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09/10/20 – Middle School Regulation Recommended and Approved Changes

September 10, 2020 Middle School Blog Updates and Information


To assist administrators in continued planning for the 2020-21 middle school athletic year, the KHSAA wanted to highlight the changes to the middle school section of 702 KAR 7.065 that have been approved by the Kentucky Board of Education and is working its way through the final phases of promulgation. The document was also reviewed and recommended for approval by the Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC) through the Kentucky Department of Education. Once final approval has been given, this post will be updated, but these revisions should be considered when planning as the approval by KBE is our annual signal to proceed. 

In reference to 702 KAR 7.065 Section 4, the following portions of the regulation have been approved as the substantive changes for 2020-21: 

(2) Require that any head or assistant coach, whether paid or unpaid, desiring to coach interscholastic athletics at the middle school level:
(c) Provide to the school documentation of successful completion of a C.P.R. course including the use of an automatic external defibrillator and the first aid training, conducted by an instructor or program approved by a college or university, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or other bona fide accrediting agency that is approved by the KHSAA based upon industry standards. The [initial] certification shall [use in-person instruction and certification shall] be updated as required by the approving agency;

This would permit online CPR certification such as was illustrated for the high school coaches in the June communication mentioning such programs as

(3) Require adherence to the following items regarding safety, sports medicine, and risk minimization for all interscholastic athletics at the middle school level:
(a) Each student, before trying for a place on a middle school athletic team, shall provide an annual medical examination, in accordance with KRS 156.070(2)(e) [156.070(2)(d)], and shall use the KHSAA form PPE01, with PPE02 being optional for the health care provider;

This change continues to require the same parental permission but the elements of the physical exam are now a separate form.

(8)[Require any student enrolled initially in grade five (5) through eight (8) who is repeating a grade for any reason, to be ineligible, during the school year that the grade is repeated, to compete in interscholastic athletics competition at any level;

This change makes the issue of eligibility regarding a repeating student a local jurisdiction issue while maintaining the age requirement for grade level play.

Questions regarding this section of the regulation regarding Middle School athletics should be directed to Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh ( Questions regarding playing rules of various sports should be directed to the local school, school district, conference, or association. Also, most needed material is on the KHSAA ( or NFHS ( websites. 



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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 280 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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