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11/20/18-Revisions, Clarifications and Reminders about Students Practicing/Playing While Ineligible

November 20, 2018 Athletic Department Blog Updates

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At the 2018 KHSAA Annual Meeting, the membership approved several changes to the bylaws regarding eligibility which the staff will begin to work through the promulgation process mandated by the legislature in the coming weeks. We are hopeful that these changes will be adopted and implemented for final inclusion in the 2019-20 Handbook sometime early next summer. This communication relates ONLY to Proposal 2018-03. Any changes contained in 2018-01, 2018-02 and 2018-04 will need final legislative approval in the spring of 2019 before implementation.

One of the approved changes was contained in Proposal 2018-03, which is detailed on page two of the document at https://khsaa.org/annualmeeting/20182019/annualmeetingproposals.pdf. This change would place into the regulation the provision that it is school choice as to whether a student with a pending ruling (original or appeal) could be allowed to practice with the team (including scrimmages). This change was part regulatory and part interpretation, as the provisions restricting such play were originally contained in interpretations.

THE FOLLOWING NOTICE AND RULING SUPERSEDES ANY AND ALL PRIOR INTERPRETATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN IN PERSON OR VIA PHONE, ELECTRONIC MAIL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION. The relevant revisions are in the lines related to Bylaws 6, 7 and 8. Please ensure that this is shared with all relevant parties. This information is also in a downloadable PDF at /handbook/bylaws/bylaw14.pdf

The table below represents a summary of various decision points schools may have (or may not have) when dealing with a student who is ineligible per KHSAA Bylaws or adopted policies that have been approved through the regulatory process. The column on the left represents the reason a student is ineligible, and the columns on the right address whether or not the schools have any decision in the matter if state regulations supersede local decision making. Local schools and Boards of Education should ensure that the proper group (School-Based Decision Making or Local Boards) has addressed the discretionary issues as noted by “School Determination”.

If student is ineligible per this Bylaw and Section Subject Can the student Practice at the high school level? Can the student participate in Non-Varsity Competition (Freshman/JV) at the high school level? Can the student participate in Varsity Competition at the high school level?
Bylaw 2  Age School Determination No, Prohibited by Regulation No, Prohibited by Regulation
Bylaw 3 4-Year Maximum School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 4§(1)(a)  Grades 9-12 Legal Enrolled Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Bylaw 4§(1)(b) Grades 9-12 Not enrolled or connected Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Bylaw 4§2 Grades 7-8 Not enrolled in feeder pattern Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Bylaw 4§3 Repeating students enrolled in grades 9-12 School Determination School Determination No, Prohibited by Regulation
Bylaw 4§3 Repeating students enrolled in grades 7-8 students No, Prohibited by Regulation No, Prohibited by Regulation No, Prohibited by Regulation
Bylaw 5§1 First Day Credit Check School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 5§2  Weekly Grade Check School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 6 Domestic Transfer School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 7 Foreign Exchange Transfer School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 8 Foreign Transfer non-Exchange School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 9  FB/BK Player in outside competition prior or during season School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 10 Recipient of Award in Violation of LImits School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 11 Financial Aid – Award in Excess of Limitations School Determination School Determination Not Permitted
Bylaw 12 Failure to Have Physical Exam or Insurance Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Bylaw 13 Violation of Baseball Contract Requirements Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Bylaw 14 Play Under Assumed Name Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Competition Rules MS and HS Baseball Pitching Restrictions School Determination Ineligible for Specific Period Under Policy Ineligible for Specific Period Under Policy
Competition Rules HS Track and Field Pole Vault Restrictions Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
Competition Rules and Bylaw 25 HS Football Contact Restrictions Not Permitted Not Permitted Not Permitted
702 KAR 7:065 Middle School Age Restrictions School Determination at middle school level (grades 5-8) Not eligible for interscholastic competition as listed in the regulation Not eligible for interscholastic competition as listed in the regulation
702 KAR 7:065 Middle School Students Repeating a Grade School Determination at middle school level (grades 5-8) No, Prohibited by Regulation No, Prohibited by Regulation
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