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07/1/13 – KHSAA Distributes Royalties To Member Schools; KHSAA Participation Numbers Released; KHSAA Staff Appointed To National Committees; Summer Dead Period Ends July 9

July 1, 2013 2013-2014 News Releases



KHSAA Distributes More Than $33,000 In Royalties To Member Schools

KHSAA member schools benefitted in the third year of a royalty program with the National Federation of State High  School Associations (NFHS) and Licensing Resource Group (LRG), a trademark licensing company with nearly 20 years of experience managing trademark licensing programs for more than 150 colleges and universities, athletic  conferences and athletic organizations nationwide.

The program was created to help the KHSAA’s 280 member schools collect revenues from royalties collected on merchandise sold at local and national retailers featuring the NFHS logo. The officially licensed hang tags, a creation of LRG similar to hang tags that appear on collegiate merchandise, are individually numbered and track the sale of each apparel item, as well as where it originated. Nationally, the program distributed more than $1 million in profits in the first year. The KHSAA distributed $33,682.33 to its member schools following the 2012-13 school year in more than 240 separate distribution checks.

“While there is no doubt these are challenging economic times for our member schools, we are excited to give  them another revenue source, however large or small, they can use to support their extra-curricular programs,” said KHSAA Commissioner  Julian Tackett. “While the royalty amounts vary by school, we are more than pleased with the way things went and we only expect it to increase as more retailers come on board. And the exciting piece for the membership is that by signing the non-exclusive agreement to participate in the program, they get the help of LRG in enforcing local school marks, and help in making sure their own marks don’t infringe on existing trademarks. Intellectual property is serious business and the folks at LRG are experts we are glad that we can partner with in order to help our schools.”

National retailers and regional retailers who belong to the LRG program include Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Lids, Meijer,  Dollar General, Hibbett Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dunham’s Sports and Kroger.

KHSAA Participation Numbers Released For 2012-13

In data gathered for submission to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), football represents the most popular sport in Kentucky in terms of participants during the 2012-13 academic year with 13,315 students (54 girls) competing for 222 schools.

Baseball ranked second among boys’ sports with 7,278 participants across 261 schools, followed by Basketball (6,874), Track and Field (6,476), and Soccer (6,059). Volleyball was the most popular sport on the girls’ side with 6,260 participants covering 257 schools, followed by Fast Pitch Softball (5,754), Soccer (5,551), Track and Field (5,476) and Basketball (5,359).

The 2012-13 season marked the debuts of Competitive Cheer, Archery and Bass Fishing as KHSAA-sponsored sport activities. Competitive Cheer had a strong showing during its debut season with 5,114 female competitors and 179 males across 248 schools. Archery had a total of 1,961 participants (1,077 boys) competing for 70 schools, while Bass Fishing was sponsored by 31 schools and had 346 students compete.

KHSAA Officials Appointed To National Committees

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett and Assistant Commissioner Angela Passafiume have been selected for oversight positions with the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Passafiume was appointed to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules committee representing Section 2 during last week’s NFHS Summer Meetings in Denver, Colo., and was also named Chair of the NFHS Officials Association Advisory Committee. Tackett, meanwhile, is one of NASO’s four new elected board members for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Summer Dead Period Runs Through July 9

As mandated by KHSAA Bylaw 24, the summer Dead Period began June 25 and runs through the end of July 9. During that time, school money cannot be spent, student-athletes and coaches cannot be together except for a very few, limited exceptions, and school facilities, equipment and transportation cannot be used.

A high school facility CANNOT be used by members of the team during the dead period, Regardless of who is supervising, and who is using, etc. Schools and teams cannot have parents supervise the weight room in place of coaches, or parents can’t supervise fall workouts and practice by team members, with or without the coach. The dead period rule has not changed and this type of activity has NEVER been permitted. Facilities are SHUT DOWN through midnight on July 9 to students who played on those 9-12 grade teams 

Meetings, even in preparation for the fall season, involving student-athletes and coaches cannot be held during the Dead Period. Tryouts are also forbidden during this time.


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 private. The KHSAA sanctions 40 state championships in 12 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.


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