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10/10/19 – State Cross Country Course Access for Coaches

October 10, 2019 Cross Country Blog Updates


As Cross Country season winds down, the KHSAA wanted to remind Athletic Directors and coaches about gaining access to the course at the State Cross Country Championships.

  • As has been done in previous years, coaches’ certifications will be checked in order to obtain a coaching credential or complimentary access to the meet.
  • Coaches need to be Bylaw 25 certified and be sure all requirements are up to date.
  • This requirement includes being current on the rules clinic, sports safety course and a valid date entered for the expiration of CPR certification.
  • As a reminder, there are separate passes for all 6 races (boys, girls, class, etc) and if your school wishes to have a coach on the course for both the boys and girls race in your respective class and those coaches are the same, Athletic Directors are reminded to list that coach on the KHSAA database under both genders. 

As a reminder, a maximum of two (2) certified coaches per school will be given access to the course. All other coaches listed on the school’s coaching staff that has met the Bylaw 25 requirements as detailed above will be given complimentary access to the park, but will not be permitted on the course. Please be sure to contact Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh ( should you have any questions. 



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 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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