-mandatory workshop will include instructional sessions on managing the coach and player data for your school, an update on the operations and projects around the KHSAA and many elements related to Title IX and those required reports and functions. These sessions will begin just after 8 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Based on evaluative feedback, we will continue through the morning and end around 12:30 to allow for the host school to easily accommodate the end of the school day, and the attendees to get on the road.

A final schedule for each day will be sent to all registered attendees. This session would be invaluable for all ADs as they familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with the Bylaws and tournament rules, online operations and changes, and Title IX parameters. We will be offering assistance with KHSAA rules and answering questions concerning paperwork, forms, requirements, etc., to help keep the communication lines between this office and our member schools open and informative.

The first of these workshops will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria. A complete schedule is listed below. We hope you plan on attending or sending an administrator from your school to participate. This workshop is NOT required. Attendance at this meeting does not fulfill the Principal meeting requirement (as the content is totally different), but we are working hard to make this content-filled meeting worthwhile for all that attend and will be posting EILA credit to those who attend.

You may complete the registration form for this meeting at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-2015KHSAAWebandTitleIXMeeting. It is important that you register in advance so that we may be better prepared for your arrival.

We look forward to seeing you and if you have any questions about the process please do not hesitate to contact me, or my assistant, Marilyn Mitchell, by email (mmitchell@khsaa.org) or phone (859) 299-5472.

August 20, 2014 – Bishop Brossart HS, Alexandria
August 27, 2014 – Elizabethtown HS, Elizabethtown
August 29, 2014 – KHSAA Offices, Lexington
September 3, 2014 – North Laurel HS, London
September 4, 2014 – Valley HS, Louisville
September 11, 2014 – Caldwell County HS, Princeton
September 12, 2014 – Muhlenberg County HS, Greenville
September 16, 2014 – Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg

– KHSAA –

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

08/05/14 - KHSAA Participation Numbers Released for 2013-14; Sport-Activities See Significant Increase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2014 

Despite the consolidation of three schools prior to the 2013-14 academic year, participation across Kentucky rose by 2.4 percent in 2013-14, with nearly 50,000 student-athletes occupying a total of 78,687 roster spots on KHSAA-sponsored sport and sport-activity teams. Football remains the most popular sport in the state in terms of individual participation, with 13,801 competitors (13 girls) playing for 221 schools – an increase of 486 students over the prior year.

The sport-activities of Archery, Bass Fishing and Bowling all saw significant growth in 2013-14. In their second years as KHSAA-sponsored activities, Archery and Bass Fishing were added by 30 and 14 additional schools, respectively. Student participation grew by 34.9 percent in Archery, with an increase of 1,051 students bringing the total participation to 3,012 student-athletes. Bass Fishing, meanwhile, saw a 78 percent increase in individual participation, as the number of student-athletes rose from 346 in 2012-13 to 616 in 2013-14.

Bowling also saw a rise in its numbers during its third season as a KHSAA-sponsored activity, as 12 schools added the program to their offering, helping the sport see a growth 13.1 percent with an additional 212 student-athletes bringing the total participation to 1,831 competitors. Competitive Cheer enjoyed a strong showing in its second season as a KHSAA-sponsored activity, finishing with 5,535 total participants (207 boys) while ranking as the sixth most popular offering for girls.

In terms of total competitors, basketball ranks second in the state with 12,163 participants (a decrease of 70 students from 2012-13), followed by track and field (11,706), soccer (11,460), baseball (7,359) and volleyball (6,131).

Basketball is the most-sponsored sport across Kentucky, with 275 of a possible 277 schools fielding teams last season. Softball ranks second in the state with 262 teams, followed by baseball (261), volleyball (259), track and field (254) and competitive cheer (251).

After football (13,788), baseball was the most popular sport for boys with 7,354 participants, followed by basketball (6,716), track and field (6,369) and soccer (5,894). Volleyball remained the most popular sport on the girls’ side with 6,125 participants, followed by softball (5,886), soccer (5,566) and basketball (5,447).

The upcoming 2014-15 season will mark the debut of field hockey as a KHSAA-sponsored sport, giving the Association 13 total sports and four sport-activities, for which it conducts 43 state championships.

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.

08/04/14 - HYPE Student Conference Registration Now Available

Registration for the 2014 KHSAA HYPE/Student Leadership Conferences is now open and available online. To register, click here.

DATE/TIME
LEXINGTON – Monday, August 25 – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (ET) 
BOWLING GREEN – Tuesday, Aug. 26 – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (CT)

LOCATION
LEXINGTON – Lexington Center (next to Rupp Arena)
BOWLING GREEN – Knicely Conference Center

COST
There is no registration fee. The conference is put on as a service of the KHSAA and conference sponsors.

TRANSPORTATION
Transportation to and from the event will be the responsibility of the local school.

LODGING
Any lodging required will be the responsibility of the local school.

LUNCH
For the Lexington Conference, lunch will be on your own at the Food Court inside the Lexington Center Shops (Arby’s, Subway, A&W, etc.). For the Bowling Green Conference, lunch will be required at the venue with a box lunch style on site ($10 each).

MATERIALS
Conference materials and handouts will be distributed at registration.

WHO CAN ATTEND
Attendance is open to all high school (9-12) student-athletes (including sport-activities) and chaperones/administrators. Those who have attended a previous conference are not eligible to attend.

Over the years, schools have sent captains of their sports teams while others sent one representative from each athletic team. The number of attendees from a particular school is restricted to 18. Please note that attendance is limited to the first 400 students. Previous conferences were at capacity.

PROGRAM
The program will include four breakout sessions and a featured closing guest speaker. This year’s featured speaker is Harvey Alston.

FOCUS
Students will go through breakout sessions on team building, leadership, leadership roles and becoming a new leader.  These experiences can then be shared at the local school level among the various teams and groups.

Additional conference information, click here.

 – KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

08/04/14 - Cross Country Online Rules Clinic Now Available

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

August 4 to September 1 (Officials) – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

August 4 to September 7 (Coaches) – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

September 2 to September 28 (Officials) – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 8 to October 5 (Coaches) – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 29 to October 30 (Officials) – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

October 6 to October 30 (Coaches) – the Cross Country Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has started).

Once you advance to the last slide of the presentation, you will be returned back to the KHSAA website and will receive credit for the clinic (there are no “certificates” for completed online rules clinics). If the presentation is not completed, and you are not taken back to the KHSAA website at the end, you will not receive credit.

Each person that views the clinic must be logged into their account in order to get credit. If taken using anyone else’s e-mail address other than your own (including your administrator’s), you will have to re-take the clinic.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. If you have any trouble finding that link, you can type the following URL into your Internet browser: http://schools.khsaa.org/rule_clinics/

If you have trouble logging into the system, contact the KHSAA offices.

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

08/04/14 - Volleyball Rules Clinic Now Online

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

August 4 to September 1 (Officials) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

August 4 to September 7 (Coaches) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

September 2 to September 28 (Officials) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 8 to October 5 (Coaches) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 29 to October 19 (Officials) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

October 6 to October 19 (Coaches) – the Volleyball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has started).

Once you advance to the last slide of the presentation, you will be returned back to the KHSAA website and will receive credit for the clinic (there are no “certificates” for completed online rules clinics). If the presentation is not completed, and you are not taken back to the KHSAA website at the end, you will not receive credit.

Each person that views the clinic must be logged into their account in order to get credit. If taken using anyone else’s e-mail address other than your own (including your administrator’s), you will have to re-take the clinic.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. If you have any trouble finding that link, you can type the following URL into your Internet browser: http://schools.khsaa.org/rule_clinics/

If you have trouble logging into the system, contact the KHSAA offices.

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

08/04/14 - Competitive Cheer Rules Clinic Now Online

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Competitive Cheer is now online for all coaches (head and assistant) and licensed judges (officials). 

August 4 to September 1 (Officials) – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

August 4 to September 7 (Coaches) – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

September 2 to September 28 (Officials) – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 8 to October 5 (Coaches) – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 29 to October 24 (Officials) – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

October 6 to October 24 (Coaches) – the Competitive Cheer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has started).

Once you advance to the last slide of the presentation, you will be returned back to the KHSAA website and will receive credit for the clinic (there are no “certificates” for completed online rules clinics). If the presentation is not completed, and you are not taken back to the KHSAA website at the end, you will not receive credit.

Each person that views the clinic must be logged into their account in order to get credit. If taken using anyone else’s e-mail address other than your own (including your administrator’s), you will have to re-take the clinic.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. If you have any trouble finding that link, you can type the following URL into your Internet browser: http://schools.khsaa.org/rule_clinics/

If you have trouble logging into the system, contact the KHSAA offices.

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

08/04/14 - Soccer Online Rules Clinic Now Available

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Soccer is available beginning today, August 4. Below is additional information:

August 4 to September 1 (Officials) - the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

August 4 to September 7 (Coaches) - the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed  at no charge during this period.

September 2 to September 28 (Officials)  - the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed  for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 8 to October 5 (Coaches)  - the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed  for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 29 to October 12 (Officials)  - the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed  for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

October 6 to October 12 (Coaches) - the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed  for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has started).

Once you advance to the last slide of the presentation, you will be returned back to the KHSAA website and will receive credit for the clinic (there are no “certificates” for completed online rules clinics). If the presentation is not completed, and you are not taken back to the KHSAA website at the end, you will not receive credit.

Each person that views the clinic must be logged into their account in order to get credit. If taken using anyone else’s e-mail address other than your own (including your administrator’s), you will have to re-take the clinic.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics – click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. If you have any trouble finding that link, you can type the following URL into your Internet browser:  http://schools.khsaa.org/rule_clinics/

If you have trouble logging into the system, contact the KHSAA offices. 

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

08/04/14 - Golf Online Rules Clinic Now Available

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Golf is available beginning today, August 4. Below is additional information:

August 4 to September 7 - the Golf Clinic will be online only and may be viewed by coaches at no charge during this period.

September 8 to September 21 - the Golf Clinic will be online only and may be viewed by coaches for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

September 22 to September 28 - the Golf Clinic will be online only and may be viewed by coaches for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has started).

Once you advance to the last slide of the presentation, you will be returned back to the KHSAA website and will receive credit for the clinic (there are no “certificates” for completed online rules clinics). If the presentation is not completed, and you are not taken back to the KHSAA website at the end, you will not receive credit.

Each person that views the clinic must be logged into their account in order to get credit. If taken using anyone else’s e-mail address other than your own (including your administrator’s), you will have to re-take the clinic.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics – click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“. If you have any trouble finding that link, you can type the following URL into your Internet browser:  http://schools.khsaa.org/rule_clinics/

If you have trouble logging into the system, contact the KHSAA offices. 

 

07/01/2014 - DQ Policy - Policy on Reinstatement of Disqualified Athletes/Coaches

Case BL-15-6- What is the member school obligation in the case of an unreported disqualification?

  • KHSAA member school representatives are obligated to impose the minimum suspension penalty for the ejection per these published guidelines, even in those rare cases when an ejection is not reported in a timely manner, including ejections which occur during out of state contests or those during school breaks. School administrators should contact the Association office with any questions.
  • Whether or not a timely report is received, the obligation of the member school administration is to adhere to the penalty provisions.

Case BL-15-7- If a coach or other non-player is ejected from a scrimmage or contest, how long is the suspension and what may occur during the suspension?

  • (1) The suspension is considered immediate and indefinite when the ejection occurrs. 
  • (2) The suspension is in effect for any further interscholastic competition on that day. (i.e., the freshman coach ejected during the first game may not be in the gym for the subsequent varsity game, baseball/softball coach ejected in first game of multiple game tournament may not be at the field during any subsequent games that day). 
  • (3) The suspended coach or non-player may not participate in another contest at any level (JV, Freshman, Varsity, etc.) until being reinstated by a member of the Commission. 
  • (4) Following review, the Commission may extend the suspension.
  • (5) When a coach is ejected from a scrimmage or contest, the coach is to leave the vicinity of the playing area and remove himself/herself completely from the area of the playing facility. In football and soccer for example, this means to leave the field and stadium area; in basketball, this implies leaving the building altogether (not simply relocating to another room); in other sports, completely leaving the venue. 
  • (6) An ejected coach may not have any further communication with the game officials following the game.
  • (7) During the subsequent suspension period of any non-player (coach, administrator, etc.) the coach may not be on school property where the contests are being played and may not be at the venue if contests are played at a non-school site. The non-player may not communicate with the team at any point from the beginning of the contest until the end of the contest. 
  • (8) Following the date of ejection, there shall be a minimum three additional games/ meets/contests suspension for any coach or non-player ejected from a scrimmage or contest in every sport or sport activity except football.
  • (9) Following the date of ejection, there shall be a minimum two additional suspension for any coach or non-player ejected from a scrimmage or contest in football.
  • (10) For all coaches or non-players sitting out in an individual sport such as swimming, track or wrestling due to suspension, the penalty shall be for the entire meet schedule, not for a single event.
  • (11) If the ejection was during one of the two preseason scrimmages, the penalty shall be served during the first regular season contests.
  • (12) If the ejection was for the final game/contest of the season and was a coach or non-player, the person ejected shall serve the required suspension in the next varsity level contest at the member school for the suspended individual. 
  • (13) For the second ejection during a sports season, the suspension shall be a minimum four-game/contest suspension and may be cause for additional penalties that may suspension for the remainder of the season. 
  • (14) For the third ejection during a sports season, the suspension shall be cause for additional penalties including suspension for the remainder of the season.

Case BL-15-8- If a player (participant) is ejected from a scrimmage or contest, how long is the suspension?

  • (1) The suspension is considered immediate and indefinite when the ejection occurred. 
  • (2) The suspension is in effect for any further interscholastic competition on that day. (i.e., a freshman ejected during the first game may not be in the gym for the subsequent varsity game, baseball/softball coach participant ejected in first game of multiple game tournament may not be at field during any subsequent games that day). 
  • (3) The ejected participant may not participate in another contest at that level (JV, Freshman, Varsity, etc.) until being reinstated by a member of the Commission. 
  • (4) Following review, the Commission may extend the suspension.
  • (5) When a participant is ejected from a scrimmage or contest, the participant is to leave the vicinity of the playing area and remove himself/herself completely from the area of the playing facility unless the specific playing rules of the sport call for a different penalty option or the student would be placed in a position of not being supervised. In those cases, the administration of the player’s team is responsible for ensuring that the student participates in no other unsportsmanlike activity or the school itself may face additional penalty under Bylaw 27. 
  • (6) An ejected participant may not have any further communication with the game officials following the game.
  • (7) During the subsequent suspension period, suspended players may attend contest(s), but may not be in the game uniform or other school identifiable clothing and may not participate in any sport-related activity (warm-up activity) prior to or during the game, and will be classified as non-player personnel during that contest as it relates to playing rules enforcement. It is a local school determination as to whether or not this student may be in the vicinity of the bench or team area.
  • (8) Following the day of ejection, there shall be a minimum two additional games/ meets/contests suspension for any participant ejected from a contest in all sports and sport-activities except football.
  • (9) Following the day of ejection, there shall be a minimum one additional contest suspension for any participant ejected from a scrimmage or contest in football.
  • (10) For participants sitting out in an individual sport such as swimming, track or wrestling due to suspension, this penalty shall include the entire meet schedule not for a single event.
  • (11) If the ejection was during one of the two preseason scrimmages, the penalty shall be served during the first regular season contests.
  • (12) If this was the final game/contest of the season, the ejection was for a student, and the ejected participant is a senior, the full penalty shall carry forward to the next varsity interscholastic contest(s) in any KHSAA sanctioned sport.
  • (13) If this was the final game/contest of the season, the ejection was for a participant, and this was in varsity (first team) competition and the ejected student is not a senior, the full penalty shall carry over to the next varsity season in the sport in which the participant was participating when ejected. 
  • (14) If this was the final game/contest of the season, the ejection was for a student, and this was NOT a varsity (first team) contest, the full penalty shall carry forward to the next interscholastic varsity level contest(s) in any KHSAA sanctioned sport.
  • (15) For the second ejection during a sports season, the suspension shall be a minimum three-game/contest suspension and may be cause for additional penalties that may suspension for the remainder of the season. 
  • (16) For the third ejection during a sports season, the suspension shall be cause for additional penalties including suspension for the remainder of the season.

Case BL-15-9- Has the Board of Control adopted any procedure in conjunction with the Commissioner’s office for individuals or schools with multiple ejections in the same school year?

  • Yes. On the third ejection in a single sport during three separate contests by representatives of the same school, such school will be required to have an administrative conference with the Supervisor of Officials and the sport contacts for the specific sport. Based on location, the conference may be held at the KHSAA of via phone/video conference. Such will also be accompanied by an additional penalty within Bylaw 27 against the member school, including fines, reprimands or probation.
  • Following this penalty, any additional ejection in that sport will require a conference and professional development with those individuals at the KHSAA office and additional penalty. 
  • On the fifth ejection in all sports during five separate contests during the school year by representatives of the same school, such school will be required to have an administrative conference with the Supervisor of Officials and the sport contacts for the specific sport. Based on location, the conference may be held at the KHSAA of via phone/video conference. Such will also be accompanied by an additional penalty within Bylaw 27 against the member school, including fines, reprimands or probation.
  • Following this penalty, any additional ejection in that sport will require a conference and professional development with those individuals at the KHSAA office and additional penalty.

Case BL-15-10- Does an ejection in a scrimmage have the same penalty as a contest?

  • Yes. The two allowable scrimmages are not an “open opportunity” for unsportsmanlike conduct. Persons ejected from any scrimmage are penalized in the first regular season varsity contests and ar not penalized in subsequent scrimmages.

07/28/14 - Cordia High School Receives Sanctions From KHSAA; Boys’ Basketball Team Suspended From Play in 2014-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014 

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Cordia High School following a nearly yearlong investigation for violations of KHSAA bylaws including Bylaw 1 (Responsibility of Eligibility), Bylaw 4 (Enrollment Requirements), Bylaw 6 (Transfer Rule-Citizens of the U.S. or U.S. Territories), Bylaw 7 (Transfer Rule-Foreign Exchange Students), Bylaw 11 (Financial Aid), Bylaw 16 (Recruitment/Undue Influence), Bylaw 23 (Limitation of Season) and Bylaw 25 (Requirements for Coaches).

Among the penalties imposed by the Commissioner are:

  • Suspension of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball team from playing scrimmages or contests during the 2014-15 regular and postseason, as well as the 2016 postseason. During its suspension, the school would be permitted to conduct regular season practices from October 15 until the first allowable day for district tournament play. Included in this penalty is a stipulation that representatives of the boys’ basketball team with eligibility remaining may transfer to specific KHSAA member schools without penalty;

  • Forfeiture of all boys’ basketball games from the 2013-14 season for the use of at least one ineligible player in all games. The score will be recorded as 2-0 for all games which Cordia won, and the game score will remain the same for losses but will be noted as forfeits;

  • Probation for Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program through the 2018-19 season. With this probation, Cordia will be placed on conditional membership, with its membership status to be reviewed at the end of the 2014-15 school year to determine whether its membership should continue to be recommended for approval by the Board of Control beginning with the 2015-16 season. Also as part of its probation, all Cordia coaches and athletic administrators shall be required to attend an in-service workshop in Lexington, conducted by the KHSAA staff concerning Association Bylaws and Kentucky law that affects interscholastic athletics during the 2014-15 school year. Additionally, an Assistant Commissioner will also be assigned to work directly with the Superintendent of schools and the Principal of Cordia to ensure development of policies, procedures and best practices to be implemented in the athletic program;

  • Suspension of two members of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball coaching staff from the 2014-15 postseason boys’ basketball tournaments sanctioned by KHSAA.

  • An aggregate fine of $25,980 for various infractions per the fine schedule in Bylaw 27.

“The majority of the aforementioned violations are clearly indicative of a school without any appreciable level of institutional control over its athletic program. While some violations date back to the 2010-2011 school year, the major violations occurred during the past twelve to twenty-four months. The violations in previous years, however, add context and it is my conclusion that they illustrate an undeniable pattern of practice and culture of noncompliance that has been allowed to evolve at Cordia,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett in his communication to the school. “Unfortunately, after this long and careful review, this series of events may well represent the most wanton and blatant disregard for Association rules in its 97 year history. There is apparently no person within the school or school system willing to actively and aggressively control and manage the athletic program. Therefore, students have been allowed an unrestricted privilege of participation without compliance with applicable and appropriate rules.

“Participation in interscholastic athletics has long been recognized as a privilege and not a right. This is an important distinction. With this privilege comes responsibility. A theme throughout this matter has been the participation, whether at practice or competition, of ineligible student-athletes,” added Tackett. “The participation by any ineligible students may have affected the outcome of those games. Moreover, participation by an ineligible student-athlete potentially jeopardizes coverage under the KHSAA’s catastrophic insurance policy that is provided for all student-athletes. The collective Association of member schools, including Cordia, have agreed to abide by the Bylaws of the KHSAA which are indisputable when the knowledge is there to prevent an ineligible player from participating.”

During the course of its investigation, the KHSAA found sufficient evidence that representatives of the athletic program, including representatives of the Lotts Creek Community School who are inextricably related to both the school and its athletic program, committed violations of KHSAA bylaws, many of which were acknowledged by the school, including:

  • Falsifying records, or maintaining inaccurate records with regards to living arrangements of transferring student-athletes;

  • Allowing a staff member to lease housing to the family of a student-athlete without ever receiving payment;

  • Impermissible contact with multiple student-athletes with the intent to sway them to enroll at Cordia for the purpose of competing in athletics;

  • Providing free transportation to relocate a student from an out-of-state school;

  • Providing plane tickets on two separate occasions to a student-athlete so he could travel out-of-state;

  • Facilitating housing for a student-athlete at no cost to him or his family;

  • Providing money and clothes to student-athletes;

  • Conducting tryouts for non-enrolled students;

  • Paying the entire cost of education for two students on an F-1 exchange VISA to attend Cordia;

  • Providing housing to numerous students that participated on the boys’ basketball team, as well as housing for their families;

  • Allowing ineligible players to practice and compete in contests before they were cleared to participate;

  • Requiring players to attend practice prior to the official start date for preseason practice (October 15), and disciplining students who missed these practice sessions;

  • Holding “open gym” practices that were limited to the boys’ basketball team and thus mandatory, following the elimination from the postseason; and

  • Failing to properly monitor the coaching requirements for individuals coaching in the boys’ basketball program, including the obligation to complete the legislatively mandated Sports Safety Course. These violations included a 30-day period during the 2013-14 season when no member of the coaching staff met the requirements of Bylaw 25.

Cordia has thirty (30) days to appeal the ruling to the KHSAA Board of Control. The KHSAA will have no further comment on this matter. All inquiries should be directed to Cordia High School or the Superintendent of the Knott County Schools.

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 40 state championships in 12 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.

07/27/14 - Reminder about Changes in Scrimmage Regulations and Playing Teams from Outside the United States

Two changes have been made for the 2014-2015 school year. One affects preseason scrimmages and what teams can be played by the KHSAA member schools, and the second change affects foreign teams coming into Kentucky to play our member schools in any sport.

Change in Scrimmage opponents

After a  lengthy review, primarily related to scrimmages, and primarily for catastrophic insurance purposes, as well as potential issues with the liability insurance of the individual schools and districts, Kentucky teams may not scrimmage against teams that do not represent member schools. This restriction is identical to the restriction for contests and is a revised interpretation for 2014-15 that was supported in Board of Control action at the May meeting. Member schools cannot compete in scrimmages against out of state non-member schools, out of country non-school teams, local clubs, alumni groups, or any other type of non-member school team. 

Because this change is effective for the 2014-15 school year by the handbook, which is still in the process of being printed for publication online, there will be no penalty for violations in fall sports, only an institutional notice. However, beginning with the winter sports for 2014-15, the penalties for playing a non-member school will be equally applied to both scrimmages and contests. It is highly recommended, due to the risks involved, that any fall sport scrimmages currently scheduled adhere to this restriction. Nothing about this revision eliminates the ability for schools to conduct activities between non-school opponents on the school campus, but such activities may simply not be against the school team.

Change in allowable opponents from out of state and out of country

Bylaw 22 contains the requirements for opponents and scrimmages. These rules require that member schools only play against schools that are members of the home state association.

After discussion, the Board supported a proposed interpretation that, inherent in this restriction, is the requirement that all opponents be schools, for both contests and scrimmages. As in the past, play in contests is only permitted against member schools of other state associations in the United States for games played in Kentucky. The restriction, as detailed above, also applies to scrimmages beginning in 2014-15. This restriction also applies to out of state scrimmages and contests for the sports of Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, play against teams that are NOT from the United States (including Canada and Mexico) is restricted for contests and scrimmages in Kentucky to opponents that are school teams made up solely of members from a single specific school, where none of the competitors have completed the final/terminating grade in the home country, and where the opponent is strictly a school based team and not a club, travel or professional team. The same restrictions apply to out of country travel and play in the sports of Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball. 

Member schools will be held accountable through Bylaw 27 for compliance with this restriction.

Please contact the Association staff if you have questions on any of these restrictions.

 

07/27/14 - Welcome Back to all Member Schools

Welcome back for the 2014-2015 School Year!

We hope you have a great, if not far too short, summer and are ready to get going for 2014-2015. There are a great many changes for 2014-15. In many cases, we will be sending those to you in short snippets instead of one long email, so that you can forward as necessary. As always our staff remains available to assist you in any way they can.

Before any work begins on rosters for the 2014-15 year, a person in the school with Athletic Director level access  must initialize rosters as detailed below before rosters can be updated and subsequently, rosters and statistics entered. Keep in mind that the online roster data forms the basis of your schools in-season roster, as well as both your school’s Title IX report and annual participation lists that are due in April. Many of these pieces will be repeated as individual emails over the coming days as a reminder.

Eligibility and Roster Requirement
No student is eligible to participate in a contest or scrimmage IN ANY SPORT if they are not currently listed on the school team roster online. No other paper or electronic form may substitute. Beginning with 2014-2015, the roster requirement will be enforced with administrative penalties including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

Video Summary of Startup Procedure and Changes

  • Rob Catron, the IT Director at the KHSAA, has recorded a summary of the changes to the online system for this year, and initialization instructions. You can view this video at http://youtu.be/YpmPsPSgOlg and there is a link on the schools.khsaa.org login page.

2014-15 School Data and Title IX Seminars

Thanks to a very receptive membership, eight seminars have again been scheduled to help assist our schools in managing the various data requirements to ensure eligibility. These seminars will deal in great detail with the data system and the many requirements, including this year’s changes. Additional information,including registration information will be sent in the coming days:

  • August 20, 2014, Bishop Brossart HS, Alexandria
  • August 27, 2014, Elizabethtown HS, Elizabethtown
  • August 29, 2014, KHSAA Offices, Lexington
  • September 3, 2014, North Laurel HS, London
  • September 4, 2014, Valley HS, Louisville
  • September 11, 2014, Caldwell County HS, Princeton
  • September 12, 2014, Muhlenberg County HS, Greenville
  • September 16, 2014 Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg

07/25/14 - July, 2014 Board of Control Meeting Review

The following is a review of the items discussed at the July, 2014 KHSAA Board of Control Meeting and the status of those issues. The Board meets six times per year, and each time, the membership will be updated as far as actions by the Board. While many of them attempt to communicate with you on a regular basis, I also want the schools informed of a consistent summary. All documents related to this meeting can be found online at http://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4374&AgencyTypeID=1&BeginDate=07-1-2014&EndDate=07-31-2014

BOARD MEETING – July 14, 2014

Following the completion of the required orientation for new Board members, the Board meeting began with a discussion about the Board’s operational format. Following the discussion, the Board voted to suspend the use of separate committees for Board action (with the exception of an Executive and Audit/Finance Committee) and use a work session format where assurances can be made that all regions will be represented on all of the discussions.

The Board then discussed items and issues related to Individual Sports. The sole subject was the discussion of the Swimming realignment study. Following discussion, the Board voted to direct staff to bring back to the Board a proposal for alignment in swimming that will help with the mid-winter travel issues related to the regional meets while keeping the number of state qualifiers for each event at 24.

Discussion then turned to Team Sports issues. The Board had discussions related to the following issues and reached the following conclusions:

  • Following discussion, uphold the appeal of Hazard High School and place them in in District 8. The Board also directed the Commissioner to bring back to the Board possible revisions to the Board policies on alignments to prevent this type of issue in the future.
  • The Board then had a lengthy discussion regarding the Fastpitch softball state tournament. Two incidents that occurred during the tournament will provide focus points for offseason training of umpires, changes in the assigning of the state tournament umpires, and a complete facility review of the tournament for later consideration by the Board of Control.
  • The next item discussed and approved was a recommendation from the Commissioner and from the Kentucky Medical Association that the Board recommend that girls participating in fastpitch softball and playing the positions of first base, third base or pitcher utilize the rules book allowances that permit face protection to be worn. Much data was provided to show the necessity of this rule and staff will continue to pursue this change on a national level. 
  • The next item approved was consideration of the state championship soccer games. Previously awarded to the Fayette County Schools for 2014, the games will be played at Henry Clay but will be moved if Henry Clay participates. The first round games will be played at Henry Clay and Tates Creek.
  • Other items discussed without final action included an update on the status of Field Hockey, including 2015 season revisions, and additional fastpitch softball discussion.

The Board as part of its consent agenda, approved the following reports:

  • The minutes from the May, 2014 Board of Control meeting;
  • The Transfer Reports from July 1 to June 30;
  • The Appeals Report from July 1 to June 30; and
  • The report of other school eligibility rulings from July 1 to June 30.

The Board as part of its reports of Board Business, approved the following reports:

  • The Cash Disbursements from May 1 to June 30;
  • The Income Statement from July 1 to June 30;
  • The General Ledger Report from July 1 to June 30;
  • An in-depth report on all KHSAA corporate partners;

In other items, the Board considered and approved:

  • A report from the staff and Board of Control members who attended the NFHS Summer Conference. The report was comprehensive about all of the seminars attended and the list of best practices and suggestions gleaned from the meeting;
  • Approved a three-year contract with Hicks and Associates, a Lexington firm specializing in audits of 501(c)3 organizations, to conduct the Association audit for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17;
  • Approved a change in Board policy to where no in-person rules clinics will be conducted in any sport or sport-activity and all coaches and officials would be required to view the electronic version if an electronic copy is provided. Along with that policy, the Commissioner would continue to stress the availability of himself and of staff to various conferences of updates about the KHSAA;
  • Support the imposition and application of the fine schedule penalties for late rosters, late pictures, failure to submit statistics and other data with first infractions being reprimand followed by penalty;
  • Revised the complimentary ticket policy for former Board of Control to permit a complimentary ticket for each former Board member who purchases one ticket, and a maximum for two complimentary tickets for former Board members purchasing at least two tickets;
  • Had a lengthy discussion about the annual financial aid survey and directed staff to seek clarification from specific schools about selected responses, and return results of the follow-up at the September meeting;
  • Heard a report about the Annual submission of Title IX reports and Annual Participation reports
  • Heard a report from the Commissioner about the appointment of a Task Force to conduct a length study about the length and limits of the seasons, and allowances for off season play and the Dead Period.

The next meeting will be held in September.

 

07/23/14 - Field Hockey Welcome and Information

The KHSAA would like to welcome the field hockey coaches and officials as the newest sanctioned sport of the KHSAA.  We are excited about getting to work with you and carry on the great traditions and hopefully our united ability to help grow the sport of field hockey in the state of Kentucky.

We don’t want to overwhelm you with information in this first correspondence so be prepared for frequent follow ups. There will be a lot of information headed your way over the next few weeks.

We are doing the best we can to keep things in-line with what the Metro Area AD’s group has done in the past, but as you all know with growth comes change.  Be prepared to bend as we go through this process.

For the 2014-2015 season only:

  • First date for practice – July 15
  • *Number of contest limits – unlimited
  • *First date for contest – August 11
  • *There will be 2 scrimmages allowed before the start date.
  • Online Rules Clinic – Opens August 4 and is a requirement for all coaches and officials in order to be in compliance with Bylaw 25 and to be eligible to participate/officiate in the postseason.  This is separate from the in-person training provided by Suzie and Mike on August 2nd.
  • All Coaches are also required to take the online Sports Safety Course. Please check with your Athletic Director to be sure your entire staff is entered into the schools coaching personnel (this is necessary for both the rules clinic for coaches and the sport safety course).
  • Regions – October 20th – October 23rd – For the purpose of consistency across the sports we will be changing what was previously referred to as districts to regions.
  • State – Quarterfinals October 25, Semifinals October 27, and Finals October 29th.
  • The 29th is a variation from the past schedule.  Please contact the office immediately if Wednesday, October 29th is a conflict.

*There are a few items above marked with an asterisk. These are the items that we are currently reviewing  and will be finalizing the structure for the 2015-2016 season in the coming months. Through diligent research with the NFHS, we have found that the past game limit of 28 is 10 more contests than other states allow.  With the addition of the creative tournament formats (multiple teams from the same school 7v7) sponsored by specific member schools, this would be an even further burden on school game limits.

The most likely outcome of this review will be that schools can participate in 23 contests with a straight count (meaning not counting tournaments as two, but counting each game).  This also means that the creative tournament formats would likely need to be adjusted and probably moved to the preseason (within the two three-hour per scrimmage limitations). It is strongly likely that schools would not want to participate in a tournament that counts for 7 to 9 games toward their limit.

It is also likely that the start date would be adjusted (request was made due to scheduling conflicts for the Apple Tournament prior to KHSAA sanctioning).

We wish all the teams a safe and healthy season and much more information is to come. The primary contact for the implementation of Field Hockey will be Assistant Commissioner Angela Passafiume (apassafiume@khsaa.org), and she will be assisted by Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org). Let either of us know if we can be of assistance.

07/15/14 - Pre Season Reminders for Soccer

The 2014 season officially began July 15 with the start of preseason practice, that means we are receiving some questions in the office about certain items. Below is just a short checklist of things to keep in mind as you go forward.

  • The Soccer Rules Clinic will again be online and open for you to take beginning August 4th. Please make sure you and your assistant coaches take the online course.
  • Check with your Athletic Director to make sure you and your staff are up to date with the Sports Safety Course.
  • The first date for Regular season competition is August 18th.
  • Please note the host site specifications for postseason play in soccer. The approved document establishes separate guidelines for host sites at the district and region/semi-state level. The specifications are listed at. http://khsaa.org/soccer/soccersitespecifications.pdf
  • Regular season field specifications including field markings are found in the NFHS rule book and are posted online at http://www.nfhs.org/Soccer/.
  • Those of you adding 7th and 8th graders to your roster, remember they can only play on your Freshman or Junior Varsity squad and can not compete against players in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • Please feel free to contact me with other questions that you may have at mbarren@khsaa.org or 859-299-5472. 

– KHSAA –

The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

Coming Soon

07/23/14 - Bylaw 6 Transfer Form Reminder

As part of the recently approved changes to the Bylaws that have been given final legislative approval, Bylaw 6 has been revised to reflect the past action of the Delegate Assembly and these revisions change the period of ineligibility for students who had previously played varsity athletics after being in grade nine (9). A student who has played varsity after being in grade nine (9) and then transfers to another school was previously ineligible in all levels of all sports for one calendar year from the date of enrollment. Under the newly approved changes to Bylaw 6, the student is now ineligible for one calendar year from the date of his/her last varsity participation.

In certain cases, because this information is required to be submitted on the receiving school portion of the transfer form, this will require additional research on the part of the receiving school to determine the accurate information. To date, the office has received several transfer forms that are missing this information.

Transfer forms that do not include an exact date of last varsity participation (Question 32 on page 5 from the sending school portion of the form) can’t be processed for a ruling.  Please assist our office and make sure the sending school completes all information. The form will be revised in the near future to also ask for the information on the receiving school portion (for convenience). Please remember to include an accurate date on line 32 of page 5 of the form. For example:  May, 2013 would not be acceptable, but May 14, 2013 would be acceptable.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the ruling officers on Bylaw 6, Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry who handles domestic transfers for schools in Regions 1 through 8, or Associate Commissioner Butch Cope who handles domestic transfers from Regions 9 through 16 with any questions.

07/22/14 - Reminder about Changes to Bylaw 3, Limit of Four Years Enrollment

By virtue of action taken at the 2013 KHSAA Annual meeting of its high school membership, Bylaw 3 was amended to change the starting date for the four-year period of eligibility to the student’s first entry in grade nine. Previously, the rule stated that the start of the four-year period started with the first promotion from grade eight(8). This change is effective August 1, 2014 with the other changes to the KHSAA Bylaws.

It is possible, that there are student athletes who were previously thought to be ineligible for 2014-2015 (due to exhausting their four year period after initial promotion from grade eight) that are now in fact eligible as the four year count didn’t start until entry in grade nine. For example, a current senior in 2014-2015 spent 2013-2014 as a junior, 2012-2013 as a sophomore, 2011-2012 as a freshman. This student was first promoted from grade 8 in 2009-2010, but for whatever reason, repeated 2010-2011 as an eighth grader. Under the old rule, this student would have been ineligible during 2014-2015. However, under the new rule, this student’s four year period of ineligibility didn’t start until 2011-2012, and therefore, this student would be eligible.

This change may require individual transcript review to ensure accuracy. Please remember that regardless of this change, a student cannot be 19 years old before August 1 and remain eligible for that next year; a student is never eligible for high school sports at any level while repeating the same grade for whatever reason; and a student may not in any way use this allowance to have a fifth competitive season in a high school sport following initial enrollment in grade nine. These important tenets remain a part of the bylaws. The only change deals with the start of that four-year count.

The Association staff, particularly its assistant Commissioners, remain available to help guide you through this change. If you need a ruling on a specific student, contact Associate Commissioner Butch Cope who is the ruling officer for this particular bylaw.

General and Current Regular Season Information

General Field Hockey Information

07/22/14 - Cross Country 2014-2015 Reminders

The following are important date reminders for Cross Country coaches, teams and officials:

July 15 – First Practice

August 4th – 1st Day Online Rules Clinic (All Coaches – head and assistant, Officials)    

     *You must login with individual email address and password to receive credit.

August 25 – 1st date for a contest (two allowable scrimmage meets before this date)

     *The season consists of 13 meets.

October 26 – November 1 – Regional Meets

November 8 – KHSAA State Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park

Alignment and other Cross Country related information can be found at the following link: http://khsaa.org/sports/fall/cross-country/

Remember, beginning in 2014-15, no student below grade 7 may participate at the high school level (Freshmen, JV or Varsity). If a student participated in 2013-14 at the high school level, he/she is grandfathered and therefore is eligible to continue participating at the high school level in that sport/sport-activity.

 

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