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09/22/23 – Tee Times Published for State Golf First Round

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Tee Times for the 2023 Leachman Buick•GMC•Cadillac/KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Golf State First Round presented by UK HealthCare have been posted to the KHSAA website (https://khsaa.org/sports-activities-events/fall/golf/) and can be found on the golf page under the dropdown menu for First Round Golf Information.

The opening rounds will be played at Calvert City CC, Kenton County GC (Willows Course) and Winchester CC. All three sites have scheduled the girls’ tournament for Monday, Sept. 25 and the boys’ event for Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Tickets to the events are available for purchase online (https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA), with a discounted $10 advance ticket (including fees) available prior to the day of each event. For those who wait to purchase on the day of the event, only the $12 Game Day ticket will be available. Tickets to the event are only available online. There will be no cash sales at the events.

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9/21/23 – Kentucky Esports – The Status of League of Legends and Other Titles

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League of Legends

With a registration deadline of tomorrow, September 22, and the fall/winter season set to start next Monday — I want to share the status of one of our two longest-standing Esports titles in the state of Kentucky.

League of Legends, along with Rocket League, launched Esports in Kentucky.  From our first in-person State Championship at Collins High School back on January 28, 2019, through this spring’s exciting championship at the University of Kentucky, League of Legends has been a staple of Kentucky Esports.  It has offered one of the most exciting in-person championships we have — one that has consistently had a number of fans watching the action either in person or via Twitch.

Being 5v5, it offers the highest participation opportunities thus far of any title that we offer (though we do have two titles close at 4v4).

To give a little perspective, enrollment in Super Smash Bros. is outpacing LoL […]

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9/19/23- Winter Esports Online Rules Clinic for Coaches Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the winter sport activity of Esports is now available.  I continue to appreciate the support that you’ve given me thus far this school year after I assumed the lead manager role for Esports in our office. This clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) whether or not the coach receives pay.

FOR ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
I cannot stress this enough:  though your student-athletes and coaches have to be loaded into and be active in PlayVS’ system in order to play the games, they have to be loaded into the KHSAA online roster and coaching databases to be eligible to play the games.  So please make certain all of your student-athletes and coaches are loaded into the KHSAA Online Roster System as soon as possible.

FOR COACHES
For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section […]

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9/18/2023 – Disabling the Hidden Browser on District-Owned Nintendo Switch Consoles

Athletic Department Blog Updates

In a continued effort to communicate eSports best practices for games being played on the Nintendo Switch, and continue the discussion with the Kentucky Department of Education regarding what is and is not permissible on the KY K-12 Internet Service, KHSAA is providing the following information on disabling the hidden browser on Nintendo Switch consoles.

For district-owned Nintendo Switch and other eSports gaming consoles, schools should disable browsing and enable parental control features before signing up for a gaming season.

For reference, the following matrix represents the district’s responsibility level relative to the ownership of the device or network being used. 

The hidden browser can be accessed on Nintendo Switch devices through any network connection (wireless or ethernet) by manually setting DNS to 45.55.142.122. This connection provides unfiltered access to the web, and presents internet safety compliance issues.

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09/12/23 – Volleyball Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student Athlete-of-the-Year among Volleyball 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 from each 2023-2024 team. Nominations must come from a member school but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in June of 2024. 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 announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

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

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9/12/23 Soccer Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student Athlete-of-the-Year among Soccer 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 from each 2023-2024 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2024. 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 announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

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

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9/11/2023 – Esports in Public Schools on the KY K-12 Internet Service – An Update on the Nintendo Switch Titles

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA has received feedback from a number of member schools regarding games being played on the Nintendo Switch from their campus. KDE understands and is for KY K-12 students being part of all the different types of KHSAA teams and competitions, including eSports. KDE also understands the importance of and is for members of any type of KHSAA team to be together when practicing and competing, including eSports.   

All the non-Nintendo Switch games (i.e., League of Legends, Rocket League, Madden) played by KY K-12 students who are members of a KHSAA eSports team, always have and continue to work well over the existing KY K-12 Internet service that is also used daily by all 171 KY K-12 public school for instructional and mission-critical operational purposes. This also means these three non-Nintendo Switch games work well with the cybersecurity and cyber safety services […]

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09/06/23 – Field Hockey Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student Athlete-of-the-Year among Field Hockey 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 from each 2023-2024 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2024. 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 announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

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

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09/06/23 – Golf Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student Athlete-of-the-Year among Golf 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 from each 2023-2024 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2024. 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 announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

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

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08/28/23 – PlayVS Fall Intro to Esports Webinar Recording Is Now Available

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Spring 23 KHSAA Esports


This email is being sent to all KHSAA member high school Athletic Directors and current Esports Coaches

Good afternoon, everyone.  I hope your school year and your Esports program are both off to a great start!  I have had quite a few inquiries from schools wanting to sign up for Esports this fall, so it is good timing that last Tuesday’s Intro to Esports Webinar recording is now available for all to view.  Though primarily for new schools & teams, I think it would be beneficial for returning schools as PlayVS go over some important information for this upcoming fall season.

The recording can be found on PlayVS’ YouTube channel and is available for viewing at the following link:

https://ly.khsaa.org/zenq

A couple of notes concerning the webinar.  It was […]

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08/28/23 – Golf Regional Instructions Available and Postseason Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Instructions for participating in the upcoming regional golf championships have been published online at KHSAA.org (https://ly.khsaa.org/mymw). All coaches and competing schools should take the time to review the instructions carefully, even veteran coaches, to ensure familiarity with all KHSAA rules and regulations regarding these events.

As a reminder, any coach listed on the school directory who has met the KHSAA Coaching requirements (Rules Clinic, CPR, Sports Safety, Coaching Education, etc.) will be eligible to coach during the postseason. However, only one coach may give advice to a student-athlete at a time.

Entries must be submitted using the GF101 form contained within the instructions and referenced below. Regional managers are copied on the entry submissions to assist with the preparation of pairings.

REGIONAL INSTRUCTIONS/POSTSEASON UPDATES

08/18/23 – 2023 Fall Esports Enrollment Information

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Good afternoon, everyone.  I hope your school year is getting off to a great start!

Many of you have already done so, but member schools interested in participating in the 2023 Fall Esports season are encouraged to sign up and begin registering for the upcoming season. The registration deadline for the fall season is Friday, September 22.

Titles offered for the fall include:

Join us next Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET, where our esports partner and provider, PlayVS, will be conducting an Intro to Esports Webinar to discuss the benefits of esports, […]

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08/18/23- Offer EXTENDED for AED Pricing from CPR of Indiana

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ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 8, 2023

OFFER EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2023

A few years ago, CPR Institute of Indiana partnered with the NFHS and subsequently with the KHSAA to offer a huge discount on AED purchases to our schools. After months of working with that group throughout the discussions of HB331, they are again offering a special price specifically on the Phillips units that were so popular in our state. A copy of that information is attached by keeping in mind the offer is NOW GOOD THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2023.

As many of you know, AED preparedness and training was a main point in HB331 that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law to go into effect on June 29. While AEDs being required at all athletic events and activities were only strongly recommended by the passage of the bill, and certainly remain strongly recommended by the Association, this would be an optimal […]

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08/17/23 – Additional Reminder for Schools – Bylaw 9 Basketball Organized Play Prior to Practice

Athletic Department Blog Updates

We have had several inquiries about multiple events in the fall for boys’ and girls’ basketball players who have both been enrolled in grade nine and subsequently represented the school at any level, therefore being subject to Bylaw 9.

A student is NOT subject to Bylaw 9 and its restrictions if they have not been enrolled in grade nine and subsequently played in a contest representing the school OR their school year has not begun.

Students who are subject to Bylaw 9 and for whom the academic year has begun are prohibited from attending events outside of the NCAA collegiate live periods when coaches can attend per Bylaw 9.

For 2023-24, the dates when our students subject to Bylaw 9 can attend recruiting events for males at September 7 to October 14.
For 2023-24, the dates when our students subject to Bylaw 9 can attend recruiting events for females from September 7 to October […]

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

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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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08/14/23 – Competitive Cheer Declaration Form Now Open

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The declaration form (CC101) for the sport-activity of Competitive Cheer is now open. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

The deadline to complete this form is Friday, September 29. This is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions once the entries are posted. Each member school Athletic Director or Head Coach shall only submit one form and must be signed into the KHSAA School subdomain (https://schools.khsaa.org/) to declare. You can find CC101 on the school subdomain under the dropdown menu “Forms and Reports” and under “Cheerleading Forms”.

SQUAD SIZES/DIVISIONS

  • All-Girls Small – minimum of 5, maximum of 15
  • All-Girls Medium – minimum of 16, maximum of 19
  • All-Girls Large – minimum of 20, maximum of 23
  • All-Girls Super-Large – minimum […]

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08/14/23 – Dance Declaration Form Now Open

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The declaration form (DA101) for the sport-activity of Dance is now open. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

 The deadline to complete this form is Friday, September 29 This is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions once the entries are posted. Each member school Athletic Director or Head Coach shall only submit one form per school and must be signed into the KHSAA School subdomain (https://schools.khsaa.org/) to declare. You can find DA101 on the school subdomain under the dropdown menu “Forms and Reports” and under “Dance Forms”.

DIVISIONS

  • Jazz (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Hip Hop (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Pom (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Game Day (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
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08/11/23 – KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Registration Now Open

2023-2024 News Releases

For the 23rd year, the KHSAA will host its HYPE Student Leadership Conference.  Mark your calendars to plan to attend one of the two events scheduled for September 7 or September 8 as both will be held at the Central Bank Center in Lexington

WHAT IS HYPE?
HYPE is a one-day student leadership conference where students will enjoy educational interaction with each other to discuss issues and garner information to take back and share/implement with their teams and student body.  The event is staged and presented by the KHSAA Student-Athlete Group.

DATES/LOCATIONS

  • Thursday, September 7 – Central Bank Center (430 W. Vine St. Lexington, next to Rupp Arena).
  • Friday, September 8 – Central Bank Center (430 W. Vine St. Lexington, next to Rupp Arena). 

COST
There is no charge to attend.  Schools are responsible for transportation and meals.

REGISTER
Register here.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 1.  A […]

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08/11/23- Reminders about Approved Amendments to Bylaw 9 for 2023-24 (Basketball Organized Play Prior to Practice)

2023-2024 News Releases

At the September 22, 2022, Annual Meeting of the membership, the delegates approved an amendment to Bylaw 9 of the KHSAA related to the play of basketball players in competition prior to the start of the season. This change is now in effect. The entire text as approved is listed at the end of this information.

The key provisions

  • In summary, basketball players (who have been in grade 9 and subsequently represented a member school in a contest) can now attend true recruiting opportunities that meet very specific criteria, between the start of school and October 14.
  • The opportunity to attend these activities ends October 14, and there is no outside organized play after the first date for allowable practice for those students who have been in grade 9 and subsequently represented a member school in a contest.
  • During the period from the first day of school through October 14, the delegates defined what […]

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08/07/23- Football Online Rules Clinic for Officials Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

TO TAKE THE CLINIC, LOG IN TO YOUR ARBITERSPORTS.COM ACCOUNT NOT THE KHSAA WEBSITE

Go to https://khsaaofficials.org

Login using your arbiter name and password

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLINICS

  • As they are a condition of postseason eligibility, in the top black bar on the main page for https://khsaaofficials.org, select ELIGIBILITY
  • Select that you want the 2023-24 Football 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 require
  • Please note it may be as much as 24-hours before your score is posted

DEADLINES FOR OFFICIALS

  • Through September 21 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only […]

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8/7/23- Football Online Rules Clinic for Coaches Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is now available.  We appreciate your patience while clarifications were compiled regarding one of the rule changes for 2023. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) whether or not the coach receives pay.

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

  • Until Sept. 28 (Coaches) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period through the school subdomain.
  • September 29 to October 13 (Coaches) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • October 14 to Oct. 28 (Coaches) – the Football Clinic will be […]

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08/03/23- Important Changes in the KHSAA Online School Subdomain for 2023-24

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Good morning. On behalf of the entire staff, it is our hope that many of you as building and athletic administrators are back and ready to go after the dead period and getting into these first few days of practice. Our golf teams have already begun play and it is right around the corner in the rest of the fall sports.

SYSTEM OVERVIEW REMINDER- COACHING DATA

  • Please continue to contact Rob Catron at the KHSAA (rcatron@khsaa.org) or by phone, 859-299-5472 ext 249 and he can assist with your technology needs using our system.
  • It is probably worth reminding everyone that we have provided a robust system to track things for your coaches, and in many cases, the data in that system is the only authenticated way to track requirements.
  • What you may not realize is how frequently we are asked for specific information about coaches, be it specific or en masse, and we […]

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07/31/23 – Soccer Online Rules Clinic for Coaches & Officials Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Soccer is now available today, July 31.  The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) whether or not the coach receives pay.

TO TAKE THE CLINIC, LOG IN TO YOUR ARBITERSPORTS.COM ACCOUNT-NOT THE KHSAA WEBSITE

Go to https://khsaaofficials.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://khsaaofficials.org, select ELIGIBILITY
  • Select that you want the 2023-24 Soccer 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 require
  • Please note it may be as much as 24-hours before your score is posted

DEADLINE FOR OFFICIALS

  • July 31 to August 31 (Officials) – the Soccer Clinic […]

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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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07/11/2023- Fall Sports Tryout Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Good afternoon to all member schools. This message is intended for all member schools based on multiple inquiries received in the last few days. Please share this with all members of your fall sports coaching staff, and the coaches of Competitive Cheer and Dance. This post is not intended to be comprehensive regarding all aspects of Bylaw 23, but intended to highlight areas around tryouts.

References for this information come from the Bylaws of the Association, online as part of the KHSAA Handbook. There is not (and has never been) a separate tryout period for fall sports prior to the start of practice. Recently, we have been made aware that several schools have posted “tryouts” for fall sports that are being held prior to the first date of practice. This is not permitted.

SPORTS OF CROSS COUNTRY, FIELD HOCKEY, GOLF, SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL

  • Required activity (including tryouts) can begin for Cross Country, Field Hockey, […]

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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

05/30/23 – State Track & Field Lane Assignments, Starting Heights, Final Details!

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The field is set for the 2023 Clark’s Pump-n-Shop State Track & Field Championships presented by UK HealthCare! The meets will be held June 1 – June 3 at the University of Kentucky Track & Field Complex. The KHSAA website has been updated to reflect lane assignments, competitor numbers, etc. Please be sure to check under the 2023 State/Region Meet Entries/Results tab at the very bottom of the track webpage (links also below). Additional important information for each respective class is posted.

Starting heights for High Jump and Pole Vault for each respective class have also been set for the State Meet. They are as follows:

Class 1A 2A 3A Girls High Jump 4’6″ 4’6″ 4’8″ Boys High Jump 5’8″ 5’8″ 5’10” Girls Pole Vault 6’6″ 7’6″ 8’6″ Boys Pole Vault 9’6″ 10’0″ 11’0″

Lane Assignments 

Class Link  1A https://khsaa.org/track/2023/class1alaneassignments.pdf 2A https://khsaa.org/track/2023/class2alaneassignments.pdf 3A https://khsaa.org/track/2023/class3alaneassignments.pdf

The following links have important information for teams, […]

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05/26/23- 2023 Advanced Athletic Administrators Workshop-August 29

Advanced Workshop 2023-2024

This workshop will be held in Lexington at the Lexington Hilton Downtown and will offer a deep dive into current Constitution and Bylaws provisions, use of forms and operational notes. This meeting will be held on August 29, 2023. This meeting will count for six hours of the hours required for the Athletic Director’s continual improvement in Bylaw 25.

REGISTRATION
Registration is open and online at https://schools.khsaa.org/ge47-advanced-athletic-administrators-institute-form/. There is no charge for the registration.

MEETING FORMAT AND MATERIAL
The meeting will only be offered this year as an in-person option only.

Meeting material will be posted on the KHSAA website and all registered attendees will be provided any update.

GPS ADDRESS
The GPS address is 369 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507. To get directions, CLICK THIS LINK

HOUSING
For those who may need housing (or who may stay for the regional meeting the next day at the same site with […]

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05/26/23- 2023 Annual Meeting Set for September

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

ANNUAL MEETING

The 2023 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on September 14 at the Central Bank Center (FKA Lexington Center). Final agenda documents are being published as they become final in the coming months, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 1:00 p.m. ET. Details and requirements for the Annual Meeting Delegate are summarized below. To submit the name of your delegate, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ge38-annual-meeting-delegate-designation/

This meeting, which is not mandatory for membership, will not have a virtual option.

ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATE DESIGNATION

The Annual Meeting has continuous improvement/leadership training opportunities throughout the morning as members work to carve out the best plan of action for the future and then the meeting concludes as […]

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05/26/23 – Class 3A State Track & Field Performance Listing and Roster by School Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The performance list and the roster by school for all events, including unified/adapted for Class 3A are posted on the website at the links below. 

Changes may occur as coaches and officials have an opportunity to double-check both the performance list and the roster by school for accuracy. An email will be sent once all changes are made and performance lists are finalized.

As a reminder to coaches, each region automatically qualifies the first and second-place finishers in each event (a total of 14 automatic qualifiers, if at least 2 entered in the event). The next 10 best performances (plus any unbreakable ties) in each event, per class, from the state-at-large shall qualify for the state meet. It is very possible to have a situation where the performances in a regional meet among the two automatic advancers are less than the performance of someone who did not finish first or second in his/her respective region, […]

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05/24/23 – Class 2A State Track & Field Performance Listing and Roster by School Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The performance list and the roster by school for all events, including unified/adapted for Class 2A are posted on the website at the links below. 

Changes may occur as coaches and officials have an opportunity to double-check both the performance list and the roster by school for accuracy. An email will be sent once all changes are made and performance lists are finalized.

As a reminder to coaches, each region automatically qualifies the first and second-place finishers in each event (a total of 14 automatic qualifiers, if at least 2 entered in the event). The next 10 best performances (plus any unbreakable ties) in each event, per class, from the state-at-large shall qualify for the state meet. It is very possible to have a situation where the performances in a regional meet among the two automatic advancers are less than the performance of someone who did not finish first or second in his/her respective region, […]

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05/24/23- 2023-2024 Regional Meetings for Athletic Administrators

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The following is the schedule of meetings for this fall as we rotate into places it may have been a year or two since we have been able to host.

Aug 16, 2023, Mayfield High School, Mayfield
Aug 17, 2023, Hopkins County Central High School, Madisonville
Aug 21, 2023, Scott High School, Taylor Mill
Aug 22, 2023, North Laurel High School, London
Aug 23, 2023, Boyd County High School, Ashland
Aug 24, 2023, Valley High School, Valley Station
Aug 28, 2023, Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg
* Aug 30, 2023, Hilton Downtown, Lexington
Aug 31, 2023, Hart County High School, Munfordville

For the fall of 2023, the KHSAA will again conduct a series of regional meetings to help our athletic administrators meet the membership requirement of attending this type of meeting once per year as well as provide continuous improvement hours for administrators. With the rapid turnover in athletic administrators and changes initiated by the General […]

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05/24/23 – Class 1A State Track & Field Performance Listing and Roster by School Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The performance list and the roster by school for all events, including unified/adapted for Class 1A are posted on the website at the links below. Class 2A should be released later tonight and Class 3A tomorrow, after all Class 3A regions finish. 

Changes may occur as coaches and officials have an opportunity to double-check both the performance list and the roster by school for accuracy. An email will be sent once all changes are made and performance lists are finalized.

As a reminder to coaches, each region automatically qualifies the first and second-place finishers in each event (a total of 14 automatic qualifiers, if at least 2 entered in the event). The next 10 best performances (plus any unbreakable ties) in each event, per class, from the state-at-large shall qualify for the state meet. It is very possible to have a situation where the performances in a regional meet among the two automatic advancers are […]

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05/22/23- Guidance Related to 2023 SB145, with revisions to 2021 HB563 (KRS156.070)

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Introduction

This summarizes interpretive guidance for the member schools of the KHSAA related to SB145, passed in the 2023 General Assembly Regular Session. Inquiries should be directed to Commissioner Julian Tackett (jtackett@khsas.org) or General Counsel Chad Collins (ccollins@khsaa.org). The provisions of Acts Chapter 93 2023 (SB145) go into effect on June 29, 2023 and will be further codified as KHSAA Bylaw 8. This information is archived at https://khsaa.org/05-22-23-guidance-related-to-2023-sb145-with-revisions-to-2021-hb563-krs156-070/, or https://khsaa.org/resources/2023%20SB145%20HB563%20Revision.pdf.

Background of Legislative Change

In its regular session in 2023, the Kentucky General Assembly passed amendments to Acts Chapter 93 2023 (SB145), which become law on June 29, 2023. This legislation amended the prior provisions known colloquially as HB563, Acts Chapter 167 2021 (HB563).

SB145, now codified into Kentucky Revised Statutes further refined restrictions on non-resident, out-of-district students and their participation in interscholastic athletics after changing schools.

The changes passed with this measure impacted only KRS 156.070 and […]

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05/16/23- Revised GE04 and Optional PPE01 Released

Athletic Department Blog Updates

GENERAL
  • After final clearance and review from the KHSAA / KMA Sports Medicine Committee last Thursday, the revised required GE04 and optional PPE01 have been published on the KHSAA website. 
  • There are notable changes on the forms this year, not only in content but in handling procedure.
  • Physicals already administered may be honored, but a revised GE04 form should (recommended but not required) be provided to parents and students to ensure the proper separation of medical records as detailed below.
  • The links to the forms are located on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/general/resources/khsaa-forms/
GE04
  • Keep in mind that the GE04 form is required to be used as the parental permission and authorization for medical treatment form. This three-page form contains the information form signed by the parent and student, as well as the consent to treat. The third page of this form is the required medical clearance, which by statute, […]

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05/15/23- Reminder about Postseason Rosters, Triple Threat and Academic All-State Awards

Athletic Department Blog Updates

POSTSEASON ROSTER
  • With the postseason championships underway, this is a reminder that all eligible participants should have been moved to the postseason roster. 
  • While the postseason roster has no impact on your Title IX report or Annual Participation List, it does serve as the eligibility listing for all sports. 
  • If you need assistance, please see the video at https://schools.khsaa.org/help-the-postseason-roster/ or contact Rob Catron, IT Director and School Subsystem liaison, rcatron@khsaa.org.
TRIPLE THREAT AWARDS
  • With nearly all schools having submitted their Annual Participation List (only one school remains!), this reminder about creating your Triple Threat Award Certificates. 
  • We have more than 2100 eligible for this award based on the roster data, but thus far, only 880 have been recognized by the school. 
  • The routines can be found on the school login page, in the third group of options on the left “Maintain/View/Print Rosters”, and after clicking that, select “Maintain Overall Athletic […]

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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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05/02/23 – State Bass Fishing Region Results and State Registration

Athletic Department Blog Updates

For all teams/boats qualifying for the 2023 KHSAA Bass Fishing State Championships, the registration link has been updated to allow teams to register. The registration deadline is Monday, May 8, 2023. Teams/boats can register by clicking on the State Championship Registration link below. From the Choose Type menu select Invitational, and then from the Choose Tournament menu select 2023 KHSAA State Finals, All Female Division, or 2023 KHSAA State Finals which is the Coed Division:    

State Championship Registration

The results for the teams/boats qualifying for the KHSAA State Championships are posted below by region. We are asking coaches to please review the names of your anglers for misspellings and any other corrections that may be necessary. Please email these corrections directly to Darren Bilberry by 4:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, May 3, 2023.  

Region 1 Coed Results

Region 1 Girl’s Results

Region 2 Coed Results

Region 2 Girl’s Results

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05/02/23 – Tennis Regional Instructions Available and Postseason Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

REGIONAL INSTRUCTIONS/POSTSEASON UPDATES

  • Region Tournaments are scheduled for May 12-25.
  • A list of host/region managers can be found through the links below:
  • The region tournament instructions are available on the Tennis homepage at khsaa.org. All coaches and competing schools should take the time to read these items carefully, even veteran coaches, to ensure familiarity with all KHSAA rules and regulations regarding these events.
  • All entries should be submitted to the regional managers using the TN103 form through the following links:

UNIVERSAL TENNIS RATING (UTR)

  • UTR information shall be used to gather necessary initial information for seeding consideration.
  • Seeding shall be based on the All-Factors Method, considering each […]

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04/29/2023 – Bass Fishing State Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

State Championship Instructions and other pertinent information for the 2023 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Tournament are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view the State Championship Time Schedule, instructions, and other information by clicking on the links below:

2023 State Bass Fishing Time Schedule

Instructions for Participants and Fans

For teams that qualify for the State Championship registration will be open from Tuesday, May 2nd until Monday, May 8th, at 5:00 p.m. The KHSAA will send out the registration link once it has been updated.

Qualifying teams can make reservations at the host hotel Kentucky Dam Village by Wednesday, May 3rd. Hotel contact information is included in the State Instructions.    

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) should you have any questions.

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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04/27/23 – Track & Field Regional Instructions Available and Postseason Reminders

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REGIONAL INSTRUCTIONS/POSTSEASON UPDATES

  • Region Meets: May 12 – May 25
  • All 21 region dates and sites are set: REGIONAL MANAGERS
  • The region meet instructions are available for review. Coaches should review prior to entering the regional meet. REGION INSTRUCTIONS (Track & Field begins on page 32). 
  • The Clark’s Pump-n-Shop State Track & Field Championships 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, a tentative time schedule has been posted: TIME SCHEDULE

UNIFIED 

  • The KHSAA and Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY) will once again offer exhibition unified events in the postseason. This allows high school students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to represent their high school as partners in an event.
  • The events that will be offered include: 2x50m Dash Relay, 2x200m Dash Relay, 4x100m Relay, […]

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Swimming State Schedule Format Survey Questionnaire Distributed to Athletic Directors and Principals

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Throughout this year and at meetings held throughout the state, staff has reviewed the logistical issues surrounding the State Swim Meet. Simply put, despite years of adjusting time schedules, there is not a facility in the Commonwealth that can handle the capacity of the friends, families and supporters of our current state meet. The Commissioner and staff have discussed at length with various constituent groups including our Board of Control, the membership, veteran meet managers and even other states, to see formats that might help alleviate the issues. Even a new facility set to come online in a couple of years at one of our colleges and universities will not be built with the capacity to totally eliminate the problem, and only time will tell if the projected size of that facility remains the same following construction. This is not a problem unique to our state. It has also been made worse by significant capacity […]

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Important Follow-up Survey – Triennial Survey – Boys/Coed Volleyball, Lacrosse, Team Tennis

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Throughout this year, the members of the Board of Control and staff have discussed the Triennial Survey that was completed by the membership at the end of last school year as we have charted the course for the next few years. We have reviewed those findings in a variety of ways and discussed it with constituent groups at regional meetings, the Annual Meeting, and small group meetings throughout the school year. Those results are listed in compiled form on the website at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/Triennial%20Survey%20Results%2020212022/TotalsForTriennialTotalsOnly.pdf and in detail with school-by-school responses at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/Triennial%20Survey%20Results%2020212022/FinalCompiledTriennialSurveyResults202223.pdf.

As the discussion has continued, the Board has adopted a championship in 2022-23 for Girls’ Bass Fishing as well as a championship in 2023-24 in Indoor Track and Field. While many of the sports and sport-activities had a level of interest that merits considering it “emerging” but not yet “championship”, the Board discussion focus has been on four additional […]

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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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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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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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4/14/23- Basketball Shot Clock Surveys

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Two seasons ago, the NFHS gave states discretion in the adoption of the shot clock for competition in Kentucky. For the 2022-23 season, the KHSAA did a survey of its Designated Representatives about the shot clock and there was not a majority desiring to see it implemented. The Board approved those results and directed the survey to be conducted again prior to the 2023-24 season. It is felt this decision needs to be driven by the membership.
 
We are again using our Board election system which is in the school subdomain to conduct this member school survey, which will actually be in two parts, one survey asking about BOYS’ competition and one about GIRLS’ competition, to ensure that if there are differences in thoughts, those differences are considered by the Board. We are asking for each school to submit its choice using this system using the directions below. This will require that only the […]

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04/13/23 – Bass Fishing Regional Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Instructions for KHSAA Regional Bass Fishing Tournaments are now posted on the KHSAA website. Manager information is posted on the KHSAA website and can be found here:  

https://khsaa.org/bassfishing/2023/regionalmanagers.pdf

The KHSAA will also be conducting a female-division-only Regional and State Championship in 2023. 

  • In order for a regional female-only division to occur, there has to be a minimum of one launched female-only division boat on the day of competition.   
  • For female-only division, a school may enter a maximum of four boats.
  • These four shall not count against the limit of six in the coed division.
  • All athletes assigned to boats in the female division, including substitutes, must be female.
  • Entries in the coed division can be all male, all female, or a combination of both genders, including all substitutions.
  •  All boats entered in the female-only division are not eligible for the coed division.
  • Substitutes cannot be assigned to boats in both divisions.
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04/10/23- Reminder about Academic All-State and Triple Threat Awards

Athletic Department Blog Updates

REMINDER ABOUT PARTICIPATION AND TITLE IX REPORTS

Last week, each member school was sent a notice from Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry about the opening of the data entry for the Title IX and Participation Report processes. These annual reports are due by April 30. In case you were on spring break and somehow cannot place that email, the information is located at https://khsaa.org/4-6-23-2022-2023-title-ix-annual-report-and-participation-list-submission/.

In addition, we wanted to remind you about two recognition programs that are widely used by the membership and ensure that you take advantage of those programs.

REMINDER TO SINGLE-GENDER SCHOOLS ABOUT PARTICIPATION LISTING

Our handful of single-gender schools that are exempt from the Title IX reports continue to be required to submit the Annual Participation Report.

  • Once you are ready (and by April 30), you need to do the roster review functions of the annual submission on the schools.khsaa.org login page.
  • You will then click on the bar labeled […]

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4/6/23 – 2022-2023 Title IX Annual Report and Participation List Submission

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Schools are now able to access all of the required online forms to submit their 2022-2023 Title IX Annual Reports. The information in this post presents a summary for each school as you work to complete the required Annual Participation Report as well as the Title IX Report for 2022-2023.

  • The deadline for submission is May 1, 2023.
  • The online system is currently available for entry and is the only acceptable means of submitting the report.
  • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, our office should be able to help get you some assistance. Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) is our primary contact for your questions related to the law and its interpretations, and the Commissioner and General Counsel are available should you have other inquiries of that type.
  • As for the reports, Information Technology Director Rob Catron (rcatron@khsaa.org) can assist you with electronic issues, including login […]

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04/04/23 – KHSAA State Archery Championships Registration Now Open

Archery

Registration for the 2023 Boys/Coed and Girls State Archery Championships is now open. Registration shall remain open through Wednesday, April 12, 2023. 

Use the links below to register for this event:

Boys/Coed Division

Girls Division

The top two teams from each Region Tournament advance to qualify for the State Tournament. Additionally, the top three individuals at each Region Tournament, who were not on an advancing team, also advance to the State Tournament. A list of the teams and individuals who qualified in the Boys/Coed Division can be viewed HERE. A list of the teams and teams and individuals who qualified in the Girls Division can be viewed HERE.

Once registration is closed, range/lane assignments will be made and sent out in advance of the Championships. These assignments shall be random and neither the archers nor coaches are authorized to […]

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03/22/23- Off Season Football Activity and Practice Reminders

2022-2023 News Releases

Based on a series of inquiries in the last day or so, a couple of reminders are necessary for our football schools in an effort to prevent inadvertent violations of the bylaws surrounding football practice and off-season activity. NONE OF THESE PROVISIONS ARE NEW but with large turnover in many areas, a reminder seems prudent.

HELMETS AND EQUIPMENT

  • Helmets are part of the player equipment spelled out in the NFHS playing rule 1-5. As such, the use of a helmet is restricted by Bylaw 23, just as all other playing equipment is restricted.
  • Helmets may only be issued to players prior to July 10 in the following cases:
    • An activity explicitly approved by school administration that is held on campus and involves only enrolled students at the school between the end of the 2022 playing season and July 10, not including the approved and reported spring practice dates. This activity may not […]

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02/27/23 – Recipients Announced for Eighth Annual Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 27, 2023

Cody Ell of South Warren and Laura Neal of Powell County have been selected as recipients of the eighth annual Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year.

When former KHSAA Commissioner Louis Stout died in 2012, his late widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for students. Mrs. Stout felt this was an opportunity for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service.

Winners will receive a one-time $2,000 non-renewable scholarship payable directly to an institution of higher learning. Ell and Neal were chosen after careful review, with selection criteria based on athletic activities, non-athletic activities, non-school activities and an essay on the role a student-athlete should play in the community.

Ell is a standout member of the South Warren swimming & diving team, where he has set multiple Region […]

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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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02/22/23 – Track & Field 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 Track & Field 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: December 1
  • First Contest: January 9
  • Maximum Number of Scrimmages: 2
  • Maximum Number of Meets: 19
  • Region Window: May 12 – May 25
  • State Dates: June 1 – 3 

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“.

  • February 22 – April 6: the Clinic may be viewed by coaches at no charge during this period.
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02/13/23 – Board of Control Election Procedures

Athletic Department Blog Updates

BOARD OF CONTROL BALLOT – BOARD OF CONTROL ELECTIONS – INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BALLOT:

  • Balloting is ONLY done online for these positions.
  • All schools from Basketball Regions 3 and 4, as well as regions 9 to 16 have at least one election in which to ballot. Other schools may disregard this notice if received.
  • Balloting was available per the Constitution on or before February 15.
  • Only the Principal or Designated Representative may vote. The names on file as verified by the KHSAA website at the time of this ballot distribution are listed on the school directory page at http://khsaa.org/general/resources/member-school-directory/.
  • If the wrong individual is listed as the Designated Representative, the correction may be made by anyone with Athletic Director system rights (Principal, AD) prior to the ballot being submitted. For support in correcting these entries, contact Rob Catron or Kara Howard at the KHSAA offices, however, the change will be […]

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03/2/23 – Nominations for KHSAA Student Advisory Group-NFHS National Student Leadership Summit Being Accepted

2022-2023 News Releases

The KHSAA is seeking applications to become a member of its Student Advisory Group (2023-24). One of the main duties of the group is the planning and execution of its HYPE Student Leadership Conferences. Those chosen are required to attend the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit in July and then manage the KHSAA HYPE Conferences in September.

The National Federation of State High School Associations offers a student leadership initiative – the National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS). The NSLS will focus on relevant and contemporary issues affecting today’s students in education-based athletics and performing arts. Students will sharpen their leadership skills and will realize the privilege and power of their influence in their school, community, and state.

The NFHS in-person Summit is scheduled for July 29-31, 2023 in Indianapolis. If selected, expenses from Lexington to Indianapolis are covered (meals, lodging, transportation). By applying and being selected, the student is acknowledging that he/she will be in […]

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02/07/23 – Board Finalizes Golf State First Round Sites for 2023

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As was released following the KHSAA Board of Control meeting in January, the Board finalized the third of three State First Round Golf Sites for 2023.  Winchester Country Club, which was Site #3 host in 2022, will again be State First Round Site #3 for the upcoming year.   

Calvert City Country Club had previously been announced as Site #1 and Kenton County Golf Courses (Willow Course) in Independence had been announced as Site #2.

The Board, based on feedback from the previous year, will be finalizing specs to host at its February meeting and seeking to confirm sites for a three-year rotation at its May meeting.  Hopkinsville Country Club (Site #1) is the only previously announced site for 2024.

The KHSAA will be working with Golf House of Kentucky in identifying future sites.  Those interested should contact the KHSAA.

2023
State Site #1 (Regions 1-4) – Calvert City Country Club (Calvert City)
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02/05/23 – Swimming & Diving State Meet Psych Sheet & Information Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

First and foremost, the KHSAA wants to thank the regional host schools & officials for all of their hard work and success of the regionals this past week. The results for the 2023 KHSAA Regional Swimming & Diving Meets, as well as the Psych Sheet for the 2023 KHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships Presented by UK HealthCare, are posted on the KHSAA website. You can view these by going to the following link, https://khsaa.org/sports-activities-events/winter/swimming/ and clicking on “2022-2023 KHSAA Region/State Entries/Results” near the bottom of the page.

Coaches are reminded there are several additional items for review on the swimming page of the KHSAA website, including state meet instructions, time schedules, maps, directions to the state site, and much more! To view these items, go to the KHSAA Swimming website and choose the “State Swim Meet Information and Instructions” dropdown menu. 

PARTICIPATING TEAMS CONFERENCE CALL

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02/01/23 – Wrestling Postseason Updates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA wanted to update member schools about Wrestling postseason dates and sites.

REGION WRESTLING:

  • Region Wrestling Tournaments can be held Feb. 10-11.
  • The following reflects hosts/sites for the upcoming events:
Region Host School/Site Date(s) 1 Christian County HS Feb. 11 2 Hart County HS Feb. 10-11 3 Doss HS Feb. 11 4 Waggener HS Feb. 11 5 Walton-Verona HS Feb. 11 6 Great Crossing HS Feb. 11 7 Madison Southern HS / at Berea College Feb. 11 8 Paintsville HS / at Martin County HS Feb. 11

STATE TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND:

  • Qualifiers from Regions 1-4 will advance to the First Round event held at Atherton HS, while qualifiers from Regions […]

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01/31/23 – Region Diving Update

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Due to today’s weather, the regional diving events schedules have been adjusted. After confirming with competing schools, Region 7 (boys and girls), Region 2 (girls), and Region 4 (boys) will still compete tonight, January 31, at the University of Louisville. The originally scheduled warm-up time remains from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. The diving competition will begin at 5:30 PM. 

These changes also affect the second day of regional diving. Region 2 (boys), Region 4 (girls), and Region 5 (boys and girls) will be moved to February 1. Warm-up times for those regions will also be from 4:30-5:30 PM with the competition beginning at 5:30 PM. There are currently no changes to the girls’ portion of the meet on the morning of February 1 or to the boys’ portion originally scheduled for Regions 1, 3, 6, 8, 9 on that evening.

Scheduling changes have been updated and can be found here: https://khsaa.org/2023-swimming-and-diving-sites-hosts-and-dates/

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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 – Spring Esports Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Esports is available through the KHSAA School Log-in Page. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

Below is additional information:

  • January 18 to March 9 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • March 10 to March 24 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • March 25 to April 8 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

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1/11/23 – First Phase (T-35 Report) Open For Title IX Reporting Entry FOR 2022-2023

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The initial phase of entry for the 2022-2023 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2021-2022 to be entered on the 2022-2023 form T-35, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. 

T35 EMPHASIS POINTS

There has been a continual effort to eliminate inconsistent information that has been entered on that form, and the following points are emphasized:

  • Entry for the T-35 is now open. Login to https://schools.khsaa.org.
  • Click on the Title IX/Participation List Entry tab and begin entry when you are ready.
  • The T-35 requires you to enter 2021-2022 expense information, as it has been audited within your school and district.
  • Your previous Annual Reports can be quickly reviewed in the KHSAA School Subdomain (the login page) by clicking on the tab labeled Past Title IX Annual Reports, in case you want to review past submissions.
  • The T-35 is to be entered with all KHSAA sanctioned championship sport and sport-activities […]

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01/04/22 – Basketball Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Boy/Girl Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year among boys’ and girls’ basketball participants for 2022-2023 is now open. 

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2022-2023 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

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

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

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12/27/22 – Wrestling Nominations Sought For Male And Female Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete Of The Year

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2022-2023 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

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

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

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12/18/22 – Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for 2022-2023

2022-2023 News Releases

When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2022-2023 is now underway.

Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through February 13, 2023. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. The minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and being a member of […]

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11/29/22 – Esports Winter Championship Update & Spring Calendar

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Teams participating in esports should mark their calendar for Friday, Dec. 16th, as the semifinals and finals in each state-sanctioned offering will be contested that day at the UKFCU Esports Lounge at The Cornerstone on UK’s campus.

A detailed time schedule for the event can be found at https://khsaa.org/2022-fall-esports-championship-schedule-of-events/

Teams that qualify for the in-person event will be sent instructions to join a conference call on Monday, December 12 at 2 PM (ET). Event details including parking, check-in procedures, ticketing, and other pertinent information related to the event will be discussed during the call. Details about joining the call will be sent to participating coaches at a later date.

In addition, a tentative schedule for the 2023 spring season is included below to assist with planning purposes for the next season. The spring championship event will be held the week of April 24 with an exact date to be determined in the coming weeks.

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11/14/22- Information to Order Football Finals Tickets

2022-2023 News Releases

It is again time for us to turn on orders for the 2022 UK HealthCare Sports Medicine State Football Finals.

Here are some notes about this year’s finals and ticket sales:

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

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11/15/22 – UK Healthcare Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year Award

2022-2023 News Releases

For the seventh year, UK Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA-sanctioned sports.
  • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
  • The student-athlete must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
  • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
  • The student must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Nominations should be submitted by January 31, 2023, to the KHSAA via form GE36 at http://khsaa.org/ge36-uk-healthcare-comeback-athlete-of-the-year/.
  • Nominees will then be sent to UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for review and selection.

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10/18/22- Enough is Enough: Bad Behavior by Coaches, Parents and Fans Must Stop

2022-2023 News Releases

Enough is Enough: Bad Behavior by Coaches, Parents and Fans Must Stop
By Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Kentucky and across the nation that must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents and fans at high school athletic events. When this campaign was first proposed, there were several sounding the alarm. But here in Kentucky, we find the problem particularly growing right now. Fall sports are in the later rounds or late parts of their season. People get particularly negative when their team has their season end, even when clearly the superior team was victorious. so let’s take a deep breath and reset.

We’ve all seen it: the yelling, harassing, berating, disrespecting and even physically assaulting high school referees, umpires and other officials during and after […]

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10/17/22- KHSAA member school students encouraged to apply for 2023 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

2022-2023 News Releases

KDA-KHSAA partnership to award six scholarships to Kentucky student-athletes

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2023 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.

The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

“Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline, and teamwork,” Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “We are pleased to join our partners at the KHSAA for the fifth year to reward the Commonwealth’s best young athletes and agriculturists. We hope these scholarships help cover the ever-rising cost of higher education for those striving for excellence in athletics and agriculture.”

To qualify, student-athletes must be Kentucky farmers or involved in agriculture; must be graduating seniors in high school; and must be accepted to a college, university, or trade school following graduation. […]

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

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 11, 2022


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

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

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

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10/05/22 – Wrestling Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling 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.

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

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

COACHES

  • October 5 to January 5 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • January 6 to January 20 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • January 21 to February 4 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 […]

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10/05/22 – Esports Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Esports is available through the KHSAA School Log-in Page. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

Below is additional information:

  • October 5 to October 27 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • October 28 to November 11 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • November 12 to November 26 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.

After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.
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2022 Title IX Workshops

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As discussed during the Regional Meetings, the KHSAA will be conducting two Title IX Workshops during the month of October for 2022-23. All member schools are encouraged to attend to gain valuable information in regard to opportunities and benefits, gauging student interests from survey results, completing the Annual Report, preparing for a site visit, and conducting Gender Equity Review Committee meetings.

The first meeting will be on Tuesday morning, October 25 at the Logan County Career & Technical Center in Russellville at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. The second will be on Wednesday morning, October 26 at the KHSAA offices in Lexington at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. This meeting will count for four hours of the hours required for the Athletic Director continual improvement in Bylaw 25. 

REGISTRATION

Registration is open and online at https://khsaa.org/ge67-title-ix-meeting-registration/ There is no charge for the registration.

MEETING FORMAT AND MATERIAL

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09/21/22 – Dance Rules Clinic Now Open

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Dance is available beginning today, September 21. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

  • September 20 to October 6 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • October 7 to October 21 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • October 22 to November 5 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
  • After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled […]

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09/19/22 – Competitive Cheer Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2022-23 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

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

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

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09/06/22 – Dance Declaration Form Now Open

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The declaration form (DA101) for the sport-activity of Dance is now open. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

 The deadline to complete this form is Saturday, October 1. This is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions once the entries are posted. Each member school Athletic Director or Head Coach shall only submit one form per school and must be signed into the KHSAA School subdomain (https://schools.khsaa.org/) to declare. You can find DA101 on the school subdomain under the dropdown menu “Forms and Reports” and under “Dance Forms”.

DIVISIONS

  • Jazz (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Hip Hop (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Pom (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Game Day (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
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09/06/22 – Competitive Cheer Declaration Form Now Open

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The declaration form (CC101) for the sport-activity of Competitive Cheer is now open. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

The deadline to complete this form is Saturday, October 1. This is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions once the entries are posted. Each member school Athletic Director or Head Coach shall only submit one form and must be signed into the KHSAA School subdomain (https://schools.khsaa.org/) to declare. You can find CC101 on the school subdomain under the dropdown menu “Forms and Reports” and under “Cheerleading Forms”.

SQUAD SIZES/DIVISIONS

  • All-Girls Small – minimum of 5, maximum of 15
  • All-Girls Medium – minimum of 16, maximum of 19
  • All-Girls Large – minimum of 20, maximum of 23
  • All-Girls Super-Large – minimum of 24, […]

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08/19/22 – HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Registration Now Open

2022-2023 News Releases

Mark your calendars to plan to attend one of the two KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences scheduled for September 15 (Bowling Green) and September 16 (Lexington).

WHAT IS HYPE?
HYPE is a one-day student leadership conference where students will enjoy educational interaction with each other to discuss issues and garner information to take back and share/implement with their teams and student body.  The event is staged and presented by the KHSAA Student-Athlete Group.

DATES/LOCATIONS
Thursday, September 15 – Knicely Conference Center (2355 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green 42101).

Friday, September 16 – Central Bank Center (430 W. Vine St. Lexington, next to Rupp Arena). LEXINGTON CONFERENCE IS AT CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AS OF 8/24/22.

COST
There is no charge to attend.  Schools are responsible for transportation and any meals.

REGISTER
Register here.  The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 8.  A school is limited to a maximum of 18 students.  […]

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08/15/22- 2022 KHSAA Annual Meeting Reminder

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

ANNUAL MEETING

This reminder that the 2022 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on September 22 at the Central Bank Center (FKA Lexington Center). Final agenda documents are being published as they become final in the coming weeks, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 12:30 p.m. Details and requirements for the Annual Meeting Delegate are summarized below. To submit the name of your delegate, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ge38-annual-meeting-delegate-designation/

This meeting, which is not mandatory for membership, will not have a virtual option.

ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATE DESIGNATION

The Annual Meeting has continuous improvement/leadership training opportunities throughout the morning as members work to carve out the best plan of action for the future and then the meeting […]

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2022 Advanced Athletic Administrators Workshop

Advanced Workshop 2022-2023

This workshop will be held in Lexington at our offices and will offer a deep dive into current Constitution and Bylaws provisions, use of forms and operational notes. This meeting will be held on September 21. This meeting will count for six hours of the hours required for Athletic Director continual improvement in Bylaw 25

REGISTRATION
Registration is open and online at https://bit.ly/3jyVRTH. There is no charge for the registration.

MEETING FORMAT AND MATERIAL
The meeting will only be offered this year as an in-person option due to facility constraints and equipment. Meeting material will be posted on the KHSAA website and all registered attendees will be provided any update.

GPS ADDRESS
For those that have not been to our offices, the GPS address is 2280 Executive Drive, Lexington, KY 40505.

SCHEDULE
We will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin around 8:00. We will adjourn not later than 2:30 pm.

LUNCH
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07/29/22 – 2022 Fall Esports Enrollment Information

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Member schools interested in participating in the 2022 Fall esports season are encouraged to sign up at playvs.com and begin registering for the upcoming season. The registration deadline for the fall season is September 16. Available titles for the fall include:

  • NBA 2K
  • League of Legends
  • Rocket League
  • Hearthstone
  • Madden
  • Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate
  • Splatoon™ 2
  • Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe

Due to NBA 2K23 having a mid-September game release, it will follow an independent Fall ‘22 NBA 2K23 schedule and will not be considered for state league adoption until Spring of 2023.

PlayVS will conduct an informational webinar on August 25 at 2 p.m. ET. Information to join the webinar will be distributed closer to the date, and a recording will be made available for those who are not able to attend.

All schools interested in competing in esports should review the blog post located at https://khsaa.org/10-15-21-esports-in-public-schools-on-the-ky-k-12-internet-service/ for information […]

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07/29/22 – Dance Postseason Update & Semi-State Hosts Sought

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA office is accepting applications to host the semi-state rounds of the Dance postseason. Two hosts are needed for the semi-state round and regions can alternate host sites (Region 1 one year and Region 2 site the next) or choose to have a permanent site based upon facility abilities and availability. The competition rules will stipulate the odd region listed in the alternation table would recommend the region site in the odd year, and the even region in the even year. Sites selected must be able to accommodate the historic crowds, similar to the criteria for other KHSAA championships.

Athletic Administrators from both combined regions are responsible for making decisions such as expenses and division of any revenue as a group.  The “host” region is not solely responsible for this and this will be a discussion topic at the upcoming fall Regional Meetings with schools.

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07/29/22 – Competitive Cheer Postseason Update & Regional Hosts Sought

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA office is accepting applications to host the regionals of the Competitive Cheer postseason. Four hosts are needed, and regions can alternate host sites (Region 1 one year and Region 2 site the next) or choose a permanent location based upon facility abilities and availability. The competition rules will stipulate that the odd region listed in the alternation table would recommend the region site in the odd year and the even region in the even year. Sites selected must be able to accommodate the historic crowds, similar to the criteria for the current basketball site selection.

Athletic Administrators from both combined regions are responsible for making decisions such as expenses and division of any revenue as a group.  The “host” region is not solely responsible for this and this will be a discussion topic at the upcoming fall Regional Meetings with schools.

The Commissioner’s office would […]

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07/10/22- Rosters Open for Entry for 2022-23

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Good morning. On behalf of the entire staff, it is our hope that many of you as building and athletic administrators are back and ready to go after taking advantage of the only two “down” weeks of the athletics year with the dead period!

This year, there have been only minor changes to the required KHSAA online roster and the school management system. Rosters have been rolled from the previous year, and may now be edited for the coming seasons as well as sport and sport-activity offerings. Though there are minor enhancements being fine-tuned, there is no reason for a delay in entering and editing rosters. We will again conduct a thorough review of the system through demonstrations at the regional meetings and staff is available to assist at any time.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
STUDENTS MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION (including scrimmages and contests), AND SUCH SCRIMMAGES AND CONTESTS CANNOT BE HELD […]

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07/13/22- 2022-2023 Regional Meetings for Athletic Administrators

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This reminder is for all member school Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors within the KHSAA. 

The following is the schedule of meetings for this fall as we rotate into places it may have been a year or two since we have been able to host.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg
Thursday, August 18, 2022, Logan County Career and Technical Center, Russellville
Monday, August 22, 2022, Caldwell County High School, Princeton
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, Owensboro Board of Education, Owensboro
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, Bullitt Central High School, Shepherdsville
Monday, August 29, 2022, Simon Kenton HS, Independence
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, Boyd County HS, Ashland
Wednesday, August 31, 2022, Pulaski County HS, Somerset
Thursday, September 1, 2022, KHSAA Offices, Lexington

For the fall of 2022, the KHSAA will again conduct a series of regional meetings to help our athletic administrators meet the membership requirement of attending this type of meeting once per year […]

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06/23/22 – Board of Control Approves Agreed Order Involving Bowling Green High School

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 23, 2022

Compiler’s Note: The agreed order was amended at the June 23 Board of Control  meeting and required approval and signatures following; The final document is located on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/handbook/boarddocs/khsaabgfinalagreedasapprovedandsigned.pdf

At a special meeting held at the KHSAA office in Lexington, the KHSAA Board of Control approved an agreed order closing an open matter and investigative review regarding Bowling Green High School. This closes a matter that began with the reporting of alleged violations of KHSAA Bylaw 16 near the end of the 2016-17 basketball season.

As required by the adopted KHSAA Bylaws, the matter was assigned to staff for review, and draft findings were reported to the Commissioner. Due to situations surrounding concurrent litigation involving reported personnel and pandemic-related delays in consideration of potentially related matters, the case was not ripe for final review until the close of the 2020-21 school year.

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06/10/22- Additional Revisions Announced in COVID Return to Play Protocol

2021-2022 News Releases

Additional changes in guidance from the CDC as well as the conclusion of the 2021-22 competitive year have resulted in additional review by the Association and its sports medicine advisors. The KHSAA KMA Sports Medicine Committee met in late May to consider revisions to the return to play protocol. There is no longer a requirement for the six-day return to play protocol and this has been converted to a recommendation for local districts as best practice guidance.

In addition, the recommended form usage remains the same as well as the strong recommendation that current CDC guidance is utilized. Be mindful that in compliance with that guidance, if districts are adhering to those protocols, any person within the program who tests positive should isolate for five days, followed by five days of full masking, regardless of any negative test.

It remains local jurisdiction for the vast majority of the recommendations, including the use of the form. […]

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06/13/22- Guidance Related to 2021 HB563 (KRS156.070)

2021-2022 News Releases

THIS GUIDANCE DOCUMENT NOW SUNSET  AND SUPERSEDED BY 2023 SB145 EFFECTIVE JUNE 29, 2023

Background

The Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 563 (HB 563) during the 2021 Regular Session, and it became law on June 29, 2021, with full implementation of its provisions on July 1, 2022. HB 563, now codified into Kentucky Revised Statutes (Acts. Chapter 167 (2021) generally addresses two educational choice issues. Sections 1-3 provide amendments to KRS 157.350, 158.120 and 156.070 and specify how local boards of education shall adopt a nonresident pupil policy under which the district shall allow enrollment of nonresident pupils and the funding associated therewith. Section 4 provides for reporting requirements of the KDE to the Legislative Research Commission and Interim Joint Committee on  Education on options for the equitable transfer of education funds. Sections 5-19 of the Act are cited as the Education Opportunity Account Act or EOA Act.
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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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05/31/22 – State Track & Field Lane Assignments, Starting Heights, & Final Details

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The field is set for the 2022 Clark’s Pump-n-Shop State Track & Field Championships presented by UK HealthCare! The meets will be held June 2 – June 4 at the University of Kentucky Track & Field Complex. The KHSAA website has been updated to reflect lane assignments, competitor numbers, etc. Please be sure to check under the 2022 State/Region Meet Entries/Results tab at the very bottom of the track webpage. Important information for each respective class is posted.

Starting heights for High Jump and Pole Vault for each respective class have also been set for the State Meet. They are as follows:

Class A

Girls High Jump- 4’6″

Boys High Jump- 5’8″

Girls Pole Vault- 6’6″

Boys Pole Vault- 9’00”

Class 2A

Girls High Jump- 4’6″

Boys High Jump- 5’8″

Girls Pole Vault- 7’0″

Boys Pole Vault- 10’00”

Class 3A

Girls High Jump- 4’8″

Boys High Jump- 5’10”

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05/19/22 – State Track & Field Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

State Championship Instructions and other pertinent information for the 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop State Track & Field Championships presented by UK HealthCare have been posted on the KHSAA website. The Championships will take place on June 2-4 at the University of Kentucky’s Track & Field complex. You can view the state championship time schedule and instructions by clicking on the links below.

State Instructions for Participating Teams & Fans

State Meet Time Schedule

Tickets are also on sale now!

  • General admission ticket prices with no re-entry privileges are $12 each day, plus electronic transaction fees that are not received by the KHSAA.
  • A general admission ticket with re-entry privileges is available for $15 each day, plus electronic transaction fees that are not received by the KHSAA. A wristband will be provided at the gate for those that choose the re-entry option.
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05/18/22 – Title IX Webinar

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As was previously announced at the Athletic Director’s Conference, the KHSAA will be conducting a brief Title IX Webinar on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST. 

As a result of Covid 19, on-site visits in the Title IX Education Program have been shut down for the past two years. In addition, the daily consultation with our audit team members has been suspended as well as they were not coming into our offices.

Due to this as well as the significant amount of turnover in administration among our member schools, we would like to take this opportunity to refamiliarize our schools with some of the basic components of Title IX prior to the 2022-2023 school year. The focus of this meeting will be the elements of Title IX as it relates to the management of the interscholastic athletic program.

Covered in the webinar will be a review of Title IX Opportunities and Benefits, the […]

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05/11/22 – Board Approves Golf State First Round Sites

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA Board of Control approved site rotations for 2022 and future years for hosts of the First Round of the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac Girls’ and Boys’ State Golf Tournaments.

2022
State Site#1-Owensboro Country Club (Owensboro)
State Site #2-Heritage Hill Golf Course (Shepherdsville)
State Site #3-Winchester Country Club (Winchester)

2023 
State Site #1-Calvert City Country Club (Calvert City)
State Site #2-Kenton County Golf Courses (Independence)
State Site #3-TBD

2024
State Site #1-Hopkinsville Country Club (Hopkinsville)
State Site #2-TBD
State Site #3-TBD

Previous Board action approved added after Regional play, an additional round of golf, deemed the State First Round, to be conducted across three locations. Each State First Round will include four defined Regions with each Region advancing 20 golfers to the State First Round for a total of 80 golfers at each site (Site #1 will include Regions 1-4, Site #2 will include Regions 5-8, and Site #3 will include Regions 9-12).

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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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05/03/22- Hair Adornment Use Clarified; Shot Clock Guidelines Adjusted in Basketball Rules

2021-2022 News Releases

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 3, 2022) — The allowance of hair adornments made of hard material has been clarified in high school basketball. Adornments made of hard material are permitted provided they are securely fastened close to the head and do not present an increased risk to the player, teammates or opponents.

This change to Rule 3-5-4d was approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 11-13 in Indianapolis. The recommendation was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The committee adjusted the rule to be inclusive of hair styles while maintaining that the risk of injury to the athlete and others not be compromised.

“It was extremely important to the rules committee to create rules language that supported diversity of hair trends while minimizing the risk of injury to the athlete, teammates and opponents,” said Lindsey Atkinson, director of sports and liaison to […]

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05/02/22 – State Bass Fishing Registration, Ticketing, and Region Results

Athletic Department Blog Updates

For all teams/boats qualifying for the 2022 KHSAA Bass Fishing State Championship, the registration link has been updated to allow teams to register. The registration deadline is Monday, May 9, 2022. Teams/boats can register by clicking on the following link:

State Championship Registration

All spectators staying for the weigh-ins for the 2022 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship will need a free digital ticket, which will be available online via GoFan, the KHSAA’s official digital ticket vendor. Fans are required to purchase their free tickets before they arrive and may validate the tickets on their phones once they arrive on-site.

GoFan Digital Ticketing

The results for the teams/boats qualifying for the KHSAA State Championship are posted below by region. We are asking coaches to please review the names of your anglers for mispellings and any other corrections that may be necessary. Please email these corrections directly to Darren Bilberry by 12:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, […]

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04/29/2022 – Bass Fishing State Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

State Championship Instructions and other pertinent information for the 2022 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Tournament are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view the State Championship Time Schedule, instructions, and other information by clicking on the links below:

2022 State Bass Fishing Time Schedule

Instructions for Participants and Fans

Teams that qualify for the State Championship need to register online by going to the following link:

Online Championship Registration

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) should you have any questions.

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 285 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams […]

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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.

– KHSAA –

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