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5/15/24 – Softball District/Region Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Postseason instructions for the Softball District/Region Tournaments are now available on the KHSAA website. You can view the softball portion of the instructions that begin on page 50 at the following link:

https://khsaa.org/common_documents/Instructions/20232024/Spring/2023-24springtournamentinstructions.pdf

You can find additional information on the KHSAA website on the Softball page under “District Tournament Instructions and Information” and “Region Tournament Instructions and Information”, respectively.

In addition, below are some quick references/reminders:

https://khsaa.org/fastpitchsoftball/2024/districtmanagers.pdf

https://khsaa.org/fastpitchsoftball/2024/regionalmanagers.pdf

LAST DISTRICT-SEEDED CONTEST

  • The last day for a district-seeded game is the Wednesday prior to District Tournament Week (May 15). 
  • For any game not played after that date, the winner/loser of any unplayed required seeded district games would default to the team with the higher RPI on the day following the deadline for seeded games.

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VisitLex 2024 Spring KHSAA Championships Hotel Contacts

Baseball Blog Updates

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05/10/24 – Watch the Spring Draw Show May 14 on KHSAA.tv

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 10, 2024

The pairings for the 2024 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball and Softball State Tournaments presented by UK HealthCare, as well as the 2024 KHSAA Team Tennis State Tournaments presented by UK HealthCare, will be decided during the KHSAA’s annual Spring Championship Draw Show on Tuesday, May 14, at 2 p.m. ET from the KHSAA office in Lexington.

The Draw Show will be streamed live on the NFHS Network at no cost to viewers via khsaa.tv, determining which regions will be paired for first-round matchups.

Following the conclusion of singles and doubles competition the week prior, the newly formatted Boys’ and Girls’ Team Tennis State Tournaments will be conducted June 3-4 in the Lexington area.

The Baseball and Softball State Tournaments are currently scheduled to begin Thursday, June 6, on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Kentucky Proud Park will host three consecutive days of first-round and quarterfinal […]

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04/10/24 – Media Credentials Now Available for Spring Championships

2023-2024 News Releases

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for 2024 spring state championships (archery, esports, bass fishing, tennis, track, softball, baseball) is now live and can be accessed via credentials.khsaa.org.

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

Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of their organization needing […]

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04/08/24 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Baseball and Softball

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2024

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index rankings for the 2024 baseball and softball season have been posted.

Initial RPI rankings can be found through the links below:

RPI Background

RPI is a tool developed for all team sports using the official KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard data, modeled after, but not identical to, similar measurement tools. It is provided for a variety of reasons, including district tiebreaking and football bracketing, and as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion of interscholastic athletics. RPI is also used as a tiebreaking/contest-result mechanism to decide seeded district games that are not played by the deadline. RPI rankings are updated on an hourly basis but are not calculated for teams with missing scores from the previous day. Therefore, it is essential for results to remain comprehensive for accuracy.

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4/2/24 – Softball Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year among Softball participants for 2023-2024 is now open.

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

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards ceremony at Midway University in early summer. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2023-2024 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year and announced at the recognition. All winners will receive their honors at that event.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in the sport of Softball is April 25. We look forward to your participation!

 

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04/01/24 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Available for Baseball, Softball

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2024

The first official KHSAA statistical leader reports for the 2024 baseball and softball season have been posted.

Stat leader reports will be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m. ET and will include all teams missing stats for no more than two games in baseball or softball.

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’s office, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

Member schools are solely responsible for submitting and validating the accuracy of statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that likely means the team in question did not update its statistics through the KHSAA’s online system prior to the re-calculation deadline. When in doubt about statistics calculations, reference can be made to the NFHS Statisticians’ Manual.

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3/7/24 – Softball Online Rules Clinic Now Available for Coaches & Umpires

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

OFFICIALS

TO TAKE THE CLINIC, LOG IN TO YOUR ARBITERSPORTS.COM ACCOUNT

Go to https://officials.khsaa.org

Login using your arbiter name and password

OFFICIALS INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLINICS

  • As they are a condition of postseason eligibility, in the top black bar on the main page for https://officials.khsaa.org, select ELIGIBILITY
  • Select that you want the 2023-24 Softball Postseason Eligibility by clicking on 23-24 Postseason
  • You will see a Blue Hyperlink that says Take Online Clinic
  • Go through the clinic following the instructions including any requirements
  • Please note it may be as much as 24 hours before your score is posted

DEADLINE FOR OFFICIALS

  • March 7 to April 4 (Officials) – the […]

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10/06/23 – KHSAA Announces 2022-23 NFHS State Coaches of the Year

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 6, 2023

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

The complete list of 2022-23 honorees from Kentucky is below.

  • Baseball: Jeremy Shope, Whitley County
  • Boys’ Basketball: Josh Cook, George Rogers Clark
  • Boys’ Cross Country: Brian Ruggles, North Oldham
  • Football: Keegan Kendrick, Bullitt East
  • Boys’ Golf: Kyle Congleton, Madison Central
  • Boys’ Soccer: Stephen Collins, Ryle
  • Boys’ Swimming & Diving: Mike Essig, Trinity (Louisville)
  • Boys’ Tennis: Al Hertsenberg, Covington Catholic
  • Boys’ Track & […]

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08/15/23- Roster/Schedule/Score/Photo, Etc. Reminder for Fall Sports

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With fall sports back in full swing, this is a reminder to all coaches and athletic administrators concerning your varsity team schedules, scores, statistics and team photos in the team sports of Field Hockey, Football, Soccer and Volleyball, as well as your rosters (in all sports at all levels).

ROSTERS:

  • Students may not participate in interscholastic competitions (including scrimmages and contests) without a valid roster online. The KHSAA system for roster and schedule entry is the only system that meets KHSAA rules and requirements in all sports.
  • Athletic Directors (and coaches if your AD has assigned you those rights):
  • Please enter your full roster (including freshman, junior varsity and varsity) in the KHSAA School Subdomain. Rosters are required to be submitted to the KHSAA (no other third-party roster system is accepted) prior to any scrimmage or contest.
  • To enter your rosters (if you have those rights assigned by your school), log into the […]

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07/24/23 – Corresponding Calendar Reminders, Updates, References

2023-2024 News Releases

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Control approved recommended changes to the Spring Corresponding Dates Calendar impacting Tennis, Track and Field, Softball and Baseball. Please understand that this communication will be more lengthy than normal to attempt to address any questions and concerns.

These changes were a result of significant membership feedback addressing the various issues around spring sports and the potential issues faced by the nearly 290 member schools and the association. This represents the first phase of an overall calendar review the Board has begun to start this school year with the second phase being discussed at later meetings to include issues around the integration of three additional championships (boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and boys’ volleyball) into the 2024-25 calendar.

Spring has always presented challenges around end-of-year activities including testing, graduations, recognition ceremonies and so many other schedule conflicts. While at some point, choices will have to be made by some […]

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07/18/23 – Board of Control Conducts First Meeting of 2023-24

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 18, 2023

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its first regularly scheduled meeting of the 2023-24 academic year on Tuesday in Newport, approving revisions to spring 2024 state championship dates, adopting “playing-up” rule changes for sports classified by size and adopting a new alignment for cross country and track & field.

Tuesday began with an orientation for new and returning Board members before launching into the full Board work session, followed by the full Board of Control meeting. The Board and staff welcomed new members Brandy Carver of Morehead and Mandi Hudson of Georgetown, while KHSAA Office Manager and Assistant to the Commissioner Kara Howard was formally announced as having accepted a newly created events services position on the KHSAA staff. After a favorable annual review by the Board, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett’s contract was once again renewed for another year.

The 2023-24 baseball and softball state tournaments were approved to […]

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07/10/23 – NFHS Announces Softball Playing Rule Changes

2022-2023 News Releases

Changes in Pitching Delivery Requirements Approved in High School Softball

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning next year, pitchers in high school softball will be allowed to disengage both feet from the playing surface if the pivot foot is not replanted prior to the delivery of the pitch. Previously, the pivot foot was required to remain in contact with the ground.

This modification to Rule 6-1-2c of the NFHS Softball Rules Book headlined a set of seven rules changes recommended by the NFHS Softball Rules Committee at the committee’s June 11-13 meeting at the Conrad Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“When examining the survey responses, the NFHS Softball Rules Committee recognized that a majority of the membership were in favor of this change,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. “An additional topic the committee […]

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06/30/23 – Official of the Year Winner Announced for Softball

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 30, 2023

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2022-23 softball season is Kevin Terry of Corbin. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Division Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

With officiating numbers declining at the national level, […]

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06/08/23 – How to Watch Baseball, Softball State Tournaments on KHSAA.tv

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 8, 2023

The 2022-23 athletic season will officially come to a close this weekend as the semifinal and final rounds of the 2023 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball and Softball State Tournaments presented by UK HealthCare wrap up on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

All six remaining games across both tournaments will be webcast live on KHSAA.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network. Live audio from each webcast will be streamed for free on KHSAA.net.

A monthly pass to the NFHS Network costs $11.99 per month, billed immediately once per calendar month from the sign-up date, while an annual pass costs $79.99 per year. All passes include full access to live regular-season and postseason events, as well as immediate access to events when available On Demand, and can be canceled at any time. For more information on how to subscribe to the NFHS […]

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06/06/23 – Johnson, Ferree Named 2022-23 Midway/KHSAA Student-Athletes of the Year

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 6, 2023

The 2022-23 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year awards program culminated this week on the campus of Midway University, as Rafaella Johnson of Elizabethtown (Cross Country) and George Ferree of Trinity (Louisville) (Wrestling) were recognized as the overall Student-Athletes of the Year.

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

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

 

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05/31/23 – Parking Details for State Track & Field, State Softball

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA has received the final details for parking on the campus of the University of Kentucky at this year’s State Track & Field and State Softball Championships. Coaches and teams are reminded to allow extra time, especially in the Lexington area, for travel due to so many events in and around Lexington June 1-2-3. 

State Track & Field Teams are reminded that the State Meet is conducted with a specific time schedule and events will not be delayed if a competitor does not check in on time. Teams can arrive early and remain in buses until the Team Gate opens or athletes/coaches can always arrive earlier than their event to check-in and head to Tent City. 

State Softball Teams are reminded they can arrive earlier than their indicated warm-up time and UK Parking/KHSAA Staff will accommodate you on-site. Parking maps are available below!

 

UPDATED PARKING MAPS

05/31/23 – Track & Field, Baseball, Softball to Wrap Up 2022-23 Championship Season

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 31, 2023

The final state championship events of the 2022-23 school year are set to kick off in Lexington this week.

The 2023 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Track & Field State Championships, 2023 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament and 2023 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Softball State Tournament, each presented by UK HealthCare, will run throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Track & Field State Championships and Softball State Tournament will be played entirely on the University of Kentucky campus, while the Baseball State Tournament will begin at Counter Clocks Field before finishing at UK’s Kentucky Proud Park the following weekend.

The Track & Field State Championships will start with 1A competition on Thursday and 2A competition on Friday before concluding with its 3A championships on Saturday. Baseball will play its first round over Thursday and Friday and its quarterfinals on Saturday at Counter Clocks Field, concluding with the final two rounds next weekend. Softball will […]

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05/10/23 – Baseball & Softball End of Season/Beginning of Postseason Updates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Staff managing Baseball and Softball have continued to receive inquiries regarding the ending of the regular season and the beginning of the postseason.

A variety of situations were shared with the KHSAA Board of Control at today’s meeting. After discussion and on behalf of the staff, the Commissioner proposed an interpretation allowing regular season games to be played up until the day before the district tournament begins in both sports. The Board unanimously concurred with that recommendation which will be the policy in all team sports going forward. This is in alignment with the end of the regular season in the individual sports that can play contests up until the day before the postseason begins.

For example:
1) The District Tournament is set to begin on Monday, teams could play on Sunday, the day before the postseason begins.
2) The District Tournament is set to begin on Saturday, teams could play on […]

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05/04/23 – Spring Draw Show Tabbed for May 9 on NFHS Network

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 4, 2023

The pairings for the 2023 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball and Softball State Tournaments presented by UK HealthCare will be decided during the KHSAA’s annual Spring Championship Draw Show on Tuesday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. ET from the KHSAA office in Lexington.

The Draw Show will be streamed live on the NFHS Network at no cost to viewers via khsaa.tv, determining which regions will be paired for first-round matchups.

Both tournaments are currently scheduled to begin Thursday, June 1, on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Kentucky Proud Park will host three consecutive days of first-round and quarterfinal baseball action, while John Cropp Stadium will facilitate softball competition across the opening three-day span.

The semifinal rounds of each tournament will continue on Friday, June 9, followed by both championship games on Saturday, June 10.

The NFHS Network will produce a live webcast of all 30 games […]

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04/19/23 – Softball District/Region Instructions Available

Softball Blog Updates

Postseason instructions for the Softball District/Region Tournaments are now available on the KHSAA website. You can view the softball portion of the instructions that begin on page 60 at the following link:

District/Region Instructions

You can find additional information on the KHSAA website on the Softball page under “District Tournament Instructions and Information” and “Region Tournament Instructions and Information”, respectively.

In addition, below are some quick reference reminders:

LAST CONTEST

  • For 2023, the last date of the regular season will be the Saturday prior to the week when a district tournament is scheduled or the deadline for seeded district games to be played if the district chooses to begin on the weekend prior to the published corresponding date.

LAST DISTRICT-SEEDED CONTEST

  • The last day for a district-seeded game is the Wednesday prior to District Tournament Week (May 10). 
  • For any game not played after that date, the winner/loser of any unplayed […]

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04/17/23 – Suncoast Model SBFPB-10 Bat placed on Non-Approved Bat List

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA has received official notification from the NFHS announcing that USA Softball, the national governing body utilized by NFHS Softball to certify bats, has placed the Suncoast Model SBFPB-10 bat on the Non-Approved Bat List with Certification Marks. This bat is not compliant for use under NFHS softball rules, effective immediately (4/17/2023). A picture of the bat is shown below.

These bats were approved when originally manufactured and were legal for play at that time, but due to some unforeseen issues no longer pass the approval requirements. You can find the entire list of USA Softball Non-Approved Bats with Certification Marks here: https://usa.asasoftball.com/e/BB1P2000.asp

 

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04/14/23 – Softball Mid-Season Updates & Interpretations

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA wanted to update member schools on different topics and questions that have been submitted to the office thus far this softball season. 

FACE PROTECTION

Since 2018, Kentucky has required the use of face protection for pitchers, first basemen, and third basemen. The office has received several questions about interpretations of this rule which is understandable given the regular turnover of coaches and umpires. Below are a few examples with case situations included for umpires and coaches. None of these are revisions from the past years of implementation and most are simple clarifications.

  • The face protection for pitchers, first basemen, and third basemen is required in all contests for KHSAA member schools, regular and postseason, whether the contest is played in Kentucky or out of state.
  • Out-of-state teams who travel to the state of Kentucky to compete are not required by Kentucky rules to wear face protection but are expected to comply with any […]

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04/13/23 – Media Credentials Now Available for Spring Championships

2022-2023 News Releases

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for spring state championships (archery, esports, bass fishing, tennis, track & field, baseball, softball) is now live and can be accessed via the following link: credentials.khsaa.org

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

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

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04/11/23 – Two KHSAA Coaches Earn NFHS Section II Coach of the Year Honors

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 11, 2023

Two KHSAA coaches earned 2021-22 Section II Coach of the Year honors from the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association. Conner boys’ cross country head coach Ian Johnstone and Ballard softball head coach Alan Jones became the KHSAA’s 37th and 38th NFHS Section II Coach of the Year selections since 2001-02.

The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through a comprehensive 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. This year’s awards recognize coaches from the […]

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2023 State Softball All-Tournament Team and Awards

Softball Blog Updates

  2023 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Softball State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare   All-Tournament Team presented by Morgan & Morgan  
  • Kayden Murray, Greenwood
  • Madelyn Vaughn, Johnson Central
  • Raylee Roby, Daviess County
  • Lynlee Britain, Central Hardin
  • Haven Ford, Rowan County
  • Trinity Lambert, Rowan County
  • Kayleigh White, East Jessamine
  • Alexandra Cox-Smith, East Jessamine
  • Kendal Hargrove, Henderson County
  • Anna Kemp, Henderson County
  • Hallie McCracken, Henderson County
  • Mikayla Milby, Ballard
  • Emory Donaldson, Ballard
  • Most Valuable Player presented by Morgan & Morgan: Brooke Gray, Ballard

 

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04/03/23 – Initial RPI Rankings, Stat Leader Reports Available for Baseball, Softball

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 3, 2023

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings and the initial stat leader reports for the 2023 baseball and softball seasons are now available. All data is based solely upon the statistical information officially submitted to the KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard by member schools.

The RPI is a tool developed for all team sports by using the official KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard data. It is provided for a variety of reasons, including district tiebreaking and football bracketing, and as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion. The KHSAA Board of Control has approved the RPI to be used as a tiebreaking/contest result mechanism to decide seeded district games not played by the deadline.

The RPI rankings are updated on an hourly basis but are not calculated for teams with missing […]

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04/03/23 – Softball Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Softball Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year among Softball participants for 2022-2023 is now open.

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

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards ceremony at Midway University on June 6. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2022-2023 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year and announced at the recognition. All winners will receive their honors at that event.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in the sport of Softball is April 27. We look forward to your participation!

 

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02/24/23 – Softball Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The 2023 Online Rules Clinic that is required for all head and assistant coaches and licensed officials in the sport of Softball is now available. The clinic is required for ALL coaches at each school, head or assistant, paid or unpaid.

As a reminder, here are some important dates for the upcoming season:

  • First Practice: February 13
  • First Contest: March 13
  • Maximum Number of Scrimmages: 2
  • Maximum Number of Games: 36
  • Last Date for Seeded Game – May 10
  • District Tournaments: May 15 – May 22
    • Districts can vote by majority to play as early as May 13
  • Region Tournaments: May 20 – May 29
  • State First Round/Quarterfinals:
    • Blind draw Regions 1-16
    • John Cropp Stadium, UK, Lexington
    • June 1-2-3 (final schedule being determined with UK)
  • State Semifinals/Final:
    • John Cropp Stadium, UK, Lexington
    • June 9-11 (final schedule being determined with UK)
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01/23/23 – Spring Sports Postseason Dates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As you plan for spring events in 2023, we would like to remind schools about the postseason dates for spring sports. Please make sure all parties involved in planning graduation dates, spring activities, etc. are aware of the postseason dates which should help fans, coaches and administrators avoid scheduling conflicts.

TRACK & FIELD

  • First Date of Practice: December 1
  • First Allowable Contest Date: January 9
  • Region Meets: May 12 – May 25
    • As regions begin preparation, please remember that all scheduling is led by the regional host, but discussions and planning should include all schools involved. 
  • The KHSAA State Track & Field Meet will return to the University of Kentucky on June 1-3, 2023.
    • Class 1A will compete on June 1, followed by Class 2A on June 2, and Class 3A on June 3.

TENNIS

  • First Date of Practice: February 13
  • First Allowable Contest Date: March […]

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01/18/23 – Board of Control Approves Football Realignment, RPI Revision, Jenkins Placement in Region 14

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 18, 2023

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2022-23 academic year on Wednesday in Lexington, approving football realignment and revisions to the RPI calculations, as well as the placement of Jenkins in Region 14 for basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball.

The Board’s approved football realignment will be effective during the 2023 and 2024 seasons. The current enrollment data used for the 2023 and 2024 classifications are from the 2019-20 and 2022-23 school years. Following significant discussion, the Board elected to adopt a two-year alignment so that the realignment process could begin anew next year (in conjunction with the receipt of fall 2023 enrollment numbers) to allow completion by February 2024, giving schools more than one year to resolve scheduling issues for 2025 and beyond.

12/19/22 – KHSAA Announces NFHS State Coach of the Year Honorees for 2021-22 Seasons

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DEC. 19, 2022

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

The complete list of 2021-22 honorees from Kentucky is below.

Baseball: David Rexroat, Russell County
Boys’ Basketball: William Unseld, Warren Central
Girls’ Basketball: Kristy Orem, Pikeville
Boys’ Cross Country: Ian Johnstone, Conner
Girls’ Cross Country: Tom Stickel, Lexington Christian
Field Hockey: Jody Schaefer, Assumption
Football: Noel Rash, Beechwood
Boys’ Golf: Greg Zimmerer, Christian Academy-Louisville
Girls’ Golf: Sam Westfall, Madisonville-North Hopkins
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06/28/22 – Official of the Year Winners Announced for Winter, Spring Sports

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 28, 2022

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

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

The Outstanding Officials of the Year for the 2021-22 winter and spring seasons are James Johns for basketball, Joseph Phillips for swimming & diving, Eric Friddle for wrestling, Ron Rawe for baseball, Randy Chapman for softball and Sadie Gambrel for track & field, while Paul Lewis was named the Larry G. […]

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2022 State Softball All Tournament Team and Awards

Softball Blog Updates

  2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Softball State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare   All-Tournament Team  
  • Isabella Persinger, Harrison County
  • Jillian Jeffries, Holy Cross (Louisville)
  • Kaytlan Kemp, Henderson County
  • Jessie Daniels, Daviess County
  • Ariel Fox, McCracken County
  • Zoe Smithson, McCracken County
  • Elly Bennett, South Warren
  • Carrie Enlow, South Warren
  • Ava Emmert, Lexington Catholic
  • Abby Hammond, Lexington Catholic
  • Lucy Nash, Lexington Catholic
  • Imari Golden, Ballard
  • Macy McCoy, Ballard
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06/11/22- Kopser, Gloyd Named 2021-22 Midway/KHSAA Student-Athletes of the Year

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 11, 2022

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

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

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

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06/08/22 – 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball, Softball State Tournaments to Conclude This Weekend

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 8, 2022

The 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare and the 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Softball State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare are each set to conclude at the Barnhart Family Athletics Complex on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington this weekend.

Tickets to every game are available for purchase solely online at khsaatickets.org. Live webcasts of every game will be available on khsaa.tv.

The quarterfinals of the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Softball State Tournament at John Cropp Stadium will begin Friday at 11 a.m. ET, scheduled in three-hour increments through 8 p.m. The semifinals will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., followed by the state championship game on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The semifinals of the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament at Kentucky Proud Park are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The state championship will be decided on Saturday at 7 […]

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06/02/22 – Track & Field, Baseball, Softball Set to Kick Off in Lexington

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 2, 2022

The final state championship events of the 2021-22 school year are set to kick off on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington this week with the 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Track & Field State Championships, Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament and Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Softball State Tournament, each presented by UK HealthCare.

Tickets to all three events are available for purchase online only at khsaatickets.org. Live webcasts will be available on khsaa.tv.

Track & Field will start with 1A competition on Thursday and 2A competition on Friday before concluding with its 3A championships on Saturday. Baseball will play its first round over Thursday and Friday and its quarterfinals on Saturday, concluding with the final two rounds next weekend. Softball will commence Friday and Saturday before completing its final three rounds next weekend.

 

2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Track & Field State Championships

05/17/22 – Baseball, Softball State Tournament Draw Show Set for Thursday

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 17, 2022

Pairings for the 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament Presented by UK HealthCare and the 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Softball State Tournament Presented by UK HealthCare will be revealed Thursday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. ET, live on KHSAA.tv from the KHSAA Office in Lexington.

The first round of the 2022 Baseball State Tournament will kick off Thursday, June 2, at Kentucky Proud Park on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. The opening round will wrap up the next day, followed by quarterfinal action on June 4. Both semifinal games will take place June 10, culminating with the state championship game on June 11.

The first round of the 2022 Softball State Tournament will start Friday, June 3, at UK’s John Cropp Stadium and conclude the following night. All four quarterfinal contests are scheduled for June 10, with the semifinal round tabbed for June 11 and the championship […]

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05/10/22 – Baseball & Softball Season Clarification and Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This communication is published to assist Athletic Directors, Baseball/Softball Coaches, and others in the member schools with regard to the end-of-season questions office staff has been receiving as we are approaching the end of the regular season during this first year with a revised schedule.

Prior to the beginning of the year, the Board of Control approved revisions to the structure of the beginning of the season (and the postseason in baseball) to maintain the nine-week regular season. There was no question, at the time, with regard to the last day of the regular season as it was to remain as published in Bylaw 23.

However, many schools tried to both utilize the earlier playing week and shift the end of regular season play. It is clear that in this first year of the adjusted calendar, some assumptions were made at the local level and there is some confusion at the local level on options […]

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04/26/22 – Spalding Softball for Postseason

Athletic Department Blog Updates

In collaboration with Spalding, and for 2022 ONLY, the requirement of the use of a Dudley softball is suspended due to continued issues in the supply chain of getting balls delivered in time for spring championships. Participating teams shall use any legally approved Dudley brand softball in all playoff games if inventory is available. The game balls used must contain the NFHS authenticating mark and must be a Dudley brand softball if inventory is available.

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 286 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance […]

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04/13/22 – Media Credentials Now Available for Spring Championships

2021-2022 News Releases

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for spring sports championships (archery, esports, bass fishing, tennis, track & field, softball, baseball) 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 who regularly cover high school athletics. Credentials must be requested prior to the established deadline for each sport through the online credentialing system.

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

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04/11/22 – Initial RPI Rankings, Stat Leader Reports Released for Baseball, Softball

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 11, 2022

 

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Rankings and the initial stat leader reports for the 2022 baseball and softball seasons have been posted at KHSAA.org.

The RPI (https://khsaa.org/rpi-ratings-percentage-index/) is a tool developed for all team sports by using the official KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard data. It is provided for a variety of reasons, including district tiebreaking and football bracketing, and as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion. The KHSAA Board of Control has approved the RPI to be used as a tiebreaking/contest result mechanism to decide seeded district games not played by the deadline.

The RPI rankings are updated on an hourly basis but are not calculated for teams with missing scores from the previous day or earlier.

RPI measures a team’s strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules (margin of victory is not a factor). RPI is calculated […]

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04/11/22 – Softball Nominations Sought for Female Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Softball Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Year among Softball participants for 2021-2022 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2021-2022 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University on Monday, June 6. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2021-2022 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will also receive their honors at that event.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in the sport of Softball is May 5, […]

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

Baseball Blog Updates

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

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

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02/23/22 – Softball Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Softball Blog Updates

The 2022 Online Rules Clinic that is required for all head and assistant coaches and licensed officials in the sport of Softball is now available. The clinic is required for ALL coaches at each school, head or assistant, paid or unpaid.

As a reminder, here are some important dates about the upcoming season:

  • First Practice: February 15
  • First Contest: March 14
  • Maximum Number of Scrimmages: 2
  • Maximum Number of Games: 36
  • Districts: May begin as early as May 16, but no change from prior schedule is required. In addition, districts can vote by majority to play the earlier permitted weekend should they choose to do so. 
  • Region: May begin as early as May 23, but no change from prior schedule is required. Region Tournaments should be concluded no later than June 2. In addition, regions can vote by majority to play prior to May 23rd should they choose to do so and must simply […]

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01/25/22 – Softball Season Clarifications

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA has received several inquiries and questions surrounding the recent Board of Control action for Softball. The action taken requires no changes or allowances in dates with the postseason. This action gives softball coaches the same flexibility as the baseball coaches to start both the regular season and the postseason early rounds earlier if that works for them. This does not result in any changes in allowable regular-season competition unless that is the wish of the schools in a district or region. 

The below information should help clarify further on any dates. 

Important dates for the 2022 Softball season:

  • First Date of Practice: Feb. 15 (No Change)
    • Scrimmages may occur any time after the first official practice date
  • First Allowable Contest Date: March 14
  • District Tournaments: May begin as early as May 16, but no change from prior schedule is required. In addition, districts can vote by majority to play […]

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01/21/22 – Revision to Start of FP Softball Season Coincides with Baseball Change (Revised 01/25/22)

2021-2022 News Releases

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office and made some modifications to the playing and postseason schedule for baseball. This change on dates for regular season play will also be available to softball teams.

This action taken by the Board approved allowing the beginning of the season to be shifted one week earlier than the past couple of seasons. This start date returns the start of softball play to the middle of March and will allow for districts to begin their postseason tournaments earlier as well. This local flexibility in scheduling will also help with scheduling concerns around end-of-year activities as well as other conflicts.  There was no change in the original First Round State and State Final Tournament dates which will give additional flexibility not only for districts but for regions to be creative with their schedule. These changes […]

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

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 19, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2021

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

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

Boys Baseball- Richard Arnold, Trinity (Louisville)
Boys Basketball- Kevin Listerman, Highlands
Girls Basketball- Aaron Beth, Marshall County
Boys Cross Country- Joe Buechler, Holy Cross (Louisville)
Girls Cross Country- Brian Allesandro, Highlands
Girls Field Hockey- Amy Elliott, Kentucky Country Day
Boys Football (11-Player)- Justin Haddix, Boyle County
Boys Golf- James Chaney, Trinity (Louisville)
Girls Golf- Aaron […]

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

2021-2022 News Releases

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

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

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07/13/21 – Spring Officials, Supervisor of the Year Winners Announced

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2021

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

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

The Outstanding Officials of the Year for the 2021 spring season are Jerry Mohr for track & field, Ronnie McGuffey for softball and John Carroll for baseball. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Division Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an […]

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07/12/21 – Player Equipment Changes Highlight Rules Revisions in High School Softball

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Two significant player equipment changes involving the wearing of head coverings and beads were among the rules revisions approved in high school softball for the upcoming 2022 season.

These changes along with six other rules revisions were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee at its June 14-16 meeting held in a virtual format and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

In Rule 3-2-5b, language that previously prohibited hard items to control the hair, including beads, has been removed from the rules book. The committee did not believe that the use of hard items, such as beads, presented an injury risk to other players. In contrast, the prohibition of such items has been interpreted as adversely affecting one’s cultural background.

In addition, head coverings worn for religious reasons in high school softball no longer will require prior approval from the respective state high […]

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06/17/21 – State Softball Tournament Resumes Friday at UK

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2021

The 2021 KHSAA State Softball Tournament (June 18-20) culminates this weekend as the final eight teams head to the University of Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium. Tickets to the event are only available for purchase online and can be found at khsaatickets.org. There will be no onsite cash or credit card sales, and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to expedite the admission process.

The KHSAA State Softball Tournament gets underway Friday morning with the first of four quarterfinal games at 11 a.m. as Boyle County takes on Lewis County. Daviess County will square off against Pendleton County in the second game of the day at 2 p.m., followed by Lafayette versus Butler at 5 p.m., and Warren East against Green County in the final game of the day at 8 p.m. Saturday’s semifinals will be played at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the championship […]

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06/11/21 – Friday’s Softball Semi-State Games Postponed Until Sunday

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2021

Friday’s softball semi-state games have been postponed until Sunday, June 13 at John Cropp Stadium due to severe weather conditions.

The rescheduled games will be played on Sunday as follows:

1:30 PM – Boyle County vs. Johnson Central (in progress)
3:30 PM – North Laurel vs. Lafayette
6:00 PM – Pendleton County vs. Boone County

Saturday’s games will be played as scheduled.

The updated schedule is available at https://scoreboard.12dt.com/scoreboard/khsaa/kyfp21/tournament_191200

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 284 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic […]

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06/07/21- Lehmkuhler, Smallwood Named Midway/KHSAA Student-Athletes of the Year

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2021

The 2020-21 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year awards program culminated on the campus of Midway University on Monday, as Claire Lehmkuhler (Woodford County) and Jackson Smallwood (Grant County) were recognized as the overall Student-Athletes of the Year.

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

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

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05/25/21 – Baseball and Softball State Tournament Draws Set for Thursday

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2021

The pairings for the 2021 KHSAA State Baseball and KHSAA State Softball Tournaments will be revealed Thursday, May 27 at 1 p.m. as the Draw Show will be conducted at the KHSAA offices and streamed online at KHSAA.tv.

The 2021 KHSAA State Baseball Tournament begins Saturday, June 12 with semi-state games played at local host sites. The opening round matchups were carried over from last year after the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic. Four sites will host the semi-state matchups with Region 1 vs. 4 and 3 vs. 2 played at Western Kentucky University, 5 vs. 8 and 7 vs. 6 at Elizabethtown, 9 vs. 12 and 11 vs. 10 at the University of Kentucky, and 13 vs. 16 and 15 vs. 14 at Morehead State.

The eight teams advancing from the opening round will travel to Legends Field (June 16-19) for the remainder of […]

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05/24/21 – Softball District/Region Instructions Available

Softball Blog Updates

Postseason instructions for the Softball District/Region Tournaments are now available on the KHSAA website. You can view these instructions by clicking on the following link:

CLICK HERE TO READ DISTRICT/REGION INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL

You can find additional information on the KHSAA website on the Softball page under “District Tournament Instructions and Information” and “Region Tournament Instructions and Information”, respectively.

 

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 284 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and 6 sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 106,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and […]

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05/20/21 – Baseball & Softball Reminders

Baseball Blog Updates

To assist administrators and coaches as we approach the postseason in baseball and softball, the office would like to provide the following reminders:

DISTRICT SEED GAMES
The last date to play a district-seeded game is Wednesday, May 26.  For games that are not able to be played by this date, the winner/loser of the contest will be determined by the RPI as of May 26.

Baseball RPI Link 
Softball RPI Link  

TIE-BREAKER FOR DISTRICT SEEDS
We continue to get questions about seeding procedures and which game counts toward breaking a tie. 

Since the January Board meeting, spring sports have been able to utilize the normal locally adopted seeding procedures.  If after all of those locally adopted tie-breaking procedures are exhausted and there remains a tie, the COVID guidance shared states that the first game played would be the tie-breaking game.  

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05/11/21 – Baseball & Softball Reminders For Postseason

Baseball Blog Updates

The KHSAA office has received several inquiries from member schools over the past few weeks on a variety of baseball/softball issues.  We share with you the following reminders as we are approaching the postseason. 

INTERRUPTED GAMES

  • All seeded district, district tournament, region tournament, and semi-state/state tournament games will be seven innings unless a run rule is in effect.
  • If the entire game cannot be played due to weather or other issues, it is a suspended game and shall be completed.
  • Any completion of a suspended game shall resume at the point of interruption including substitutions, ejections, etc.

DISTRICT SEEDING

  • All current seeding plans (including tie-breaking procedures) on file with the KHSAA for each district should be utilized.
  • Only in the case of COVID cancellations where the current seeding plan on file cannot be exercised, will the KHSAA policy in the COVID guidance be used.
  • As all are aware, the restrictions were much […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

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

 

 

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04/23/21 – Initial RPI Rankings, Stat Leader Reports Released for Baseball and Softball

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2021

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Rankings and the initial stat leader reports for the 2021 baseball and softball seasons have been posted at KHSAA.org.

The RPI (https://khsaa.org/rpi-ratings-percentage-index/) is a tool developed for all team sports by using the official KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard data. It is provided for a variety of reasons including district tiebreaking and football bracketing, and as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion. The Board of Control has approved the RPI to be used as a tiebreaking/contest result mechanism to decide seeded district games not played by the deadline.

The RPI rankings are updated on an hourly basis, but are not calculated for teams with missing scores from the previous day or earlier. For the 2021 baseball and softball seasons, COVID cancellations are marked on a team’s schedule as a 0-0 tie but are not factored into the RPI calculations and rankings.

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04/19/21 – Softball Nominations Sought for Female Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Softball Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete-of-the-Year among Softball participants for 2020-2021 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2020-2021 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early summer 2021. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2020-2021 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete-of-the-Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will also receive their recognition at that banquet.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in the sport of Softball is May 13, […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT

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03/22/21 – NFHS Officials Part 2 Exam Now Online for BA, FP, TR

Baseball Blog Updates

NFHS Part 2 exams for licensed officials in the sports of Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball, and Track & Field are now available online. The Part 2 exams will be open until Monday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).  After not being able to be on the field or track last spring we know everyone is excited about this season.

The tests will automatically close on April 5 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.  The exam is also used for advancements in levels of classification.

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

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

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

Archery Blog Updates

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

Restrictions/Recommendations On In-State Contests

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

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02/22/21 – Softball Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Softball Blog Updates

The 2021 Online Rules Clinic that is required for all head and assistant coaches and licensed officials in the sport of Softball is now available. The clinic is required for ALL coaches at each school, head or assistant, paid or unpaid.

As a reminder, here are some important dates about the upcoming season: 

  • First Practice: February 22
  • First Contest: March 29
  • Maximum Number of Scrimmages: 2
  • Maximum Number of Games: 36
  • District: May 31 – June 5 (play could begin on 5/29)
  • Region: June 7 – June 11 (play could begin on 6/5)
  • Semi-State: June 12
  • Tentative State Dates: June 18-20

CLINIC FOR HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES

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

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01/21/21 – Board of Control Reviews Status of Winter and Spring Sports

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2021

The Board of Control held its fourth regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Thursday at the KHSAA Office, conducting a thorough status review of ongoing operations and championship plans. Staff provided an overview of all winter and spring sports and sport-activities, while outlining considerations and options for the winter events that will be presented for final review at the Board’s next meeting on Feb. 17.

“Today’s meeting provided an opportunity to update the Board of Control and our constituency on the various issues and COVID-19 mitigations facing each of our sports and sport-activities,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Circumstances change rapidly during the pandemic but we hope to have a clearer picture for how we can proceed with our winter championships when the Board next meets in February.”

Included in the staff’s report on basketball, was a preliminary discussion on ticketing to the 2021 Boys’ and Girls’ […]

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10/02/20 – NFHS Learning Center Adds New Officiating Courses for Soccer, Track and Field

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In support of its commitment to high school officials’ education, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has announced two new free courses have been published to the online NFHS Learning Center – “Officiating Soccer: Pre-Game Conference for Officials” and “Officiating Track and Field.”

Designed as a complement to two other soccer officiating courses on the Learning Center, “Officiating Soccer: Pre-Game Conference for Officials” focuses on teaching referees the proper protocols to be carried out ahead of each contest. Key aspects include the importance of advance communication between officials, field inspections, and discussing relevant game-time topics and recent rule changes. Effectively executing the pre-game conference allows each referee to work cohesively with his or her team and be as informed and observant as possible during play.

“The pre-game conference for officials in the game of soccer serves to familiarize the contest officials with the host of responsibilities they have to […]

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

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2020

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

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

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06/18/20 – NFHS to Halt Printing of Spring Sports Rules Publications; 2020 Rules to be Used in 2021 Season

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Due to the cancellation of spring sports at high schools across the country, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) will not be publishing new rules (both print and digital) for 2021 in the sports of baseball, softball, track and field, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse.

Because very few schools were able to compete in these sports prior to the March shutdown of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, competition in these sports in 2021 will be conducted under 2020 NFHS rules for baseball, softball, track and field, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse.

“Since most schools were not able to practice or play a game in these sports, we thought it was best to carry the 2020 rules publications forward to next year,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “Our rules committees in these sports will conduct virtual meetings this summer but will not be approving any additional rules […]

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05/18/20 – Official of the Year Winner Announced for Softball

2019-2020 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2020

Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the spring sports season, the Association will still honor the outstanding work and commitment to student-athletes put forth by licensed officials in each spring sport. In recognition of their past efforts and dedication to softball, the Association has chosen the finalists for the sport’s Official of the Year Award. Of the 693 licensed officials in softball, Ed Smith (Covington) and Nathan Hall (Pippa Passes) were chosen as finalists with Smith selected as the 2020 KHSAA Softball Official of the Year.

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

One official in each sport will be named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation […]

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

2019-2020 News Releases

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

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

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

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

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

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2020

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

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

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    04/06/20 – Softball Nominations Sought for Female Midway Student-Athlete of the Year

    Softball Blog Updates

    While spring sports and sport-activities are currently suspended, Midway University is continuing with its recognition of the outstanding talents of student-athletes who participate in these programs. The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year among Softball participants for 2019-2020 is now open.

    This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 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 May 17 and will be recognized at a future function in coordination by Midway University.  From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2019-2020 Midway University/KHSAA Overall Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the future […]

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

    2019-2020 News Releases

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

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

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

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

    2019-2020 News Releases

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

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

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

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    03/23/20 – NFHS Part 2 Exam Now Online for Baseball & Softball Umpires

    Baseball Blog Updates

    The NFHS Part 2 Tests for licensed officials in the sports of Baseball and Softball are now available online.  Even during what we hope is a short time, while there are currently no games being played, officials may use this tool to increase their knowledge, brush up on the rules and situations or complete the exam to move to the various levels within the classification of officials.

    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.

    The tests will be open until Monday, April 6 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test.

    Thank you for being a licensed official and we appreciate your patience during such unprecedented times.

    – KHSAA –

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage […]

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

    2019-2020 News Releases

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

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

    Closer to May […]

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    02/24/20 – Softball Online Rules Clinic Now Available

    Softball Blog Updates

    The 2020 Online Rules Clinic that is required for all head and assistant coaches and licensed officials in the sport of Softball is now available. The clinic is required for ALL coaches at each school, head or assistant, paid or unpaid.

    HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES

    • For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, log in to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link entitled “View Online Rules Clinics“.
    • February 24 – April 14 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches at no charge during this period.
    • April 15 – May 4 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches for the late fee ($100) during this period.
    • May 5 – May 18 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches for the late fee ($200) during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will […]

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

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 19, 2020

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

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

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    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 2018 Ashland Blazer football regular season, which is subject to revision given revisions approved for any RPI parameter. This long-published example of the calculations on the KHSAA website at https://ly.khsaa.org/uynq.

    RPI Background (all sports)

    • RPI stands for Ratings Percentage Index.
    • RPI is used for district tiebreaking and football third, fourth and fifth-round bracketing, as well as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion of interscholastic athletics.
    • RPI is also used as a tiebreaking/contest-result mechanism to decide seeded district games that are not played by the deadline.
    • 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 for more than two decades.
    • RPI rankings are updated on an hourly basis but are not calculated for teams with missing scores from previous or multiple contests.
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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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    06/27/19 – New Definition for Damaged Bats Highlights High School Softball Rules Changes

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 27, 2019) —A new definition for a damaged bat is one of three high school softball rules changes for the 2020 season.

    The three rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    A damaged bat will now be defined as a bat that was once legal, but is broken, cracked, dented, rattles or has sharp edges that might deface the ball (Rules 1-5-1, 7-4-2, 2-4-3).

    Previously, a damaged bat was considered an illegal bat, with the penalty being an out when the batter entered the batter’s box. Now, damaged bats are simply removed from the game without penalty.

    “This rule defines damaged bats and distinguishes them from non-approved and altered bats,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. “The committee […]

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    06/14/19 – State Softball Schedule Adjusted

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2019

    After nearly continuous consultation with a variety of media outlets and weather professionals, the KHSAA has revised the schedule for the final rounds of the State Softball Tournament.

    The semifinals will be played Saturday starting at noon, with the finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

    “We have talked to administrators at all eight schools this week to make them aware of the forecast and predictions we were hearing for the Lexington area for Saturday night and Sunday, along with the options we were considering,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “The consensus of all the media weather professionals is that to play the finals on Sunday would very likely lead to weather delays and cancellations. The predicted inclement weather and rain, once it begins, is scheduled to be considerable for the better part of the next four days.

    “In the interest of the student participants and their families and […]

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    06/10/19 – Final Logistics for 2019 KHSAA State Softball

    Softball Blog Updates

    Thanks for your great cooperation in getting final preparations set for the 2019 State Softball Tournament. While the weather didn’t cooperate with the original plan, we look forward to giving it another try this weekend!

    The KHSAA wanted to publish updated details about the tournament, which is now scheduled to begin June 14th at 10:00 AM.

    • Game times for Friday, June 14th will not change with quarterfinal rounds scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at John Cropp Stadium at the University of Kentucky.
    • Due to scheduling conflicts in and around campus, the semifinal game times have been adjusted, with Semifinal #1 to begin at 1:00 PM and Semifinal #2 to begin at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 15th.
    • The Championship game is still slated for 2:00 PM, Sunday, June 16th.

    An adjusted detailed time schedule is available on the KHSAA website.

    A copy of these schedules […]

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    06/07/19 – KHSAA State Softball Postponed Till June 14

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2019

    Due to this weekend’s long-range weather forecast in Lexington, the start of the 2019 KHSAA State Softball Tournament has been postponed to Friday, June 14. The quarterfinal games will be played in a continuous format on June 14 starting at 10 a.m. The order of games for the quarterfinals will remain the same and times for the other rounds will be finalized and assigned in the coming days.

    “Though this was not an easy decision to make, it was one we reached after consulting with the University of Kentucky, our softball staff, and others in an effort to provide an optimal experience for the participants in the best interest of our member schools,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Postponing the games till next weekend will prevent our teams from having to wait out the weather on an hourly basis, while also incurring additional expenses through extended lodging and travel. […]

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    06/06/19 – Final Details for KHSAA State Softball Tournament

    Softball Blog Updates

    The KHSAA wanted to send some final reminders and clarifications about the 2019 KHSAA State Softball Tournament set to start this weekend.

    SCHEDULE

    • A fully detailed planned time schedule has been developed for each game as was discussed in the team call. A copy of these schedules will be included in the team packets and are available by clicking the following link: Detailed Time Schedule

    GAME REMINDERS

    • Teams are reminded that the team in the top half of the bracket will be the home team in all games and use the first base dugout.
    • The team in the bottom half of the bracket will be the visiting team in all games and use the third base dugout.
    • The home team will wear light colored jerseys and the visiting team will wear dark colored jerseys.
    • There is a restroom in each dugout and we have confirmed that they will be available for use […]

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    06/04/19 – Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball and KHSAA Softball State Tournaments Set For Lexington

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2019

    The 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball and 2019 KHSAA Softball State Tournaments will be held this week in Lexington, with the state baseball tournament returning to Whitaker Bank Ballpark while the state softball tournament heads to the University of Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium for the first time.

    Tickets for each event are available for purchase online with links available on the homepage at KHSAA.org. Re-entry is not permitted at either event, however, as is customary with all KHSAA General Admission events, the stands will not be cleared following the conclusion of any single game (with the exception of the reserved seating areas behind the plate) and fans are free to stay within the stadium confines.

    The Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament (June 5-8) begins Wednesday evening when Beechwood takes on Breckinridge County at 5:30 p.m., followed by Tates Creek versus Pleasure Ridge Park at 8:30 p.m. Quarterfinal action resumes Thursday […]

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    05/21/19 – Advance Tickets for Spring Championships Now Available

    Baseball Blog Updates

    Advance tickets to the upcoming KHSAA Spring State Championships are now available for purchase at KHSAA.org. Purchasing tickets ahead of time online allows fans to avoid the lines and head straight into the venue to cheer on their team. 

    Tickets to the State Track & Field, Top Seed Tennis Club/KHSAA State Tennis, State Softball or Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament can be purchased online through the links below:

    2019 KHSAA State Track & Field Championships
    May 30 – June 1: UK Outdoor Track & Field Complex
    https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA

    2019 Top Seed Tennis Club/KHSAA State Tennis Championships
    May 30 – June 1: Top Seed Tennis Club & UK Boone/Downing Tennis Center
    https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA

    2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament
    June 5 – 8: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
    https://khsaa.org/2019-whitaker-bankkhsaa-ticket-sales-information/

    2019 KHSAA State Softball Tournament
    June 7 – 9: John Cropp Stadium
    https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA

    -KHSAA-

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    05/08/19 – Board Approves BA/FP Semi-State Sites, Adopts Spectator Conduct Policy

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2019

    The Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2018-19 academic year on Tuesday and Wednesday at the KHSAA Offices, approving sites for the upcoming baseball and softball semi-state games while also addressing a number of policy revisions.

    Acting on a prior directive from the Board of Control, KHSAA staff has worked throughout the year to secure neutral venues for the baseball and softball semi-state rounds – with a preference given to collegiate sites if possible. The semi-state games will take place Saturday, June 1st, with the Board approving the following sites:

    SOFTBALL
    Semi-State 1 & 2 (Regions 2 vs. 1 and 4 vs. 3) – Western Kentucky University
    Semi-State 3 & 4 (Regions 6 vs. 5 and 8 vs. 7) – University of Louisville
    Semi-State 5 (Region 10 vs. 9) – Northern Kentucky University
    Semi-State 6 & 7 (Regions 12 vs. 11 and 14 […]

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    04/22/19 – Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball and KHSAA Softball State Tournament Draws Set for Tuesday

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2019

    The draws for the 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball and KHSAA State Softball Tournaments will take place Tuesday, April 23 at 12 p.m. The draw will be conducted at the KHSAA offices and can be viewed live online at KHSAA.tv.

    The Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament will be held June 5-8 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, home of the Lexington Legends, for the ninth-straight year. The tournament begins with quarterfinal action June 5-6, followed by the semifinals on Friday, June 7 and the championship game on Saturday, June 8.

    The State Softball Tournament will take place June 7-9 at the University of Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium, as the event transitions to a single-elimination format in 2019. The tournament begins with quarterfinal action on Friday, June 7th, followed by the semifinals on Saturday, June 8th and the championship game on Sunday, June 9th.

    The Draw Show will be streamed live […]

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    04/18/19 – Spring Sports Championship Media Credentials

    2018-2019 News Releases

    The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Spring Sports Championships (Archery, Bass Fishing, Tennis, Track & Field, Baseball and Softball) 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. Media outlets are responsible for the actions of all individuals representing their organization, including compliance with KHSAA policies and procedures. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the […]

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    04/15/19 – Softball District/Region Instructions Available

    Softball Blog Updates

    Postseason instructions for the Softball District/Region Tournaments are now available on the KHSAA website. You can view these instructions by clicking on the following link:

    CLICK HERE TO READ DISTRICT/REGION INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL

    You can find additional information on the KHSAA website on the Softball page under “District Tournament Instructions and Information” and “Region Tournament Instructions and Information”, respectively.

    Member schools and media members are reminded about the NFHS rule change for media areas: 

    NFHS Rule 1-1-7 states: “Media shall be prohibited from being in live-ball areas. The home team or game management may designate an area for the media in dead-ball territory.” You can read more about this rule change by clicking on the following link: Softball Media Area Rule Change

    – KHSAA –

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

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    04/01/19 – KHSAA.org Now Features Enhanced Stat Offerings for Baseball, Softball

    2018-2019 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2019

    New for the 2019 season, box scores, cumulative team season statistics and state leaders for baseball and softball will be available at KHSAA.org. For the past two seasons, limited statistical information was available at KHSAA.org (only state leaders were offered in 2018) through an outsourced arrangement with a third-party vendor. Internalizing the stat entry process brings the statistical coverage for baseball and softball on par with soccer, football, basketball and field hockey on the KHSAA’s website and the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard.

    Member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. Failure to do so subjects the school to penalties from the Commissioner’s office, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27. If a school or individual is omitted from the stat leaders report, or information is not current, that means the team in question did not enter its statistics prior to that morning’s […]

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    03/26/19 – Clarification on Softball Media Area Rule Change

    Softball Blog Updates

    The KHSAA has received a few inquiries from umpires, media members, and fans about the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rule change in softball regarding the placement of a designated temporary media area in live-ball territory. As the body that writes the playing rules for most high school sports and activities, the NFHS made a rule change in 2019 eliminating the option of designating such an area in softball (Rule 1-1-7; 2-22-4 tables 5-1; 5-1-1o).

    As a reminder, this change was covered on slide 33 in the 2019 KHSAA Coaches & Officials Softball Rules Clinic. NFHS Rule 1-1-7 states “Media shall be prohibited from being in live-ball areas. The home team or game management may designate an area for the media in dead-ball territory.” Previously, the rule allowed for temporary media areas to be created in live-ball areas by home game management, however, we […]

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    03/19/19 – Softball Postseason Semi-State Rotation

    Softball Blog Updates

    The KHSAA wanted to send a few reminders and updates to Softball Coaches now that the season has started:

    SEMI-STATE ROTATIONS/SITES
    The rotation grid for the Semi-State Round of the Softball Postseason was published on the KHSAA website recently. To view, please use the link below:
    https://khsaa.org/softball-semi-state-region-pairings-and-rotation/

    Sites for Semi-State games are being finalized by the KHSAA and will be released once confirmed as the KHSAA Board of Control desires for these contests to be conducted on collegiate facilities.

     

    – KHSAA –

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

     

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    03/18/19 – NFHS Part 2 Exam Online for Baseball and Softball Officials

    Baseball Blog Updates

    NFHS Part 2 Tests for licensed officials in the sports of Baseball and Softball are now available online. The Part 2 exams, required for postseason eligibility, will be open until Monday, April 1 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.

    Please keep in mind that there […]

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    02/11/19 – Nominations Sought for Midway Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Softball

    Softball Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Softball participants for 2018-19.

    The award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one female participant from each 2019 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge79-midway-universitykhsaa-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 on June 3. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2018-2019 Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year at the banquet.

    The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year in the sport of Softball is Friday, April 26, […]

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    02/11/19 – Softball Online Rules Clinic Now Available

    Softball Blog Updates

    The 2019 Online Rules Clinic that is required for all head and assistant coaches and licensed officials in the sport of Softball is now available. The clinic is required for ALL coaches at each school, head or assistant, paid or unpaid.

    HEAD AND ASSISTANT COACHES

    • For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, log in to http://schools.khsaa.org
      and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link entitled “View Online Rules Clinics“.
    • February 11 – April 15 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches at no charge during this period.
    • April 16 – May 5 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches for the late fee ($100) during this period.
    • May 6 – May 19 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches for the late fee ($200) during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will […]

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