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12/08/21- KHSAA Announces NFHS State Coach of the Year Honorees for 2020-21 Seasons

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2021

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. These awards are announced during the late fall following the recognized year.

The complete list of honorees from Kentucky for 2020-21 is:

Boys Baseball- Richard Arnold, Trinity (Louisville)
Boys Basketball- Kevin Listerman, Highlands
Girls Basketball- Aaron Beth, Marshall County
Boys Cross Country- Joe Buechler, Holy Cross (Louisville)
Girls Cross Country- Brian Allesandro, Highlands
Girls Field Hockey- Amy Elliott, Kentucky Country Day
Boys Football (11-Player)- Justin Haddix, Boyle County
Boys Golf- James Chaney, Trinity (Louisville)
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11/30/21 – State Dance Time Schedule Now Available

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The time schedules for the 2021-22 KHSAA State Dance Championships have been posted on the KHSAA website. Coaches are encouraged to review this information prior to the state championships.

Detailed Station-By-Station Time Schedule

Timetable for Event

A conference call for participating teams will take place on Monday, December 6 at 2:30 PM (ET). Participating coaches will be sent the virtual meeting invite prior to the meeting. State Championship Instructions are also being finalized and pertinent details/changes will be covered during the conference call. Tickets are also available at khsaatickets.org

Please contact Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) should you have any questions.

 

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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2021-2022 Dance Detailed Order of Appearance

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2021-2022 State Dance Time Schedule

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11/08/21 – Dance Semi-State Information, Instructions, & Number of State Advancers Released

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Information pertaining to the KHSAA Dance Semi-State competitions for 2021-22 has been posted to the KHSAA website. There are several items for participating schools to review prior to the competition on the Dance page of the KHSAA website. This includes semi-state instructions for managers, participating teams, and fans as well as a detailed time schedule for each semi-state. The KHSAA has also totaled the declarations for Dance for the 2021-22 season. Competitions will remain intra-region at the semi-state level.

INSTRUCTIONS/DECLARATIONS

TICKETS

  • All semi-state dance competition tickets will be sold online via GoFan, the KHSAA’s official digital ticket vendor and can be found at khsaatickets.org
  • There shall be no paper tickets sold […]

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2021-2022 Dance Division Declarations by School by Region

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2021-2022 Dance Division Declarations by Division by Region

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10/12/21 – NFHS Understanding Copyright & Compliance Course Required for Cheer & Dance Coaches

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This is a reminder that all KHSAA Cheer and Dance Coaches (Head and Assistant, paid or unpaid) must complete the NFHS Music Copyright Course “Understanding Copyright and Compliance”. This course is free and 100% online and is required whether or not a team competes in KHSAA competition. This course from the NFHS is geared toward music teachers, spirit coaches (cheer and dance) and school administrators. Understanding Copyright and Compliance is available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

The course explores copyright laws and how those laws impact the interscholastic community and the course was produced with the assistance of NAME (National Association for Music Education) and USA Cheer. It also expands on topics such as fair use, public domain, copyright infringement penalties and much more. Spirit squads, as well as Dance teams, are increasingly met with copyright infringement claims and this course is a tool to assist cheer and dance coaches in education […]

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10/08/21- Changes in COVID-19 RTA/RTP Implemented Per SMAC Guidance

2021-2022 News Releases

As they have done since the start of the pandemic, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) composed of Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) member doctors has held multiple special meetings to continually review the Return to Play Guidance and Recommendations (RTA/RTP). As a result of those continued meetings and review of current and evolving literature, changes have been made to the RTA/RTP and RTA/RTP form and those changes are located at https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionofSports/ApprovedVersion/kma-covid-rtp-algorithm.pdf. For districts that have summarily adopted the “KHSAA” recommendations, these changes should be considered immediate.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, this group has been passionate advocates for the students being involved in sport due to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, but also for safety in mitigating the spread of the virus. They are also keenly aware of the first priority of nearly everyone in the education community, that being a full year […]

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10/06/21 – Dance Postseason Championships Dates Adjusted

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The KHSAA has spent the last few weeks gathering data from the Dance participating schools about the schedule for 2021-22 Dance championships. It was also critical that the current conditions and concerns around indoor events related to the pandemic be reviewed as well as the strong survey response for staff to consider an alternative date, particularly in light of the lateness of the 2021 championships. Many of our schools have followed up to the survey indicating their concerns about the final schedule even though the dates selected were in fact the originally requested dates when Dance was originally adopted. Many schools reported significant conflicts with any potential February dates as did UDA representatives. Keep in mind that the availability of judges and the dates of national events for both the National Dance Alliance (NDA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) were vital factors in finalizing the postseason schedule. 

This final schedule also attempts to take into […]

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09/01/21 – UPDATED Dance Declaration Form Now Open

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The declaration form (DA101) for the sport-activity of Dance is now open. The new deadline to complete this form is Friday, October 29th. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

This is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions once the entries are posted. Each member school Athletic Director or Head Coach shall only submit one form per school and must be signed into the KHSAA School subdomain to declare. You can find DA101 on the school subdomain under the dropdown menu “Forms and Reports” and under “Dance Forms”.

A couple of important notes: 

  • Semi-State 1 (Regions 1-2): November 21 at Valley High School
  • Semi-State 1 (Regions 3-4): November 20 at George Rogers Clark High School 
  • State: December 12 at George Rogers Clark High […]

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09/20/21 – Dance Rules Clinic Now Available

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The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Dance is available beginning today, September 20. The clinic is required of 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“.

Below is additional information:

  • September 20 to October 17 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • October 18 to October 24 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • October 25 to November 1 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during […]

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09/13/21 – Dance Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

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The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year among Dance participants for 2021-22. 

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 2021-22 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may 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 at Midway University in early summer 2022. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2021-2022 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will also receive their recognition at that banquet.

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

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05/12/21 – KHSAA State Competitive Cheer, State Dance Championships Head to George Rogers Clark HS

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2021

Multiple state champions will be determined this week in Winchester as George Rogers Clark High School hosts the 2020-21 KHSAA Competitive Cheer (May 13-14) and 2020-21 KHSAA Dance Championships (May 16). Both events will be streamed live at khsaa.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network, with a limited number of tickets available for purchase at khsaatickets.org.

The ninth annual KHSAA State Competitive Cheer Championships begin Thursday, May 13 with the Game Day division. The first session is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the second session at 1 p.m.

The competition continues Friday, May 14 with the Coed and All-Girls’ Small divisions in the first session of the day at 9:30 a.m. The second session will feature the All-Girls’ Large and All-Girls’ Super divisions and is set to begin at 12:40 p.m. The final session of the day will include the All-Girls’ Medium division and […]

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05/10/21- Senate Bill 128: Supplemental School Year Program Additional Guidance Related to NCAA

2020-2021 News Releases

Information specific to this topic is now included in the compiled SB128 SSYP Informational post at https://bit.ly/3dUJ9us

 

 

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05/10/21 – State Dance Information

Dance Blog Updates

Information about the 2021 KHSAA State Dance Championships has been posted to the KHSAA website. State championship instructions, competition schedule, maps, and directions can all be found at https://khsaa.org/sports/winter/dance/ under the “State Competition Information and Instructions” dropdown menu. Coaches are encouraged to review all information prior to attending the state championships.

A video conference call for the participating schools will be held on Tuesday, May 11th at 10:00 AM EST. Participating coaches/administrators will receive an invitation to this meeting via email. 

Coaches are reminded to be sure to have GoFan comp tickets for the entire squad, and up to two (2) coaches, which were sent to the Athletic Director for each competing school. All tickets will be redeemed on their phone at either the main ticket gate or pass gate.

This year’s championship will take place at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester on May 16th. Doors for fans will open at 12:30 […]

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04/21/21 – Dance Regional Information

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Regional instructions for 2021 Dance managers, teams, and fans have been posted to the KHSAA website. A link is also provided below for you. 

Region Instructions 

Regional Managers Contact Information

AWARDS

  • At the regional competitions, in order to accommodate larger competitions and the need for social distancing among spectators and eliminate mass gatherings, no regional trophies or awards presentations will be made at event.
  • Those earned trophies will be given to the teams upon arrival at the state championship.

COACHES

  • Primarily due to capacity restrictions at the time sites were formulated, for 2021 each squad will be limited to a maximum of two (2) alternate participants and a maximum of two (2) coaches admitted.
  • Additional coaches as necessary, up to a limit of four (4) in the coaching box, will need to purchase admission.
  • Future limitations of this type for 2021-22 and beyond will be determined at a later time.
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04/19/21 – Competitive Cheer & Dance Tryout Window

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During the February Board of Control meeting, it was approved for 2021 only, a two-week tryout window that may begin the Monday following the state championship in each activity if desired by the member schools. We wanted to notify Competitive Cheer & Dance participating schools that the tryout window for 2021 is May 17 – May 30. There shall be no further official practice or play during the remainder of the academic school year. 

 

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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 is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 284 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic […]

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04/12/21- Senate Bill 128: Supplemental School Year Program Guidance for Sports and Sport-Activities

2020-2021 News Releases

For a complete list of the provisions and information related to the implementation of SB128 and the SSYP, please see the following document-

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04/06/21 – Reducing Injury Risk During Inversions, Release Stunts and Tosses Focus of 2021-22 High School Spirit Rules Changes

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Adjusted points of contact that reduce injury risk during inversions and release stunts and tosses are the most notable revisions in the 2021-22 high school spirit rules.

At its recent virtual meeting, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee produced rules changes that emphasized the committee’s continued focus on risk minimization. A total of seven proposals were recommended to the NFHS Board of Directors, which reviewed and later approved the changes to take effect next year.

“The NFHS Spirit Rules Committee continues its efforts to increase the health and safety of all cheer and dance participants,” said Dr. James Weaver, NFHS director of performing arts and sports and liaison to the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee. “This year’s rules changes allow for good safety practices and allow for education and practice in the sport of spirit.”

To reduce injury risk for the top person in a pyramid during […]

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03/05/21 – Change in Attendance Limitation Recommendation

2020-2021 News Releases

We have confirmed that officially, effective today, all of the guidance limitations within the Governor’s orders on a variety of venues have been changed. The venue recommendations for limitation have been changed throughout the state increasing by ten percent each. Therefore the recommended maximum attendance threshold is increased to 25% of capacity effective today for indoor events hosted by our member schools. While this remains guidance, it is obviously in the best interest, legally and otherwise, of our member schools. Universal masking remains required, social distancing is to be consistently applied to the fullest extent possible.

It is certainly not required to change current procedures, but this does give them some planning time for upcoming events week. Guidance documents for spring outdoor events will be revised in the coming days to reflect this change.

From talking to so many of you, there remains considerable confusion in our membership as to the differences between “venues” as […]

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03/05/21 – Dance Postseason Updates

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The KHSAA has totaled the declarations for Dance for the 2021 season. After evaluation and for this year only, there will be two (2) postseason sites and those dates have now been finalized. It is recommended that any site that was previously planning to host a regional competition in 2021 be afforded that opportunity again in 2022. No changes were made to the regional alignments and competition will remain intra-region at the regional level but with fewer sites in response to the number of declarations and to aid in judging panel logistics. The schedule also takes into account that across the state, three different calendar weeks are used for spring breaks and two large national competitions obviously affect the availability of judging and staffing resources. 

At the regional competitions, in order to accommodate larger competitions and the need for social distancing among spectators and eliminate mass gatherings, no regional trophies and awards presentation will be […]

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2020-2021 Dance Division Declarations by School by Region

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02/20/21- Interim Guidance Regarding Spring Sports Travel

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While spring sports guidance is in final production, the office has received several inquiries regarding travel for spring sports. There will effectively be no changes from the winter sports guidance and each guidance document will include enhancements and sources available at the present time. The following represents the recommended guidance for the member schools and will be published in the guidance documents for all spring sports and sport-activities.

Restrictions/Recommendations On In-State Contests

  • While local decision-making is a hallmark relative to the management of Kentucky schools, there remain several recommendations relative to team travel in- and out-of-state. (CONSIDER)
  • This guidance is not intended to make local district decisions less or more difficult or provide an arbitrary decision path for such consideration, but rather to ensure that all issues are considered as travel is contemplated. (CONSIDER)
  • This guidance and similar guidance from the KHSAA, KDE and KDPH is aimed at mitigating the risk of COVID-19 exposure […]

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2/22/21-Dance Nominations Sought For Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

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The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year among Dance 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 event 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 announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

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

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01/22/21 – Dance Postseason Updates

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Following the Board of Control’s January 21 meeting, we wanted to update the membership on some details as we go forward in the Dance season. Keeping in mind the availability of judges, the dates of nationals for both the National Dance Alliance (NDA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) were vital in setting our postseason schedule. We realize that there are other competitions and conflicts max exist, but some conflicts will inhibit our ability to secure judging personnel if not properly know.

Our review of options and plans will include consideration of the feasibility of accomplishing the following objectives (if possible) in priority order:

1) Maintain an optimal number of qualifying teams, even if the field is subdivided differently than past practice;
2) A focus on ensuring, at minimum, parental attendance, as permitted within current approved state and local health department guidelines, with additional attendance considerations being reviewed if public health considerations warrant such;
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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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12/10/20- Board of Control Confirms Decision to Start Winter Sports Practice December 14

2020-2021 News Releases

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

2020-2021 News Releases

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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11/10/20 – NFHS Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course Required for Cheer & Dance Coaches

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This is a reminder that all KHSAA Cheer and Dance Coaches (Head and Assistant, paid or unpaid) must complete the NFHS Music Copyright Course “Understanding Copyright and Compliance”. This course is free and 100% online and is required whether or not a team competes in KHSAA competition. This course from the NFHS is geared toward music teachers, spirit coaches (cheer and dance) and school administrators. Understanding Copyright and Compliance is available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

The course explores copyright laws and how those laws impact the interscholastic community and the course was produced with the assistance of NAME (National Association for Music Education) and USA Cheer. It also expands on topics such as fair use, public domain, copyright infringement penalties and much more. Spirit squads, as well as Dance teams, are increasingly met with copyright infringement claims and this course is a tool to assist cheer and dance coaches in education […]

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09/25/20 – Dance Declaration Form Now Open

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The declaration form for the sport-activity of Dance is now open. The deadline to complete this form is Monday, November 9th. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

This declaration is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss with your coach what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions for any reason once the entries are posted. 

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) should you have any questions.

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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 is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 280 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 […]

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09/25/20 – 2020-21 Dance Rules Clinic Now Available

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The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Dance is available beginning today, September 25. The clinic is required of 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“.

  • September 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • January 6, 2021 to January 25, 2021 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • January 26, 2021 to February 8, 2021 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

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

2020-2021 News Releases

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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07/28/20- Board of Control Approves Fall Sports to Begin Practice August 24

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2020

The Board of Control conducted a virtual meeting Tuesday morning via Zoom, during which time it addressed the future of the 2020 fall sports season. With 17 members voting in favor (and one member abstaining), the Board approved a plan to leave fall sports in the fall and begin official fall practice on August 24th in Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball, and Football, with the first date of competition set for September 11th for Football and September 7th for the remaining fall sports.

“Our board strongly believes in the tremendous psychological advantages formed through the relationships between our student-athletes and their school coaches and school personnel, as well as the strong community values surrounding interscholastic, education-based athletics,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “College and professional sports are great, but our unique opportunity to build relationships with our neighbors within one state is not one we take for granted.”

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07/27/20 – Student-Athlete Participation Rises for the 3rd Straight Year to New Record Totals

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2020

Student-athlete participation increased for the third-straight year in Kentucky High School Athletic Association sports and sport-activities to reach record levels in 2019-20. A total of 107,166 rostered participants competed across the KHSAA’s 13 sports and six sport-activities according to information submitted by the membership, surpassing last year’s then-record total of 106,931. Football was one of 12 offerings to show an increase from the previous year, breaking a trend of declining participation for the last three years by adding 202 new student-athletes [freshmen, JV, varsity] during the 2019-20 season to remain the state’s most popular sport with 13,277 rostered participants.

“The continued rise in student-athlete participation the last three years emphasizes the importance of school-based athletics in the fabric of the educational experience for these young adults,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “The importance of these coach-to-student and student-to-student relationships is only amplified in these uncertain times, as we strive […]

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07/14/20 – Board of Control Revises Divisions to the Sport-Activity of Dance

Dance Blog Updates

The Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on July 10, examining various issues concerning the restart of school-based athletics in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the course of its meeting, the Board approved a recommendation to extend the guidance and allowances for Segment 3 of the document issued for summer play in KHSAA sports and sport-activities through Sunday, August 2, except for the sport of golf.

In other action, the Board approved revisions to the Dance competition rules and designated the competition dances as Jazz, Hip Hop, Pom, and Game Day with no squad size subdivisions.

Additional information will be released to coaches in the annual Dance rules clinic and the event declaration form will be updated in early August.

The entire release from the Board of Control meeting can be viewed here: https://khsaa.org/07-13-20-board-of-control-extends-segment-3-restrictions-to-august-3/

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07/13/20- Board of Control Extends Segment 3 Restrictions to August 3

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2020

The Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on July 10 in Covington, examining various issues concerning the restart of school-based athletics in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the course of its meeting, the Board approved a recommendation to extend the guidance and allowances for Segment 3 of the document issued for summer play in KHSAA sports and sport-activities through Sunday, August 2, except for the sport of golf.

As a result of the Board’s action, the traditional July 15 start of practice for KHSAA fall sports has been pushed back until Aug. 3, however, it should be noted that Kentucky has some of the earliest starts to fall practice (dates when activity could be mandatory) in the continental United States. Mandatory tryouts or practices cannot be held prior to Aug. 3, including for the sport-activities of Dance and Competitive Cheer, which have […]

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04/29/20- Revised Covid-19 Policies and Guidance Issued, May 1 to May 31

2019-2020 News Releases

THESE REVISIONS ARE IN PLACE FOR THE PERIOD OF MAY 1 to MAY 31.

THESE POLICIES WILL BE REVIEWED REGULARLY FOR EXTENSION AFTER THAT PERIOD OR REVISION DURING THAT PERIOD AS NECESSARY AS STATE, FEDERAL AND CDC POLICIES AND DIRECTIVES CHANGE

RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF THE CAMPUS OF ANY KHSAA MEMBER SCHOOL OR ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF ANY MEMBER SCHOOL, OR ITEMS RELATED TO SPORT OR SPORT-ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION DURING THIS PERIOD-

  • Facilities on school-owned property including competition and practice facilities, weight rooms and similar, as well as those facilities managed or in any way owned by the school or school system (all schools grades  6-12) shall remain closed for use related to sports or sport-activities in any manner through at least May 31;
  • These steps may sunset earlier if allowed by the Governor’s orders related to the phase-in steps of resuming activity, which will likely […]

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  • 04/21/20- Spring Sports Cancellation, Basketball Events Not To Be Resumed

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2020

    With the announcement yesterday of the recommended closure of all K-12 schools to in-person instruction throughout Kentucky for the remainder of the school year, the KHSAA Board of Control today approved the Commissioner’s recommendation and announcement by unanimous vote that the 2020 state basketball tournaments will not be resumed, while also approving the cancellation of all regular-season practices and contests as well as all postseason tournament championship events for all spring sports and sport-activities for the 2019-20 school year. This means the termination of the Archery, Bass Fishing, Esports, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track & Field seasons. This will also result in the continuance of all provisions of the Coronavirus Dead Period provisions until further notice to the member schools from the Commissioner.

    The KHSAA has worked closely and continuously with the Governor of our beloved Commonwealth, representatives of the Department of Public Health, Interim Commissioner Kevin Brown and […]

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    03/13/20- (revised 04/02/20 and 4/17/20)- Athletic Dead Period Instituted for Athletic Programs in All Sports and Sport-Activities Due to Covid-19

    2019-2020 News Releases

    This information is in effect, as stated below, through April 30, 2020. Prior to that time, revised guidance and policy will be issued to be effective May 1 as we all collectively work to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus on our campuses and among our athletes and coaches. Updated 4/2/20 and 4/17/20 based on inquiries from member schools and revised orders from the Governor and CDC Guidance.

    This impacts all KHSAA constituents and includes guidance from the Governor, Public Health Officials, the Kentucky Department of Education, and additional guidance from federal authorities. This original directive will continue to be updated regularly. This will be the sole site for information regarding interscholastic athletics in Kentucky involving rostered athletes or those that have participated in practices this year and coaches from KHSAA member schools, as well as the use of interscholastic facilities.

    Effective Friday, March 13, all sports and sport-activities, regardless of season, are declared to […]

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    03/26/20 – Risk Minimization Remains Theme of 2020-21 High School Spirit Rules Changes

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 26, 2020) — High school spirit rules changes for the 2020-21 school year remain centered on increasing safety for cheerleading and dance teams across the country.

    This year, minimizing injury risk for stunting personnel and during inversions and releases were among the 16 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee, which met February 10-11 in Orlando, Florida. All changes recommended by the committee were approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The committee has been working for years to make spirit activities safer for our student participants, while maintaining a high level of competition and crowd leading,” said James Weaver, NFHS director of performing arts and sports. “This will continue to be a primary focus of the Spirit Rules Committee.”

    Stunting personnel safety was addressed in Rule 3-2-1c, a new addition to the NFHS Spirit Rules Book. The rule states that bases may […]

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    03/30/20- Status of KHSAA Sponsored Events and Deadlines

    2019-2020 News Releases

    Updated: 3/31/20, 8:00 a.m.

    This information is solely a summary of KHSAA events. Other specific information concerning options including the required Coronavirus Shutdown Period is listed elsewhere on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/athletic-dead-period-instituted-for-athletic-programs-in-all-sports-and-sport-activities/. This list will be continually updated and potentially revised.

    • Tryout Period for Sport-Activities, including Cheer and Dance has been postponed. See the post at https://khsaa.org/03-19-20-spring-sport-activity-tryout-window-postponed-for-now/ for details.
    • All opportunities at KHSAA member schools and Kentucky middle schools for spring football practice have been eliminated for 2020. See the post at https://khsaa.org/spring-football-practice-eliminated-for-2020-for-high-and-middle-schools/ for details;
    • No final determination has been made regarding annual Title IX and roster reporting for 2019-20. Member schools will be updated if and when this is revised.
    • 2020 Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen (originally March 11-15) remains currently suspended. Will be continually reviewed as more data is available regarding school resumption or cessation, and activities being conducted in alignment with CDC and state and local […]

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    03/19/20- Spring Sport-Activity Tryout Window Postponed

    2019-2020 News Releases

    The KHSAA was made aware of communication sent to member schools from Varsity Spirit (specifically Universal Cheer Association and Universal Dance Association) about “virtual tryouts”. This notification was not approved by the KHSAA and as a reminder, the Athletic Dead Period that has been instituted for all sports and sport-activities in Kentucky because of the Covid-19 virus would preclude this type of tryout. No matter where held, this would then implicitly or explicitly imply mandatory participation by students and evaluation by coaches. 

    As previously stated, “all sports and sport-activities, regardless of season, are declared to be in a dead period.” In consultation with the Governor, Public Health Officials and the Kentucky Department of Education, an evaluation will be made for the period going forward.” No tryouts or “virtual tryouts” may take place until further notice. 

    The information related to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) is ever-evolving, and changes happen quickly. We will inform all stakeholders if there […]

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    03/16/20- Update on KHSAA Office Opening/Closing and Staff Availability

    2019-2020 News Releases

    In partnership with our State Department of Education, the Governor’s office, our member schools, the NFHS and similar to many other state associations, KHSAA staff has been directed to work remotely from home until at least April 10 (revised 4/2/20). Administrators will available via email. Our hope is to return to the office for regular hours later in April, however, this is a very fluid situation and could change at any time. Updates will be posted online.

    As of now and through at least May 1, all activity by rostered participants, coaches and those who have participated in at least one practice session for a middle or high school remain shut down as do all athletic facilities in control of our membership. As we all work together, everyone is hopeful to contain the spread of this virus. Staff will communicate any changes to future events through social media and the KHSAA website.

    Closer to May […]

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    02/19/20 – Board of Control Votes to Keep Field Hockey as a KHSAA-Sanctioned Sport

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 19, 2020

    The Board of Control approved a motion during Wednesday’s meeting at the KHSAA Offices for the Association to continue offering Field Hockey as a sanctioned-sport. The vote followed a planned review and evaluation of the feasibility and growth of field hockey and preliminary discussion during the Board’s January meeting.

    Included in the rationale for continuing to sanction field hockey were the facts that (1) there is no negative financial impact for the Association, and (2) the sport had been played for nearly 50 years when the KHSAA first adopted it as a sanctioned championship in 2014. In addition to continuing to sanction field hockey, the motion included a visible commitment from the Association to attempt to promote and monitor growth, and regular reporting to the Board, as well as an amendment to the sanctioning policy to be drafted to allow the Board to make an exception to its required […]

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    01/16/20 – Board Approves Site and Date for Esports Championship, Approves Extensive Survey of Officials’ Fees, Reviews Ongoing Operations

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2020

    The Board of Control addressed several operational issues at its meeting at the KHSAA offices on Thursday. Among the actionable items on the agenda, the Board approved an offer from the University of Kentucky to host the upcoming esports state championship and approved the movement of five schools in Track & Field, as well as Cross Country, for the 2020-21 school year.

    The University of Kentucky has offered to host the upcoming esports state championship on Jan. 30 and the Board accepted that proposal. UK has made a substantial investment into its Gatton Student Center as it expands its involvement in the world of competitive gaming.

    “We are grateful to UK for reaching out to us to host a championship event in esports this year, allowing our competition and its participants to continue to receive outstanding support, ” said Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Their new facility is outstanding and will […]

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    12/18/19 – KHSAA State Dance Championships Set for Saturday at Valley HS

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2019

    The third KHSAA State Dance Championships will take place Saturday at Valley High School in Louisville, with the Jazz Small, Hip Hop Large, Pom Large and Jazz Large divisions competing at 9 a.m. The second session will feature the Hip Hop Small and Pom Small divisions and is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. Advance tickets to the event are available for purchase online at https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA.

    The KHSAA State Dance Championships will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network are available for $10.99 a month and entitle users to every broadcast by the KHSAA and the more than 45 participating state associations.

    Results will be posted to the Dance page at KHSAA.org upon the conclusion of each session. Following the event, fans can purchase DVD copies of the event and official championship photos at KHSAA.org.

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    12/10/19 – State Dance Instructions and Schedule Posted

    Dance Blog Updates

    Congratulations to all participants and coaches who have qualified for the 2019 KHSAA State Dance Championships at Valley High School in Louisville on December 21st. The instructions for participating teams and fans have been posted to the website and should be reviewed prior to the state competition. The order of appearance and detailed station-by-station order of appearance, have also been posted online.

    To view these items, go to https://khsaa.org/sports/sports-activities/dance/ and choose the “State Competition Information and Instructions” tab. As a reminder, there will be a team web conference for Coaches and Athletic Directors on December 17th at 2 p.m. (Eastern). The instructions for joining the web conference will be distributed in an email prior to that date.

    Upon arrival at the state competition, all coaches and participants must enter the team entrance on the North Side of the school and check-in to receive their team packets, which will include all necessary materials.

    Teams will […]

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    11/25/19 – State Competitive Cheer and Dance Coaching Credentials

    Cheer Blog Updates

    The KHSAA wanted to remind Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors and Coaches about gaining access to the coaches’ box at the state championships for Competitive Cheer and Dance.

    Coaches’ certifications will be checked in order to obtain a coaching credential or complimentary access.

    • Coaches need to be Bylaw 25 certified and be sure all requirements are up to date.
    • This requirement includes being current on the rules clinic, sports safety course and a valid date entered for the expiration of CPR certification.
    • As a reminder, a maximum of four (4) certified coaches, including assistants, choreographers, etc. are permitted inside the box. 
    • If your school has more than four (4) certified coaches listed in the KHSAA database, those coaches will only be granted complimentary admission to the venue, but are not permitted on the competition floor in the box. 

    Please be sure to contact Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) for questions concerning Competitive Cheer […]

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    2019 State Dance Time Schedule

    Dance Blog Updates

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    11/21/19 – Regional Dance Results and State Qualifiers Posted

    Dance Blog Updates

    Complete results from our Regional Dance Championships, along with schools that have qualified to advance to the State Championships have been posted to the Dance page 

    The State Championships will be held on December 21, 2019, at Valley High School, in Louisville, KY. State Competition information and instructions will be posted to the page in the coming weeks. 

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    10/15/19 – Dance Divisions Released

    Dance Blog Updates

    The divisions for the 2019 KHSAA Dance regionals have been compiled and released. 

    Click here to view individual school squad declarations

    Click here to view the total declarations per region

    Regional competition dates, sites and managers have been posted on the KHSAA website for some time. Please review the schedule for your competition.

    2019 Regional Managers

    UDA Scoresheets are again being used. Updated links on this information are posted in the General Dance Information-Judging and Scoresheets on the KHSAA Dance Page.

    Reminder: All coaches must complete the Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course (free course) through the NFHS at www.nfhslearn.com. Click the link below for more information: https://khsaa.org/10-11-19-nfhs-understanding-copyright-and-compliance-course-required-for-cheer-dance-coaches/

    – KHSAA –

    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 […]

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    10/11/19 – NFHS Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course Required for Cheer & Dance Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is a reminder that all KHSAA Cheer and Dance Coaches (Head and Assistant, paid or unpaid) must complete the NFHS Music Copyright Course “Understanding Copyright and Compliance”. This course is free and 100% online and is required whether or not a team competes in KHSAA competition. This course from the NFHS is geared toward music teachers, spirit coaches (cheer and dance) and school administrators. Understanding Copyright and Compliance is available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

    The course explores copyright laws and how those laws impact the interscholastic community and the course was produced with the assistance of NAME (National Association for Music Education) and USA Cheer. It also expands on topics such as fair use, public domain, copyright infringement penalties and much more. Spirit squads, as well as Dance teams, are increasingly met with copyright infringement claims and this course is a tool to assist cheer and dance coaches in education on […]

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    2019-20 Dance Division Declarations by School by Section

    Dance Blog Updates

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    09/30/19 – Dance Nominations sought for Female Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

    Dance Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Dance participants for 2019-2020. Midway University has expanded its partnership to include both male and female nominations for 2019-2020.

    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 2019-2020 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may 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 at Midway University in early June 2020. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2019-2020 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will also […]

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    09/23/19 – KHSAA and Midway University Expand Student-Athlete Awards Program

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2019

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association and Midway University are expanding their partnership in the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year Awards program to include recognition for males beginning in the fall of 2019. The program originally began in the spring of 2016 as a way for Midway University to honor female student-athletes, and will now include male and female student-athletes for all KHSAA-sanctioned sports and sport-activities.

    “We value our partnership with the KHSAA as we expand our on-campus offerings to include male students and male sports and look forward to continuing to get our message out across the Commonwealth to even more student-athletes and potential students,” said Midway University President John P. Marsden, Ph.D.

    “It is exciting to expand our relationship with Midway University to coincide with its own expansion of sports offerings,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “This was already a tremendous partnership through its effort to […]

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    09/09/19 – 2019 Dance Rules Clinic Now Available

    Dance Blog Updates

    The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Dance is available beginning today, September 9. The clinic is required of 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“.

    • September 9 to October 13 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • October 14 to November 2 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
    • November 3 to November 16 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
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    08/28/19 – Dance Declaration Form Now Open

    Dance Blog Updates

    The declaration form for the sport-activity of Dance is now open. The deadline to complete this form is Tuesday, October 1st. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit. 

    This declaration is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss with your coach what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions for any reason once the entries are posted. Any withdrawal from region/state competition following October 1st will result in penalties under Bylaw 27 including a fine (maximum of $500) and restrictions on out of state travel for the remainder of the year.

    Please contact Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) should you have any questions. 

    – KHSAA –

    About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the […]

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    08/28/19 – Tentative Dance Regional Sites for 2019-20

    Dance Blog Updates

    2019-20 KHSAA DANCE REGION COMPETITION DATES/SITES

    TIMES ARE LOCAL TO SITE
    (as of 8/23/19)

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    04/03/19 – Rules Changes Approved in High School Spirit

    Cheer Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 3, 2019) — Rules related to minimizing risk of injury to dance and cheer team members are among 29 rules revisions for the 2019-20 high school spirit season.

    The rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its March 2-4 meeting and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “We’re trying to create a safer environment for activities to occur in cheer and dance and make the rules book as clear as possible,” said James Weaver, director of performing arts and liaison to the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee.

    Rule 3-3-3 was changed to make it consistent with other braced inversion rules. It now allows for the inverted person to be caught by new catchers as long as the new catchers remain close to the original bases, are in place before initiation of the inversion, and do not pose increased safety risk […]

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    12/12/18 – KHSAA State Dance Championships This Saturday at Frederick Douglass HS

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2018

    The second KHSAA State Dance Championships will be held this Saturday at Frederick Douglass High School, starting at 9 a.m. with the Jazz Small, Hip Hop Large, Pom Large and Jazz Large divisions. Awards for the first session are tentatively scheduled for 11:30 a.m., with the second session (Hip Hop Small, Pom Small) set to begin at 1 p.m. The last performance of the afternoon session is slated for 4 p.m., with awards to begin at approximately 4:20 p.m.

    Advance tickets to the event are available for purchase online (https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA). Fans that purchase tickets in advance through GoFan will be able to enter the gym before tickets go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.

    The KHSAA State Dance Championships will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/). Subscription plans for the NFHS Network are available […]

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    12/10/18 – State Dance Championships Information

    Dance Blog Updates

    In preparation for the State Dance Championships, the KHSAA wanted to remind all participating teams of a few important rules regarding the competition, and encourage coaches to make sure their routines are following ALL guidelines. Below you will find some reminders for the event:

    • The time limit is 2:15 (two minutes and fifteen seconds). Teams exceeding the time limit by more than 3 seconds will be assessed a penalty.
    • Weight-bearing skills with hip-over-head rotation may NOT be executed with poms in hand unless the poms are appropriate hands-free poms. Please reference the hands-free poms section of the KHSAA/UDA rules for details.
    • Aerial cartwheels may only be done with hands-free poms; if you are not using that type of pom, you must place the poms down, or in one hand, to properly execute the aerial maneuver. There are no exceptions to this rule.
    • Tumbling passes are not allowed for the state dance event.
    • An adult […]

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    11/27/18 – State Dance Instructions and Schedule Available

    Dance Blog Updates

    Congratulations to all participants and coaches who have qualified for the 2018 KHSAA State Dance Championships at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington on December 15th. The instructions for participating teams and fans have been posted to the website and should be reviewed prior to the state competition. The order of appearance and a detailed station-by-station order of appearance, have also been posted online.

    To view these items, go to https://khsaa.org/sports/sports-activities/dance/ and choose the “State Competition Information and Instructions” tab. As a reminder, there will be a team conference call for coaches and Athletic Directors on December 5th at 10:00 a.m., with instructions for joining the call to come in a later email.

    Upon arrival at the state competition, all coaches and participants must enter at the team entrance through the Auxilary Gym at Frederick Douglass High School and receive their team packets, which will include all necessary materials. 

    Schools are permitted one school media pass, which is […]

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    11/19/18 – Dance Sectional Results Posted

    Dance Blog Updates

    The results from Sectional Dance competitions and the KHSAA State Qualifiers have been posted on the KHSAA website. Please see the links below to each of the sectional results: 

    Section 1 Results 

    Section 2 Results

    Section 3 Results 

    Section 4 Results 

    State qualifiers from each section are highlighted in yellow. These results can also be found on the bottom of the Dance page of the KHSAA website under “Dance Competition Results”. Congratulations to all teams and thank you to our four sectional host schools. 

    Tickets for the 2018 KHSAA State Dance Championships to be held at Frederick Douglass High School on December 15th are on sale now!

    [CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS]

    – KHSAA –

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

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    11/15/18 – Dance Postseason Rosters Reminder

    Dance Blog Updates

    With sectional Dance competitions approaching this weekend, the KHSAA wanted to remind Athletic Directors and Coaches about entering postseason rosters in the school subdomain (https://schools.khsaa.org/).

    It is imperative that all schools competing in the sectional Dance competition this weekend enter their rosters, including alternates, onto the postseason roster. Alternates, up to a maximum of four (4) over the division limit, must also be entered in the event the coach has to substitute for injury or other circumstances.

    Rosters will lock at midnight on Friday, November 16th. This roster will also serve as the team’s official list for the State Competition, should you qualify. Please contact Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA offices with any questions.

    – KHSAA –

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

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    10/26/18 – Sectional Instructions for Dance Now Available

    Dance Blog Updates

    Instructions for the KHSAA Sectional Dance competitions are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view these instructions by clicking on the following link:

    CLICK HERE TO READ SECTIONAL INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL

    You can find additional sectional competition information on the KHSAA website on the Dance page under “Sectional Competition Information and Instructions”.

     

    – KHSAA –

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

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    10/22/2018 – Dance Divisions & State Advancement Numbers Released

    Dance Blog Updates

    The 2018 – 2019 KHSAA Dance squads division list has been compiled and released.

    Click here to view individual school squad declarations

    Click here to view the total declarations per section

    A reminder to coaches that no changes to divisions may be made and withdrawal from Section/State competition will result in penalties under Bylaw 27, including a fine.

    Section Competition dates, sites and managers have been posted on the KHSAA website for some time.

    Click here to view section dates/sites

    Click here to view state advancement allocations

    Reminder: All coaches must complete the Understanding Copyright and Compliance Course (free course) through the NFHS at www.nfhslearn.com.

     

    -KHSAA-

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/news-and-information/sports-blogs/

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    09/26/18 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

    2018-2019 News Releases

    The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Fall Sports Championships is now live, and can be accessed by going to credentials.khsaa.org.

    Credentials to each KHSAA state championship event are issued by the KHSAA to working members of the media that regularly cover high school athletics. Credentials must be requested prior to the established deadline for each sport through the online credentialing system (credentials.khsaa.org).

    Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of his/her organization needing to attend an event. Credentials for freelance photographers and stringers must be requested by the sports editor/director at the outlet the freelancer will be representing. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the quantity of credentials issued to media outlets when space is at a premium.

    Failure to adhere to the KHSAA policies and guidelines, as well as unauthorized use of the media […]

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    09/10/18 – Midway University/KHSAA Dance Female Student-Athlete of the Year Nomination Now Open

    Dance Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year among girls’ Dance participants for 2018.

    The 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 female participant from each 2018 team.

    Nominations must come from a member school but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge79-midway-universitykhsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

    The winner will be presented her award at a banquet at Midway University in May 2019.

    Deadline for nominations for Dance will be Friday, November 2, 2018.

     

    -KHSAA-

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/news-and-information/sports-blogs/

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    09/10/18 – 2018 Dance Online Rules Clinic Now Available

    Dance Blog Updates

    The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Dance is available beginning today, September 10. Remember, the clinic is required of all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

    Below is additional information:

    COACHES

    • September 10 to October 13 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • October 14 to November 2 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
    • November 3 to November 16 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
    • After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

    The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile […]

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    08/20/18 – 2018 Dance Section Sites

    Dance Blog Updates

    2018-19 KHSAA DANCE SECTION COMPETITION DATES/SITES

    TIMES ARE LOCAL TO SITE
    (as of 8/17/18)

    REGIONS

    DATE

    SITE

    MANAGER

    EMAIL

    1-4

     

    Sat.,

    Nov. 17

    Muhlenberg High School

     

    Jerry Hancock

     

    jerry.hancock@muhlenberg.kyschools.us

     

    5-8

     

    Sun.,

    Nov. 18

    Valley High School 

     

    Robert Vinegar

     

    robert.vinegar@jefferson.kyschoools.us

     

    9-12

     

    Sun.,

    Nov. 18

     

    Madison Central High School

     

    Brandon Fritz

     

    brandon.fritz@madison.kyschools.us

     

    13-16

     

    Sat.,

    Nov. 17

     

    Prestonsburg High School

     

    Brandon Brewer

     

    brandon.brewer@floyd.kyschools.us

     

    Athletic Administrators from all combined regions are responsible for making decisions such as ticket prices, expenses and division of any revenue as a group.  The “host” region is not solely responsible for this. The Commissioner’s office would make the final selection based on the recommendations and consider all other factors.

    Following the October 1 declaration by participating schools, state qualifiers will be based upon the number of teams in each section. […]

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    07/12/18 – KHSAA Seeking Hosts for First Sectional Dance Competitions

    Dance Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is seeking member schools interested in hosting a Sectional postseason competition in the sport-activity of Dance. Sectionals will be held November 17-18 at four locations across the Commonwealth, with the competitions grouped by Regions (1-4, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16). If your school is interested in hosting a Sectional, please fill out the application found at the link below and provide all pertinent details (site specifications, event management experience, etc.).

    CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION TO HOST

    Following the October 1 declaration by participating schools, state qualifiers will be based upon the number of teams in each section. In total, 16 teams from those four sections will advance to the state competition in each division offered:

    Jazz – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)

    Hip Hop – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)

    Pom – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)

    The 2018 KHSAA State Dance Championships will be held […]

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    06/24/18-Dead Period Reminders, Middle and High School

    2017-2018 News Releases

    This is being sent to all Principals, Athletic Directors, Superintendents and Coaches of Member High Schools. This is being sent via an electronic script and it is possible that direct replies will not be received by the sender.

    IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPALS, PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION ANY OF YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL CONTACTS AS THIS PERIOD APPLIES TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL AS WELL

    Dead Period Reminders for Middle and High School:

    • A reminder that the Dead Period for ALL sports and sport-activities starts at 12:00:01 a.m. on June 25 and goes through 11:59:59 p.m. on July 9.
    • There is to be no use of school facilities, team uniforms, team or equipment, transportation, coaches, personnel, maintained or producible log of student-activity or anything else related to the athletic program.
    • School funds may not be expended in support of interscholastic athletics in any KHSAA sanctioned sport during this […]

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    06/14/18 – Dance Postseason Updates

    Dance Blog Updates

    The following reminders are being issued for athletic directors, coaches, participants and fans regarding the postseason for the sport-activity of Dance for the 2018-19 academic year.

    • Schools will have from July 15 to October 1 to declare into a specific division for Dance. Following the October 1 declaration by participating schools, there will be sectional competitions held on November 17-18.
    • The locations for these sectional competitions will be announced following the declaration date, however, these Dance sectionals shall be held the weekend of November 17.
    • Based proportionally on the number of teams competing in each section, a total of 16 teams in each division will advance to the state competition in the following divisions:
    • Jazz – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)
    • Hip Hop – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)
    • Pom – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)
    • The 2018 KHSAA State Dance Championships will be held Saturday, December 15th at […]

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    06/06/18- Sport Activity Specific Dead Period Reminders

    Archery Blog Updates

    As the dead period approaches, it is important to remind all coaches about sport-activities (bowling, competitive cheer, dance, archery, bass fishing) during the dead period. The sport-activity specific contacts at the KHSAA are Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) for Archery; Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) for Bass Fishing, Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) for Bowling and Dance; and Butch Cope (bcope@khsaa.org) for Cheer.

    Any participation by student-athletes during the dead period would be a violation of Bylaw 24 if the school were to be involved in any way, including coaching, transportation, funding, providing uniforms, use of school facilities, entering or using the school name or all other specifics mentioned in Bylaws 23, 24 or 25.

    Though individual participation itself by a student-athlete in a non-school or school-team based activity may not necessarily be a violation of KHSAA rules, the dates from June 25 – July 9, preclude any Kentucky school representative from participating in an event during […]

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    05/14/18 – Hieneman Named Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year for 2017-18

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2018

    The second annual Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year program culminated on the campus of Midway University on Monday as Russell High School’s Sara Hieneman (softball) was named the overall winner for 2017-18. Beginning in May of 2017 with the State Bass Fishing Championship, Midway University presented a Female Student-Athlete of the Year award at each of the KHSAA’s 15 girls’ state championship events, with an overall winner selected following the final championship of the timeframe (2018 State Archery).

    The Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year award is based upon overall athletic performance (60%), academic achievement (20%) and community service (20%). Students must possess an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better to qualify, and must be academically eligible during the season in which they are nominated. School administrators, coaches and athletic directors nominate student-athletes online at KHSAA.org, and the nominees are voted upon by a […]

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    05/10/18 – Board Approves Changes to Dance Championships

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA Board of Control, at its May Meeting, approved changes to the Dance postseason as well as approved the date and site for the 2018 State Dance Championships.

    Following the Oct. 1 declaration by participating schools, there will be four Sectional Competitions (Regions 1-4; 5-8; 9-12; 13-16) to qualify for the State Competition.  Based upon the number of teams in each section, an overall total of 16 teams from those sections will advance to the state competition.

    The Board approved the elimination of the Kick Division (only two squads entered last year) and will offer championships for the following Divisions:

    Jazz – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)
    Hip Hop – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)
    Pom – Small (7-16 competitors) / Large (17-30 competitors)

    The 2018 KHSAA State Dance Championships will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.

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    04/09/18 – NFHS Music Copyright Course Required for Cheer/Dance Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    At its July Board of Control meeting, the Board approved a recommendation that would require completion of the new NFHS Music Copyright Course for KHSAA Cheer and Dance Coaches (Head and Assistant). Because of delays in rolling the course out this year, the course will be required for 2018-19 for those all coaches in all Cheer and Dance squads at KHSAA member schools. This requirement is in place whether or not a team competes in KHSAA competition. The course is free, and totally online, and must be completed prior to the declaration date for Cheer and Dance (October 1, 2018).

    The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added an online education course – Understanding Copyright and Compliance. This free course from the NFHS is geared toward music teachers, spirit coaches (cheer and dance) and school administrators. Understanding Copyright and Compliance is available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

    The course explores copyright […]

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    12/13/17 – First-Ever KHSAA State Dance Championships Set For Saturday in Lexington

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2017

    The KHSAA’s newest championship makes its debut Saturday at Frederick Douglass HS with the inaugural KHSAA State Dance Championships. In its first year as a KHSAA-sponsored offering, Dance is the fifth sport-activity and sixth championship added by the Association since the 2011-12 academic year, joining Bowling, Competitive Cheer, Bass Fishing, Archery and Field Hockey.

    The Dance Championships begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with the morning session featuring the Jazz Small, Hip Hop Large, Kick Large, Pom Large and Jazz Large divisions. Awards for the morning session are tentatively scheduled for 11:30 a.m., with the afternoon session to begin at 1 p.m. The afternoon session will feature performances in the Hip Hop Small and Pom Small divisions, with a short break scheduled at 2:42 p.m. The last performance is slated for 5:02 p.m., with awards to begin at approximately 5:20 p.m.

    The KHSAA State Dance Championships will be webcast live […]

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    11/29/17 – State Cheer and Dance Championships Tickets Available

    Cheer Blog Updates

    Fans can now order tickets online to the 2017 KHSAA State Competitive Cheer Championships as well as the State Dance Championships.  

    The State Cheer Championships are scheduled for Dec. 8-9 at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  General Admission tickets are $10 each, with 10 and under admitted for free.  The Horse Park will be charging $5 a vehicle for parking.

    The State Dance Championships are scheduled for Dec.16 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.  General Admission tickets are $10 each, with 10 and under admitted for free.  There is no charge for parking at FDHS.

    Purchase Tickets – Click Here

    State Cheer Information
    Cheer Homepage
    http://khsaa.org/sports/sports-activities/competitive-cheer/

    Game Day Cheer Schedule of Performances
    http://khsaa.org/2017-game-day-cheer-detailed-order-of-appearance/

    2 1/2 Minute Cheer Schedule of Performances
    http://khsaa.org/2017-competitive-cheer-detailed-station-time-schedule/

    State Dance Information
    Dance Homepage
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    10/16/17 – State Dance Divisions Posted

    Dance Blog Updates

    The 2017-18 KHSAA Dance divisions list has been compiled and released.

    Click here to view school squad declaration

    Click here to view division totals

    A reminder to coaches that no changes to divisions may be made and withdrawal from competition will result in penalties under Bylaw 27, including a fine.

    With the adoption of Varsity/UDA scoresheets, coaches are advised to review those as posted on the KHSAA website. Posted are links for UDA Scoresheet Explanations, 2017-18 Scoresheet and 2017-18 Judging Rules and Standards.  All of this information is under the Dance Judges, Judging and Scoresheet Information link.

    The State Competition Participation Manual as well as the competition schedule will be posted soon for coaches, participants and fans.

    – KHSAA –

    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. For a list of those blogs, go to http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

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    09/12/17 – Dance Online Rule Clinic Now Available

    Dance Blog Updates

    The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport activity of Dance was available beginning September 11. The clinic is required of all all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

    Below is additional information:

    COACHES

    September 11 to September 23 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    September 24 to October 13 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
    October 14 to October 27 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

    The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets […]

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    05/23/17 – Dance State Competition FAQs

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    KHSAA DANCE

    Frequently Asked Questions (as of August 18, 2017)

    The following is a FAQ for Dance. Refer to the Competition Rules that will be published in the KHSAA Handbook and on the Association website for more information. The Competition Rules govern Dance.

    Is Dance a “Sport”?

    • Within the programs of the KHSAA, Dance is categorized as a “sport-activity”.

    With the KHSAA sponsoring a Dance championship, does that make Dance exactly the same as all other sports and activities within the school?

    • The management of individual teams within a school is a local decision. School administrators will decide about issues such as compensation, travel allowances and other benefits in compliance with federal, state and locally adopted policies.
    • Nothing about the KHSAA adding this sport-activity makes anything “automatic” within a school or school district.
    • Be mindful of the fact that unless supervised in the same manner as the rest of the school sport and sport-activity programs, the […]

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    05/12/17 – State Dance Competition

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Following is a link to the news release that was posted following yesterday’s KHSAA Board of Control meeting concerning the 2017 KHSAA State Dance Competition.

    News Release

    In addition, coaches should be mindful of the following:

    COMPETITION
    The State Competition will be an open competition (no regional qualifying).

    SCORING
    Once UDA finalizes the scoresheets, we will send out a notice to coaches.

    DIVISIONS
    Championships will be conducted in the following:
    Jazz
    Pom
    Kick
    Hip Hop

    JUDGING
    Judge training will be conducted through UDA (online) at no charge. The KHSAA will be managing Dance, so individual school questions/inquiries should come to the Association office.

    STATE
    The State Competition will be Saturday, Dec. 16 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.  Additional information on the competition is being finalized and information will be posted soon.

    Please contact the […]

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    08/27/15 – Triennial Survey Results Highlight Dance For Potential Future KHSAA Sponsorship

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2015

    During Monday’s Board of Control meeting at the Owensboro Convention Center, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett presented the results from the Association’s triennial survey of the membership, conducted earlier this summer, the results of which designated Dance as the one sport or sport-activity to receive enough interest to be considered for future adoption.

    The Board directed staff to return at the November meeting with a report on the necessary steps for implementing a championship in Dance in the future, including a complete fiscal analysis of the impact to the KHSAA and all member schools and its impact on other programs, along with an update on the addition of Rifle Marksmanship, which was previously approved by the Board.

    “It is so vitally important that our member schools have this regular opportunity to evaluate options for championship play and provide this input. With our emphasis on opportunities for ALL students, not simply […]

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