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12/09/19- 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, 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

Football Blog Updates

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

2019-2020 News Releases

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

2019-2020 News Releases





  • For Class 4A, 12/7, 4:30 pm ET
    TBA vs TBA
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2019 Fourth Round Pairings

Football Blog Updates

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

Football Blog Updates

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 at […]

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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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Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show

2019-2020 News Releases

The Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show airs every Friday night starting at 10 p.m. (ET).  The Scoreboard Show recaps all of the night’s action from across the Bluegrass. The show can be heard online at WLAP.com, or via WLAP Radio 630 through the IHeart radio app.

You can listen to the Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show at any time on any device by downloading the podcast. Simply go to WLAP.com, click “On Demand Podcast”, and scroll down to Kentucky High School Scoreboard hours 1 and 2. 

 

CALLS CITY FREQUENCY WCLU AM/FM GLASGOW 1490/102.3 WHOP AM/FM HOPKINSVILLE 1230/95.3 FM WLAP AM LEXINGTON 630 WKRD LOUISVILLE 790 WMSK AM/WMSK FM MORGANFIELD 1550/101.3 More

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

Baseball Blog Updates

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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09/16/19- Football Nominations Sought For Male and Female 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 2019-2020. Midway University has expanded its partnership to include both male and female nominations for 2019-2020.

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

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early June 2020. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2019-2020 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will also […]

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09/05/19 – 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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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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08/09/19- Football Contact Practice Reminder

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This notice to all schools that offer football within the Association in response to a variety of inquiries.

Per Bylaw 23 (Limitation of Seasons), coaches should note that per the bylaw, once the first interscholastic activity occurs in pads (scrimmage or contest), Level “3” Thud or Level “4” Live Action (which are both considered contact) is limited to ninety-minutes per week (not including contests or scrimmages). Specifically within the bylaw, subsection 12 on the third page of the regulation, it states “Beginning Monday of the week the first scrimmage is played by the school, each school may participate in “Thud” or “Live Action” drills and game time simulations (not including contests or legal scrimmages) for no more than ninety-minutes per team, per week.“

This important rule is not new and applies to both middle and high school play.

For the complete regulation on practice and play, see the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/handbook/bylaws/bylaw23.pdf.

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08/04/19-2019 Football Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

Football Blog Updates

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 this year’s rules changes, coaches you are 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 changes 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 5 to October 4 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and […]

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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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07/15/19- Changes in 7-Person Mechanics Minimal for 2019

Football Blog Updates

Kickoff

Page 28/84 F.

Referee- if a short an onside kick is anticipated

  • take position near R’s 10-yard line and
  • be alert to assist other Game Officials.  
  • Field Goal Attempt or Try From Any Distance

    On page 52 & 108 II

          The Linesman will

  • Be in the correct position: same as a run or pass play. 
  • On page 118, II

          The Line Judge will

  • Be in the correct position: same as a run or pass play.
  • Running Play


    Page 124

    Back Judge:  E. be on the end line when the ball is snapped from or inside the 25-yard line and the goal line belongs to the wing officials.

    Bean Bag Mechanics

     

    Page 127

    Back Judge will only drop a bean bag on punts when the kick is returned by R or to mark the spot of the catch inside the 5-yard line.

    Back Judge will not drop a bean […]

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

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2019

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

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

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    07/10/19- Post Dead Period Football Practice Reminders

    Football Blog Updates

    With the dead period concluding July 9 at midnight, and a number of inquiries being submitted about “what we”, and “can we”, it seems appropriate to remind everyone of the regulations regarding football practice, and the acclimation and acclimatization process that is required.

    This information comes directly from Bylaw 23. If for some reasons there are still specific questions, please inquire immediately. The entire bylaw is online at CLICK HERE TO SEE ENTIRE BYLAW 23.

    a) Organized practice shall be structured in football as follows:

    (1) Football drill work and practice activity shall be defined in the following five categories:
    a. “Level 0” or “air” means that players run a drill unopposed and without contact;
    b. “Level 1” or “bags” means that a drill is run against a bag or another soft contact surface;
    c. “Level 2” or “control” means that a drill is run at the assigned speed until the […]

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    02/19/19 – Board of Control Addresses Future Postseason Formats for Fall Championships

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2019

    The Board of Control reviewed postseason formats and state qualifying for several fall sports during its meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Tuesday. Changes to the state golf qualifying process and golf alignment were among the topics discussed, along with the implementation of the RPI during the Football postseason and a revision of the semi-state round for the soccer postseason.

    The final action in revising the golf regional alignment, as well as state tournament qualifying, completes nearly a full year of review of the manner in which the postseason championships are conducted in the sport. In past years, the golf format for advancement to the state tournament was for the top two teams from each region (four or five players), along with the top four girls at-large and top three boys at-large from each region, to qualify for state. Following the Board’s decision in January to revise the state […]

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    Basic Explanation and Plan, the New RPI to be used for Football

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    More Details about the Use of the RPI (Football Only)

    • The RPI will be published beginning following football week 6. Publishing prior to that date will likely lead to incomplete data.
    • Football RPI is frozen after Week 11, the end of the regular season. Hereinafter, the totals will be referred to as “Playoff RPI”
    • Future consideration includes using RPI to break three-way ties within districts, but for 2019, the conventional tiebreaker remains in place.
    • Third round playoff games, for the purpose of determining the home team, will be based on Playoff RPI in all classes.
      • Highest remaining seed in regions 1-4 will host the fourth-highest remaining in regions 1-4;
      • 2nd highest remaining seed in regions 1-4 will host the third-highest remaining seed in regions 1-4;
      • Highest remaining seed in regions 5-8 host the fourth-highest remaining in regions 5-8;
      • 2nd highest remaining seed in regions 5-8 host the third-highest remaining seed in regions 5-8.
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    02/12/2019-Commissioner’s Statement on NFHS Football Rule Change Related to Replay

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    KHSAA staff is aware of the rule change and thankfully, we were part of the discussion. At this point, there are no plans to implement replay for our state football championship games, which is likely the only round in which we would consider it at this time. There is also no current plans to implement replay in other sports as well. It would take considerable research into costs, facility equipment, and needed manpower before stepping into this area. We applaud our peer states for their experimentation in this area and are equally proud that they were able during an experimental period to try the rule at minimal cost. We are also aware that for the future, that “minimal cost” will be changing to market pricing and again, have to ask the question of practicality.

    While we all desire the best possible outcomes and all officials strive to “get it right”, this is truly a case where […]

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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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    12/04/18- Football Schools Required to Submit Spring Practice Date Options

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school must submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15, 2018, for the spring, 2019 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15 will result in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. This deadline is to be rigidly enforced for 2018-19 so do not delay in submitting.

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. The selection of spring practice is solely a function of the school calendar and not personnel.
    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 2019 on or before December 15, 2018.

    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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    11/27/18 – KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Info

    2018-2019 News Releases

    For Immediate Release: November 27, 2018

    The KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl returns to Kroger Field for the second-straight year this weekend, when the state football finals are contested Nov. 30th through Dec. 2nd on the University of Kentucky campus. Friday’s action opens with Beechwood (11-2) facing Pikeville (11-2) in the 1A Championship at 2 p.m., followed by Central (12-2) versus Corbin (13-1) in the 3A Championship at 7 p.m.

    Saturday’s slate features three contests at Kroger Field, starting with Mayfield (14-0) against Christian Academy-Louisville (14-0) in the 2A Championship at 1 p.m. Franklin-Simpson (13-1) and Johnson Central (13-1) will square off for the 4A Championship game for the third-straight year at 4:30 p.m., followed by Male (13-1) taking on Scott County (11-3) in the 6A Championship game at 8 p.m. The 2018 KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl concludes Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when South Warren (14-0) faces Covington Catholic (14-0) for the 5A Championship.

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    10/15/18 – 2018 KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Tickets Available Online

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2018 (UPDATED 11/5/18)

    Tickets for the 2018 KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl are available for purchase online at KHSAA.org. Reserved sets (one seat for all six games) are available in the Woodford Reserve Club for $150 or the Field Level Club for $125.
    Individual game tickets in the general admission areas are also available at this time for $15 in the general admission areas, $25 in the Field Level Club and $30 in the Woodford Reserve Club.

    Advance ticket prices include parking, as there will be no additional parking charge at Kroger Field for those holding a pre-purchased ticket.

    To place an order, visit: https://khsaa.org/2018-khsaa-state-football-tickets-availability/

    The scheduled order of games for this year’s championship is:
    Friday, November 30th
    2 p.m. – 1A Championship
    7 p.m. – 3A Championship
    Saturday, December 1st
    1 p.m. – 2A Championship
    4:30 […]

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    10/15/18- Information On Ordering Tickets to 2018 KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    Football Blog Updates

    It is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to the 2018 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 1 at the main stadium box office near Gate 9.
    • The schedule for this year’s event has games scheduled as follows (All times Eastern):
    • Friday, December 1st – 1A – 2 PM, 3A – 7 PM
    • Saturday, December 2nd – 2A – 1 PM, 4A – 4:30 PM, 6A – 8:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 3rd – 5A – 2 PM
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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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    09/25/18 – Board of Control Addresses Future Championship Formats and Schedules in Several Sports

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2018

    The Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2018-19 academic year on Thursday, September 20 at the Association offices. Much of the day’s agenda involved ongoing discussion of the future format of several KHSAA championships. Among the action taken, the Board gave tentative approval to transitioning the State Softball and Baseball Tournaments to 8-team single elimination events, with the key provision of re-establishing semi-state play, preferably at non-high school sites. This builds upon last year’s decision to move away from the double-elimination format in Softball, in the interest of player safety and gender participation experience equity.

    The tentative plan would transition these championships to 8-team events with first round, semi-state games, rotated in geographic pods and played at a neutral site. The Commissioner and staff were directed to develop site criteria for semi-state games for review at October’s Board meeting, with the goal to […]

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    08/31/18 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Soccer, Field Hockey

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2018

    The first statistical leader reports of the season for football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and field hockey have been posted at KHSAA.org. While in previous seasons the statistical leader reports had been compiled on a weekly basis, the reports will now be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m., allowing for more current and up-to-date information on the KHSAA website.

    The requirement to enter statistics in field hockey is new for 2018, but has been in place for several years in football and soccer, and was reiterated to coaches during the online rules clinic. 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 from the Commissioner, including […]

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    08/13/18 – Football Part 2 Exam Available for Officials

    Football Blog Updates

    The NFHS Football Part 2 Test is available to be taken online between midnight Eastern Time on August 14 and midnight Eastern Time on August 28. 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 […]

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    08/06/18-2018 Football Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is now available following a minimal delay for system maintenance. 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 this year’s rules changes, coaches you are 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 changes will likely lead to administrative errors. It is an unusual year with minimal rules changes, but those that were made are not only safety-related, but impact game administration.

    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 […]

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    08/01/18- Memo and Update to KHSAA Football Assigning Secretaries

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    7-PERSON MECHANICS

    • I have waited on the NFHS for most of the summer, originally expecting their new 7-person manual back in May only to find last week at our meeting that the publication likely won’t be ready until September. It is somewhat of a long story, but suffice it to say that re-formatting the drafts from the Manual Committee into the standard NFHS format has taken a lot longer than they expected. However, the fundamentals are included in the attached document.
    • Consider that the front sections, etc. are the same as the four and five-person manuals, let’s focus on field coverage.
    • Attached you will find the framework from the TSSAA that the committee was using for the development of their mechanics.
    • We will use these mechanics without deviation with the exception that we will switch sidelines at half.
    • No local experiments, no adjustments, straight by this publication.
    • You have attached a copy of the mechanics […]

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    07/23/18 – Eight Student-Athletes Headed to NSLS; Three Staff Members Appointed to NFHS Committees

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2018

    Eight student-athletes from across the state will represent the KHSAA at the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit, July 23-25, at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Ind. The eight student-athletes will form the KHSAA’s Student Advisory Committee for the 2018-19 school year and will assist in the planning and execution of the Hype Student Leadership Conferences in August.

    The KHSAA delegates for 2018 are:
    Ethan Barnett (St. Mary)
    Hannah Heile (Assumption)
    Connor (CJ) Johnson (Marshall County)
    James Kalso (Muhlenberg County)
    Rhiona Marshall (Bryan Station)
    Misty Thompson (Fort Campbell)
    Brooklyn Willis (Muhlenberg County)
    Seth Wright (Lewis County)

    This year’s National Student Leadership Summit is the fourth national conference since the program was revived in 2015 (it had been discontinued in 2010). The student-athletes selected to represent their states will split into groups and work through topical discussions on relevant and contemporary issues. The […]

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

    2017-2018 News Releases

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

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

    Dead Period Reminders for Middle and High School:

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

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    06/15/18- Reminders about Off Season Football Practice, Workouts and Equipment

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Recently, the KHSAA office staff has received several inquiries about football camps and other activities. As the summer vacation period continues, it seems prudent to issue a few reminders to keep everyone informed. None of these procedures have changed (with the exception of the scrimmage limits once contact begins), but with the massive turnover in coaches and the plethora of inquiries and perhaps spreading of misinformation, these reminders are essential.

    This is not intended to be all-inclusive as to the myriad of rules and regulations related to football practice. The complete regulations for football including per-day and per-week limitations are contained in the KHSAA bylaws at http://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20172018/bylaw23.pdf

    June 1-24

    • This is a period where no activity can be required of a student in the sport of football as it is outside of the season as defined in Bylaw 23.
    • No official team-based activities may be mandated or conducted (referenced in both Bylaw 23 and […]

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    05/10/18- Football Contract Moratorium, Final Alignment for 2019 to 2022, Scheduling Grid, Cross-Bracketing

    Football Blog Updates

    At its regular meeting on May 9, 2018, the Board of Control finalized the alignment of teams for the 2019 through 2022 playing seasons. The Board of Control meticulously considered every suggested change and feedback from its February draft during its May 8 work session, and May 9 meeting. The final document reflects any approved change from the original document and it listed at https://khsaa.org/final-approved-alignment-football-2019-through-2022-playing-seasons/

    The mandatory scheduling grid for 2019 to 2022 seasons was also adopted. The final week of the season (now numbered week 11) remains a mandatory non-district week. Please be mindful of the scheduling restrictions contained in the grid, particularly when there are issues surrounding fall breaks. The final adopted grid is located at https://khsaa.org/football/schedulinggridfor2019through2022.pdf

    Based on the adopted alignment, schools may consider the moratorium on contract signing for 2019 and beyond to be lifted at this time with the reminder that contracts are only valid if signed by […]

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    05/09/18 – Board of Control Addresses Football Alignment, Scheduling Grid, Cross Bracketing

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2018

    The Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2017-18 academic year on May 8-9 at the KHSAA offices, addressing several issues related to football along with the postseason for multiple sport-activities.

    Following initial review in February, KHSAA staff presented the draft football alignment (2019-22) to the membership for comment. After a lengthy review of feedback and consideration of each change proposed by the membership, the Board approved a final four-year alignment to begin in 2019. The new football alignment can be viewed at: https://khsaa.org/final-approved-alignment-football-2019-through-2022-playing-seasons/

    With recent change allowing football playing member schools to have two scrimmages regardless of playing season, staff recommended to eliminate the “week 0” terminology from the scheduling grid, as it no longer has an impact on a team’s regular season or scrimmage schedule. The mandatory scheduling grid is listed at: https://khsaa.org/football/schedulinggridfor2019through2022.pdf

    The Board approved the removal of “week 0” from the […]

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    04/25/18- Reminder about Football Scrimmages and Contact Restrictions

    Football Blog Updates

    There have been several inquiries to the office about football scrimmages for 2018 in light of recent action by the KHSAA delegates at the Annual Meeting. Therefore, this additional reminder is being issued.

    At that meeting of the delegates, a proposal was passed which would allow all schools to have two (2) pre-season scrimmages in football, regardless of whether or not a week zero (0) game was played. The proposal received the requisite number of votes and has been recommended for implementation by the Board of Control but has not yet received final approval through the regulatory process.

    In light of the need for scheduling and planning, we will operate as though the proposal will receive final approval. There is minimal risk of this proposal failing to receive regulatory approval and as such, schools may schedule a second scrimmage for this fall (2018) regardless of first regular season week.

    However, it is important to remember that this […]

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    04/09/18- Implementation of HB290, Play Against Home School Individuals

    Archery Blog Updates

    During its 2018 Regular Session, both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly approved HB290, and the bill was signed into law by the governor on April 2. See the full text of the bill at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/18RS/HB290/HCS1.pdf with a digest of the proceedings at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/18RS/HB290.htm. With the signing by the governor, the bill will go into effect on July 1, 2018, for KHSAA member schools.

    The bill will necessitate an amendment to KHSAA Bylaw 22, Sec. 1 (listed at https://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20172018/bylaw22.pdf) and this amendment will be done through the normal regulatory approval process this spring. Member schools will be able to engage in competition, should they choose, against homeschool units or involve homeschool students enrolled in Kentucky beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

    • This change DOES NOT allow KHSAA member schools to participate against other schools located in located in Kentucky that have chosen not to join the KHSAA.
    • This change DOES NOT allow homeschool students […]

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    04/09/18- Reminder About Corresponding Date Rollover – 2018-19 through 2021-22 And Changes in Basketball, Tennis and Track & Field Schedules

    Archery Blog Updates

    This reminder is for all member schools as scheduling decisions are made relative to 2018-2019 and beyond. Athletic Directors and others scheduling contests should pay close attention to the information at https://khsaa.org/general/resources/corresponding-dates/. These charts are invaluable when scheduling year-to-year. It is critical that athletic directors and athletic administrators ensure that this information is passed on to any coach that assists with scheduling in any sport.

    Events that are always held the same time each year, or contests played between opponents regularly at the same time each year, should use the corresponding week numbers for reference when choosing dates, not the relative position within the month. In other words, schools should think in terms of the game always being in week 12, 13, 14, etc., rather than the last weekend in December or first weekend in March. Using the corresponding week numbers will help prevent inadvertent scheduling issues.

    For example, a quick look at https://khsaa.org/handbook/correspondingdates/federationcalendar.pdf illustrates a […]

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    02/23/18-Football Schedule Moratorium, Draft 2019 Alignment Procedures

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    All football playing member schools are reminded that football contracts signed prior to May 10 for games beyond the 2018 season will not be considered valid as the moratorium on scheduling remains in place. In addition to the alignment changes, there will also be consideration of all bracketing parameters for the playoffs as well as scheduling grids and other factors that make signing contracts premature prior to that time.

    At its regular meeting on February 21, the Board of Control approved a draft alignment of football teams for distribution. The board accepted the requests of seven schools to play into a higher class and one team to withdraw from district play. That document is listed at http://khsaa.org/football/realignment/2019-2022/memo%20to%20board%20summary%20of%20responses.pdf

    The Board then approved the distribution of a draft alignment of teams. The alignment is detailed at http://khsaa.org/2019-2020-through-2022-2023-draft-football-alignment/

    An interactive map of the classes is located at https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1VRZArVmbCYCGsYMP-BBE-Ih4R_zxa7uo&ll=38.858223851796694%2C-85.76905&z=8

    Please note the following points:

  • A form has been […]

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  • 02/21/18 – Board of Control Addresses Postseason Formats, Future Sites and Alignment For Several Sports

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2018

    During the course of its February meeting at the KHSAA offices on Wednesday, the Board of Control deliberated on the postseason formats, future sites and alignments for several sports. The most impactful decision made Wednesday concerned the future of the state softball tournament, with the Board voting for the event to transition to a single-elimination format in 2019. The move to single elimination will bring the softball championship more in-line with the baseball state tournament while also helping to alleviate concerns with the potential overuse of pitchers under the current double-elimination format.

    “We have been discussing the future and the format of the state softball tournament for the last several years, and I applaud the Board for the steps it took today in approving our recommendations,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Examining the state softball and baseball tournaments, you would be hard pressed to say the […]

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    2019-2020 Through 2022-2023 Draft Football Alignment

    Football Blog Updates

    Feedback will be solicited from the membership and a final determination made at the May 8-9 KHSAA Board of Control Meeting

    CLASS 6A (32 SCHOOLS)

    District 1- Apollo, Daviess County, Henderson County, Marshall County, McCracken County
    District 2- Barren County, Central Hardin, Meade County, North Hardin
    District 3- Butler, DuPont Manual, Pleasure Ridge Park, St. Xavier
    District 4- Bullitt East, Fern Creek, Male, Southern
    District 5- Ballard, Eastern, Trinity (Louisville)
    District 6- Campbell County, Dixie Heights, Ryle, Simon Kenton
    District 7- Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Tates Creek
    District 8- Bryan Station, George Rogers Clark, Madison Central, Oldham County

    *For playoff bracketing only, the 5th place team in District 1 would become the 5th place team in District 5

    CLASS 5A (39 SCHOOLS)

    District 1- Graves County, Grayson County, Muhlenberg County, Ohio County, Owensboro
    District 2- Bowling Green, Christian County, Greenwood, South Warren
    District 3- […]

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    02/14/18 – NFHS Announces KHSAA Coach of the Year Honorees for 2016-17

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2018

    As part of its annual recognition program, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association recently announced its award winners for the 2016-17 seasons. Twenty-five coaches from Kentucky were honored as Coaches of the Year for their respective sports at the state level, while Johnson Central head football coach James Matney was named the NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year.

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

    The next award level after […]

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    01/18/18-Football Alignment Update and Opportunity to Play Into a Higher Class and Withdraw from District

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    January 22, 2018

    TO: Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors and Designated Representatives of Football Playing Schools

    FR: Commissioner Julian Tackett

    RE: Update on the Drafting of 2019 through 2022 Football Alignment, Opportunity to Withdraw From District Play or to Play in a Higher Class

    At its meeting in January, the KHSAA Board of Control discussed and agreed on parameters surrounding an alignment of teams in football for the 2019 through 2022 playing seasons. This communication is solely about classification and geographic alignment development.

    The following decisions have been finalized within the drafting of the alignment for this classification period:

    SCHEDULING MORATORIUM

    Please consider that there is, for 2019 and beyond, a scheduling moratorium in place. Until further notice, contracts signed for 2019 will not be considered valid. Until the alignment is finalized, do not schedule contests. It is the intent of the Board of Control to complete this project not later than its May 2018 meeting, […]

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    01/12/18 – Board of Control Expands State Archery Format, Reviews Initial Football Realignment Parameters

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2018

    During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA offices on Thursday, the Board of Control approved a proposal from staff to create a new championship opportunity for girls in the sport-activity of Archery. Where previously Archery was conducted as a coed sport, awarding one overall team championship, the regional and state competitions will now award separate team championships for coed and all-girls divisions.

    “With the continued growth of Archery since becoming a sanctioned sport-activity six years ago, staff was asked to look into the feasibility of creating a separate all-girls division,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “The number of female competitors in our member schools and the overwhelming support of this proposal by the advisory committee made for an easy decision to recommend.”

    Staff will return to the board in February with a final outline of the […]

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    12/06/17- Football Schools Required 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, 2017, for the spring, 2018 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15 will result in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. This deadline is to be rigidly enforced for 2017-18 so do not delay in submitting.

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. The selection of spring practice is solely a function of the school calendar and not personnel.
    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 2018 on or before December 15, 2017.

    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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    11/29/17 – 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Info

    2017-2018 News Releases

    For Immediate Release: November 29, 2017

    The state football finals return to Lexington for the first time since 1976 on Friday at 2 p.m. when Beechwood (11-2) takes on Raceland (10-4) in the 1A Championship of the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Kroger Field. The action continues Friday night at 7 p.m. when Boyle County (13-1) faces Corbin (13-1) in the 3A Championship.

    Saturday’s slate features three contests at Kroger Field, starting with Mayfield (13-1) versus Danville (14-0) in the 2A Championship at 1 p.m. Franklin-Simpson (11-3) and Johnson Central (12-2) will square off at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s 4A Championship game, followed by Covington Catholic (14-0) and Madison Southern (11-3) in the 5A Championship at 8 p.m. The 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl concludes Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when Trinity (Lou.) (14-0) takes on St. Xavier (12-2) in the 6A Championship.

    Since last played in Lexington […]

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    11/25/17- Many Lexington Business Offering Discounts for Football Final Attendees

    2017-2018 News Releases

    Lexington is rolling out the welcome mat as several businesses are offering discounts to KHSAA State Football final ticket holders in town for the championship game!

    Attendees holding a ticket stub from a game of the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will receive discounts at the following local vendors, including special discounts to other contests in town being hosted by the University.

    Restaurants providing discounts with presentation of ticket stub

    A.P. Suggins Bar & Grill

     Free non-alcoholic beverage

    Alfalfa

     10% discount

    Athenian Grill

     15% discount at all locations

    Bourbon n’ Toulouse

     $1.00 off

    Clawdaddy’s

     15% discount

    Corto Lima

     Free queso blanco with limit of one per table

    J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar

     10% discount

    Minglewood

     15% discount

    Minton’s

     10% discount

    Palmers Fresh Grill

     A free shareable with purchase of an entrée

    Ramsey’s Diner

     Teams and Coaches get 20% off. If any team would like to eat at Ramsey’s please call and make reservations […]

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    11/08/17- High School Playoff Games Again Asked to Honor Veterans at Week 2 Games

    2017-2018 News Releases

    Every high school hosting a KHSAA football playoff game is again asked to honor all veterans and active duty military at events near Veteran’s Day. This is a great way to recognize our veterans and active duty military and hopefully reinforce the importance of their sacrifices and the meaning of Veteran’s Day. The KHSAA is grateful to be able to participate again during 2017.

    For the second round of the football playoffs at home sites November 10, each host school is asked to request all veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand and be recognized for their contributions.

    The KHSAA is certainly proud to be a part of this recognition and hopeful that this simple acknowledgment will convey a powerful message of thanks on the part of the school and the community in general.

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    09/01/17 – Reminder about Shortened and Interrupted Football Games

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    In light of the large number of calls and emails this week and with the vast amount of turnover in athletic administrators and coaches, a reminder about the Competition Rules is in order for Football. Interrupted games are not new and this weekend’s weather is not our first dose of weather problems.

    Within the playing rules, in an emergency (such as inclement weather where advisories are placed against travel or to seek shelter), teams can mutually agree to shorten any remaining period or terminate the game at any point. If such termination is mutually agreed to, the game shall be recorded as the current score and the game cannot be replaced on the schedule.

    Just a couple of reminders and probably the last sentence in the tournament rules is the main point to keep in mind, “All involved shall remember that this situation is caused by elements such as weather that are uncontrollable by anyone, and keep the discussions in that […]

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    08/30/17-Rescheduled Football Games Due to Anticipated Weather

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This notice is being sent to all KHSAA football schools.

    With likely inclement weather, many of our football schools are moving their Friday night games to Thursday or Saturday. Please take a look at the football schedule for this weekend at
    https://scoreboard.12dt.com/scoreboard/khsaa/kyfb17/2017-08-31_2017-09-02

    If your game has been moved and the date and time have not been changed, please reply and let us know.

    There is NOT any type of mandate to move as was erroneously reported earlier in the media, just a desire to keep everyone informed.

    Also, remember that for contracted games, no single school can simply say “we aren’t coming”. Changing of contracted games required mutual consent. Let me know if we can help.

    Thank you!

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    08/08/17-Football Rules Clinic Available Online for Officials and Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is now available following a minimal delay for system maintenance. 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.

    Below is additional information:

    OFFICIALS

    August 8 to September 28 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    September 29 to October 18 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    October 19 to October 25 (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.

    COACHES

    August 8 to September 29 (Coaches) – the Football Clinic […]

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    08/08/17 – NFHS Announces Football Publication Corrections and Interpretations

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Each licensed official and each head coach have received the NFHS Rules and Case Books by now. Several of you have also purchased the Rules By Topic and other publications from Referee Enterprises.

    You will find the minimal amount of corrections to those publications for 2017 that have been distributed by the NFHS at /football/2017/2017 nfhs football rules interpretations -clarifications – final.pdf.

    Continued luck this season.

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    08/01/17-Football Officiating Crew Communication Devices Guidelines and Restrictions

    Football Blog Updates

    KHSAA VARSITY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS

    WIRELESS CREW COMMUNICATION DEVICES – GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS
    With continued changes in technology, communication devices worn by officials are becoming more and more common place. While most understand that these devices can benefit the communication between members of an officiating crew, officials must be prepared to deal with the responsibility for using such device.

    DEFINITIONS

    • For KHSAA varsity football contests, a Wireless Communication Device is defined as a two-way radio with an attached earpiece and push to talk microphone.
    • Other types of communication devices are prohibited and may not be carried by an official during competition.

    GENERAL USE

    • Crew communication devices MAY be used during all games if used in accordance with these guidelines.
    • Officials should be ever mindful that the vast majority of radio systems are NOT secure from the public.
    • Careful attention must be paid to what is said when speaking use the headsets and […]

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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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    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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    12/06/16- Schools Required to Submit Spring Practice Dates

    Football Blog Updates

    Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school must submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15, 2016, for the spring, 2017 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15 will result in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. This deadline will be more rigidly enforced for 2016-17 so do not delay in submitting.

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. The selection of spring practice is solely a function of the school calendar and not personnel.
    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 2017 on or before December 15, 2016.

    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 more than one practice per […]

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    12/01/16 – 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Information

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2016

    The 1A Championship will open the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Friday night at 7 p.m. (CT) when Beechwood (13-1) takes on Hazard (12-2) at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The action resumes Saturday afternoon when Central (9-5) faces Belfry (13-1) in the 3A Championship at 5 p.m., followed by Trinity (Louisville) (14-0) and Lafayette (13-1) in the 6A Championship at 8 p.m.

    Sunday’s slate features three contests on the campus of Western Kentucky University, with Christian Academy-Louisville (13-1) taking on Danville (12-2) in the 2A Championship at 12:30 p.m. Franklin-Simpson (14-0) will square off against Johnson Central (13-1) at 3:45 p.m. in the 4A Championship, with Bowling Green (14-0) and Pulaski County (12-2) closing out the weekend with the 5A Championship at 7 p.m.

    Each game of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network (More

    11/26/16 – Revised and Updated Schedule, 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Finals

    2016-2017 News Releases

    With Western Kentucky University’s win tonight at Marshall University combined with Southern Mississippi’s upset win over Louisiana Tech on Friday, WKU has qualified to again host the Conference USA championship game in Bowling Green. The game will be played on Saturday morning, December 3rd at 11 a.m. CT. This will necessitate a change in the KHSAA game schedule for the state finals, which will wrap around the Conference USA championship game. 

    The Class 1A game will be played on December 2nd with a kickoff slated for 7 p.m. CT.

    “Conference USA championship rules have large mandatory blocks of time that must be made available at the playing facility, not only for team preparation but for stadium and network television preparation, and this was the only alternative other than playing a game very early on Friday morning,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Last year’s Thursday night game was problematic for both schools with the travel necessary both on Thursday […]

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    11/18/16- Single Game Tickets for Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Championships

    Football Blog Updates

    Single Game Tickets (all game dates and times tentative, all times CT)

    All ticket prices will increase the week of the games. Advance seats priced at $18 (club level, West Side, $13 reserved chairback (West Side Only), $10 General Admission)

    Enter desired number of seats, options will be displayed for purchase. 

    Class 1A-Beechwood vs. Hazard, 7:00 p.m., Fri, 12/2 – Click Here

    Class 3A-Central vs. Belfry, 5:00 p.m., Sat, 12/3 – Click Here

    Class 6A-Trinity (Louisville) vs. Lafayette, 8:00 p.m., Sat, 12/3 – Click Here

    Class 2A-Christian Academy-Louisville vs. Danville, 12:30 p.m., Sun, 12/4 – Click Here

    Class 4A-Franklin-Simpson vs. Johnson Central, 3:45 p.m., Sun, 12/4 – Click Here

    Class 5A-Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County, 7:00 p.m., Sun, 12/4 – Click Here

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    11/10/16- High School Playoff Games Again Asked to Honor Veterans at Week 2 Games

    2016-2017 News Releases

    Through the efforts of a veteran and concerned individual by the name of Robert Williams of Menlo Park, California, there is now a national movement to have every high school and college in the United States honor all veterans and active duty military at events near Veteran’s Day. This is a great way to recognize our veterans and active duty military and hopefully reinforce to all the importance of their sacrifices and the meaning of Veteran’s Day. The KHSAA is grateful to be able to participate again during 2016.

    For the second round of the football playoffs at home sites November 11, each home school is asked to request all veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand and be recognized for their contributions.

    The KHSAA is certainly proud to be a part of this recognition and hopeful that this simple acknowledgment will convey a powerful message of thanks on the part of the school and […]

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    11/07/16 – Information On Ordering Tickets to 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals

    2016-2017 News Releases

    Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    It is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals.

    • The games will be played at Feix Field, Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green;
    • The tentative schedule for this year’s event has games scheduled as follows (All times Central):
      • Friday, December 2nd – 1A – 1 PM, 4A – 5 PM
      • Saturday, December 3rd – 3A – 1 PM, 6A – 5 PM
      • Sunday, December 4th – 2A – 1 PM, 5A – 5 PM
    • Club level seats (200 level, $90 for all six games) are available and will have access to the indoor area between and during the games, but seating is limited. Ticketing in the club level sells out quickly most years;
    • The VIP chairback seats (100 level, $60 for all six games) are available and […]

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    WORKING DRAFT- Football Brackets 2016 (UNOFFICIAL)

    Football Blog Updates

    Official Brackets To Be Released Following Last Regular Season Night of Play

    N/A Slots are To Be Determined Due to TieBreakers on October 29/30

     SchoolClassDistrictPosBracket1A-1-1Russellville1A1111A-2-4Caverna1A2421A-2-2Campbellsville1A2231A-1-3Fulton City1A1341A-1-2Crittenden County1A1251A-2-3Fort Knox1A2361A-2-1Bethlehem1A2171A-1-4BYE1A1481A-3-1Kentucky Country Day1A3191A-4-4Dayton1A44101A-4-2Bellevue1A42111A-3-3Frankfort1A33121A-3-2Holy Cross (Louisville)1A32131A-4-3Ludlow1A43141A-4-1Beechwood1A41151A-3-4Eminence1A34161A-5-1#N/A1A51171A-6-4BYE1A64181A-6-2Raceland1A62191A-5-3#N/A1A53201A-5-2#N/A1A52211A-6-3Fairview1A63221A-6-1Paintsville1A61231A-5-4Paris1A54241A-7-1Williamsburg1A71251A-8-4South Floyd1A84261A-8-2Hazard1A82271A-7-3Harlan1A73281A-7-2Pineville1A72291A-8-3Jenkins1A83301A-8-1Pikeville1A81311A-7-4Lynn Camp1A74322A-1-1Mayfield2A1112A-2-4Hancock County2A2422A-2-2Butler County2A2232A-1-3Ballard Memorial2A1342A-1-2Murray2A1252A-2-3McLean County2A2362A-2-1Owensboro Catholic2A2172A-1-4Webster County2A1482A-3-1Glasgow2A3192A-4-4Shawnee2A44102A-4-2DeSales2A42112A-3-3Monroe County2A33122A-3-2Metcalfe County2A32132A-4-3Washington County2A43142A-4-1Christian Academy-Louisville2A41152A-3-4Green County2A34162A-5-1Walton-Verona2A51172A-6-4Newport2A64182A-6-2Holy Cross (Covington)2A62192A-5-3Owen County2A53202A-5-2Gallatin County2A52212A-6-3Lloyd Memorial2A63222A-6-1Newport Central Catholic2A61232A-5-4Carroll County2A54242A-7-1Lexington Christian2A71252A-8-4Shelby Valley2A84262A-8-2Prestonsburg2A82272A-7-3Somerset2A73282A-7-2Danville2A72292A-8-3Allen Central2A83302A-8-1Leslie County2A81312A-7-4Middlesboro2A74323A-1-1Caldwell County3A1113A-2-4Hart County3A2423A-2-2Adair County3A2233A-1-3#N/A3A1343A-1-2Paducah Tilghman3A1253A-2-3LaRue County3A2363A-2-1Elizabethtown3A2173A-1-4#N/A3A1483A-3-1Central3A3193A-4-4Garrard County3A44103A-4-2Boyle County3A42113A-3-3Moore3A33123A-3-2Bardstown3A32133A-4-3Western Hills3A43143A-4-1Lexington Catholic3A41153A-3-4Waggener3A34163A-5-1Russell3A51173A-6-4BYE3A64183A-6-2Pike County Central3A62193A-5-3West Carter3A53203A-5-2Fleming County3A52213A-6-3Lawrence County3A63223A-6-1Belfry3A61233A-5-4Bath County3A54243A-7-1Estill County3A71253A-8-4Jackson County3A84263A-8-2Casey County3A82273A-7-3Powell County3A73283A-7-2Breathitt County3A72293A-8-3Bell County3A83303A-8-1Corbin3A81313A-7-4Knott County Central3A74324A-1-1Hopkinsville4A1114A-2-4Warren East4A2424A-2-2South Warren4A2234A-1-3Madisonville-North Hopkins4A1344A-1-2Calloway County4A1254A-2-3Allen County-Scottsville4A2364A-2-1Franklin-Simpson4A2174A-1-4Hopkins County Central4A1484A-3-1John Hardin4A3194A-4-4#N/A4A44104A-4-2#N/A4A42114A-3-3Valley4A33124A-3-2Western4A32134A-4-3#N/A4A43144A-4-1Shelby County4A41154A-3-4Breckinridge County4A34164A-5-1East Jessamine4A51174A-6-4Russell County4A64184A-6-2Wayne County4A62194A-5-3Taylor County4A53204A-5-2Mercer County4A52214A-6-3Knox Central4A63224A-6-1Rockcastle County4A61234A-5-4West Jessamine4A54244A-7-1Bourbon County4A71254A-8-4Rowan County4A84264A-8-2Ashland Blazer4A82274A-7-3Mason County4A73284A-7-2Harrison County4A72294A-8-3Greenup County4A83304A-8-1Johnson Central4A81314A-7-4Scott4A74325A-1-1Owensboro5A1115A-2-4Grayson County5A2425A-2-2Greenwood5A2235A-1-3Graves County5A1345A-1-2Christian County5A1255A-2-3Barren County5A2365A-2-1Bowling Green5A2175A-1-4Marshall County5A1485A-4-1Fern Creek5A4195A-5-4Grant County5A54105A-5-2Dixie Heights5A52115A-4-3Southern5A43125A-4-2Doss5A42135A-5-3Highlands5A53145A-5-1Covington Catholic5A51155A-4-4Fairdale5A44165A-3-1South Oldham5A31175A-6-4Woodford County5A64185A-6-2Anderson County5A62195A-3-3#N/A5A33205A-3-2#N/A5A32215A-6-3Montgomery County5A63225A-6-1Madison Southern5A61235A-3-4#N/A5A34245A-7-1Southwestern5A71255A-8-4Letcher County Central5A84265A-8-2North Laurel5A82275A-7-3South Laurel5A73285A-7-2Pulaski County5A72295A-8-3Harlan County5A83305A-8-1Whitley County5A81315A-7-4Lincoln County5A74326A-1-1McCracken County6A1116A-3-4Pleasure Ridge Park6A3426A-3-2Male6A3236A-1-3Daviess County6A1346A-1-2Henderson County6A1256A-3-3DuPont Manual6A3366A-3-1St. Xavier6A3176A-1-4Muhlenberg County6A1486A-2-1Central Hardin6A2196A-4-4Seneca6A44106A-4-2Ballard6A42116A-2-3Meade County6A23126A-2-2North Hardin6A22136A-4-3Eastern6A43146A-4-1Trinity (Louisville)6A41156A-2-4Ohio County6A24166A-5-1Ryle6A51176A-7-4#N/A6A74186A-7-2#N/A6A72196A-5-3Cooper6A53206A-5-2Conner6A52216A-7-3#N/A6A73226A-7-1Scott County6A71236A-5-4Jeffersontown6A54246A-6-1Simon Kenton6A61256A-8-4George Rogers Clark6A84266A-8-2Madison Central6A82276A-6-3Campbell County6A63286A-6-2Boone County6A62296A-8-3Tates Creek6A83306A-8-1Lafayette6A81316A-6-4Butler6A6432

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    09/20/16 – KHSAA Issues Rulings on Unsporting Acts and Shortened Games in Football

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016

    The KHSAA today issued sanctions regarding Bylaw 15 (Practice of Sportsmanship) violations from a pair of football contests, as well as final rulings concerning Bylaw 22 (Contests, Sanctions, Rules, Forfeitures) incidents from last weekend.

    Per the KHSAA Competition Rules, when a contracted football game is interrupted by events beyond the control of all parties, three choices exist:
    a) Terminate game with score as it exists;
    b) Resume game at point of interruption at a mutually agreed date and time. This decision shall be finalized at the site prior to team departure.
    c) Resume the game on the following calendar day, unless published Board policies prohibit such play, in which case it shall be played the following day.

    On Friday, Sept. 16, a football game between Scott County HS and Lafayette HS was interrupted with 11:04 remaining in the 3rd quarter, with Scott County leading 25-20. In […]

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    09/09/16 – KHSAA to Participate in “Team Up, Speak Up to Fight Concussions” on September 13

    2016-2017 News Releases

    TeamUp

     

    The Concussion Legacy Foundation has created the first ever national concussion education day, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13. On Team Up Day, millions of athletes will hear a speech from their coach, captain and medical team that encourages them to Team Up & Speak Up to Fight Concussions, with the specific message that a good teammate looks out for concussions in their teammates, and has a responsibility to speak up to a coach or other adult if they think their teammate has a concussion.

    Organizations representing over 1 million athletes have already signed on to Team Up Day, and the goal is that all 44 million youth athletes hear this message this year. The growing list of participating organizations includes the National Federation of State High School Associations, USA Rugby, the American Hockey Coaches Association, California Interscholastic Federation, Idaho High […]

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    08/25/16 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Soccer

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2016

    The first weekly statistical leader reports of the season for football and boys’ and girls’ soccer have been posted at KHSAA.org. Statistics are compiled weekly throughout the regular season and will be posted to the KHSAA website every Thursday.

    As a reminder, member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that means the team in question did not update its statistics through the KHSAA’s online system prior to the deadline (12 p.m. each Thursday).

    Member schools failing to meet the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics subject themselves to penalties by the Commissioner, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

    The statistical leader reports can be found through the links below:

    FOOTBALL
    Overall Stats Leaders
    http://khsaa.org/football/2016/stats.htm

    Class 1A Stats Leaders
    http://khsaa.org/football/2016/stats1.htm

    Class 2A Stats Leaders
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    08/15/16 – Part 2 Football Test Reminder

    Football Blog Updates

    The Part 2 Test will be available online from midnight Eastern Time on August 15 through midnight Eastern Time on August 29. The test will automatically close exactly at that time. Login at http://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.

    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.

    Please also be mindful that the rules clinic remains free online through midnight Eastern Time September 19, however your assignments are subject to cancellation at any time for failure to complete the clinic. Certainly, no official should be officiating any contest at the high school […]

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    08/01/16 – 2016 Football Rules Clinic Now Available Online

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is available beginning August 1. THOUGH THERE ARE MINIMAL RULE CHANGES, one is major to the way the game is coached and officiated and both groups should take the clinic as soon as possible. Remember, 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.

    Below is additional information:

    OFFICIALS

    • August 1 to September 19 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    • September 20 to October 16 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    • October 17 to October 23 (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 […]

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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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    07/11/16 – Important Reminders About the Start of Football Practice

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    These reminders are critically important as we transition to the start of football practice for the 2016 season. This notice and all provisions supersede any and all previous communication regarding practice rules and regulations.

    The following provisions should be noted at all times:

    • The complete list of regulations including allowable activities can be found at http://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20152016/bylaw23.pdf or at http://khsaa.org/bylaw-23-provisions-football-practice-regulations/ There are a few notes that all coaches and administrators should keep in mind:
    • The first five days must be Level 0 and Level 1 only during acclimation and acclimatization and are limited to one three-hour session per day.
    • Each player must have five days in helmets only before being able to add shoulder pads, and those pads cannot be added until July 22. Keep in mind this is a count for each player, not for the team, so players coming out late may be delayed in putting on shoulder pads (after July 21) or other gear (after July 31)
    • Beginning […]

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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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    06/22/16 – Reminder about Equipment Issuance During Dead Period (USA Football)

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA offices have received several inquiries regarding participation by students in USA Football’s National Development Games. According to their verification letter, there are six different options to attend. We had asked at least two member schools to seek clarifications regarding equipment, but none responded, so today, staff contacted USA Football directly for clarification. Following that clarification, here are the provisions that have been determined. These provisions apply ONLY to 2016, as likely additional restrictions will be added to football rules to clarify (and likely restrict) this for the future years.

    • KHSAA member schools may not issue equipment to KHSAA member school students for the July 5 to July 9 camp dates. This is during the KHSAA mandated dead period and KHSAA member school equipment cannot be used for any reason. Athletes attending the camps have an option to rent equipment owned by USA Football during these periods (approximate cost is $60 for necessary gear). The […]

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    2016-2017 Official Ball Adoptions

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Reminder to school administrators about the primary points of the KHSAA and its ball adoption agreements.

    In an effort to offset the services and events provided by the KHSAA and eliminate passing on a great deal of additional cost to the membership, the association has long entered into official ball adoption agreements. The provisions of these agreements are similar and official ball numbers are listed in the table below.

    The following provisions are in place in each of the listed sports:

    • A brand specific requirement is in place. For example, the Select Sport soccer ball is required for all use in postseason play (all levels). However, the ball does NOT have to be the Royale model. Specific models are the choice of the member school, however, the administrators should be mindful that dealer price points will likely be in place to encourage the use of the specific model.
    • For all levels of postseason play, the brand specific requirement is in place.
      • **Exception […]

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    05/12/16 – Board of Control Names Spalding Official Ball Sponsor

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2016

    The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2015-16 academic year over a two-day session at the Association’s headquarters May 10-11. Among the various items discussed, the Board reviewed the results of a request for proposals distributed in March for a new official ball partnership, as its current agreement with Rawlings will expire at the end of the 2015-16 season. Following its review, the Board approved the Commissioner’s recommendation to accept the three-year proposal from Spalding (2016-17 through 2018-19), pending final signed contracts.

    The Board completed a comprehensive review of eligibility rules and programs within the Association as required by existing state regulation, focusing on potential Constitution and Bylaw proposals to be voted on by the membership to address undue influence (recruiting) concerns and revisions to the transfer and enrollment rules. Final proposal determinations will be determined at the Board’s July meeting.

    Also […]

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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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    04/04/16 – Reminders About Spring Football Practice and Rest of School Year

    Football Blog Updates

    With more than 80 percent of our football schools setting their practice window for the Monday following spring break, it seems timely to remind every about the rules on practice and equipment. There are no changes for 2016 as these changes were adopted prior to the 2015 season.

    The published spring football dates are online as always, located at http://khsaa.org/football/2016/springpractice2016.pdf. There are no provisions to change submitted dates (only in an emergency request from school administration). Per the bylaw, the only change permitted is to start the three-week (19-day) window on the Monday following the ORIGINAL published spring break week. Remember, scheduling of spring practice is a calendar function NOT a coach function, it is possible that with coaching changes, spring practice may not be an option at a specific school.

  • Spring practice is the only option to utilize all of the football equipment for the players. Formal spring practice per the listed dates is […]

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  • 03/24/16 – Board of Control Approves Football Playoff Structure in 5A, 6A; Issuance of RFP for Official Ball

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2016

    The Board of Control conducted its fifth regularly scheduled meeting of the school year at the Lexington Center on March 18th, during which time it finalized the playoff format for 5A and 6A, approved the issuance of an RFP to designate a new official ball, and elected its President-elect for 2016-17.

    After an extensive review of potential playoff formats over several meetings that was finalized in January, the Board reviewed the proposed cross-bracketing table for Class 5A and 6A for 2016 through 2018. Following the review, the Board approved the cross-bracket table for 5A and 6A, and will continue review of playoff pairing discussions in 2A, 3A and 4A for 2017 and 2018 during its May meeting, following receipt of survey results. The adopted table of cross-bracket pairings is available at http://www.khsaa.org/football/playoffpairings.pdf.

    With the Association’s current ball contract with Rawlings set to expire at the end of the school year, the […]

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    Board Approves Cross-Bracket Pairings for 2016-18 in Class 5A, 6A; Moratorium Lifted on Contracts

    Football Blog Updates

    The Board of Control has finalized the cross-bracket pairings for Class 5A and 6A in the football playoffs for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Board had determined in January, following months of dialogue and review, that some form of cross-bracketing was the desire of the membership (as opposed to playing the first two rounds of the playoffs within the district). In January, the Board then also approved rotating those regional pairings (cross-bracket pairings) in 5A and 6A for 2016 through 2018 with staff directed to bring back proposed options to the March 18th meeting. Those pairings were then finalized by the Board of Control at the March meeting and are listed at http://www.khsaa.org/football/playoffpairings.pdf. The Board also approved in January a provision that stipulates that if equal seeded teams meet in consecutive years in the third / fourth rounds, the game site from the prior year will be reversed so that the same team will […]

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    Bylaw 23 Provisions – Football Practice Regulations

    Football Blog Updates

    This supersedes any previously published material.

    Bylaw 23. Limitation of Seasons
    Sec. 6) Sports Specific Limitations- FOOTBALL
    a) Organized practice shall be structured in football as follows:
    (1) Football drill work and practice activity shall be defined in the following five categories:
    a. “Level 0” or “air” means that players run a drill unopposed and without contact;
    b. “Level 1” or “bags” means that a drill is run against a bag or another soft contact surface;
    c. “Level 2” or “control” means that a drill is run at the assigned speed until the moment of contact; one (1) player is predetermined the winner by the coach; contact remains above the waist; and players stay on their feet;
    d. “Level 3” or “thud” means that a drill is run at the assigned speed through the moment of contact; there is not a predetermined winner; contact remains above the waist; players stay on their feet; and […]

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    01/29/16 – Board Approves Final Football Alignment Moves, Resolves Cross-Bracketing Review for 2016 through 2018

    Football Blog Updates

    At its regular meeting on January 28, the Board of Control completed a review and discussion on a variety of football related issues. These issues had been on the Board agenda for a period of time and input had been gathered from the Administrators, Athletic Directors and Football Coaches that are members of the Football Advisory Committee, in addition to nearly constant general membership feedback. Data gathered (including travel mileage) and presented to both the Advisory Committee and the Board of Control is available through the Board agenda system at https://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4374&AgencyTypeID=1&BeginDate=1-1-2016&EndDate=1-31-2016

    Per the Competition Rules, the school enrollments were to be reviewed following receipt of the 2015-16 enrollments, and the current four-year average boys enrollment at each school was to be compared with the four-year average boys enrollment that placed the teams in classes for 2015-2018. Any school whose ranked enrollment would place them in a different class AND the percentage of enrollment change was […]

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    01/28/16 – Board of Control Addresses Football Alignment, Bracketing; Baseball Pitch Count; Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2016

    The Board of Control addressed a lengthy agenda during its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Thursday, approving a slight “midcourse” adjustment to the football alignment as required by the competition rules and future football playoff bracket formats, finalizing a baseball pitch count, and settling on the number of regional qualifiers for the state swimming and diving meet for 2016.

    Per the football competition rules, a “midcourse” adjustment is to be made in the second year of a four-year alignment. In order to be considered for adjustment, the four-year average enrollment (including 2015-16 data) would have to be within the boundaries of another class, and the school shall have had at least a 10 percent change in four-year average enrollment during the two-year period.

    Upon review of the data, only two schools fit the criteria to be placed into a different class, and the Board unanimously approved the movement of […]

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    01/26/16 – Reminder About Moratorium on Signing 2017 Football Contracts (and beyond)

    Football Blog Updates

    For some reason, we have received several reports of schools prematurely scheduling contests for 2017 and beyond in football. Please remember that until the alignment for 2017 is finalized, no contract may be signed. As has been the case for many years, the four year alignment has a two-year adjustment based on significant changes in enrollment.

    Because of the ripple effect of any change in alignment, no school may sign a contract for 2017 until the Board of Control has finalized the 2017 adjustments. That is an agenda item this coming Thursday at the regular meeting of the Board of Control, and within three days afterwards, schools will be advised of the option to begin signing contracts. If any adjustments are finalized Thursday, the clearance will be given from the office. Otherwise, if there are any decisions deferred, it will be at least the March meeting of the Board before contracts can be signed.

    Consider this as […]

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    12/03/15 – Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Schedule

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2015

    The 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl gets underway tonight as Pikeville takes on Beechwood in the 1A Championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green at 7 p.m. (CT). Each game of the championship will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network. A free audio broadcast of each game can also be found at KHSAA.net.

    All KHSAA.tv productions will be a part of the NFHS Network this season, which is a subscription based service. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a day pass ($9.95), a monthly pass ($14.95) and an annual pass ($119.95).

    These passes, with the daily pass priced less than the cost of admission to state championship contests, not only entitle the users to Kentucky broadcasts, but all of the broadcasts from the more than 40 participating state associations. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, visit: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

    Direct links […]

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    11/27/15 – Schedule Set For 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2015

    With its win over Marshall on Friday, Western Kentucky University secured its right to host the Conference USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. (CT). WKU hosting the C-USA Championship means the KHSAA will utilize the alternative schedule for the 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl approved by the Board of Control in October.

    The revised order of games will be as follows:

    Thursday, December 3
    7:00 PM (1A) – Beechwood vs. Pikeville

    Saturday, December 5
    5:00 PM (6A) – Male vs. Lafayette
    8:00 PM (5A) – Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

    Sunday, December 6
    1:00 PM (2A) – Mayfield vs. Newport Central Catholic
    4:00 PM (3A) – Lexington Catholic vs. Belfry
    7:00 PM (4A) – South Warren vs. Johnson Central

    *All Times Central

    Fans can watch a live webcast of each game at KHSAA.tv, or listen to a free audio broadcast of each game at […]

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    11/19/15 – Board Approves Revised Schedule For State Baseball, Tennis Tournaments

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2015

    On Wednesday, the Board of Control approved a proposal from KHSAA staff to revise the schedule for the state baseball tournament during its regularly scheduled meeting at the Association’s headquarters. In an effort to alleviate competitive issues under the current format resulting from pitching limitations and roster depth, as outlined in the extensive research conducted by Lawrence County Athletic Director Travis Feltner and validated through staff review of the current format, the new format will provide a minimum of three days of rest between the quarterfinals and the semifinals. Beginning with this year’s state tournament, the revised format will allow teams the opportunity to use their pitchers at the top of the rotation in both the early rounds (first round/quarterfinals) and the later rounds (semifinals/championship).

    “Pitching limitations are in place for the health and safety of our student-athletes,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “In keeping with the overall desire of the […]

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    11/12/15 – Information On Ordering Tickets to 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals

    Football Blog Updates

    Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    It is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to the Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals. We are obviously later than normal, but have tried to work out logistics for ticket pickup, etc. in the event that WKU hosts its conference final game. If you have not read the information about the scheduling conflict with the final games and WKU’s possible conference title game, please see http://khsaa.org/103015-update-on-schedule-for-2015-russell-athletickhsaa-commonwealth-gridiron-bowl/. We hope we can count on your continued support for the twelve teams that make it to the finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals.

    • The games will be played at Feix Field, Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green;
    • The KFCA will be conducting important continuous improvement sessions in conjunction with the finals. Contact Jimmie Reed with the KFCA for details as well as […]

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    11/10/15 – High School Playoff Contests Asked to Honor Veterans

    2015-2016 News Releases

    Through the efforts of a veteran and concerned individual by the name of Robert Williams of Menlo Park, California, there is now a national movement to have every high school and college in the United States honor all veterans and active duty military at events near Veteran’s Day. This is a great way to recognize our veterans and active duty military and hopefully reinforce to all the importance of their sacrifices and the meaning of Veteran’s Day. The KHSAA is grateful to be able to participate.

    For the second round of the football playoffs at home sites November 13 and 14, each home school is asked to request all veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand and be recognized for their contributions.

    The KHSAA is certainly proud to be a part of this recognition and hopeful that this simple acknowledgment will convey a powerful message of thanks on the part of the school and the […]

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    11/03/15 – NFL Releases New Study on Helmets

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The NFHS recently shared with the KHSAA an item from the NFL. The NFL recently released the results from a joint study with the NFLPA that looked at what football helmets best reduced the severity of impact. The performance of the 17 football helmets in these laboratory tests was evaluated across all impact velocities and locations and compared with one another. A statistical test was used to group football helmets with similar performance scores.

    It is important to emphasize that these results were based on testing intended to represent NFL impacts and thus, the conclusions on helmet performance cannot be extrapolated to collegiate, high school, or youth football.

    The findings from this study that were offered this past July to NFL athletic trainers and equipment managers are posted on the KHSAA website at /football/2015nflfootballhelmettestingstudy.pdf.

    For those interested in the poster, you can find it at http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/photo/2015/08/05/0ap3000000506659.pdf

    Please use this information as you see fit.

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    10/31/15 – Final End of Season FB Tiebreaker Results

    Football Blog Updates

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2015

    The calculations for the three-way tie-breaker in football have been posted online at  http://www.khsaa.org/football/2015/threewaytiebreakertodate.pdf.

    Playoff pairings as well as the instructions and details about the games are available at http://www.khsaa.org/football and the final district standings are posted at http://khsaa.org/2015-football-district-standings/

    There were five out of state records that factored into the tiebreakers

    • Portland, TN – 4
    • Ironton, OH – 6
    • Thomas Walker, VA – 3
    • Rye Cove, VA – 0
    • Cumberland Gap, TN – 0

    There were five specific ties this season with the final calculations at http://www.khsaa.org/football/2015/threewaytiebreakertodate.pdf:

    • Class 1A, District 7- tie for 1st broken based on points through top four defeated opponents
    • Class 3A, District 3- tie for 2nd broken based on points through top four defeated opponents
    • Class 3A, District 5- tie for 1st broken based on points through top four defeated opponents and additional opponents until tie was broken.
    • Class 3A, District 7- tie for 4th broken based on points through top four defeated opponents, remaining tie with no […]

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    10/30/15 – Update On Schedule For 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    2015-2016 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2015

    The 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Finals are slated for Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University the weekend of December 3-6. The tentative schedule for the event has the games scheduled as follows (All times Central):

    Friday, Dec. 4th – 1A – 11 AM, 2A – 2:30 PM, 6A – 6 PM
    Saturday, Dec. 5th – 3A – 11 AM, 4A – 2:30 PM, 5A – 6 PM

    In the event that Western Kentucky University would earn the right to host the Conference USA Championship game the same weekend as the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, the schedule of games for the state football finals would have to be adjusted as follows:

    *Thursday, Dec. 3rd – 1A – 7 PM
    *Saturday, Dec. 5th – 6A – 5 PM, 5A – 8 PM
    *Sunday, Dec. 6th – 2A – 1 PM, 3A – 4 PM, 4A […]

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    10/29/15 – Reminders about Football Playoffs and Final Regular Season Week

    Football Blog Updates

    This is being distributed to ALL KHSAA football playing schools. If it doesn’t apply to you, please disregard.

    As we prepare for 95 games to be played during week 1 of the playoffs, we ask for your cooperation as we try and pull final brackets together over this coming weekend. We have published what we have as of now, but need game times and sites confirmed so that officials assignments can be made.

    A few reminders–

    1) BRACKETS AND TIE BREAKERS – All information as we have it now is posted on the KHSAA website. You can find it at http://khsaa.org/sports/fall/football/ under the pull down for playoff Rounds 1-4,

    2) PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL YOUR SCORE TO THE SCOREBOARD as soon as the game is over this week EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT PLAYING IN THE PLAYOFFS. Many times, the three-way tiebreaker comes down to a single missing result from a non-playoff or out of state team, so all scores […]

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