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01/21/22- Board Adopts Change to Baseball Season for 2022

January 21, 2022 2021-2022 News Releases

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The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office and made some modifications to the playing and postseason schedule for Baseball.

The Board previously approved changing from four semi-state sites for the first round of the tournament to one site (Kentucky Proud Park, UK, Lexington) with all regional winners advancing to a single location for the State First Round Tournament. The change also enabled the blind draw to be conducted for Regions 1-16 for first-round matchups, and the second round to be played at the same site during the same weekend. 

New action taken by the Board approved allowing the beginning of the season to be shifted one week earlier than the past couple of seasons. This start date returns the start of baseball play to the middle of March and will allow for districts to begin their postseason tournaments earlier as well. This local flexibility in scheduling will also help with scheduling concerns around end-of-year activities as well as allow baseball schools to closely plan for pitching limitations for subsequent rounds.  There was no change in the original First/Second Round State and State Final dates which will give additional flexibility not only for districts but for regions to be creative with their schedule. These changes adopted are effective with the 2022 season.

Revised corresponding dates for the 2022 Baseball season:

  • First Date of Practice: Feb. 15 (No Change)
  • First Contest Date: March 14
  • District Tournaments: May begin May 16. In addition, districts can vote by majority to play the weekend prior should they choose.
  • Region Tournaments: May begin as early as May 23 and are to be concluded not later than Monday, May 30. In addition, regions can vote by majority to play the weekend prior should they choose to do so and must simply notify the Association.

Kentucky Proud Park, UK, Lexington
(Blind draw Regions 1-16)

  • State Tournament First Two Rounds: June 2-4
  • State Tournament Semifinals and Final: June 10-11

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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 284 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches and licenses, and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.

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