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10/10/19 – Esports Registration Deadline Extended to October 25

eSports Blog Updates

The esports registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 25th. If your school intends to compete in this Fall 2019 season, there are a couple of steps that must be taken before that date to ensure your teams are put on the schedule.

Follow these steps to complete the registration process through PlayVS.

  • Verify students, after checking their names and emails for accuracy
  • Purchase a Season Pass for verified players and select an esport for them to play
  • From the Manage Teams tab, create and name your team
  • Then, place verified players on your roster
  • Finally, hit the ‘Activate’ button for each team. You MUST activate a team in order […]

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10/08/19- Update on Participation in Esports with KHSAA

eSports Blog Updates

As the KHSAA heads into its second year of offering an Esports program, we have worked collaboratively with the Kentucky Department of Education as well as the Kentucky Center for School Safety to enact a directive from the Board of Control for 2019-20.   After you have read the material and are ready to complete the permission form, you may do so on the school login site at https://schools.khsaa.org/es101-esports-school-permission-form/.  

Each of you has a login on this site. Contact Communications Director Joe Angolia at the KHSAA (jangolia@khsaa.org) for specific Esports questions. Contact Rob Catron at the KHSAA (rcatron@khsaa.org) if you are having issues with logging in.

As we reviewed year one of this project, it was determined by the Board of Control in consultation with our partners at KDE and KCSS that we needed to ensure we had informed consent from […]

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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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07/11/19 – Board Finalizes Golf Format; Addresses Tennis Championships and Future of Esports

2019-2020 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2019

The Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2019-20 academic year on Thursday in Covington, finalizing the format of the state golf tournament while also addressing the calendar for the state tennis championships and the future of esports.

After reviewing feedback following its earlier decision to change the team format to a four-person squad at the state tournament (which was a format of the tournament in past years), the Board of Control elected to revisit the issue at its July meeting. After significant discussion, the Board eventually settled on a final resolution to address its original concerns with the size of the field, match its boys and girls alignment, ensure all schools have an opportunity to participate in the championship regardless of squad size and complete the tournament during the mid-fall season while also addressing the team composition […]

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2/14/19- Reminder to Schools about Esports Rosters and Information

Athletic Department Blog Updates

For the 2018-2019 school year, KHSAA member schools participating in the sport-activity of esports through the KHSAA/PlayVs partnership are required to enter and maintain their teams, coaches and participants in the KHSAA member school database. THIS STEP DOES NOT REPLACE THE NECESSITY OF REGISTERING COACH AND PARTICIPANT SPECIFIC INFORMATION WITH PLAYVS. If you are participating in esports through another entity (not through PlayVS), please disregard this notice and do not enter your school information.

DECLARING THAT YOU PARTICIPATED IN KHSAA ESPORTS SEASON ZERO OR SEASON ONE DURING 2018-19

  • As with any other sport/sport-activity, the first step the AD (or other designated administrator) will need to do is update the school’s Sport Participation Information grid to add the team(s) to the database, which will then allow entry of participants and coaches. (Direct link: https://schools.khsaa.org/schools_update/)
  • On this grid, you will now see both of the newly added esports seasons (Esports – Fall and Esports – […]

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02/05/19 – Esports Spring Season Participation Deadline February 8

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Season Zero ended last week with Boyle County High School taking home the first KHSAA esports state title. Congratulations to Coach Laymon and the BoCo Gold team. The livestream of the state championship match is available at https://www.khsaa.tv

The deadline to join the esports Spring 2019 season is this Friday, February 8th. If your school is interested in participating, please be sure to create an account on PlayVS.com by the deadline to get started. You can still complete your profile and fill out your computer specifications afterward. Players have until February 22nd to sign up and finalize teams.

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SPRING 2019 REGULAR SEASON STRUCTURE

  • The regular season will run from the week of February 25th – April 22nd.
  • Matches will be played at 4 p.m. EST on the following days for each league:
    • Tuesdays: League of Legends – Two consecutive […]

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01/23/19 – Collins HS to Host Esports Season Zero Championship Monday

2018-2019 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2019

The Season Zero Esports State Championship will be determined Monday at Collins High School, when squads from St. Henry District and Boyle County square off to decide the first state champion in a best-of-three League of Legends match. Admission to the esports state championship is free, though interested fans should reserve their tickets online at http://bit.ly/2sLlBAV.

Those unable to attend Monday’s championship can watch the event live online through the NFHS Network or Twitch.tv (https://www.twitch.tv/playvs).

Through its partnership with PlayVs, the KHSAA offered its member schools a new participation opportunity in October to join Season Zero and compete in League of Legends. The esports program will expand for the spring season, with team competing in League of Legends, SMITE and Rocket League. For more information on the Spring Season, visit http://bit.ly/2M4BKul.

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01/11/19 – Esports Season Zero Playoff Info, Spring Season Update

2018-2019 News Releases

The playoffs for Esports Season Zero are underway! Congratulations to Wolves Blue from Wolfe County High School for an undefeated regular season. They will face off against BoCo Black from Boyle County High School in the semifinals next week.

A huge congratulations to all of the following schools for making it into the Top 8:

Cardinals 1 from Nelson County
SDHS from St. Henry District
Titans from Collins
Paarthurnax from Warren Central
BoCo Gold from Boyle County 
Eagle Level 7 from Johnson Central

Schools and students alike have seen the tremendous benefits of participating in esports.

“Collins High School esports has given a select group of students the chance to get out of their comfort zone and be a part of something with our school. It’s fun to see them interact with students they wouldn’t have without this opportunity. Win, lose, or draw this is a success!” – Powell Miller […]

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09/27/18- Information Regarding School Participation in eSports

eSports Blog Updates

As has been detailed at each of the regional meetings this fall and at the Annual Meeting in September, the Board of Control has authorized staff to enter into a prospective partnership with the NFHS Network to allow our schools to compete in an eSports competition. This competition, which will be managed by a third-party firm (PlayVS), will allow competition between schools throughout two different seasons during the school year. For the most part, and based on school and student available resources, competitors never have to leave the school to participate.

After reading this post, you should complete the online form at https://khsaa.org/ge87-esports-information-request/. Please review the entire post prior to responding.

A few points should be reviewed and considered as you review the information from PlayVS and consider your response: