08/09/21 – Officials Licensing Remains Open in All Sports | Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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08/09/21 – Officials Licensing Remains Open in All Sports

August 9, 2021 Officials Division Blog Updates


We know some may have chosen to sit out last year due to COVID-19 and others may still be waiting, licensing numbers remain low in most sports and areas of the state. Assigners are busy scheduling for the fall season so as the online rules clinics are approaching, we wanted to send out a reminder to you.

You will note that beginning last year, licensing is now based upon each sport and the conclusion of the high school season starts another cycle, similar to the pattern in arbiter licensing. Approximately two weeks at the end of each high school postseason, licensing will open for the following year. This was done at the request of Assigners and interested officials rather than having to wait until June to begin the process and therefore capturing potential new recruits while the interest is high.

It is understood that many outside leagues, including middle schools, use licensed KHSAA officials and those seasons occur during the school year but outside of the high school season. Your NFOA insurance is still valid as well as your license. You will notice if you print your license on the website, the immediate prior year licensing will be listed in the left and your current licensing on the right.

Also, recent action in May by the Board of Control following a lengthy study resulted in raising statewide minimums in varsity officiating fees as specified by the Federal Court Decree. These minimum fees are not to impact the regional policy board add-on which is only supposed for travel within the assigned schools and that travel has not changed. Those may be viewed using the following link.

Notices will go out when each fall season clinic is available. Please feel free to contact Associate Commissioner Butch Cope (bcope@khsaa.org) or Jeanie Molloy (jmolloy@khsaa.org) with any questions.

For those of you that have already renewed your license, thank you! For those of you still considering, there’s still time to get back in the game and assist the students in having an opportunity to participate in high school sports.



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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