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07/26/21 – Board of Control to Determine Lacrosse Sanctioning in September

July 26, 2021 2021-2022 News Releases



The Board of Control conducted its organizational meeting for the 2021-22 academic year on Friday, July 23rd in Newport, during which time it heard various operational reports and status updates from KHSAA staff. As part of its meeting, the Board discussed the feasibility of sanctioning a championship in boys’ and girls’ lacrosse for the upcoming school year.

As outlined in the Board of Control policies for Sports Sanctioning/Sponsorship (, unless otherwise approved by the Board of Control to address specific previously underrepresented populations, in order for the KHSAA to begin discussions concerning the possible sponsoring of a state championship in a new sport or sport-activity, there shall be at least fifty (50) member schools desiring to participate by showing a favorable response on the interest survey and the sport or sport-activity having currently participating schools in at least three basketball regions.

At the time of the meeting, both genders had less than 40 schools indicate in the school admin system that they intended to field a team for the upcoming year. With that in mind, the Board asked staff to remind member schools that the requirement contained in the policy is to be met before consideration of a championship event, and a determination for the spring of 2022 will be finalized at the Board’s next meeting on September 22.

In other action Friday, the Board:

  • Approved the membership application for Heritage Christian in Hopkinsville for 2021-22 as the first year of its candidacy;
  • Heard preliminary reports on the upcoming alignment updates in several sports and sport-activities that are part of natural realignment cycles and some that are in need of review due to the addition of several new teams;
  • Received updates from staff on SB128 and its implementation in KHSAA data, Bylaws that will be reinstituted following a temporary hiatus in 2020-21, as well as COVID-19 guidance for the upcoming year;
  • Conducted a final reading of proposals for the Annual Meeting of Delegates;
  • Approved a motion to change the date of its next meeting from September 16 to September 22;
  • Reviewed long-range planning dates in a variety of sports and sport-activities, all of which return the regular seasons for 2021-22 to their normal time windows per Bylaw 23;
  • Were advised regarding the conduct of New Athletic Administrators training on September 20, the Annual Meeting on September 21, and the HYPE Student Leadership Summit on September 24;
  • Selected Matt Wilhoite (District Athletic Director, Kenton County Schools) as its President-Elect for the 2021-22 school year.


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 285 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 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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