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11/01/22 – Official of the Year Winner Announced for Field Hockey

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 1, 2022

Each year, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association honors the top officials for the 10 sports in which it licenses officials. Finalists in each sport are selected through a combination of not only on-field performance but local association activity and leadership, training efforts and the mentoring of newer officials.

One official in each sport is named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for their sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state. Winners are selected following consultation with local assigning secretaries, veteran officials’ observers, coaches throughout the state and additional staff review.

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2022-23 field hockey season is Rick Moir of Louisville. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Division Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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10/22/22 – Field Hockey State Tournament to Conclude at Christian Academy-Louisville

2022-2023 News Releases

The semifinals of the ninth annual KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament Presented by UK HealthCare are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at Christian Academy-Louisville.

The first match, featuring Christian Academy-Louisville vs. Assumption, is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. The winner of Saturday’s second match, pitting Sacred Heart vs. DuPont Manual at 7:30 p.m., will face the winner of the first in the state championship final on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. on the same field.

Tickets for all three matches are available solely on a digital basis and can be purchased at khsaatickets.org.

Each match can be streamed live on khsaa.tv. Subscription plans to the NFHS Network are available for $11.99 per month. A monthly subscription, priced less than the cost of admission to a state championship event, entitles users to every broadcast by the KHSAA and the more than 45 participating state associations. To subscribe to the NFHS […]

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10/18/22 – Field Hockey State Instructions

Field Hockey Blog Updates

Instructions for the 2022 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare have been posted on the KHSAA website. Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Championship Information can be found by going to the following links:

2022 First Round Instructions – Quarterfinals

2022 Final Round Instructions – Semifinals and Championship

The KHSAA will be contacting all teams advancing to the quarterfinals, but feel free to reach out to Darren Bilberry at any time with any specific questions. Thank you. 

– 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 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 287 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and […]

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10/11/22 – Fall Draw Show to Air Wednesday on KHSAA.tv

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 11, 2022


On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the pairings for the 2022 KHSAA Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball State Tournaments Presented by UK HealthCare will be revealed during the annual Fall Championship Draw Show at 2 p.m. ET. The show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network from the KHSAA office.

The 2022 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament will begin on Thursday, Oct. 20, with quarterfinal games being played on campus sites. Play continues with the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Monday, Oct. 24, at Christian Academy-Louisville.

The KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer State Tournaments will open with first-round matches on Oct. 17-18, followed by the quarterfinals on Oct. 20-22. Both initial rounds will be played on campus sites. The semifinals (Oct. 26-27) and finals (Oct. 29) will be played in Lexington at Frederick Douglass.

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10/3/22 – Field Hockey Postseason Updates

Field Hockey Blog Updates

Regional Instructions as well as Regional Manager Contact Information have been posted on the KHSAA website. All of this information can be found here:

Regional Instructions

Regional Managers

The Field Hockey State Championship will be held at Christian Academy of Louisville with the semi-finals taking place on Saturday, October 22nd, and the championship game taking place on Monday, October 24th. Detailed instructions for the state championship will be posted soon. 

All teams participating in the regional tournaments should feel free to contact their Regional Managers or Darren Bilberry at the KHSAA with any specific questions. Thank you.      

– 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 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 287 member […]

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2022 State Field Hockey Draw and Pairings

Field Hockey Blog Updates

Bracket will be posted following draw show October 12

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09/23/22 – Media Credentials Now Available for Fall Championships

2022-2023 News Releases

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for fall sports championships (golf, soccer, field hockey, cross country, volleyball, football) is now live and can be accessed via the following link: https://bit.ly/3xJtdWv

Credentials to each KHSAA State Championship event are issued by the KHSAA to working members of the media who regularly cover high school athletics. Credentials must be requested prior to the established deadline for each sport through the online credentialing system.

Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of their 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. Media outlets are responsible for the actions of all individuals representing their organization, including compliance with KHSAA policies and procedures. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the number of credentials issued […]

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09/07/22 – Initial RPI Rankings, Stat Leader Reports Released for Volleyball, Soccer, Field Hockey; Stat Leader Reports Released for Football

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 7, 2022

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings and the initial statistical leader reports for the 2022 volleyball, soccer and field hockey seasons, as well as the initial statistical leader reports for the 2022 football season, have been posted at KHSAA.org.

As detailed to school administrators during recently concluded regional meetings, the first official football RPI rankings will be released at the start of week 6.

RPI is a tool developed for all team sports by using the official KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard data. It is provided for a variety of reasons, including district tiebreaking and football bracketing, and as a means to locally increase publicity, interest and promotion. The RPI is also to be used as a tiebreaking/contest result mechanism to decide seeded district games not played by the deadline. RPI rankings are updated on an hourly basis but are not calculated for teams with missing scores.

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09/07/22 – FIeld Hockey Nominations Sought For Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

Field Hockey Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Field Hockey participants for 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 2023. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2022-2023 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 […]

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08/08/22 – NFHS Part 2 Exams for Licensed Officials in FH, FB, SO & Now Available

Field Hockey Blog Updates

NFHS Part 2 exams for licensed officials in the sports of Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball are now available online.

The Part 2 Exams will be open until 11:59 p.m. (ET) based on the following schedules.
Soccer – Monday, September 26
Field Hockey – Monday, October 3
Volleyball – Monday, October 10
Football – Monday, October 24

There are no extensions or opportunities to pay a late fee and complete the exam outside of the window listed above. 

Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the exam.  A minimum of 35 correct answers out of 50 is required to be considered passing.  The exam is also used for advancement in levels of officiating.  First-year officials are not required to take the exam, however, if any first-year official has completed the licensing requirements, the test may be taken.

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08/03/22 – Field Hockey Rules Clinic Now Available for Coaches and Officials

Field Hockey Blog Updates

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

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

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

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  • August 3 to September 1 – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 2 to September 16 – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • September 17 to October 1 – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed […]

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06/11/22- Kopser, Gloyd Named 2021-22 Midway/KHSAA Student-Athletes of the Year

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 11, 2022

The 2021-22 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year awards program culminated this week on the campus of Midway University, as Renae Kopser (Ryle) and Ben Gloyd (Mayfield) were recognized as the overall Student-Athletes of the Year.

Beginning in May of 2016, Midway University started presenting a Female Student-Athlete of the Year award at each KHSAA girls’ state championship event. The awards program was expanded in 2019-20 to include male student-athletes, with Midway honoring a deserving student-athlete in each of the 19 officially recognized KHSAA sports and sport-activities.

The awards are based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership, with Midway choosing one overall male and female student-athlete of the year each academic year. School administrators, coaches and athletic directors nominate student-athletes online at KHSAA.org, and the nominees are voted upon by a closed panel consisting of representatives from Midway University.

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04/11/22 – Official of the Year Winners Announced for Fall Sports

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 11, 2022

 

Each year, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association honors the top officials for the 10 sports in which it licenses officials. Finalists in each sport are selected through a combination of not only on-field performance but local association activity and leadership, training efforts and the mentoring of newer officials.

One official in each sport is named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for their sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state. Winners are selected following consultation with local assigning secretaries, veteran officials’ observers, coaches throughout the state and additional staff review.

The Outstanding Officials of the Year for the fall 2021 season are Deborah Hartlage for field hockey, Toby Durham for football, Gustavo Turmero for soccer and Jennifer Craven for volleyball. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Division Trust Fund, with the Official of the […]

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02/12/22- Hair Adornment Adjustments, Addition of Team Time-Out Highlight 2022 High School Field Hockey Rules Changes

2021-2022 News Releases

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 11, 2022) — High school field hockey players may now wear adornments in the hair that do not present a risk to themselves, teammates or opponents beginning with the 2022 season. Previously, hair adornments were limited to that of a soft material.

The change to hair adornments was one of six rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee at its meeting January 17-19 in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The NFHS and the Field Hockey Rules Committee want to support diversity and ensure that all competitors are welcomed in the sport of field hockey,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “The rules committee wants to continue to minimize the risk of injury while also recognizing the importance of a high school student’s personal expression of […]

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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)
Girls Golf- Aaron […]

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10/21/21 – Field Hockey State Tournament Starts Tonight at Campus Sites

2021-2022 News Releases

The eighth annual KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament gets started tonight with four quarterfinal matchups at campus sites. Tickets for the state tournament, including tonight’s quarterfinals, are available digital-only and can be purchased at khsaatickets.org.

Thursday’s winners advance to the semifinals at Christian Academy-Louisville’s Centurion Field on Saturday, Oct. 23 with the championship scheduled for Monday, Oct. 25 at the same site.

Tonight’s round sees Male visit DuPont Manual, North Oldham head to Sacred Heart, Holy Cross (Lou.) visits Assumption and Christian Academy-Louisville rounds out the bunch with a trip to Ballard. All four games are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s semifinals are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Centurion Field, followed by the final on Monday at 7:30 p.m. All three games at Christian Academy-Louisville will be streamed live online at KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network, a subscription-based service.

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10/11/21 – Fall Draw Show Airing Wednesday on KHSAA.tv

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2021


On Wednesday, Oct. 13 the pairings for the 2021 KHSAA Field Hockey, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer and Volleyball State Tournaments will be revealed during the annual Fall Championship Draw Show at 10 a.m. ET. The show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network from the KHSAA offices.

The 2021 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament begins on Thursday, Oct. 21 with quarterfinal games being played on campus sites. Play continues with the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Monday, Oct. 25 at Christian Academy-Louisville.

Soccer’s state championships open with semi-state matches on Oct. 18-19, followed by a second round of semi-state play on Oct. 21-23. Both initial rounds will be played on campus sites. The semifinals (Oct. 27-28) and finals (Oct. 30) will be played in Lexington at Frederick Douglass High School.

The draw for the KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament will wrap […]

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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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09/22/21 – Board of Control Approves Changes to Wrestling Alignment for 2021-22

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2021

The Board of Control held its second meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA offices, during which it approved a draft wrestling alignment that will go into effect for the 2021-22 season.

After considering multiple options and reviewing past participation information, the Board approved a Final Alignment Map of Teams to be implemented for 2021-22. The KHSAA website will be updated in the coming days to reflect the adopted alignment.

“We have had the good fortune of great communication with the current leadership of our wrestling coaches association and know that not only were they ready for realignment, but they also wanted it implemented for this school year,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Their excellent communication and gathering of information helped aid the process of realignment. Clearly important to the coaches and match managers was a balancing of sorts in […]

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09/20/21 – Minimum Time Between Contests at Fall District/Region Postseason Events

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Per the KHSAA’s “Healthy at Sports” guidance document, a recommended minimum time between the start of contests at the district and regional postseason events has been established. These guidelines will also be utilized in planning KHSAA State Championship Events.

At events where more than two schools are involved, it is recommended for there to be time between contests for egress of fans and participants, potential cleaning of common facilities and restrooms, as well as ingress of the teams for the next contest.

When developing brackets for field hockey and volleyball, there should be a minimum of two hours between the start of contests being held on the same day. For example, if the first match of a district tournament doubleheader is scheduled for 5 p.m., the second match should not be scheduled to begin until at least 7 p.m.

For soccer brackets, there should be a minimum of two and a half hours between […]

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09/17/21 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2021

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings for the 2021 field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball seasons have been posted at KHSAA.org.

Football’s RPI rankings will be released for the first time on September 20. Due to the limited number of contests for football compared to the other sports and the application of RPI data on a much more extensive basis as the office maintains the district standings, there will be additional clarification and operations in football that are not necessary in other sports.

The RPI (https://khsaa.org/rpi-ratings-percentage-index/) is a tool developed for all team sports by using the official KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard data. It is provided for a variety of reasons, including district tiebreaking and bracketing in specific sports, as well as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion. 

The Board of Control has also approved that the RPI is to be used as […]

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09/08/21 – Field Hockey Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year Awards

Field Hockey Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year among Field Hockey participants for 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 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 to be 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 […]

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09/01/21 – Stat Leader Reports for Field Hockey, Football, Soccer and Volleyball Now Available

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021

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

All sports available on the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard have the ability for member schools to add statistics. Volleyball rounded out the group when its stat entry interface debuted in 2019.

Statistical entry has multiple benefits, including giving member schools an avenue to highlight and promote the accomplishments of their student-athletes, which should be a goal for all involved in school-based sports.

The reports are also a valuable tool for local, statewide and national media to report on the outstanding talent found throughout the state of Kentucky.

Given its importance, statistical entry is required of all member schools. Those failing […]

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08/09/21 – NFHS Officials Part 2 Exam Now Online for FB, FH, SO & VB

Field Hockey Blog Updates

Please note that the NFHS Part 2 exams for licensed officials in the sports of Football, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball are now available online. The Part 2 exams, required for postseason eligibility consideration, will be open until Monday, August 23 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).  

The tests will automatically close on Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.  The exam is also used for advancements in levels of classification.

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

Any official determined to have been involved in the improper administration of the exam, including taking it for another official or having it taken by another official, will have the score disregarded for the year and be […]

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08/09/21 – Field Hockey Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Field Hockey Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Field Hockey is available beginning today, August 9. Remember, the clinic is required of all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen levels, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

  • August 9 to September 21 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    September 22 to October 8 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    October 9 to October 16 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

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06/23/21 – Official of the Year Winners Announced for Fall Sports

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2021

Each year, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association honors the top officials for the 10 sports in which it licenses officials. Finalists in each sport are selected through a combination of not only on-field/court performance but local association activity and leadership, training efforts and the mentoring of newer officials.

One official in each sport is named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state. Winners are selected following consultation with local assigning secretaries, veteran officials’ observers, coaches throughout the state and additional staff review.

The Outstanding Officials of the Year for the 2020 fall season are Jamie Gatewood for field hockey, Michael Samaan for soccer, Jim Nunley for volleyball and Burney Jenkins for football. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Division Trust Fund, with the Official of the […]

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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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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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04/11/21- Reminders about Off-season Team Sport Allowances and Restrictions

2020-2021 News Releases

With the conclusion of basketball season, member schools are reminded of the regulations regarding off-season play. There have been no additional adjustments enacted, considered or contemplated at this time by the Commissioner’s office or the Board of Control for play by students and participation by coaches. While member schools are expected at all times to adhere to sport mitigation strategies as detailed in the COVID-19 documentation, no further adjustments to Bylaw 23 have been made.

The Bylaw references are Bylaw 23, listed in its entirety at https://bit.ly/2RGO1ZE, Section 1 of this bylaw applies to all sports and sport-activities.

Keep in mind the following references:

  • Bylaw 23, Sec. 1 (c) – Defines the end of school. The rules prior to the end of school are somewhat more restrictive than the rules after the conclusion of the school year. Per Bylaw 23, the end of school is defined – For all interpretations and regulations concerning […]

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02/08/21 – Face Masks, Religious Headwear Major Topics of 2021 Field Hockey Rules Changes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Guidance for the use of face masks and the allowance of religious headwear to be worn during play without state association consent are among the most significant rules changes that will take effect with the 2021 high school field hockey season.

During its virtual meeting held January 11-13, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee included these subjects in its list of eight proposed rules changes that were reviewed and later approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“Given that many schools played a modified or shortened season with the 2020 rules and some have not yet played or may not play, the committee thought it wise to limit changes to the 2021 rules,” said Anna Saccoccio, chair of the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “Safety of players is always a main concern, and the 2021 rules will clarify any confusion and concerns around the use […]

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

Field Hockey Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2020

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

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

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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10/26/20 – Field Hockey State Championship Postponed

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2020

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

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

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

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9/10/20 – Field Hockey Nominations Sought for Female Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Field Hockey Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA  Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Field Hockey 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 […]

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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08/20/20- 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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08/18/20-2020 Field Hockey Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Field Hockey Blog Updates

As coaches and staff begin to prepare for hopefully the beginning of the season, the mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Field Hockey is available beginning today, August 17. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

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

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

OFFICIALS

August 17 to September 21 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
September 22 to October 8 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup […]

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08/10/20 – NFHS Officials Part 2 Exam Now Online for FB, FH, SO & VB

Field Hockey Blog Updates

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

Please note that the NFHS Part 2 exams for licensed officials in the sports of Football, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball are now available online. The Part 2 exams, required for postseason eligibility consideration, will be open until Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).  

The tests will automatically close on Sept. 8 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.  The exam is also used for advancements in levels of classification.

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

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

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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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07/13/20- 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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07/06/20 – High School Field Hockey Eyewear Rule Altered for 2020 Season

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In response to longstanding concerns regarding the wearing of goggles in high school field hockey, the NFHS Board of Directors approved a change in the eyewear rule that will take effect with the upcoming 2020 season.

Rule 1-6-5 in the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Book, which currently states that “All field players shall wear eye protection that met the ASTM standard for field hockey (2713) at the time of manufacture,” will now state that “Goggles may be worn by all field hockey players.”

In addition to the current rule, an additional note was due to take effect in 2020 as follows: “Beginning in the 2020 fall season, all eye protection shall be permanently labeled with the ASTM 2713 standard for field hockey at the time of manufacture.”

Since goggles were mandated by the NFHS Board of Directors in 2011 with the intent to lessen the risk of catastrophic eye injuries, there have […]

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04/30/20 – NFHS, USA Field Hockey Partner to Sustain, Grow Field Hockey Participation

Field Hockey Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 30, 2020) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has partnered with USA Field Hockey in a collaborative effort to sustain and grow the number of high school field hockey participants.

The NFHS and USA Field Hockey aim to accomplish their collective goal through improved promotion and development of field hockey, and by recruiting, supporting and retaining players, coaches and umpires. These methods to grow the sport will coincide with additional education for parents on the added benefits of student engagement and multi-sport participation. There will also be an emphasis on increased diversity and inclusion to make field hockey available and accessible across the country.

“The NFHS is extremely excited about partnering with USA Field Hockey to grow participation in this great game. During these very challenging times, we hope that schools promote as much good news like this as possible,” said NFHS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff. “There’s so […]

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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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    03/16/20- 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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    02/06/20 – High School Field Hockey Moves from Halves to Quarters in 2020 Season

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 6, 2020) — High school field hockey games will be played in four quarters instead of two halves beginning with the 2020 season.

    This significant change was one of several rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee at its January 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee continues to strive to find ways to improve the ease and use of the rules for officials and coaches, which is evident in many of the changes made for the 2020 field hockey season,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee.

    The rules committee’s change moves the game to four 15-minute periods from two 30-minute halves. The committee believes this will allow teams to maximize their play for the entire match. […]

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    11/26/19 – Official of the Year Winner Announced for Field Hockey

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 26, 2019

    Following the completion of the 2019 KHSAA Field Hockey season, the Association has chosen the finalists for the sport’s Official of the Year Award. Of the 43 licensed officials in field hockey, Megan McGrath (Louisville) and Jamie Gatewood (Louisville) were chosen as finalists with McGrath selected as the 2019 KHSAA Field Hockey Official of the Year.

    The KHSAA will honor the top licensed officials for the 2019-20 season during the course of the year, with the honorees for each sport chosen in the weeks immediately following each respective sport’s championship. Finalists in each sport are selected through a combination of not only on-field/court performance but local association activity and leadership, training efforts and the mentoring of newer officials.

    One official in each sport will be named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state. Winners […]

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    10/25/19 – Field Hockey State Semifinals Set For Saturday In Louisville

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2019

    The sixth annual KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament resumes Saturday evening with the Semifinals heading to Christian Academy-Lou. The first match of the night at Centurion Stadium will pit DuPont Manual (18-4-4) against Christian Academy-Lou. (15-6-1) at 6 p.m., followed by Sacred Heart (21-7) versus Assumption (15-10-1) at 7:45 p.m. Tickets to the 2019 KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament can be purchased online at https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA.

    The 2019 State Field Hockey Tournament concludes Monday evening at Centurion Field with the championship match at 7 p.m. Live stats for each game will be available on the Field Hockey page at KHSAA.org, with box scores posted following the completion of each match. Monday’s championship will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network, which is a subscription-based service.

    Subscription plans for the NFHS Network are available for $10.99 a month. A monthly subscription, priced less than the cost of […]

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    10/01/19 – Fall Draw Show Set For Wednesday

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2019

    The matchups for the 2019 KHSAA Field Hockey, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, and Volleyball State Tournaments will be revealed Wednesday, October 2nd when the annual Fall Championship Draw Show is conducted at the KHSAA Offices at 1 p.m. The Draw Show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network.

    The 2019 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament begins Thursday, October 24th with quarterfinal matchups on campus sites. The semifinals and championship will be played Saturday, October 26th and Monday, October 28th at Christian Academy-Louisville.

    The 2019 KHSAA State Soccer Championships open with the semi-state matches on Oct. 21-22, followed by the quarterfinals on campus sites from Oct. 24-26. The semifinals (Oct. 30-31) and finals (Nov. 2) will move to Lexington and be played at a Fayette County Public School.

    The KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament will be held at Valley High School in Louisville for the eighth-straight […]

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    09/30/19 – Official KHSAA RPI Rankings Unveiled

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2019

    The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Rankings are now available on the Association’s website (https://khsaa.org/rpi-ratings-percentage-index/) following a thorough development and implementation process. Approved by the Board of Control in January of 2018, the RPI will be incorporated into the football competition rules as a means of seeding Rounds 3, 4, 5. The RPI is simply an informational tool in the other team sports and is provided as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion.

    “It has been an important period the last few weeks experimenting with output formats and screen layouts, while determining what documents were needed to ensure both transparency and replicability. We have continually stressed that as the only official results source, any other data outside of our website should be regarded with skepticism,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We are very thankful to our friends with the Colorado High School Athletic Association […]

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    RPI Calculation Steps

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    RPI Calculation Example using Ashland Blazer 2018 Football Regular Season

    RPI Background

    • RPI stands for “Ratings Percentage Index.” In short, it is a way to measure a team’s strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules.
    • The RPI formula is used by both the NCAA and NAIA, along with many high school associations and among other organizations, as part of their postseason system.
    • RPI is calculated from the team’s Winning Percentage (WP), the Opponent’s Winning Percentage (OWP) and the Opponents’ Opponents’ Winning Percentage (OOWP).
    • The KHSAA is uniquely positioned to be the sole and authenticated source of RPI data due to the maintenance of required score reporting and scoreboard data for Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball.
    • These three components are combined to produce the RPI using the following formula:
      • RPI = (WP * WPVAL) + (OWP * OWPVAL) + (OOWP * OOWPVAL)
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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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    09/05/19 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Field Hockey

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2019

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

    The requirement to enter statistics in volleyball is new for 2019, and follows the addition of baseball, softball and field hockey stats to the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard during the 2018-19 academic year. Statistical entry, which is now available for all sports on the Scoreboard, has the benefit of allowing member schools to highlight and promote the accomplishments of their student-athletes, which should be a priority for all involved in school-based sports.

    Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties, including fines and other actions […]

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    09/03/19- Field Hockey Nominations Sought For Female Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA  Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Field Hockey participants 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 receive their recognition at that banquet.

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

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    08/13/19 – NFHS Part 2 Exam Now Online for FB, FH, SO & VB Officials

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    NFHS Part 2 Tests for licensed officials in the sports of Football, Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball are now available online. The Part 2 exams, required for postseason eligibility, will be open until Tuesday, August 27 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

    The tests will automatically close at that exact time. Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.

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

    Any official determined to have been involved in the improper administration of the exam, including taking it for another official or having it taken by another official, will have the score disregarded for the year and be subject to other penalties in compliance with the jurisdiction of the office through the Federal Court Decree.

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    08/12/19 – 2019 Field Hockey Online Rules Clinic Now Available

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Field Hockey is available beginning August 12. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen levels, regardless of 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 http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

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

    Below is additional information:

    OFFICIALS

    • August 12 to September 14 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • September 15 to October 4 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    • October 5 to […]

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    07/17/19- Heat and Humidity Reminders for Member Schools Representatives

    2019-2020 News Releases

    With temperatures rising across the state and predictions for record temperatures in the coming days, now is a good time to remind all of our school administrators and coaches of the requirements of the Heat Index and Heat Illness prevention program. The complete program is detailed at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/handbook/policies/policies-heatilllnesspolicy.pdf

    No game or plan for a game or practice for a game is worth short-cutting this required procedure that is now more than fifteen years old. Nothing about the program has changed with the exception of the inclusion of the ability to use the wet bulb globe to monitor conditions, but with the turnover in coaches (and administrators) perhaps a few heat index and illness reminders are helpful:

    • Heat index requirements and restrictions apply (and have always applied) to outdoor and indoor sports. In many cases during the summer, indoor practice areas (including gymnasiums) are set to be electronically controlled in terms of temperature and coaches […]

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    07/16/19 – “Coaching Field Hockey” Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 16, 2019) — Field hockey coaches can now take advantage of a new coaching resource, “Coaching Field Hockey,” an online education course available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.

    Created in association with USA Field Hockey, the course is designed to help coaches teach the individual and team skills of field hockey.

    “We’re pleased to offer this course for high school field hockey coaches,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “This course is full of skills videos to teach coaches how to properly demonstrate the skills of field hockey.”

    “The two new online courses, Coaching Field Hockey and Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping, were created to help high school coaches and their athletes and teams to succeed,” said Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey director of coach education and learning. “Both courses are intended to support development of the technical and tactical aspects […]

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    07/15/19 – NFHS Partners with USA Field Hockey on Two Online Courses

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    Field Hockey Coaches & Administrators:

    The NFHS and USA Field Hockey have partnered for two online educational courses that are now available at www.NFHSLearn.com.

    Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping” is a sport-specific course that demonstrates the skills, techniques, and tactics of playing the goalkeeper position in field hockey. The course consists of five main units: “Equipment,” “Basic Principles of Positioning,” “Kicking Skills,” “Aerial and Glove Saves” and “Communication, Set Plays, and Coaching Tips.”

    The NFHS and USA Field Hockey have also partnered for the “Coaching Field Hockey” course that was recently revised. This interactive course covers the skills, techniques, and tactics necessary for individual and team development.

    -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 Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary […]

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    06/13/19 – Field Hockey Goalkeeping Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 13, 2019) — “Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping,” an online education course produced in partnership with USA Field Hockey, has been added to the available courses on the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.

    “Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping” is a sport-specific course that demonstrates the skills, techniques and tactics of playing the goalkeeper position in field hockey. As the last line of defense, goalkeepers require unique and supportive teaching and training.

    “We’re excited to offer this professional development opportunity for field hockey coaches and look forward to expanding coaches’ knowledge of the game,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services.

    “Teaching, developing, motivating and including goalkeepers in training is an important part of team development and a common challenge, especially for coaches who have never played the position,” said Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey director of coach education and learning. “This course focuses on the basic techniques and includes simple exercises to […]

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    01/31/19 – Criteria for Completing Penalty Corner Among 2019 High School Field Hockey Rules Changes

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 31, 2019) — Rules regarding the completion of a penalty corner were among the changes for the 2019 high school field hockey season.

    All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee at its January 7-9 meeting in Indianapolis, and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The Field Hockey Rules Committee continues to examine current trends of the game and work on overall consistency in the rules book,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “While the sport continues to prosper, there are areas such as eye protection where the committee feels it is best to continue to research options for the betterment of the sport.”

    Regarding eye protection, the committee voted to delay the requirement for all eye protection to be permanently labeled with the ASTM 2713 standard for field […]

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    01/16/19 – Board of Control Sets Sites for State Softball and State Archery; Reviews Football Playoff Format

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019

    In its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Offices, the Board of Control finalized locations for two spring championships while addressing the future playoff structure for football and continuing its research for future revisions to state golf.

    Following last year’s action by the Board to transition the state softball tournament from a double-elimination format to single elimination, create an eight-team state tournament and a semi-state round, KHSAA staff sent out information to prospective cities interested in hosting the event. After reviewing information and options from both Lexington and Louisville, the Board approved a recommendation to award the 2019 and 2020 State Softball Championships to the University of Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium.

    “The young ladies in the Commonwealth are so blessed to have great facilities interested in hosting the revised state tournament format,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “It will change many of the dynamics […]

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    11/15/18 – Format Change to Field Hockey Championship

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    At its regular meeting at the KHSAA Offices on November 14th, the Board of Control made several adjustments to the 2019 fall sports seasons following a review of the fall championships.

    The Board of Control made a slight revision to the State Field Hockey Tournament to move its tournament format in line with the other KHSAA-sanctioned team sports. Beginning in 2019, only the regional champions in Field Hockey will advance to the state tournament. Previously, Field Hockey was the only KHSAA team sport in which regional runner-ups advanced to the state tournament.

    The corresponding dates for Field Hockey remain the same with the first playing date on August 19, 2019. The complete chart is on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/handbook/correspondingdates/fieldhockeycorrespondingdates.pdf and once championship dates are confirmed with host venues, additional information will be distributed.

    Best of luck to each of […]

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    11/14/18 – Board of Control Adjusts 2019 Fall Seasons, Sets State Championship Sites

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 14, 2018

    During the course of its meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Wednesday, the Board of Control made adjustments to the 2019 fall sports seasons and finalized sites for this year’s State Baseball and Swimming & Diving Championships.

    For the last several years prior to 2018, the soccer, volleyball and cross country seasons all culminated on the same weekend. With volleyball moving a week earlier in 2018 to avoid a conflict in Louisville with the Breeders’ Cup, the Association had the opportunity to reevaluate the structure of its seasons while also looking to alleviate concerns with competitions on ACT test dates.

    With those factors in mind, the Board approved a recommendation to set the start of the 2019 Soccer regular season to begin in NFHS Week 6 (8/11-8/17) and end with the final regular season week in NFHS Week 13 (9/29-10/5). […]

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    10/19/18 – Field Hockey State Tournament Begins Saturday in Louisville

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2018

    The fifth annual KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament begins Saturday morning at Christian Academy-Louisville when Sacred Heart (22-1) takes on Ballard (14-5-1) at 10 a.m. Tickets to the 2018 KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament can be purchased online, including a discounted all-session pass, at https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA.

    DuPont Manual (19-5-2) will face Male (16-9) in the second quarterfinal game at 12 p.m., followed by Kentucky Country Day (20-4-2) versus Christian Academy-Lou. (13-7-1) at 2 p.m. Assumption (18-6-2) will square off against Presentation (6-7) in the final quarterfinal match at 4 p.m. Live stats for each game will be available on the Field Hockey page at KHSAA.org, with box scores posted following the completion of each match.

    The 2018 State Field Hockey Tournament resumes Monday, Oct. 22 with the Semifinals at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday’s championship game is set for 6 p.m. The Semifinals and Final will be webcast live […]

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    10/09/18 – State Field Hockey Information

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    Information and instructions for the 2018 ​State Field Hockey Tournament have been posted online and can be accessed by going to the Field Hockey page of the KHSAA website (Field Hockey Home Page).

    All coaches and competing schools should take the time to read these items carefully, even veteran coaches, to ensure that you are aware of all KHSAA rules and regulations regarding this tournament.

    Best of luck to all competitors for the remainder of the season. Check the blog on the Field Hockey page for further updates as we get closer to the Regional Tournaments and the State Field Hockey Championship.

    Fans can now order tickets online to the 2018 KHSAA State Field Hockey Championships. This years event will be held October 20-24 at Christian Academy of Louisville.

    General Admission tickets are priced at $10 for a day pass. An all-session ticket is available for $20, but can only be purchased online. Children […]

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    10/08/18 – Fall Draw Show Set For This Wednesday

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2018

    The matchups for the 2018 KHSAA Volleyball, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, and Field Hockey State Tournaments will be revealed Wednesday, October 10th when the annual Fall Championship Draw Show is conducted at the KHSAA Offices at 2 p.m. The Draw Show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network.

    The 2018 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament gets underway Saturday, Oct. 20 with quarterfinal action, followed by the semifinals on Monday, Oct. 22 and the championship match on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with all games played at Christian Academy-Louisville. The KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament will be held at Valley High School in Louisville for the seventh-straight year and begins with first round matches on Friday, Oct. 26. Quarterfinal and semifinal action will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, followed by the championship match on Sunday, Oct. 28.

    The 2018 KHSAA State Soccer Tournament sponsored by the U.S. Army […]

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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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    09/05/18 – Midway University/KHSAA Field Hockey Female Student-Athlete of the Year Nomination Now Open

    2018-2019 News Releases

    The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year for Field Hockey 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 female participant from each 2018-2019 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 http://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 Field Hockey will be Sunday, September 30, 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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    08/13/18 – Field Hockey Part 2 Exam Notice to Officials

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    The NFHS Field Hockey Part 2 Test is available to be taken online between midnight Eastern Time on August 13 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 27. The test will automatically close exactly at that time even if tests are in progress.

    Login at https://officials.khsaa.org to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.

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

    Any official determined to have been involved in the improper administration of the exam, including taking it for another official or having it taken by another official, will have the score disregarded for the year and be subject to other penalties in compliance with the jurisdiction of the office through the Federal Court Decree.

    There will be no late administration of the Part […]

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    06/15/18 – Field Hockey Rules Interp Meeting

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    In an effort to increase consistency among the Field Hockey coaches and officials with regard to rules interpretation, the KHSAA will offer an in-person meeting July 30, 2018, at Christian Academy of Louisville. This meeting is also open to schools who have an interest in starting a Field Hockey program during this critical three-year trial period established by the Board of Control.

    The meeting is set for 6:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars accordingly. You will receive a reminder email with more detailed information as to the exact location. If you cannot attend due to other commitments, please remember your obligation to take the online rules clinic when it is posted in August. 

    – KHSAA –

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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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    10/20/17 – Field Hockey State Tournament Begins Tomorrow in Louisville

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2017

    The fourth annual KHSAA State Field Hockey Tournament gets underway Saturday morning with quarterfinal action at Assumption Green in Louisville. Sacred Heart (18-7) takes on Presentation (7-13) in the first game of the day at 10 a.m., followed by defending state champion Assumption (18-6) vs. Ballard (16-5) at 12 p.m.

    Kentucky Country Day (22-4) will square off against Christian Academy-Louisville (19-5-2) at 2 p.m., with DuPont Manual (15-8-2) facing Atherton (15-8-1) in the final match of the day at 4 p.m. Live stats for all games will be available on the Field Hockey page at KHSAA.org, with box scores posted following the completion of each match.

    The semifinals and championship of the state tournament will move to Christian Academy-Lou., with the semifinal games set for 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23. The championship game will take place Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.

    Tickets to the […]

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    03/30/17 – KHSAA Revising Office Hours Effective April 3, 2017

    2016-2017 News Releases

    Effective April 3, 2017, the KHSAA will have new office hours. The office will open each day at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. ET.

    Logistical and traffic issues (both current and anticipated) in the surrounding area near the office, in particular, the opening of the new Frederick Douglass High School have created this necessity.

    We appreciate the understanding of our membership and various constituencies.

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    01/12/17 – Board of Control Addresses Alignment Issues, Archery Championship

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2017

    During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Thursday, the Board of Control addressed alignment issues and championship details in several sports, while also approving a requested new trial pilot program for the 15th Region Tournament.

    Following the consolidation of South Floyd and Allen Central High Schools, changes were needed in the basketball alignment (and subsequently the alignments in baseball, softball and volleyball) for the 15th Region. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett attended a meeting of the Superintendents in the impacted districts on January 9 to review options related to the region. Facing challenges like an imperfect geographically aligned region and a pattern of reduced sport offerings by some schools in the region, there were few obvious non-impactful options available. With that in mind, the Superintendents expressed an interest in a multi-year pilot program where their teams would play one less […]

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    12/12/16- Officiate Kentucky Day Information

    Baseball Blog Updates

    OFFICIATE KENTUCKY DAY
    Saturday, July 29
    Marriott Downtown – Louisville

    You are invited to the first-ever, Officiate Kentucky Day!

    What is Officiate Kentucky Day?
    Officiate Kentucky Day (OKD) is a one-day gathering of sports and sport activity officials from throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate the officiating industry.  This event allows the KHSAA to partner with the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) as part of their “state day” program and will showcase nationally known collegiate and professional officials as well as high schools officials to share their knowledge, skills and expertise in officiating.

    OKD will be a lead-in to the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Summit that will follow July 30-Aug. 1, also at Marriott Downtown in Louisville.  

    Legendary sports officials and industry leaders including Jerry Markbriet, Billy Kennedy, Steve Shaw, Joe Crawford, Dean Blandino, Bill Carollo, Scott Green, Marcy Weston, Sandra Serafini, Steve Javie, Tom Lopes, […]

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    11/16/16 – Board of Control Extends Sponsorship of Field Hockey For Three Years

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2016

    On Wednesday, the Board of Control approved a recommendation from staff to continue the sponsorship of Field Hockey through the 2019 state championship. With Field Hockey just completing its third season as a KHSAA-sponsored sport in October, discussion during the course of the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices stressed the importance of the field hockey schools and coaches to make progress in expanding the geographic reach of the sport, as that factor will be considered when the sport is re-evaluated in 2019 for further continuation. In addition to its continued sponsorship of Field Hockey, the Board will consider recommendations from staff during its January meeting regarding potential adjustments to the sport’s alignment and state championship format.

    The Board also made a determination on Wednesday regarding the future alignment of the yet-to-be-named Fayette County High School, which will open during the 2017-18 academic year. Those placements […]

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    10/20/16 – Field Hockey State Tournament Begins Saturday; 2017 HOF Press Conference This Sunday

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2016

    The bracket is set for the 2016 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament, which begins Saturday afternoon with quarterfinal action at Assumption Green in Louisville. Christian Academy-Louisville (20-4-1) will take on Atherton (19-4-1) at 2 p.m. in the first match of the day, followed by DuPont Manual (18-5-2) against Mercy (8-9-1) at 4 p.m.

    Defending state champ Sacred Heart (20-5) will face Presentation (9-13) at 6 p.m., with Assumption (21-3-1) and Kentucky Country Day (9-7) squaring off in the final match of the day at 8 p.m. A complete bracket can be found at http://khsaa.org/fieldhockey/2016/fhbracket.pdf

    The semifinals and finals of the state tournament will move to Bellarmine University, with the semifinal games set for 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24. The championship game will be played Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. The semifinals and championship game will be webcast live through the NFHS Network (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/), with links […]

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    09/22/16 – Volleyball, Soccer, Field Hockey Draw Show Set For 3:30 PM Friday

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2016

    The pairings for the 2016 KHSAA Volleyball, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, and Field Hockey State Tournaments will be determined Friday, September 23rd when the annual KHSAA Fall Championship Draw Show is conducted at the KHSAA Offices at 3:30 p.m. The Draw Show will be broadcast live online through the NFHS Network (www.nfhsnetwork.com) with a link to the network available at khsaa.org.

    District soccer tournaments begin the week of October 10th, with region soccer tournaments getting underway the following week. The Girls’ Soccer Semi-State (Oct. 24) and Boys’ Soccer Semi-State (Oct. 25) matches will be held at host sites, followed by the quarterfinal round on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Lexington. The girls’ and boys’ semifinals will be played on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, respectively, with the championship games taking place on Saturday, Nov. 5. All games will take place at Fayette County public high schools, with specific times and locations […]

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    09/22/16 – Board of Control Approves Unified/Adapted Opportunities in Bowling; Alters State Tennis Format

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2016

    During its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Wednesday, the Board of Control approved a proposal to add Unified and Adapted opportunities in the sport-activity of Bowling, beginning with the 2017 state championship. Bowling will be the second KHSAA offering to include Unified and Adapted opportunities, joining Track & Field which began including Unified events in 2015 following a joint partnership between KHSAA and Special Olympics Kentucky. The Unified Bowling events will be added to the singles competition on Feb. 9, with a final schedule to be announced at a later date. Unified sport allows for combined competition involving intellectually disabled students and non-intellectually disabled counterparts, while adapted sport allows for participation by those with physical disability.

    “One of the most gratifying things we have been able to do in the past few years is the addition of adapted and unified track and field events,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian […]

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    08/01/16 – 2016 Field Hockey Online Rules Clinic Now Available

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Field Hockey is available beginning August 1. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen levels, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

    Below is additional information:

    OFFICIALS

    • August 8 to August 29 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • August 30 to September 25 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    • September 26 to October 2 (Officials) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

    COACHES

    • August 8 to August 29 (Coaches) – the Field Hockey Clinic will be […]

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    07/28/16 – Board of Control Finalizes Championship Dates for Football, Field Hockey

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2016

    The Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2016-17 season on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. During the course of the two-day session, the board participated in a comprehensive orientation for all Board members and an extensive review of the due process procedure under KRS Chapter 13B. Among the action taken during Wednesday’s full meeting, the Board approved a final championship schedule for the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl and set the dates and sites for the 2016 State Field Hockey Tournament.

    The 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will tentatively be held Dec. 2-4 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University. The format for this year’s football finals will have the Class 1A and 4A championship games on Friday, Dec. 2nd, followed by Class 3A and 6A on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, and Class 2A and 5A on Sunday, Dec. 4th. Game times […]

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    07/25/16 – Reminder about Heat Index Procedures – FB & FH

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    While the media coverage has been great about our schools and their compliance with the mandated heat index monitoring and activity adjustment protocols, it is important that our Football and Field Hockey programs be reminded of important subtleties within the procedures.

    When no additional protective equipment is being worn (i.e Football has on helmet only or Field Hockey does not have the goalie in protective gear), the threshold of 104-degree heat index is the point at which all activity must stop. But it is important as we face the hottest week of the year thus far, that all be reminded that once football adds shoulder pads or the field hockey goalie puts on gear, that threshold drops to 99 degrees. No activity can continue above a 99-degree heat index if that additional gear is being worn. The same is true for any school-based activity in baseball and softball (due to catching gear) at other times of […]

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    KHSAA Sports Contacts, 2016-2017 and beyond

    Archery Blog Updates

      Primary Event Contact Secondary Event Contact Primary Playing Rules Interpreter Secondary Playing Rules Interpreter Golf DB SB DB SB Field Hockey SB DB SB DB Volleyball BC DB BC DB Soccer MB CC CC MB Cross Country SB MB SB MB Football JT BC JT BC Competitive Cheer BC SB BC SB Bowling SB MB SB MB Swimming and Diving DB BC DB BC Wrestling MB SB MB SB Basketball JT BC JT BC Archery MB DB MB DB Bass Fishing DB SB DB SB Tennis MB BC MB BC Track and Field SB DB SB DB Softball DB MB DB MB Baseball BC SB BC SB           Lacrosse MB DB N/A N/A Rifle Marksmanship DB MB N/A N/A Trap Shooting Study MB DB N/A N/A Dance BC SB BC SB

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    04/22/16 – Reminder Bylaw 23 Limitation of Seasons

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is a reminder to all administrators and coaches concerning Bylaw 23, Limitation of Seasons. KHSAA staff members have received several inquiries about permitted activity,  specifically concerning fall sports and practice/tryouts for the fall. The same principle and rule would apply to any “tryout” in any sport or sport-activity that is not held during the period defined by Bylaw 23.

    The first official tryout/practice date for 2016 football is July 10.  For the other fall sports/sport-activities (Soccer, Golf, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, Competitive Cheer), the first official practice date is July 15. Only after these dates can anything mandatory be required of team members or potential team members. 

    Until the day following the last day of school or May 31 (whichever is earliest), coaches are permitted to provide instruction and be involved with team members (provided such is approved by the principal), but continue to be restricted in “competitive” situations with other schools unless they are […]

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    10/26/15 – 2016 State Bass Fishing Site Announced, Upcoming KHSAA.tv Webcast and Audio Schedule, Lincoln County Sanctioned

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2015

    During its meeting at the KHSAA Offices on October 20th, the Board of Control reviewed site options for the 2016 KHSAA Bass Fishing Championships. After examining options across the state, the Board ultimately elected to keep this year’s event at the Kentucky Dam Marina in Gilbertsville due to success of the event in its first three years, and strong support from local organizers and sponsors. The Board also asked the Commissioner to seek proposals for an additional three years from both the area near Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, as well as the Lake Cumberland region.

    “It is always good when multiple quality facilities and communities are interested in hosting our championships. The event has been wildly successful in terms of administration in its three years in the Kentucky Lake area and during that time of year, has offered our participants great opportunities for success in landing quality fish,” said Commissioner […]

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    10/22/15 – Bracket Set For 2015 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2015 The field is set for the 2015 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament, which begins with the quarterfinal round on Saturday at Bellarmine University’s Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. Saturday’s action begins at 2 p.m. with Christian Academy-Louisville (16-5) versus Louisville Collegiate (7-10) at 2 p.m., followed by DuPont Manual (15-4-2) against Ballard (10-8) at 3:45 p.m. The quarterfinal round continues with defending state champion Assumption (23-1) facing Mercy (17-9) at 5:30 p.m., and concludes with Sacred Heart (19-6-1) squaring off against Presentation (6-12) at 7:15 p.m. A complete bracket can be found at the following link: http://khsaa.org/fieldhockey/2015/fhbracket.pdf The state tournament resumes with semifinal games on Monday, October 26th at 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Thursday’s championship game is set for 8 p.m. The semifinals and championship game will be webcast live through the NFHS Network with links available at KHSAA.tv. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a […]

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    10/11/15 – Reminder – Fall Postseason Eligibility Limited To Those On Postseason Roster

    Cross Country Blog Updates

    This reminder to all athletic directors, principals, and coaches at KHSAA member schools. Only those students who are indicated with a checkmark in the “postseason roster” column are eligible to compete in KHSAA sanctioned postseason competition. The following are quick reminders to take the steps necessary to complete this task, and will only work if you have administrator rights (principal/AD) or coach that has roster rights granted by an administrator:
    • On the school’s login menu (http://schools.khsaa.org/), click on the link that says maintain specific team roster.
    • Select the green box for the varsity team, and you will see the current roster of the varsity displayed.
    • At the top or bottom of that listing, click on assign/unassign players.
    • DO NOT ADD ATHLETES TO THE VARSITY COLUMN AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON.
    • At the top of the roster column (under level) will be a link to initialize your postseason roster. Clicking on this link […]

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    10/01/15 – Volleyball, Soccer, Field Hockey Draw Show set for Friday at 10 AM

    2015-2016 News Releases

    The pairings for the 2015 KHSAA Volleyball, 2015 KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, and the 2015 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournaments will be determined Friday, October 2 when the annual KHSAA Fall Championships Draw Show is conducted at the KHSAA Offices at 10 a.m. The Draw Show will be broadcast live online through the NFHS Network (www.nfhsnetwork.com) with a link to the network available at www.khsaa.org. Direct links to the broadcast will be distributed via social media as the webstream schedule is finalized. Brackets will be posted to the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard at the conclusion of the broadcast with flat files for print and media purposes available on the homepage for each sport.

    District soccer tournaments begin the week of October 12, with region soccer tournaments getting underway the following week. The Boys’ Soccer Semi-State (Oct. 26) and Girls’ Soccer Semi-State (Oct. 27) matches will be held at host sites, followed by the quarterfinal round […]

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    10/01/15 – Riherds.com to Sponsor Above and Beyond Awards at All State Championship Events

    2015-2016 News Releases

    Riherds.com, a Kentucky-based company headquartered in Smiths Grove specializing in trophies, awards, name tags and signs, will provide the “Above and Beyond” award at each KHSAA state championship event for 2015-16. Riherds.com is proud to be the Official Supplier of Trophies and Awards to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

    The award is given to a participant at each KHSAA championship event and will be awarded from the pool of candidates nominated by participating school representatives. The award is based on five attributes: Citizenship, Leadership, Athletics, Sportsmanship and Scholarship.

    Nominated students should exemplify these five attributes by:

    • Playing the game/competition by the rules.
    • Treating game officials, coaches and competitors with due respect as fellow human beings.
    • Taking victory and defeat without undue emotionalism.
    • Controlling of tempers at all times on and off the playing field.
    • Being positive with officials, coaches and competitors, without criticism for things that occur during the contest.
    • Cooperating with the coaches, officials and fellow players in trying to promote good sportsmanship.
    • Being […]

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    09/30/15 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

    2015-2016 News Releases

    The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Fall Sports Championships is now live. Media members can visit credentials.khsaa.org to apply for credentials online.

    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 credential, […]

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    09/28/15 – Regional Instructions for Field Hockey

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    Instructions for the KHSAA Regional Field Hockey Tournaments are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view these instructions by clicking the following link:

    http://khsaa.org/fieldhockey/postseasoninstructions.pdf

    – 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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    09/14/15 – Clarification on Obstruction Rule

    Field Hockey Blog Updates

    It has come to our attention that there has been some misunderstanding lately in regards to the obstruction rule, so we wanted to take a moment to review the topic with all coaches and officials.

    The following post from the KY Field Hockey Umpires Association that serves as a good refresher for all coaches and officials:

    Rule 9.12: –
    Players must not obstruct an opponent who is attempting to play the ball.

    Guidance: 

    • Players obstruct if they: back into an opponent; physically interfere with the stick or body of an opponent; or shield the ball from a legitimate tackle with their stick or any part of their body.
    • A stationary player receiving the ball is permitted to face in any direction.
    • A player with the ball is permitted to move off with the ball in any direction except bodily into an opponent, or into a position between the ball and an opponent who is within playing distance of the ball and attempting […]

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