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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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09/19/22 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Football

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 19, 2022

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings for the 2022 football season have been posted for all classes at KHSAA.org.

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 KHSAA office maintains the district standings, and the fact that football is divided into classes, there are additional clarifications and operations in football that are not necessary for other sports, as follows:

  • A team is eligible to play 10 contests during the 11-week season.
  • All games played, including forfeits, count as normal with RPI.
  • A seeded district game unable to be played without forfeit attribution will be decided by comparative RPI following the last regular-season game.
  • Any calculation involving an out-of-state team will be assigned a .51060 winning percentage, which is the average value of opponents’ opponents’ winning […]

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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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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- Football Clinic Availability Reminder for Officials and Coaches

Football Blog Updates

Though the clinic has been online for access since July 27, the mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is officially available today, August 3.  The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches (varsity, junior varsity and freshman) whether or not the coach receives pay. Those that took the clinic before August 3 have already received credit for completion.

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

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

OFFICIALS (Football)

  • July 27 to September 22 (Officials) – the clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 23 to October 7 (Officials) – the clinic will be online only and […]

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07/25/22- Reminders About Realignment/Reclassification Processes for 2023-24 and beyond (FB, TR, XC)

2022-2023 News Releases

As discussed at the 7/22/22 Board of Control meeting, the process for realignment in the classified sports remains unchanged from various updates since 2021. The new alignments will be completed during the 2022-23 school year, to be implemented for 2023-24 and beyond.

Enrollment

The KHSAA receives from KDE electronically, the by-grade membership numbers of all common schools. These numbers are submitted as part of the “second-month” report, and these numbers are subject to audit for accuracy. These numbers are usually received in the last part of October or the first part of November.

During the pandemic, there has been no collection of this data by KDE for 2020-21 or 2021-22 as the districts were permitted to use 2018-19 or 2019-20 numbers for that key report which forms part of the ADA equation and is considered by KDE to be the most accurate. The same data (second month) is collected from all other schools.

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07/10/22- Reminders about Playoff Bracketing

Football Blog Updates

As practice and play begins for 2022, these reminders about the construction of the playoffs for 2022 and beyond. These may of course be altered in future years, however, schools will be notified if changes are made.

Playoff Games – Dates, Sites, Times
Dates

  • Playoff competition is scheduled to begin on the weekend of November 3, 4 and 5.

Times

  • All playoff contests shall be held on Friday at 7 p.m. unless there exists a mutual agreement between the schools to hold the game on another day due to field conditions or availability, availability of officials, or with the mutual agreement of the competing teams.
  • In the case of multiple consecutive games, games are to be scheduled with not less than three hours between starting times.

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  • A complete bracket of each Class is regularly updated and posted on the KHSAA website.
  • The parameters for developing the playoff brackets are […]

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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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03/07/22- UK HealthCare Expands Partnership with KHSAA, Continues Long-Term Commitment to State Championship Events

Baseball Blog Updates

UK HealthCare and the KHSAA announced Monday that they have expanded their long-time partnership. UK HealthCare, the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky, will serve as the official health care provider for the KHSAA. This move will see UK HealthCare take its title sponsorship of the KHSAA State Football Championship and extend the term of that arrangement, become the title sponsor for the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® Basketball tournament and serve as presenting sponsor for other KHSAA sports and sport-activity championships. 

“We’re honored to be the official health care provider for KHSAA,” said Mark F. Newman, M.D., UK executive vice president for health affairs. “At UK HealthCare, we are always looking to partner with organizations across the state to provide top-tier health care to every Kentuckian who needs it. We appreciate the opportunity to extend this care to the young athletes of Kentucky.”

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02/18/22- Football First 2 Rounds of Playoffs, Glove Reminder, Rules Changes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

At its regular meeting this week, the Board of Control approved a recommended change in first and second-round playoff bracketing. This change will revise the originally planned start date for adjacent district pairings in those rounds from 2023 to 2022. The recommendation and approval were based on gathering data when 207 or the 222 football schools responded to a recent survey. In that survey, 2/3 of the Bylaw 1 Designated Representatives favored implementing the previously approved change in 2022 vs. waiting until 2023. Thanks to the coaches and administrators who responded to resolve this lingering issue. A summary of the Board meeting is online at https://khsaa.org/02-18-22-football-first-2-rounds-of-playoffs-glove-reminder-rules-changes/

Secondly, the NFHS recently announced its rule changes for 2022, including a couple of potentially significant ones. Following several years of debate, the NFHS Football Rules Committee approved allowing an additional exception to intentional grounding in certain conditions. This change will allow to team to “trade” a down […]

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02/17/22- Revised Intentional Grounding, Chop Block Rules Headline 2022 High School Football Rules Changes

2021-2022 News Releases

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 17, 2022) – A new rules exception that allows a passer to intentionally throw an incomplete forward pass for the purpose of conserving yardage, and the redefining of the term “chop block” – both of which are intended to minimize risk of injury – are the two most notable rules changes coming to high school football for the 2022 season.

These changes stand out among the seven total recommendations brought forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee, which held its annual rules meeting January 23-25 at the Conrad Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The NFHS Board of Directors subsequently approved all seven of the committee’s suggestions.

“With this year’s rules changes, the committee once again showed its focus on minimizing risk in high school football,” said Bob Colgate, NFHS Director of Sports and Sports Medicine and liaison to the NFHS […]

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02/17/22 – Board of Control approves football bracketing adjustments, new President-elect; Reviews potential amendments to Bylaws

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 17, 2022

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fifth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year this week at the KHSAA Office, approving adjustments to football bracketing and selecting its 2022-23 President-elect.

The Board reviewed feedback from designated representatives of the football-playing schools regarding playoff bracketing for the first two rounds after months of review on the topic.

“Almost two-thirds of our football school representatives were in favor of playing outside of the district in those early rounds,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Clearly with such a limited schedule of 10 games, there is strong desire to play teams other than their in-district opponents in those early rounds regardless of travel logistics.”

The Board accepted the results of the survey in which over 93% of the football schools submitted a response and more than two-thirds of responders preferred an immediate adjustment to the bracketing for […]

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01/19/22- Board of Control approves expansion of State Qualifiers and Teams, Realignment of Basketball Region 4, Declines to adopt Basketball Shot Clock and Expands Baseball and Softball Seasons

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 19, 2022

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office, approving changes to the golf playoff format, effective fall 2022. The changes will increase the number of golfers advancing beyond the Regional tournament, and create a State First Round of play to expand postseason opportunities.

After Regional play, an additional round of golf, deemed the State First Round, will be conducted across three locations. Each State First Round will include four defined Regions with each Region advancing advance 20 golfers to the State First Round for a total of 80 golfers at each site.

In contrast to the previous format that advanced the winning team and seven at-large qualifiers, the newly adopted format will advance the top two teams and the top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams.

Thirty golfers from each State First Round site will advance […]

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

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2021

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

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

Boys Baseball- Richard Arnold, Trinity (Louisville)
Boys Basketball- Kevin Listerman, Highlands
Girls Basketball- Aaron Beth, Marshall County
Boys Cross Country- Joe Buechler, Holy Cross (Louisville)
Girls Cross Country- Brian Allesandro, Highlands
Girls Field Hockey- Amy Elliott, Kentucky Country Day
Boys Football (11-Player)- Justin Haddix, Boyle County
Boys Golf- James Chaney, Trinity (Louisville)
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12/08/21- Spring Practice Reminder Before 12/15/21

Football Blog Updates

Schools are reminded to submit spring practice dates prior to December 15 per Bylaw 23. Failure to submit those dates prior to that date will result in the school NOT being permitted to conduct practice sessions with equipment being worn.

If you have questions about whether or not your dates have been submitted, see the information at https://khsaa.org/12-7-21-spring-practice-dates-for-football-schools-for-2021-2022/

If you have questions about the required structure of the dates, see the information at https://khsaa.org/11-24-21-football-schools-reminded-to-submit-spring-practice-date-options/

If you have not submitted and need to submit your dates, submit them using the online form at https://khsaa.org/fb103-spring-practice-dates-designation/. No other method of date submission will be accepted.

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made […]

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12/07/21-Spring Practice Dates for Football Schools for 2021-2022

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12/01/21 – 2021 UK Orthopaedics State Football Finals Begin Friday at Kroger Field

2021-2022 News Releases

For Immediate Release: December 1, 2021

The 2021 UK Orthopaedics State Football Finals begin Friday morning at 12 p.m. with the first of the weekend’s six championship games as Russellville (12-1) takes on Pikeville (13-2) in the 1A title bout at Kroger Field. Live webcasts of all six games will be available at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network, with a free audio broadcast available at KHSAA.net. Tickets for the 2021 UK Orthopaedics State Football Finals are available online only and must be purchased in advance of the event at khsaatickets.org.

Friday’s schedule continues at 4 p.m. as Lexington Christian (14-0) faces Beechwood (14-0) in the 2A Championship, followed by Boyle County (13-1) versus Johnson Central (12-2) in the 4A Championship at 8 p.m. Saturday’s slate gets underway at 12 p.m. with Belfry (8-6) squaring off against Paducah Tilghman (8-6) in the 3A title game, followed by South Warren (13-1) versus […]

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2021 Championship Pairings

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2021 Team Benches, Lockers, Seating

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11/24/21- Football Schools Reminded to Submit Spring Practice Date Options

Football Blog Updates

Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school must submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15, 2021, for the spring, 2022 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15, per the Bylaw, results in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. 

Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed without the request of the member school Principal, and only then, to a period starting with the Monday following the last date of the originally adopted Spring Break for the school. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. THE SETTING OF THESE DATES IS A FUNCTION OF SCHOOL CALENDAR AND NOT PERSONNEL.

Go to this link —
http://khsaa.org/fb103-spring-practice-dates-designation/ and submit your dates for 2022 on or before December 15, 2021.

The Spring Practice regulations are reprinted below–

Each football school may conduct ten (10) spring practice periods of not more than two (2) hours in length and […]

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11/22/21- Information to Order Football Finals Tickets

Football Blog Updates

It is again time for us to turn on orders for the 2021 UK Orthopaedics State Football Finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals and ticket sales:

    • The games will be played at Kroger Field at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
    • Advance ticket purchases INCLUDE parking charges. There will be no additional parking charge for those holding a pre-purchased ticket as any price is included in the ticket fee.
    • All ticketing is digital-only through GoFan, the official ticket system for the KHSAA.
    • There will be no walk-up cash option for purchasing tickets, the event is digital only!
    • The schedule for this year’s event has games scheduled as follows (All times Eastern):
      • Friday, December 3rd – 1A – 12 PM, 2A – 4 PM, 4A – 8 PM
      • Saturday, December 4th – 3A – 12 PM, 5A – 4 PM, 6A – 8 PM
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2021 Fourth Round Pairings

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2021 Third Round Football Pairings

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2021 RPI Running Bracket Helper – Rounds 3/4

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2021 Championship Timetable

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10/22/21- FB Update and Playoff Information

Football Blog Updates

Just a quick reminder on a couple of key items as we wind down the regular season.

FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULING AND OFFICIALS

Right now, it looks like we will have 94 first-round playoff games. Even with only five-person officiating crews, it is possible our assigners will have difficulty staffing 94 crews if every one of you insists on playing Friday night.

Please as you consider your game schedules, consider a game date of Thursday or Saturday for at least that first week, particularly if your matchup needs a seven-person crew. We would hate to be in a position of moving those games from this office and feel that you are each aware of the shortage situation going on at this time and can make accommodations due to the situation.

We had a meeting this week with our assigners and to a person, they are trying to limp into the postseason with very short staffing situations. They […]

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2021 Football Bracket Builder

Football Blog Updates

Updated after October 29 games.
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10/30/21- 2021 Final Adjusted Standings (after tie-breakers)

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Tie-Breaking Game Results-Non-Played 2021 District Football Contests Due to COVID

Football Blog Updates

To be Updated after October 22 games.
UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL REGULAR SEASON GAMES ARE COMPLETED

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2021 Football District Three-Way and Two-Way Ties

Football Blog Updates

Updated after October 29 games.
FINAL AS OF 10 A.M. 10/20/21

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

2021-2022 News Releases

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

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

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10/01/21- Football Nominations Sought For Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

Football Blog Updates

The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Football participants for 2021-2022. Midway University previously expanded its partnership to include both male and female nominations.

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-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and current plans call for the winners to be recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early summer 2022. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2021-2022 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year and announced at the banquet. All […]

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09/20/21 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Football

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2021

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings for the 2021 football season have been posted at KHSAA.org for all classes.

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 are additional clarifications and operations in football that are not necessary for other sports, as follows:

  • At the end of the season, each school will have eleven RPI observations. 
    • With an eleven (11) slot grid, the number of games being considered (and for team record) will be 11 times 11 times 11, or a total of 1,331 games and records. This lessens the overall impact of a specific single game in the OWP and OOWP columns, particularly over the course of the season, and ensures competitive comparative equity while still affording […]

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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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08/04/21- Football Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Football Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is available beginning today, August 4. 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 4 to September 27 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    September 28 to October 24 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    October 25 to Oct. 1 (Officials) – the Football 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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  • August 4 to September 27 – the Football Clinic will be online only and […]

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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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06/22/21 – Seven Former Standout High School Athletes Headline 2021 Class of National High School Hall of Fame

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2021

Former Leslie County High School standout Tim Couch will become the 10th individual from Kentucky to be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame next week in Orlando, Fla. The induction ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. EST on July 1 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, and will be streamed live on the NFHS Network at: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/evtfb1ffdd8eb

Couch will become just the fourth athlete from Kentucky, and the first overall individual honoree since 2013, when he is inducted on July 1st. The NFHS will conduct a press conference with the hall of fame class at 12 p.m. on the day of the banquet that will also be streamed on the NFHS Network.

Kentucky in the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame
Athlete – Cliff Hagan (Owensboro) 1988; Paul Hornung (Flaget) 1989; […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

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

 

 

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05/05/21 – Board of Control Approves Football Playoff Format Changes for 2023

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2021

The Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Offices, during which time it addressed the football playoff structure after reviewing the results of a recent survey of the membership.

Following a presentation by the Football Coaches Association at its previous meeting regarding its preference for bracketing in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the board directed staff to seek a position from the official spokesperson from each member school (Principal or Designated Representative) per Bylaw 1 via a survey of the football playing schools.

The Board of Control originally changed football bracketing prior to the 2019 season to conduct play intra-district for those rounds, partially due to travel and financial concerns with those contests in prior years. The change, when implemented, was to span the entire four-year alignment period. The alternative was proposed within the membership to pair […]

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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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02/22/21- Football Schools Reminded to Submit Spring Practice Date Options for 2021

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Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school was to originally submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15. With the pandemic, many schools have had a great many interruptions and have not yet submitted dates for this year, if such practice will be conducted. It is a local decision whether or not to conduct these practices at any level, however, if conducted, these practices must follow the progression and restrictions contained in Bylaw 23 as listed below. Failure to submit these dates by the delayed date (for this year only) of March 15 results in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. Spring practice may extend (for 2021 only) until May 31.

There is no requirement to conduct spring practice and the earliest any school can choose is March 22 with the rescheduling of the basketball postseason (Monday following district tournament elimination).

It should also be noted that in-person recruiting by collegiate […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020

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

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

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

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UK Orthopaedics State Football Finals – Gameday Information

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ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY POINT.

Some key reminders as we prepare for this week’s state finals…

HEALTHY AT SPORTS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAN

The KHSAA is utilizing the identical plan that was approved and utilized for the home games of the University of Kentucky, including requirements regarding social distancing, ticketing, field operations and allowances, and all other mitigation measures utilized for the 2020 college contests.

TICKETING
  • All seats are reserved.
  • Ticket capacity is capped at approximately 10% of the capacity of the sections being utilized and much of the stadium will not be open.
  • ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD AS RESERVED. Failure to utilize the assigned seat which helps ensure appropriate Social Distancing is grounds for removal without refund.
  • No walkup ticket sales for the finals, all must be […]

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2020 Championship Timetable

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2020 State Finals Pairings

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2020 Fourth Round Pairings

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2020

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

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

Friday, December 18th

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

Saturday, December 19th

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

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

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2020 Third Round Football Pairings

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2020 RPI Running Bracket Helper

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Updated 11/22/20

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11/19/20- Football Playoff Reminders

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This additional reminder is sent to all schools, including those eliminated from the postseason, in the event that these schools choose to play additional contests as permitted.
Here are a couple of reminders and emphasis points. In reverse order:

  • The Governor’s ordered school shutdown (which was directed at Indoor winter sports) did not make changes to the playoffs and our desire to finish the current season. But we all should be aware that there are a lot of “eyes” on how we execute the playoffs and compliance with public health standards.
  • For that and a myriad of other reasons, a playing rules interpretation is being issued again regarding the public health guidance.
  • As of yesterday, failure by adults and non-uniformed individuals in the team areas in all KHSAA sports to adhere to masks/face covering guidance shall be considered an unsportsmanlike act. 
  • There remains an allowance for players currently in the contest as well as the contest […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2020

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

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

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Status of Withdrawn Teams- 2020 Football Playoffs

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2020

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

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

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2020 Year-End Results and Bracketing Process

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While several pieces of email communication have been distributed, many blog posts, and hundreds of phone calls, it is probably wise to summarize what will happen as the regular season concludes the weekend of November 5-6-7. None of the procedures have changed since earlier notices (with the most recent communication always prevailing in the event of a conflict), however, this will summarize the next steps.

When the last game is played on November 6-7 weekend, and as soon as the RPI is calculated at the top of the next hour, bracketing will begin using the following steps:

  • The current RPI values for all teams are displayed on the website as always and are on the website at https://bit.ly/2TFU7KD.
    • The process for calculating the RPI remains extremely transparent and is detailed at https://bit.ly/2GdSjW2 including potential tiebreakers in the highly unlikely event that the five-digit calculations result in a tie being detailed at […]

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10/30/20- 2020 Final Adjusted Standings (after tie-breakers)

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2020 Football District Three-Way and Two-Way Ties

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2020 Football Bracket Builder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2021 and 2022 Approved Alignment of Teams – Football

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10/02/20- Football Nominations Sought For Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

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The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Football participants for 2020-2021. Midway University last year expanded its partnership to include both male and female nominations.

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 current plans call for the winners to be recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early summer 2021. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2020-2021 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year and announced at the banquet. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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09/17/20- RPI Impact on Cancelled Contests/Open Dates

2020-2021 News Releases

UPDATED: 10/1/20

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

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

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2020

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

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

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

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09/11/20- Football Nominations Sought For 2020-21 Male and Female Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

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The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year among Football participants for 2020-2021. Midway University has expanded its partnership to include both male and female nominations for 2020-2021.

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 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 planned for Midway University in the spring of 2021. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2020-2021 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will also receive […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

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

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

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

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08/27/20 – Football Return To Play Guidance

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

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

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

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08/20/20- 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 Football Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

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

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

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/

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

August 17 to October 5 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will […]

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

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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

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

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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

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    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.

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    03/13/20- Spring Football Practice Eliminated for 2020 for High and Middle Schools

    2019-2020 News Releases

    This is being distributed to all KHSAA member schools through the Principal, Superintendent, Athletic Director, Designated Representative. This notice also applies to any middle school (any participants grade 5-8 competing in any way with students enrolled in grades 6-8) with a football team in Kentucky. Superintendents are asked to forward this information to all possible middle school representatives to ensure accurate communication.

    Effective immediately, the allowances contained in Bylaw 23 for high schools as well as 702 KAR 7:065 for middle schools, that allow for spring football, are hereby eliminated for the 2020 spring period. At all levels, no protective equipment may be issued to players at any time and for any purpose prior to the last academic day of the school year.  This includes helmets, shoulder pads, any other player equipment, and all practice equipment such as dummies, pads and other drill gear.
    In addition, there is also no allowance for […]

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    03/09/20 – Tim Couch Selected To 2020 Class of NFHS National High School Hall of Fame

    2019-2020 News Releases

    Seven Former Standout High School Athletes Headline 2020 Class of National High School Hall of Fame

    Matt Holliday, Alex English, Dave Logan, Tim Couch, Maicel (Malone) Green, Karyn Bye Dietz, Michele Smith Slated for Induction

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 9, 2020) – Seven outstanding former high school athletes highlight the 2020 class of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame, including three who went on to earn gold medals in the Olympics and four others who excelled in professional football, basketball and baseball.

    Joining the seven former athletes in this year’s class are three highly successful high school coaches, one former state association administrator and one speech and debate coach in the performing arts area. The 12 honorees will be inducted July 1 at the 38th induction ceremony of the National High School Hall of Fame, which will be held at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

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    02/06/20 – Additional Timing Changes on Play Clock Approved in High School Football Rules

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 6, 2020) — In an effort to eliminate a potential timing advantage gained by the defensive team in high school football, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds – effective with the 2020 season – when an official’s time-out is taken for an injury to a defensive player or a defensive player has an equipment issue.

    This change was one of six rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 12-14 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    Last year, in an effort to establish a more consistent time period between downs, the play clock was expanded from 25 seconds to 40 seconds in many cases, although the play clock remained at 25 seconds in most cases following an official’s time-out. However, this coming season, the play clock will be set […]

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    02/03/20- Football Scheduling Moratorium for 2021, Reminder that Contracts for Football for 2021 and Beyond Cannot be Signed at this time

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    For some reason, we have received several reports of schools prematurely scheduling contests for 2021 and beyond in football. Please remember that until the alignment for 2021 and 2022 is finalized (after receipt of the 2020-21 enrollment figures in late 2020), no contract that is signed will be valid. As has been the case for many years, the four-year alignment has a two-year adjustment based on significant changes in enrollment, which could result in substantial change.

    Because of the ripple effect of any change in alignment, no school may sign a contract for 2021 until the Board of Control has finalized the 2021 and 2022 adjustments. Once any adjustments are finalized this fall, the clearance will be given from the office. This includes any potential adjustments to the district scheduling grid.

    Consider this as an official moratorium on signing any contracts until all changes are finalized.

    There will be plenty of time for finalizing contracts […]

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    01/30/20 – Official of the Year Winner Announced for Football

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2020

    Following the completion of the 2019 KHSAA Football season, the Association has chosen the finalists for the sport’s Official of the Year Award. Of the 938 licensed officials in football, Shaun Williams (Lewisport), Jordan Tarrence (Lexington) and Gary Wise (Louisville) were chosen as finalists with Williams selected as the 2019 KHSAA Football 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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    01/16/20 – Board Approves Site and Date for Esports Championship, Approves Extensive Survey of Officials’ Fees, Reviews Ongoing Operations

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2020

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

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

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

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    12/10/19-Spring Practice Dates for Football Schools for 2019-2020

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    12/09/19- Football Schools Reminded to Submit Spring Practice Date Options

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    Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school must submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15, 2019, for the spring, 2020 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15, per the Bylaw, results in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. 

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed without request of the member school Principal, and only then, to a period starting with the Monday following the last date of the originally adopted Spring Break for the school. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. THE SETTING OF THESE DATES IS A FUNCTION OF SCHOOL CALENDAR AND NOT PERSONNEL.

    Go to this link —
    http://khsaa.org/fb103-spring-practice-dates-designation/ and submit your dates for 2020 on or before December 15, 2019.

    The Spring Practice regulations are reprinted below–

    Each football school may conduct ten (10) spring practice periods of not more than two (2) hours in length and not […]

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    12/4/19- Reminder about Pre-Purchased Woodford Club Seats for All 6 Championship Games- Pick-up Instructions

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    Thanks to all who have ordered advance tickets for all six games of this weekend’s UK Orthopaedics/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Championships.

    The orders were finalized today (12/4) and are no longer available as a set of tickets. We wanted to remind each of you that tickets for this weekend in the club level seating that were sold directly by the KHSAA are not mailed, but are to be picked up at Ticket Gate 9.5 on the South Side of Kroger Field (nearest Alumni Drive).

    The ticket office at Gate 9.5 will open at least one hour before the start of each game and will be open ninety-minutes in advance of the first game.

    Thank you for your support of the playoffs. Once orders are complete and filled, an additional email will alert you to specific locations.

    Thank you again.

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    12/04/19 – UK Orthopaedics/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Info

    2019-2020 News Releases

    For Immediate Release: December 4, 2019

    The 2019 UK Orthopaedics/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl gets underway Friday afternoon at Kroger Field when the first of six championship games slated for this weekend kicks off at 2 p.m. Live webcasts of all six games will be available at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network, with a free audio broadcast available at KHSAA.net. Single-game tickets are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/2DDfFj4.

    Championship action begins Friday when Paintsville (11-3) takes on Pikeville (13-0) in the 1A Championship at 2 p.m., followed by Bell County (14-0) versus Belfry (10-3) in the 3A Championship at 7 p.m.

    Saturday’s schedule opens with the 2A Championship at 1 p.m., as Mayfield (13-1) squares off against Somerset (13-1). The second game of the day will pit Boyle County (14-0) against Johnson Central (14-0) in the 4A Championship at 4:30 p.m., with Covington Catholic (14-0) facing Frederick Douglass (14-0) in […]

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    11/19/19 – Board Reviews Fall Sports Championships and Ongoing Operations

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2019

    The Board of Control conducted a lengthy review of the recently completed fall sports and each respective championship, while also discussing ongoing operations and issues during the course of its meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Tuesday. Among the actionable items in the meeting, the Board addressed the format of the Swimming & Diving postseason meets and the future placement for Sayre football.

    Over the last few years, staff received multiple requests to restructure region diving competitions due in part to facility issues and a shortage of qualified judges without a connection to a specific school. The situation was exacerbated by the expansion to 40 qualifiers in the state diving competition, with 22 at-large participants potentially leading to competitive issues if there is a perception that the judges are not consistent and objective at each meet.

    Following a survey of the membership, 75% of respondents voted in favor of […]

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    2019 KHSAA State Football Tickets Availability

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    2019 Fourth Round Pairings

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    1A

    D1-8, 4th RPI Paintsville at D1-8, 1st RPI Kentucky Country Day D1-8, 3rd RPI Holy Cross (Louisville) at D1-8, 2nd RPI Pikeville

     

    2A

    D1-8, 4th RPI Beechwood at D1-8, 1st RPI Mayfield D1-8, 3rd RPI Breathitt County at D1-8, 2nd RPI Somerset

     

    3A

    D1-8, 4th RPI Taylor County at D1-8, 1st RPI Bell County D1-8, 3rd RPI Belfry at D1-8, 2nd RPI DeSales

     

    4A

    D1-8, 4th RPI Central at D1-8, 1st RPI Boyle County D1-8, 3rd RPI Madisonville-North Hopkins at D1-8, 2nd RPI Johnson Central

     

    5A

    D1-8, 4th RPI Bowling Green at D1-8, 1st RPI Covington Catholic D1-8, 3rd RPI Owensboro at D1-8, 2nd RPI Frederick Douglass

     

    6A

    D1-8, 4th RPI Tates Creek at D1-8, 1st RPI Male D1-8, 3rd RPI Trinity (Louisville) at D1-8, 2nd RPI North Hardin

     

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    2019 Third Round Football Pairings

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    1A

    D1-4, 4th RPI Crittenden County at D1-4, 1st RPI Kentucky Country Day D1-4, 3rd RPI Newport Central Catholic at D1-4, 2nd RPI Holy Cross (Louisville) D5-8, 4th RPI Nicholas County at D5-8, 1st RPI Pikeville D5-8, 3rd RPI Williamsburg at D5-8, 2nd RPI Paintsville

     

    2A

    D1-4, 4th RPI Edmonson County at D1-4, 1st RPI Mayfield D1-4, 3rd RPI McLean County at D1-4, 2nd RPI Somerset D5-8, 4th RPI Walton-Verona at D5-8, 1st RPI Breathitt County D5-8, 3rd RPI West Carter at D5-8, 2nd RPI Beechwood

     

    3A

    D1-4, 4th RPI Taylor County at D1-4, 1st RPI Paducah Tilghman D1-4, 3rd RPI Bardstown at D1-4, 2nd RPI DeSales D5-8, 4th RPI Fleming County at D5-8, 1st RPI Bell County D5-8, 3rd RPI Ashland Blazer at D5-8, 2nd RPI Belfry

     

    4A

    D1-4, 4th RPI Franklin-Simpson at D1-4, 1st RPI Madisonville-North Hopkins D1-4, 3rd RPI Moore at D1-4, 2nd RPI Central D5-8, 4th RPI Scott […]

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    2019 RPI Running Bracket Helper

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    Updated 11/11/19

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    11/06/19 – UK Healthcare Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Becomes Title Sponsor of KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2019

    UK Healthcare Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has expanded its corporate partnership with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association with a four-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Championships. UK Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, which has been a long-time partner of the Association, provides top of the line sports medicine and athletic training services at all KHSAA Championship events in the Lexington area. UK Healthcare and UK Ortho’s increased corporate support elevates it to Platinum Level partner status with the Association, on par with Whitaker Bank and Spalding, the two existing Platinum Level partners. The arrangement also includes naming rights for the 2019 UK Orthopaedics/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl through the 2022 championships.

    “UK Orthopaedics is honored to provide athletic training and medical care […]

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    2019 Football Bracket Builder

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    10/18/19- Information On Ordering Tickets to 2019 KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    Football Blog Updates

    It is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to the 2019 KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals:

    • The games will be played at Kroger Field at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
    • Advance ticket purchases INCLUDE parking charges. There will be no additional parking charge for those holding a pre-purchased ticket as any price is included in the ticket fee.
    • All tickets ordered in advance will be held at will call at the stadium for distribution beginning on Friday morning, December 6 at the main stadium box office near Gate 9 if they are unable to be mailed by Monday, December 2.
    • The schedule for this year’s event has games scheduled as follows (All times Eastern):
      • Friday, December 6th – 1A – 2 PM, 3A – 7 PM
      • Saturday, December 7th – 2A – 1 PM, 4A – 4:30 PM, […]

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    10/18/19- Final Reminder-Football Nominations Sought For Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

    Football Blog Updates

    This is being sent to all KHSAA Football playing schools and serves as a final reminder.

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

    This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2019-2020 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

    The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early June 2020. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the […]

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