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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

DISQUALIFICATIONS DOWN IN 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR
More student-athletes and coaches were able to see the conclusion of their teams’ contests during the 2011-2012 school year.

 A total of 481 student-athletes and coaches were disqualified from contests in the sports of baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling last year, down from 545 during the 2010-2011 school year. The information was released during the KHSAA Board of Control Meeting on Monday in Lexington.

Before the 2011-2012 school year the KHSAA Board of Control approved measures stiffening the disqualification to two contests for student-athletes and three for coaches.

“I don’t think there’s any question the stiffer penalties had something to do with the fewer number of disqualifications we have seen,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Especially in sports such as football, where three games can mean nearly a third of the season, more coaches and student-athletes are stopping to think before they act. If they are doing that, it means the penalties are doing exactly what they are designed to do. Everyone, student-athletes and coaches, must do everything they can to promote good sportsmanship. Boorish behavior and poor sportsmanship have no place and simply will not be tolerated.”

A complete listing of disqualifications by sport, with comparisons to the 2010-2011 school year.

Sport                                                               2011-2012                   2010-2011      

                                                                  Player      Coach            Player        Coach

Baseball                                                      48             35                   96               39

Basketball                                                   91             30                   71               29

Football                                                       114           3                     118             7

Soccer                                                         224           22                   248             34

Softball                                                        3               19                   5                19

Volleyball                                                     1               0                     0                0

Wrestling                                                     0               0                     7                1

Totals                                                        481           109                 545            129

                                                                      

BOARD CONFIRMS POLICY ON CROSS GENDER PARTICIPATION
The KHSAA Board of Control approved a written policy that reaffirms the Association’s historic policy regarding opposite sex sports male and female student-athletes.

Males may not participate as part of a female only team for any reason. Females may only participate on male teams in specific situations.

The complete text of the policy is available on page 28-29 of the Policies and Procedures section of the 2012 KHSAA Handbook. http://khsaa.org/httpdocs/handbook/policies.pdf

 KIDWELL SELECTED FOR INDUCTION TO NHSACA HALL OF FAME
Gary Kidwell, the Vanceburg native whose career as a teacher, coach, administrator and media member has spanned more than 45 years at MMI and Lewis County, has recently been selected for induction into the 2013 class of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Des Moines, IA.

 A native of Vanceburg, Kidwell is a 2011 inductee to the KHSAA Hall of Fame.

 ANNUAL MEETING OF DELEGATES SET FOR TUESDAY
The KHSAA Annual Meeting of Delegates is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Lexington Center.

A detailed listing of each proposal for changes in KHSAA rules are posted on the KHSAA website. Information about the Annual Meeting of Delegates is available at http://khsaa.org/general/annual-meeting-information/.

 

— KHSAA —

For more information contact Elden May at 859-299-5472.

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