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01/29/21 – Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for 20-21

2020-2021 News Releases

When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2020-2021 is now underway.

Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through Sunday, February 28, 2021. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and a member of the […]

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01/27/21 – Three KHSAA Coaches Receive Section II Coach of the Year Honors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2021

Three KHSAA coaches were chosen as Section II Coach of the Year winners for 2019-20 by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association as part of its annual recognition program. Oldham County’s Kirk Thomas was the Section II honoree in girls’ cross country, while Elizabethtown’s Karen Henson was selected for girls’ tennis. Sacred Heart’s Donna Moir was the Section II award winner in girls’ basketball, where she was also the recipient of the National Coach of the Year award from the NFHS Coaches Association.

The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports – one for boys and one for girls – that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a […]

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01/27/21 – Initial Basketball Stat Leader Reports Released

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2021

The first statistical leader reports of the 2020-21 season for girls’ and boys’ basketball have been posted at KHSAA.org. The leader reports will be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m., and will include all teams missing stats for no more than two games.

Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27. Member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that means the team in question did not update its statistics through the KHSAA’s online system prior to the deadline.

The requirement to enter statistics, which has been in place for several years, was reiterated to coaches during the online rules clinic. Statistical entry has the benefit of […]

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01/26/21- Reminders about Sports and Sport-Activity Return to Play

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In the past couple of weeks, there have been several questions regarding the COVID-19 Return to Play protocol. There have been no changes to the protocol since it was adopted early part of the fall prior to the start of play, but the questions coming in lately indicate the need for a refresher.

Rather than detail the policy again in this post, both the required and recommended elements can be reviewed on the KHSAA website at https://bit.ly/2SQDOxm 

Below are listed various questions that have been presented and the appropriate responses. This information will be updated as necessary as either additional inquiries occur, or further data or recommendations are issued.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. (dealing with the person who has tested positive)
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious […]

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01/26/21- Basketball Nominations Sought for Male and Female Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Year among rostered Basketball participants for 2020-2021 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2020-2021 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet scheduled to be held at Midway University in early summer 2021. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2020-2021 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year and announced at that time. All winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year […]

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01/25/21 – List of Items for Annual Required Financial Aid Report

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As you may recall, the 2019-20 financial aid report was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now time for ALL KHSAA member schools to complete the required annual financial aid report in compliance with Bylaw 11 for the 2019-2020 academic year. In an effort to assist Principals and Athletic Directors in preparing for this report, this checklist of information is provided so that you can spend a few days gathering the required data and information prior to the deadline to complete the report.

The link to submit the financial aid report will become active on February 1 and member schools will have until Feb. 28 to meet the requirement. Gathering this information before the link is sent on February 1 should allow you to quickly complete the report in an expedited fashion. Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) will be the contact for sending out the request for submissions and should be able […]

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01/25/21 – 2019-20 National Coaches of the Year Selected by NFHS Coaches Association

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Twenty-three high school coaches from across the country have been selected as 2020 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports – one for boys and one for girls – that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2019-20 school year.

Recipients of this year’s national awards for boys sports are: Ron Murphy, baseball, Rio Rancho (New Mexico) High School; Jerry Petitgoue, basketball, Cuba City (Wisconsin) High School; Kevin Ryan, cross country, […]

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1/25/21 – First Phase (T-35 Report) Open for Title IX Reporting Entry for 2020-2021 and Student Survey Administration

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The initial phase of entry for the 2020-2021 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2019-20 to be entered on the 2020-2021 form T-35, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. There have been only minimal changes based on the great cooperation and feedback from the membership.

T35 EMPHASIS POINTS

There has been a continual effort to eliminate inconsistent information that has been entered on that form, and the following points are emphasized:

  • Entry for the T35 is now open. Login to https://schools.khsaa.org and begin entry when you are ready.
  • The T35 requires you to enter 2019-2020 expense information, as it has been audited within your school and district.
  • Your previous Annual Reports can be quickly reviewed in the KHSAA School Subdomain (the login page) by clicking on the tab labeled Past Title IX Annual Reports, in case you want to review past submissions.
  • The T35 is to be entered with all […]

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01/21/21 – Board of Control Reviews Status of Winter and Spring Sports

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2021

The Board of Control held its fourth regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Thursday at the KHSAA Office, conducting a thorough status review of ongoing operations and championship plans. Staff provided an overview of all winter and spring sports and sport-activities, while outlining considerations and options for the winter events that will be presented for final review at the Board’s next meeting on Feb. 17.

“Today’s meeting provided an opportunity to update the Board of Control and our constituency on the various issues and COVID-19 mitigations facing each of our sports and sport-activities,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Circumstances change rapidly during the pandemic but we hope to have a clearer picture for how we can proceed with our winter championships when the Board next meets in February.”

Included in the staff’s report on basketball, was a preliminary discussion on ticketing to the 2021 Boys’ and Girls’ […]

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01/19/21 – Dates Announced for Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet Sixteen®

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2021

The dates for the 2021 Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet Sixteen® State Basketball Tournaments have been set, with the boys’ tournament taking place March 31 through April 3, followed by the Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Sweet 16® on April 7-10. Each tournament will be played over four days at Rupp Arena, with the semifinals and championship played on the final day, as a one-year accommodation due to the events being scheduled around Easter Sunday. The four-day format was standard for the state basketball tournament for several years prior to the 2013 Boys’ Sweet 16® when a statewide legislatively-initiated panel recommended separating the prior semifinal/championship Saturday schedule into two days.

At this time, attendance for both tournaments will be restricted to 15% of capacity within the areas of the arena in-use. Details will be announced in February regarding the ticketing process, but all-session tickets will be limited for 2021 in order […]

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01/14/21 – UK Healthcare Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year Award

2020-2021 News Releases

For the fifth year, UK Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports.
  • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
  • The nominee must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
  • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
  • The nominee must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Nominations shall be submitted by March 1, 2021, to the KHSAA through the link at http://khsaa.org/ge36-uk-healthcare-comeback-athlete-of-the-year/.

Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff for review and selection.

  • The selection committee, consisting of athletic trainers from each region […]

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01/07/21 – KHSAA Adds FIFA and Madden as Newest Sanctioned Esports Offerings

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2021

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association today announced, in partnership with PlayVS, an expansion of its recognized varsity title offerings to include FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 for the upcoming Spring 2021 esports season. These latest additions bring the number of sanctioned games to five, joining the KHSAA’s previous offerings of League of Legends, Rocket League and SMITE. Amid continued COVID-19 concerns, and with traditional sports reworking their infrastructure, the value of esports is evident now more than ever as it provides high school students a safe extracurricular environment in which to compete.

Two of the most popular sports titles in the world, FIFA and Madden feature real professional football and soccer players on their actual professional teams. EA’s long-running sport simulation franchises represent all of the excitement gamers know and puts them in the center of the action.

“We are excited to expand our esports offerings to […]

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01/06/21 – First Field Hockey Officials Course Introduced by NFHS Learning Center

Field Hockey Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In an expansion of its officiating courses, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently introduced the fast-paced sport of field hockey to the online NFHS Learning Center with its “Officiating Field Hockey” course.

Played on a field that is 60 yards wide by 100 yards long, and featuring only two umpires, field hockey is accompanied by unique rules that offer many challenges to a two-man crew. The free online “Officiating Field Hockey” course, which serves as a companion to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Book and other supporting materials, provides a detailed look at the sport with video assistance.

“The ‘Officiating Field Hockey’ course has been developed for all officials – from first-year umpires to those with more than a decade of experience,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “The course was designed to help umpires understated the rules, […]

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12/18/20 – NFHS Center for Officials Services Continues to Expand Outreach, Services to Nation’s Contest Officials

Officials Division Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) continues to expand its outreach and services to contest officials nationwide through development of the NFHS Center for Officials Services (COS).

The NFHS COS, with its technology platform created by DragonFly Athletics of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, officially kicked off at the start of the 2020-21 school year and is already servicing nine NFHS member state high school associations (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina and Wyoming), as well as sport-specific officials in three other states (California, Maine and Pennsylvania).

With the goal of building platforms for every state association, the COS offers a variety of services for officials on both the web and mobile app, including registration, exams, assignments, communication and scheduling tools, and payments.

Most recently, the COS has created an “NFHS Officials Hub” area for members that offers easy access to NFHS sport-specific rules information. With 23 different sports […]

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12/17/20 – New NFHS Learning Center Course – “The Student Experience” – Relays Participation Benefits to Students

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has announced “The Student Experience” – a free student-centered course focused on the long-term benefits of education-based activities participation – as a new addition to the NFHS Learning Center.

“The last few years, we have had a lot of success delivering coursework and resources directly to students through the NFHS Learning Center to help them get the most out of their interscholastic experience,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “By taking ‘The Student Experience,’ we want them to understand why participating in high school activities programs is so important to their future.”

In the past year, the NFHS Learning Center has released several resources within “The Parent Seat,” a collection of courses and videos that promote the true purpose of education-based athletics and performing arts to parents of participants. “The Student Experience” is the first course offering that conveys a […]

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12/15/20 – Visual, Technical Revisions Offer Improved User Experience to NFHS Learning Center’s ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’ Course

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Revisions recently introduced to “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” aligns one of the NFHS Learning Center’s most significant courses with recent updates to its other offerings.

Currently available to take free of charge, the revised “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” course has been reviewed by both NFHS course partner, Simon’s Heart, and by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC). As part of the revisions, the course received both branding and technology updates that had already been implemented to other NFHS Learning Center coursework.

“We are pleased to continue our successful partnership with Simon’s Heart to bring revised Sudden Cardiac Arrest content to the interscholastic community,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “The course revisions centered around upgrading the look and feel of the course, as well as technology upgrades to improve the user experience.”

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number one cause of death in the United States for student-athletes during […]

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12/15/20 – 2020 UK Orthopaedics State Football Finals Head to Kroger Field

2020-2021 News Releases

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020

The 2020 UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine State Football Finals begin Friday morning at 11 a.m. with the first of the weekend’s six championship games as Kentucky Country Day (10-1) takes on Paintsville (9-2) in the 1A title bout at Kroger Field. Live webcasts of all six games will be available at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network, with a free audio broadcast available at KHSAA.net.

Tickets for the 2020 UK Orthopaedics State Football Finals are available online and must be purchased in advance, as there is no opportunity for walkup sales at this year’s event due to COVID-19 restrictions. Links to purchase tickets for each championship game, along with a summary of the policies and procedures for the state finals can be found at https://khsaa.org/uk-orthopaedics-state-football-finals-gameday-information/.

As a reminder to those in attendance, face coverings, over the nose and mouth, are required for all […]

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12/10/20- Board of Control Confirms Decision to Start Winter Sports Practice December 14

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2020

The Board of Control conducted a special meeting on Thursday morning, upholding its earlier decision by a 12-5 vote to begin practice for winter sports on Dec. 14th and regular-season competition on Jan. 4th. Prior to confirming the start of the winter sports season, the Board voted 12-5 to push back the dates for the boys’ and girls’ Sweet 16® to March 29-April 8 after narrowly defeating other alternative dates, with the event schedule and format to be finalized at a later date in consultation with Rupp Arena.

“These are extremely complex issues. Our Board has spent an extraordinary amount of time examining every aspect surrounding the resumption of sports, particularly those that are indoors and have extreme concerns from public health officials,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “At the same time, there is significant data being shared about the need for students to be engaged with one another […]

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12/2/20- Reminder about Great Offer from Partner Midway University

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Exclusive KHSAA Tuition Discount

As a member of the KHSAA network of coaches and administrators, Midway University is proud to offer a 15% tuition reduction of all online undergraduate programs and graduate programs* to all employees, coaches, athletic directors, and officials and their dependents.

Midway University is one of the first in Kentucky to offer online programs to make achieving a bachelors or master’s degree possible for working adults. And since Midway University has held its tuition rates, and even lowered them for some programs, they are one of the most affordable choices. With the KHSAA extra 15% discount, that makes an incredible value.

To find out more, click the link at https://bit.ly/3mwvcpC.

Or to get started, email admissions@midway.edu, schedule a virtual admissions meeting or apply online.

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12/01/20 – Schedule Set For State Football Finals

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2020

Following the Board of Control meeting on November 18th, the Association has worked to finalize the order of games for the 2020 UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine State Football Finals. The games will be played Friday, December 18th and Saturday, December 19th at Kroger Field with three games on each day.

The order of games and times for this year’s finals will be:

Friday, December 18th

  • 11 a.m. – 1A Championship
  • 3 p.m. – 2A Championship
  • 7 p.m. – 4A Championship

Saturday, December 19th

  • 11 a.m. – 3A Championship
  • 3 p.m. – 5A Championship
  • 7 p.m. – 6A Championship

As approved by the Board of Control during its November 18th meeting, the following provision will also be in place once the playoffs reach the Fourth Round:

  • If one team from a game withdraws […]

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11/23/20 – NFHS Officials Part 2 Exam Now Online for BK, SW, WR

Basketball Blog Updates

We hope our officials continue to be safe and healthy as we look forward to a return to winter sports.   

Please note that the NFHS Part 2 exams for licensed officials in the sports of Basketball, Swimming, and Wrestling are now available online. The Part 2 exams will be open until Monday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).  

The tests will automatically close on December 7 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.  The exam is also used for advancements in levels of classification.

First-year officials are not required to take the exam, however, if any first-year official has completed licensing requirements, the test may be taken.

Any official determined to have been involved in the improper administration of the exam, including taking it for another official or having it […]

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11/20/20- Winter Indoor Sports Delayed, Information for Member Schools

2020-2021 News Releases

With the Governor’s School Closing Order of this past Wednesday (details of which can be seen here) along with the Board of Control decision to delay the start of the indoor winter sports seasons to January 4 (details of which can be seen here), changes are going to need to be made over the next few weeks. The text of the orders is contained at the following links- https://bit.ly/36QG23f and https://bit.ly/3nz1ArU. As our office did not know the details of the final order until it was announced late Wednesday, we spent Thursday reconciling the details of the Board’s necessary action on the start of winter sports competition with the recent orders in order to best provide guidance to our membership. This conversation is ongoing with our office, the Governor and Lt. Governor’s office and the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure consistent messaging as well as our nearly daily consultation with […]

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11/19/20 – Board of Control Pushes Back Start of Winter Sports Season to January 4

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2020

The Board of Control conducted its third regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Wednesday and elected to postpone the start of the winter sports season to January 4th by unanimous vote. In congruence with the Governor’s order issued later the same day, official practice for all indoor interscholastic winter sports shall cease on Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m. and is planned to resume on Monday, December 14. This cessation will apply to all indoor interscholastic sports at all school levels, including but not limited to basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, dance, indoor track and field, swimming, and wrestling.

Details regarding any allowances for indoor interscholastic sports, which will be restricted prior to December 14, will be distributed to the membership prior to the Governor’s ordered shutdown of school-related in-person activity on Friday, November 20. The season calendar for each winter sport, as well as current virus data […]

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11/18/20 – NFHS Learning Center Debuts New Video for Electronic Whistle Use in Volleyball

Officials Division Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — As part of its continued effort to educate officials on new procedures and protocol in officiating, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has debuted a new instructional video on the online NFHS Learning Center – “Official Volleyball Signals Using an Electronic Whistle.”

The “Official Volleyball Signals Using an Electronic Whistle” video provides officials with tips and techniques to assist in creating seamless signal sequences when using an electronic whistle. Supporting information in the video includes examples of various signals conducted by the first and second referees in applying proper mechanics.

Last spring, as COVID-19 information became more prevalent, the NFHS Volleyball Rules Committee promptly responded to help with health and safety concerns in the sport. The committee’s response resulted in the development of rules considerations related to social distancing and limiting contact to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“In recent months, volleyball officials quickly purchased electronic whistles to […]

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11/15/20- Exclusive KHSAA Tuition Discount

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As a member of the KHSAA network of coaches and administrators, Midway University is proud to offer a 15% tuition reduction of all online undergraduate programs and graduate programs* to all employees, coaches, athletic directors, and officials and their dependents.

Midway University is one of the first in Kentucky to offer online programs to make achieving a bachelors or master’s degree possible for working adults. And since Midway University has held its tuition rates, and even lowered them for some programs, they are one of the most affordable choices. With the KHSAA extra 15% discount, that makes an incredible value.

To find out more, click the link at https://bit.ly/3mwvcpC.

Or to get started, email admissions@midway.edu, schedule a virtual admissions meeting or apply online.

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11/11/20 – Esports Online Rules Clinic For Coaches Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The esports online rules clinic is now available at khsaa.org and required of all member school head and assistant coaches (varsity, junior varsity and freshmen), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay. With the esports rules clinic being offered for the first time this year, the clinic will be available for free during the fall season but is a mandatory requirement of all coaches and should be completed before the fall postseason begins on December 11.

A revised clinic will be offered for the spring season which will also be required but will have the standard fee, late and super-late periods for completion.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

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11/07/20 – Start of Football Playoffs Delayed One Week

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2020

The KHSAA notified member schools this morning that the start of the football playoffs will be delayed one week in an effort to provide schools and school systems time to review their situations and work with their health departments to determine the best course of action. The first round of the playoffs will now take place the weekend of Nov. 19-21 with no additional planned changes in the playoff structure at this point in time.

In the meantime, schools and school systems should review site strategies, seating capacities, and all other facets of the likely contest(s) during this interim period and certainly remind students that what they do outside of practice and the game field can have a tremendous impact on themselves and those around them. It is highly advised that all levels of school administration be in on hosting decisions and use this interim time to play out various […]

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11/05/20 – KHSAA Coach of the Year Honorees Announced for 2019-20 Season

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2020

As part of its annual awards program, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association recognizes Coach of the Year honorees from each state. Those named Coach of the Year at the state level then advance for consideration for Sectional Coach of the Year honors. Winners are chosen through a combination of their coaching accomplishments as well as their contributions outside of competition to help grow their respective sport.

The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports – one for boys and one for girls – that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which […]

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11/04/20 – State Volleyball Tournament Resumes Friday at George Rogers Clark HS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2020

The KHSAA State Volleyball Championship will debut in a new venue this weekend (Nov. 6-7) as George Rogers Clark High School hosts the remaining rounds of the tournament starting Friday morning. GRC’s Cardinal Arena will become just the ninth home of the state volleyball tournament, which spent the last eight years (2012-19) at Valley High School in Louisville.

The quarterfinal round gets underway Friday at 9 a.m. when Russell takes on West Jessamine. Assumption and Mercy will square off at 12:30 p.m., followed by Henry Clay versus Greenwood at 4 p.m., and Notre Dame against McCracken County in the final match of the night at 7:30 p.m. The semifinals will be played Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., followed by the championship match that evening at 7:30 p.m.

As with the KHSAA’s other fall championships, the volleyball state tournament will operate under a severely limited seating capacity […]

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11/2/20 – Swimming Rules Clinic for Coaches and Officials Now Online

Officials Division Blog Updates

Now that the Healthy at Sports for Swimming has been published, the mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Swimming is now available. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity, and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

For officials, login to the officials’ subdomain at https://officials.khsaa.org/

OFFICIALS

November 2 to December 28 (Officials) – the Swimming & Diving Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
December 29 to January 17 (Officials) – the Swimming & Diving Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
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10/30/20- 2020 Final Adjusted Standings (after tie-breakers)

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10/29/20 – State Cross Country Championships To Debut at Bourbon County XC Course

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2020

History will be made at the 2020 KHSAA State Cross Country Championships, as the meet makes its debut at the Bourbon County Cross Country Course in Paris. This will mark the first time since 1978 that a state cross country championship was not contested at the Kentucky Horse Park. For the 1978 and 1979 seasons, the A and AA Meets were held at the Kentucky Horse Park, while the AAA Meet took place in Louisville. All classes moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1980, which served as the home of the state cross country meet ever since.

This year’s event will be contested over two days, with the 2A Meet starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 30. The 1A Meet will take place Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., followed by the 3A Championship at 3:30 p.m. Attendance is restricted at the event to an allotment of two […]

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10/27/20 – NFHS Learning Center Releases New Content for Parents, Offers NFHS National Parent Credential

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has announced additional parent-centered content on the NFHS Learning Center, along with the NFHS National Parent Credential certification for those who complete the designated course offerings.

“We are pleased to be able to offer more tools and resources for parents to utilize with their students,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “The NFHS National Parent Credential provides a new professional development pathway for parents.”

Supporting the NFHS Learning Center’s continued efforts to correct negative parent behavior at events, the curriculum for the National Parent Credential is comprised of two free courses – “The Parent Seat” and “Positive Parenting Within School Programs.” Parents who achieve the National Parent Credential receive a certificate and a badge to be displayed on their Learning Center dashboard.

A promotional video for the NFHS National Parent Credential can be viewed here: https://nfhslearn.com/library/videos/nfhs-national-parent-credential.

The all-new “The Parent […]

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10/28/20 – State Field Hockey Championship Rescheduled For Nov. 12

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2020

The championship game of the 2020 KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12 at Christian Academy of Louisville’s Centurion Stadium. Provided both teams clear all follow-up protocol by contact tracers, the local health department and school health officials; Sacred Heart (15-4) and Christian Academy-Lou. (16-1) will square off at 7 p.m. for the state title.

Tickets purchased through GoFan for the originally scheduled game on Oct. 26 will be honored on Nov. 12. The championship game will be streamed live at KHSAA.tv as part of the NFHS Network, which is a subscription-based service ($10.99 per month). Live stats and a free audio-only broadcast will also be available at khsaa.org.

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10/28/20 – KHSAA State Soccer Championships Head to Henry Clay HS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2020

The 2020 KHSAA State Soccer Championships move to Henry Clay High School this week for the boys’ and girls’ semifinals and finals. Each game will be webcast live by KHSAA.tv as part of the NFHS Network, with live stats and free audio broadcasts available at khsaa.org. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase online only at https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA.

As a reminder to all fans in attendance, all individuals entering a venue before, during, and after a contest shall wear a mask/face covering. Only the exercising athletes and assigned contest officials in the game on the court/field/mat at that specific moment are exempt from wearing a mask/face covering at all times. Social distancing of at least 6 feet shall be maintained at all times, where feasible.

All spectators must wear masks unless they are eating or drinking at the moment, or seated more than six-feet away from […]

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10/27/20 – KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament Moving to George Rogers Clark HS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2020

After full consideration of the available data and the recommendations outlined in the KHSAA’s Stage 3 Return To Competition guidelines, the Association has made the determination to move the 2020 State Volleyball Tournament to George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester.

As referenced in the KHSAA guidelines, it is recommended that contests not be played during the following seven-day period in counties where the incidence of COVID-19 exceeds 25 average daily cases per 100,000 population each Monday morning as detailed on the KDPH COVID-19 Dashboard map (listed in Red) at https://bit.ly/2D0K526. With Jefferson County remaining red as of October 27 and experiencing a continual increase in the last several days, the decision was made to move the tournament from Valley HS to George Rogers Clark.

“Valley High School has done a tremendous job hosting this event for the last eight years, but we could not in good conscience […]

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10/26/20 – Field Hockey State Championship Postponed

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 26, 2020

Tonight’s championship game of the 2020 KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament is being postponed in response to a single positive COVID-19 test from a participant in Saturday’s semifinal round. The Association was appropriately notified this afternoon by one of its member schools that subsequent to the semifinal games, a rostered participant tested positive.

In order to give contact tracers, the local health department and school health officials time to properly conduct their follow-up protocol, the championship game will be delayed to a future date.

“With this being the culminating game of the state tournament, this office wants to make every effort to decide the state championship on the field, especially given that both teams expressed a desire to postpone,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “While it is not practical or feasible to take this type of step in every one of the earlier rounds of postseason play, it is […]

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10/22/20 – Field Hockey State Tournament Begins Tonight at Campus Sites

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2020

The seventh annual KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament gets underway this evening with four semi-state matchups on campus sites, before moving to Christian Academy-Louisville’s Centurion Field for the semifinals (Oct. 24) and championship (Oct. 26).

Tonight’s action will see Male head to Kentucky Country Day, Christian Academy-Lou. travel to Assumption and Holy Cross (Lou.) visit Sacred Heart, with all matches set for 6 p.m. DuPont Manual will host Ballard in the fourth semi-state match at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s semifinals are set for 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Centurion Field, with Monday’s championship slated for 7:30 p.m. The Semifinals and championship will be streamed live online at KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network, which is a subscription-based service.

Subscription plans for the NFHS Network are available for $10.99 a month. A monthly subscription, priced less than the cost of admission to a state championship event, entitles users to every […]

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10/20/20- Adopted Revisions to Football Alignment for 2021 and 2022, Removal of Scheduling Embargo

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At its most recent meeting, the KHSAA Board of Control approved the mid-alignment adjustments to the football alignment for 2021 and 2022. With the school enrollments that were received for 2019-20 (the pre-Covid second-month reports were utilized as specified by the Competition Rules), there were minimal changes to the alignment. There were no geographic moves proposed or approved with the mid-alignment review.

In Class 1A, District 7, Sayre was placed for the 2021 and 2022 seasons and will be a fully scheduled member.

In Class 2A, District 5, Trimble County is returning to the alignment following two-seasons of non-district status. 

In Class 3A, District 5, Jackson County will withdraw from the district for 2021 and 2022.

There were no other changes to the alignment. The complete alignment appears on the KHSAA website at https://bit.ly/3jmgYpa

With this action, the embargo on game contracts for 2021 and 2022 has been removed. To ensure that all schools […]

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2021 and 2022 Approved Alignment of Teams – Football

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CURRENT ALIGNMENT OF TEAMS – FOOTBALL – 2019 THROUGH 2022 PLAYING SEASONS

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association shall sponsor postseason competition in football provided that there is sufficient interest of the membership to participate in the said competition. Member schools desiring to participate in KHSAA sponsored postseason competition shall notify the Association office before September 1. The Commissioner shall divide the state into geographic sections within six (6) enrollment-based classes with the approval of the Board of Control. In the interim, newly added or deleted programs will be handled on a case by case basis by the Commissioner’s office.

For the postseason competition, in Class 6A, For playoff bracketing only, the 5th place team in District 1 would become the 4th place team in District 5

For the postseason competition, in Class 1A, Sayre will be the 4th seed in District 7 for 2020 only.

For interim alignment review for 2021 and 2022 seasons, […]

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10/16/20- COVID Basketball Information and Update

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As we prepare for the start of official practice on October 26, reminders are in order for all involved. This was previously distributed to all schools earlier this month, but all representatives would be advised to be sure you are familiar. The guidance document is posted on the KHSAA website at https://bit.ly/3ib7pc5.

We have received a few inquiries recently regarding the start of basketball practice and the guidelines that have been issued. Keep in mind that the season is divided into segments for a purpose, and that gives natural opportunities for consideration of revisions based on what is happening with the pandemic. 
 
Here are a few reminders based on the questions that have come into the office. This material is and was contained in the guidance document. It is imperative that coaches be familiar with the entire contents of the guidance document and realize that as everything with this pandemic, things […]

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10/16/20 – KHSAA.tv to Broadcast Fall Draw Show on Monday

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2020

The pairings for the 2020 KHSAA Field Hockey, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, and Volleyball State Tournaments will be revealed Monday, Oct. 19 when the annual Fall Championship Draw Show is conducted at the KHSAA Offices at 1 p.m. The Draw Show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network.

The 2020 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament begins Thursday, October 22nd with quarterfinal matchups on campus sites. The semifinals and championship will be played Saturday, October 24th and Monday, October 26th at Christian Academy-Louisville.

The 2020 KHSAA State Soccer Championships open with the semi-state matches on Oct. 24, followed by the quarterfinals on campus sites Oct. 26. The semifinals (Oct. 28-29) and finals (Oct. 31) will move to Lexington and be played at a Fayette County Public School.

The format for the KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament will be a bit different this year, with first round […]

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10/15/20 – KHSAA Cross Country State Meet Details & Location

2020-2021 News Releases

As we approach the Cross Country postseason, the KHSAA wanted to update the membership regarding postseason meets for the sport of Cross Country. 

STATE MEET SITE

The 2020 KHSAA State Cross Country Meet will be held at the Bourbon County Cross Country Course at 1054 Millersburg Rd in Paris, Ky. on October 30-31. Maps of the course will be available on the Cross Country website. The time schedule for 2020 will be posted with Class 2A to compete on Friday afternoon, October 30. Class 1A and 3A will compete on Saturday, October 31.

“We appreciate the great work of our longtime prior hosts at the Kentucky Horse Park and recognize their need for continual adjustments during the pandemic,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We have a longstanding relationship with the park and their absolutely wonderful staff. But with their current focus on equestrian events combined with our need to finalize arrangements in a timely manner, […]

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10/12/20- Postseason Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey Situations and Questions

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As we head into the postseason, we know our managers and member schools are working extremely hard to protect opportunities for students during this strange time while at the same time, juggling near-daily changing data to help make current decisions. We have had several questions that have emerged about teams advancing in light of specific quarantine and isolation issues.

Remember that the guidance we are operating under from the Department for Health specifies that a quarantine period (exposure to a person who tests positive) is for fourteen (14) days and an isolation period (for a person with a positive test) is for at least ten (10) days following the test. It has long been anticipated that an ill-timed quarantine or isolation period might end a season if schools cannot find additional scheduling options. 

As an association, we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate the competing school with rescheduling any contest provided that such rescheduled dates do […]

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10/07/20- Football Updates and Scheduling Information including Tiebreaker for Games Not Played

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This is being sent to all member schools through the Principal, Athletic Director, and the Football Coach of record, with a courtesy copy to member school Superintendents.  Please forward as necessary. This notice is related solely to 2020 Football. Other notices and posts relative to Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball have been distributed. 

As we have said all along, all of us involved in any way with education have been advised to be nimble to any changes to past plans during this pandemic. Certainly, a higher amount of football games have been lost during this already short fall season than anyone ever predicted or planned and those cancelations continue. As such, several situations have arisen as schools try to determine the rescheduling of future games, and additional minor adjustments are needed. These latest changes and clarifications are solely intended to help resolve issues and prevent further wholesale rescheduling late in the year if that is […]

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NFHS State Outstanding Service Award Winners

NFHS Outstanding Service Winners

Outstanding Service Awards may be presented in two categories: 1) to individuals to recognize a record of long-standing service and significant contribution to the NFHS within a specific sport; or, 2) to individuals/organizations for services, although not specifically designated, which generally represent a significant contribution to or impact on high school activity programs.
States may nominate one individual per year.

PAST KENTUCKY RECIPIENTS
2019- Dick Farmer, KU/LGE/KHSAA Sweet 16® Radio Network
2018- Ted Cook, Ted Cook Tire, London
2017- Billy Haynes, Henderson, KY
2016- Bobby Flynn, Lexington, KY Long-time Event Worker
2015- David Dickerson, Rawlings Corporation

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10/02/20 – Leachman/KHSAA State Golf Championships Set For Next Week

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2020

The first state championship of the 2020-21 academic year will take place next week, as the 2020 Leachman Buick•GMC•Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Championships (Oct. 5-10) return to the Bowling Green Country Club for the 15th-consecutive season. The boys’ tournament begins with the opening round at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, followed by the second 18 holes on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The girls’ championship opens with first round action on Friday, Oct. 9, with the final 18 holes slated for Saturday, Oct. 10.

The KHSAA will utilize Golf Genius for its scoring software this year, with one player in each group entering scores from a mobile device following each hole. Live scores entered in this manner will be considered unofficial, as players will be required to finalize their round in the official scoring area following completion of their 18 holes.

The state championship will follow all guidelines outlined in the […]

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10/02/20 – NFHS Learning Center Adds New Officiating Courses for Soccer, Track and Field

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In support of its commitment to high school officials’ education, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has announced two new free courses have been published to the online NFHS Learning Center – “Officiating Soccer: Pre-Game Conference for Officials” and “Officiating Track and Field.”

Designed as a complement to two other soccer officiating courses on the Learning Center, “Officiating Soccer: Pre-Game Conference for Officials” focuses on teaching referees the proper protocols to be carried out ahead of each contest. Key aspects include the importance of advance communication between officials, field inspections, and discussing relevant game-time topics and recent rule changes. Effectively executing the pre-game conference allows each referee to work cohesively with his or her team and be as informed and observant as possible during play.

“The pre-game conference for officials in the game of soccer serves to familiarize the contest officials with the host of responsibilities they have to […]

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10/01/20- Celebrating Return to Play During National High School Activities Month (Op-Ed Column)

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By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

 

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused everyone to hit the pause button on life. During the stoppage and forced time away from routines, and even as some activities have resumed, many people have come to more deeply appreciate the important things in life – family, friends, and faith among others.

Still, the loss of certain routines and regular activities seem to hurt worse than others, namely last spring when high school sports and performing arts were shut down. Millions of students, coaches, parents, and fans quickly began to realize and more deeply appreciate the privilege of involvement in these education-based programs in schools.

Now, slowly but surely, high school sports and performing arts are on their way back into […]

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10/01/20 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Field Hockey

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2020

The first statistical leader reports of the season for football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, volleyball and field hockey have been posted at KHSAA.org. The leader reports will be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m., and will include all teams missing stats for no more than two games (one game in football).

With the addition of volleyball in 2019, statistical entry is now available for all sports on the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard. Statistical entry has the benefit of allowing member schools to highlight and promote the accomplishments of their student-athletes, which should be a priority for all involved in school-based sports.

Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27. Member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, […]

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10/1/20-2020 Basketball Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

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The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Basketball is now available. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Because of the nature of current events as well as rules changes, coaches you are likely placing your team at a competitive disadvantage if you delay/put off/procrastinate the completion of this clinic. Officials, your failure to stay on top of these key provisions will likely lead to administrative errors.

Please ensure that you have read the COVID guidelines posted on the KHSAA website. Many restrictions on scheduling, out of state travel, and rules modifications are detailed in that document. See the various links at /covid-19-fall-resumption-documents-8-25-20-revised-8-31-20/

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section […]

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2019-20 Midway University/KHSAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year Winners

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Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award Winners

 

Golf – Logan Liles (Lewis County)
Liles qualified for the KHSAA State Tournament two years in a row, as an eighth and ninth grader. He is currently ranked sixth in the state and has 28 KY JR PGA Tour wins. A three-time All-Region selection, Liles has five high school invitational wins so far in his career. Off the course, he plays guitar regularly at his community church, helps chaperone birthday parties for younger kids, assists with volunteer clean up at Camp Kentahan Kids Camp, and was a member of a mission youth team that went to the Dominican. He has a 4.0 GPA and is expected to graduate in 2022.

 

Soccer – John […]

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09/24/20 – NFHS, NFL Announce Partnership to Promote High School Football

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Football League (NFL) have announced a first-ever partnership aimed at promoting the growth, understanding and support for football at the high school level.

As a part of the partnership funded by the NFL, the NFHS will work to develop and execute a strategic plan with the primary objective of promoting high school football.

A major focus of the NFHS-NFL partnership will involve surveying of state high school association administrators, high school student-athletes, parents, coaches and officials with regard to their experiences in football and the benefits of participation. The NFHS will be working with UpMetrics on various survey instruments as a part of the arrangement.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the NFHS and the NFL to work together to help ensure the long-term viability of high school football,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “We are appreciative of […]

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09/23/20 – Archery and Bass Fishing Participation Update

Archery Blog Updates

Following last week’s Board of Control meeting, we continue to receive inquiries regarding the sport-activities of Archery and Bass Fishing. Though both have an initial published practice date of October 1, they are classified as spring sport-activities by the Association.

It remains RECOMMENDED that the activities on campus be focused on the current season sports (fall at this point) and not on sports for other seasons (winter and spring sports) so as to lessen virus exposure and allow for a carefully measured return to in-person learning where and when local districts have made that decision.

For both Archery and Bass Fishing, practice and workouts are at the discretion of each member school.

For KHSAA sport-activities, catastrophic insurance coverage only applies to the postseason (regional and state championships). Participation in all other competitions is at the discretion of each member school without the benefit of catastrophic insurance provided by the Association.

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2020 Football – Class 1A Stat Leaders

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09/18/20- Urgent Reminder on COVID Cancellations in Football, Soccer and Volleyball

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REVISED 10/1/20

Just a quick reminder on the score and schedule entry for COVID related cancellations IN ALL SPORTS on the KHSAA Scoreboard (Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball for the fall, 2020 seasons). As with a lot of things related to this pandemic, the specific experiences of our member schools are resulting in a constant procedural review and revision as we move forward.

  • Because of the impact on RPI and standings, we have removed the ability to update of delete games.
  • You will report that you have a COVID cancellation by submitting the form on the KHSAA website at the link CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A DELETION OR REVISION TO THE SCOREBOARD.
  • From the point your form is sent, policies that were previously adopted in July will take effect.
  • The score will be permanently recorded as a 0-0 tie with a notation that it is a COVID cancelation.
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09/17/20- RPI Impact on Cancelled Contests/Open Dates

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UPDATED: 10/1/20

As reviewed at the July Board of Control meeting, the following procedure will apply to canceled games during the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to the calculation of RPI. These provisions are subject to revision during the pandemic.

  • The Board previously reviewed an adjustment (for 2020-21 only) to standings as well as RPI calculation methods due to possible cancelation of games resulting from the pandemic and local impact.
  • For Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball-
    • In all contests, games canceled due to the pandemic including mandatory quarantines and isolation shall not have a result recorded other than a 0-0 score, and no forfeit fee provisions will be applied.
    • Games canceled for other reasons remain subject to Bylaw 22.
    • In all seeded games, games canceled due to the pandemic or mandatory quarantines, the formerly announced provision of counting a contest unable to be played or rescheduled will NOT be implemented. That method of […]

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09/16/20- Board of Control Approves Dates for Winter Sports to Begin Practice

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2020

The KHSAA Board of Control held its second regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year Wednesday morning, approving practice and competition dates for the winter sports and sport-activities of basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, dance, swimming & diving, and wrestling.

Bowling is permitted to practice on November 2. Competitive cheer and dance can begin official practice for its seasons this Monday, September 21 with a gradual segmented approach to activity over the next few weeks. Further details will be distributed to the member schools that allow for the resumption. Both competitive cheer and dance have already seen regional championships moved into the new year per the board’s July meeting. In cheer, these segments will further clarify “stunting” which has been restricted during the pandemic and resumption to play.

Additionally, the Board approved clarifications on sideline cheer in that stunting (defined per NFHS rules as “One or more bases support one […]

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09/11/20- COVID-19 RELATED PSA/PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUCEMENTS

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The following scripts for announcements can be used without attribution by local public address announcers, member schools and broadcasters. Many are sourced from the CDC in Atlanta as part of their efforts related to the global pandemic. Feel free to use at your discretion. Additional announcements and audio versions for use in broadcasts may be found on the CDC website at https://bit.ly/35gWHfn

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FANS, THE KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION AND (INSERT YOUR SCHOOL), ALONG WITH THE KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROACTIVE EFFORTS TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

AS A REMINDER FOR TODAY’S/TONIGHT’S EVENT, ALL IN ATTENDANCE ARE REQUIRED TO:
• WEAR A MASK OVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH AT ALL TIMES, AND.
• PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT RESIDE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD, AND
• COUGH OR SNEEZE INTO A TISSUE OR YOUR ARM, AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY.

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09/10/20- CPR of Indiana again offers KHSAA Members Discounted AED program

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The KHSAA is proud to again partner Bill Callahan and the CPR Institute of Indiana to offer the chance for KHSAA member schools to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at a deeply discounted price for a limited time. The program has been accepted by the KHSAA Sports Medicine Committee (member doctors of the KMA) and the price is the product of great work between CPR Institute and the NFHS Foundation.

A product flier with complete details is located on the KHSAA website at  https://khsaa.org/sportsmedicine/NFHS AED Package Special (CPR Institute of Indiana Updated Sept-2020.pdf. Those units are currently selling on Amazon.com for just under $1300 not including a nearly $100 carrying case.

An order form is located on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/sportsmedicine/NFHS Order Form Updated.xlsx

Through this offer from CPR of Indiana, the cost of the units is only $700 […]

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

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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 […]

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09/08/20- COVID-19 Related Links and Documents

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KHSAA COVID-19 Related Links and Documents

This listing is a compilation of a variety of links referenced throughout both the suspension and resumption of sports and sport-activities. Many of these references were cited in the Healthy at Sports Documentation.

KHSAA Reference Links and Documents

KDE (Kentucky Department of Education Reference Links and Documents

Commonwealth of Kentucky Reference Links and Documents

CDC Reference Links and Documents

KMA References and Return to Play Documents

Allied Group Reference Links and Documents (NFHS, NCAA)

Whitehouse and FDA Reference Links and Documents

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Healthy at Sports-Stage 3-Performance, Return to Practice and Competition

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All Documents by Sport, Healthy at Sports-Stage 3-Performance, Return to Practice and Competition, 8/24 and beyond

These rules are written for the high school, interscholastic levels in Kentucky. Other levels of play may also want to consult with such groups as USA Football, US Soccer Federation, USA Volleyball, USA Field Hockey, USA Cheer and similar organizations additionally appropriate to that level.

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NFHS Rules Considerations Due to Covid-19

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NFHS Rules Considerations Due to Covid-19

This listing is courtesy of the NFHS in Indianapolis. These rules are written for the high school, interscholastic levels. Other levels of play may also want to consult with such groups as USA Football, US Soccer Federation, USA Volleyball, USA Field Hockey, USA Cheer and similar organizations additionally appropriate to that level.

These rules were written for states to consider adopting, but are not nationwide mandates. Teams traveling out of state may want to ask that host state about adoptions.

These considerations DO NOT supersede state and local order or KHSAA policy. They are simply considerations, an example of which is universal masking. The NFHS does not have authority to override a state order.

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08/31/20- Clarifications Around Board of Control Approved Waiver of Bylaw 9

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REVISED 9/16/20 PER BOARD ACTION REGARDING BASKETBALL PRACTICE STARTING

As most school representatives are aware of information already distributed by this office following the meeting, the Board of Control approved a waiver of certain parts of Bylaw 9 for this fall. Normally, Bylaw 9 would normally preclude a student who had played basketball at any level (freshman, JV, or varsity) after enrolling in grade nine from participating in an outside organized contest in basketball from the first day of school until the end of the high school basketball season.

Due to the pandemic, students lost the ability to attend potential recruiting events during the summer with events either not being held or with college coaches not being able to attend. Bylaw 9 previously made exceptions for both boys and girls’ basketball team members to attend one-day events on an NCAA campus with specific restrictions.

For the 2020-21 school year, the restrictions have been […]

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08/29/20- Clarifications, Corrections and Revisions of to Healthy at Sports Stage 3-Fall Sports Return to Competition

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For those who have printed copies of the draft and want to preserve that copy with any changes that have been made.

“ALL SPORTS GUIDANCE”

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In “INTRODUCTION” Change “collaboration” to “consultation” in fifth paragraph

“ALL SPORTS GUIDANCE”

Revise bullet 6 under “SCREENING OF ALL…” to include “F” after 100.4

“ALL SPORTS GUIDANCE”

Add bullet 10 under “SCREENING OF ALL…” to say “The name and contact information should be recorded at each practice (REQUIRED)”

“ALL SPORTS GUIDANCE”

Revise bullet 11 under “SCREENING OF ALL…” to say “The name and contact information should be recorded where feasible and practical at all competitions (RECOMMENDED).”

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Revise first bullet under “GENERAL AREAS…” to say “to review” after health department and add “-21” to the end of “2020”

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Revise third bullet under (PRE-WORKOUT SCREENING…” to say “greater than” and add “F” after 100.4

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08/27/20 – Field Hockey Return to Play Guidance

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Draft guidance for a return to play was published on the KHSAA website yesterday under the COVID-19 Information tab and shared with school administrators.  Keep in mind that this guidance is draft as the situation remains fluid as it has been since March and the information is subject to revision.

Coaches should review rules modifications and protocols to assist in preparation for competition and should be flexible throughout this entire process and realize the goal is a safe and healthy return to play for everyone. 

Field Hockey specific guidance
https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionFallSports/fieldhockeycombined.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions – All sports
https://bit.ly/2YDUbNQ

Contact Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren for any Field Hockey specific questions at mbarren@khsaa.org

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08/27/20 – Soccer Return To Play Guidance

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Draft guidance for a return to play was published on the KHSAA website yesterday under the COVID-19 Information tab and shared with school administrators.  Keep in mind that this guidance is only a draft as the situation remains fluid as it has been since March and the information is subject to revision.

Coaches should review rules modifications and protocols to assist in preparation for competition and should be flexible throughout this entire process and realize the goal is a safe and healthy return to play for everyone. 

Soccer specific guidance
https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionFallSports/soccercombined.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions – All sports
https://bit.ly/2YDUbNQ

Contact Primary Sport Contact Chad Collins for any soccer specific questions at ccollins@khsaa.org

 

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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08/27/20 – Football Return To Play Guidance

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Draft guidance for a return to play has been published on the KHSAA website under the COVID-19 Information tab and shared with school administrators.  Keep in mind that this guidance is draft as the situation remains fluid as it has been since March and the information is subject to revision. 

Coaches and officials should review playing rules modifications and protocols to assist in preparation for competition and should be flexible throughout this entire process and realize the goal is a safe and healthy return to play for everyone. Keep in mind, just because practice has started, doesn’t mean we relax our emphasis on pandemic health and safety.

And remember that what the kids and all involved with the team AFTER practice and activities will likely have a huge impact on the ability to finish a season. Keep telling all around you, we hope 2021-22 looks more like 2018-19. But 2020-21 will likely look like nothing […]

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08/27/20 – Cross Country Return to Play Guidance

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Draft guidance for a return to play was published on the KHSAA website yesterday under the COVID-19 Information tab and shared with school administrators. Keep in mind that this guidance is a draft and the situation remains fluid, as it has been since March and is subject to revision.

Coaches should review rules modifications and protocols to assist with safety, health, and social distancing and should be flexible throughout this entire process and realize the goal is a safe and healthy return to play for everyone.

Cross Country specific guidance: https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionFallSports/crosscountrycombined.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions – All Sports: https://bit.ly/2YDUbNQ

Any Cross Country specific questions shall be sent to Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org).

 

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

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08/27/20 – Volleyball Return To Play Guidance

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Draft guidance for a return to play was published on the KHSAA website yesterday under the COVID-19 Information tab and shared with school administrators.  Keep in mind that this guidance is draft as the situation remains fluid as it has been since March and the information is subject to revision.

Coaches should review rules modifications and protocols to assist in preparation for competition and should be flexible throughout this entire process and realize the goal is a safe and healthy return to play for everyone. 

Volleyball specific guidance
https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionFallSports/volleyballcombined.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions – All sports
https://bit.ly/2YDUbNQ

Contact Associate Commissioner Butch Cope for any volleyball specific questions at bcope@khsaa.org.

 

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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 […]

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08/27/20 – Volleyball & Field Hockey Scheduling Clarification Contests Per Week

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA office has received several inquiries on the Healthy at Sports guidance approved by the KHSAA Board with regard to the maximum contests per week in the sports of Volleyball and Field Hockey and tournament participation.

Volleyball – The limit of matches for the season (not including postseason) is 24 with no more than four (4) matches in a given week. (Sunday to Saturday)

Field Hockey – The limit of matches for the season (not including postseason) is 16 with no more than four (4) matches in a given week. (Sunday to Saturday)

If a school, due to participation in a regular-season multiple-game event (i.e. tournament) exceeds the limit of matches in a given week, such shall not be considered a violation of Bylaw 23 provided the preceding or succeeding week(s) are adjusted to create an appropriate average number of contests of four (4) per week.

(Example: School A plays one (1) contest on […]

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08/25/20- Covid-19 Resumption Documents (8/20, Revised 8/20, 9/20, 10/20, 11/20, 12/20, 2/21, 3/21)

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Complete Guidance for Fall Sports, Documents by Sport and Section, Healthy at Sports
Stage 3-Performance, Return to Practice and Competition: Fall Sports, 8/24 and beyond



Fall Sports
Winter Sports and Sport-Activities

Spring Sports and Sport-Activities

COVID-19 KHSAA Blog Posts and Information COVID-19 State, KDPH and National Data and References Click for KMA Covid-19 Return to Play Algorithm/Matrix and Form Click for Related Links and Reference Sources for Healthy at Sports Click for Healthy at Sports-Stage 1 Return to Personal Interaction, 6/1/20 to 6/14/20 Click for Healthy at Sports-Stage 2 Return to Preparation, 6/15/20 to 8/23/20 Click for NFHS COVID-19 Rules Considerations

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08/25/20- Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Resumption of Sport and Sport-Activities (Updated 10/13)

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UPDATED 10/13/20

Are there Limitations on Competitors in Various Sports?

Yes. In an effort to help ensure appropriate social distancing, the following restrictions and adaptations were approved for the fall sports, in most cases matching existing postseason restrictions. This will be an aid as game guidance is developed to help ensure that the bench areas contain fewer players, and more social distancing is implemented. There will likely be limitations on non-uniformed competitors in the final game guidance once approved.

    • The limitation for field hockey, soccer, and volleyball is established at the region and state limitations.  Field hockey and soccer may have 24 players in uniform and participating in warm-ups and competition while volleyball will be permitted 15 players in uniform and participating in warm-ups and competition.
    • Cross Country will be permitted a team entry not to exceed 10 runners, the current postseason roster limitation. Additional runners, as have […]

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08/21/20- Restart of the Opportunity to Practice and Play Sports

2020-2021 News Releases

This is being sent to all KHSAA member schools through the Principal and Athletic Director. It is also as a courtesy, copied to Superintendents.   Good afternoon. As most of you are aware, the KHSAA Board of Control voted yesterday to stay on course with allowing practice for fall sports to begin in the member schools beginning on August 24 followed by fall sports contests (other than Golf) being allowed on September 7 (September 11 for football). The vote was 16-2 to continue to accept Option 1 as the allowances for fall sports. To see the breakdown of that option, see the link at https://bit.ly/31haSAh.   As of today, there is no prevailing order governing practice for these sports of which we are aware. The current Commonwealth Youth Sports Order only impacts teams below middle school per guidance received in writing by the KHSAA staff on May 14 […]

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2019-20 Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year Winners

Midway Award Winners

2019-20 Midway University/KHSAA
Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award Winners

 

Golf – Libby Gilliland (Presentation)
A three-time All A state qualifier, Gilliland has earned numbers honors including Presentation’s Most Valuable Player and Team Leadership award. Off the course, she is the senior class president, leading student retreats, peer leading for grade schools in the local community, and being chosen to guide leadership forums. She has raised over $50,000 for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project and Kentucky Golf Foundation. A three-time First Team Academic All A State honoree, she holds a 3.825 GPA and is expected to graduate in 2020.

 

Volleyball – Elena Scott (Mercy)
A 2019 Max Prep Preseason All American, Scott has claimed numerous accolades including All-District honors in 2017, a […]

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08/20/20- Board of Control Upholds Decision to Begin Fall Sports September 7

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2020

The Board of Control held a virtual Zoom meeting Thursday morning, affirming its July position by a 16-2 vote to begin practice for fall sports on August 24th with competition starting the week of September 7th. The Board considered two other motions during the meeting, both of which would have delayed the start of the fall seasons to varying degrees, but neither motion received enough support for adoption.

The fall sports of Field Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Football can begin official practice August 24, with a restriction of 7.5 hours of practice during the first week (as previously approved by the Board) and full practice starting Monday, August 31.

“We hope to submit practice revisions early Friday following the Board’s approval, which will hopefully be relatively minimal. If approved to expand numbers and activity, it will hopefully bring a more normal look to some practices while still […]

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