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06/24/18-Dead Period Reminders, Middle and High School

June 24, 2018


This is being sent to all Principals, Athletic Directors, Superintendents and Coaches of Member High Schools. This is being sent via an electronic script and it is possible that direct replies will not be received by the sender.


Dead Period Reminders for Middle and High School:

  • A reminder that the Dead Period for ALL sports and sport-activities starts at 12:00:01 a.m. on June 25 and goes through 11:59:59 p.m. on July 9.
  • There is to be no use of school facilities, team uniforms, team or equipment, transportation, coaches, personnel, maintained or producible log of student-activity or anything else related to the athletic program.
  • School funds may not be expended in support of interscholastic athletics in any KHSAA sanctioned sport during this period.
  • There is to be no communication between coaches and players during this period, including email, social media, texting, phone and all other forms.
  • Coaches/schools may not use an intermediary (i.e. the parent of existing or prospective rostered player, third party individual, etc.) to communicate with coaches and players during this period, including email, social media, texting, phone and all other forms of communication.
  • School representatives may not promote alternative activities during the Dead Period, including promotional specials by local gyms, etc. To do so implies a form of requirement to the recipient.
  • The intent of the period when it was passed nearly unanimously by the membership and in the years since, was for it to be dead, completely.
  • Best advice to all member school and middle school representatives, “if you have to ask, the answer is likely no”.
  • Use these two weeks to recharge batteries, repair facilities, get away from the students (and them away from you). You will have access the following nearly fifty weeks, take these two (plus one extra day) away.
  • The complete text from the 2017-18 Handbook is listed on the KHSAA website at

Middle School Dead Period Reminders:

Per 702 KAR 7:065, the Dead Period also applies to middle school athletics and sport-activities. Whether the BOard of Education of site-based decision-making body “officially” sanctions middle school play or not, the identical provisions to those described above apply if any one of the following criteria apply:

  • (a) The contest, event, or tournament is sponsored by a school or combined group of schools;
  • (b) Competitors wear a school-issued uniform;
  • (c) The contest, event, or tournament is sponsored by an outside entity as a school entry event, which is advertised or promoted as a school event, whether or not an entry fee is required;
  • (d) A school entity pays an entry fee, for the student or team, including payment by booster organizations;
  • (e) A school representative accompanies the student-athlete or transports the student-athlete to the contest, event, or tournament;
  • (f) A designated or hired member of a school coaching staff, whether paid or unpaid, is present and offering instruction, advice, evaluation, or refinement of skills or exercising other duties defined as coaching within the sport or sport-activity rules;
  • (g) Transportation to or from the contest, event, or tournament utilizes school provided or approved transportation;
  • (h) Competitors in the contest, event, or tournament wear apparel identifying them by the name of the school, including the formal name, informal name, or team nickname;
  • (i) Competitors in the contest, event, or tournament are provided promotional or other resources by the school including school media recognition, signage, and items clearly indicative of school representation;
  • (j) Competition in a contest, event, or tournament has, in any form, jurisdiction of the local school board or school-based decision-making body, including financial or other approval control; or
  • (k) Competition in a contest, event, or tournament is covered by any school or school  system provided or procured insurance policy;

Thanks and enjoy the Dead Period.


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