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04/09/18 – Bowling Dead Period Reminders

July 16, 2018 Bowling Blog Updates


It is important to remind all coaches about sport-activities (bowling, competitive cheer, archery, bass fishing) during the dead period. This includes both middle and high school students per 702 KAR 7:065.

Any participation by student-athletes during the dead period would be a violation of Bylaw 24 if the school were to be involved in any way, including coaching, transportation, funding, providing uniforms or all other specifics mentioned in Bylaw 23, 24 or 25. Though participation itself by a student-athlete may not necessarily be a violation of KHSAA rules, the dates from June 25 – July 9, preclude any Kentucky school representative from participating in an event during ANY PART of the dead period including transportation or any part of the event if the event extends into the dead period. For a complete understanding of restrictions, provisions, and interpretations related to this bylaw, see the link at

The Dead Period was developed more than twenty years ago by the member schools to address several issues under review at that time which continue to exist today. The rule was enacted by the membership to ensure opportunities for coaches to not be compelled to participate in activities for a period of time and to control the offseason expenditures of school funds and use of resources. There were many other discussion points at that time, many of which are detailed in Case BL-24-1 at the link referenced above.

Students and coaches may not compete while representing their school or contrary to any of the defined situations in the Bylaw during the KHSAA Dead Period, including “national championship” events organized by outside entities that are conducted during any part of the dead period. It will remain a local school district’s decision (as well as the event organizers) as to whether or not a school could attend any event up until June 24th provided the entirety of the event and all travel returning to the school was completed by 11:59 p.m. on June 24th. Please feel free to contact the KHSAA office if you have specific questions. 


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