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01/21/22 – Revision to Start of FP Softball Season Coincides with Baseball Change (Revised 01/25/22)

January 21, 2022 2021-2022 News Releases


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. This change on dates for regular season play will also be available to softball teams.

This 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 softball 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 other conflicts.  There was no change in the original First Round State and State Final Tournament 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.

Important dates for the 2022 Softball season:

  • First Date of Practice: Feb. 15 (No Change)
    • Scrimmages may occur any time after the first official practice date
  • First Allowable Contest Date: March 14
  • District Tournaments: May begin as early as May 16, but no change from prior schedule is required. In addition, districts can vote by majority to play the earlier permitted weekend should they choose to do so. 
  • Region Tournaments: May begin as early as May 23, but no change from prior schedule is required. Region Tournaments should be concluded no later than June 2. In addition, regions can vote by majority to play prior to May 23rd should they choose to do so and must simply notify the Association.
  • State First Round: Will return to John Cropp Stadium, UK, Lexington
    (Blind draw Regions 1-16) on June 3-4. 
  • State Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Final: June 10-12 (John Cropp Stadium, UK). 



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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