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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

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

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

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

  • August 1 to August 29 (Officials) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • August 30 to September 25 (Officials) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • September 26 to October 2 (Officials) – the Soccer Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

COACHES

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Golf is available beginning August 1. The clinic is required for all head and assistant coaches. 

  • August 1 to August 15 – the Golf Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • August 16 to September 11 – the Golf Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • September 12 to September 25  – the Golf 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.

The presentation can be viewed on most PC or Mac desktops and laptops, along with many HTML5 enabled mobile devices and tablets (to view system requirements click on the Resources tab from within the clinic once the clinic has […]

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Football is available beginning August 1. THOUGH THERE ARE MINIMAL RULE CHANGES, one is major to the way the game is coached and officiated and both groups should take the clinic as soon as possible. Remember, the clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

  • August 1 to September 19 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • September 20 to October 16 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • October 17 to October 23 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason […]

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07/25/16 – Important Reminder to Update School Personnel Information

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As we approach the start of the sports seasons and school year, it is critical that all schools have coaching lists and information up to date, as well as administrators and non-coaches.

All content in the data system is accessible solely through the school login subdomain at http://schools.khsaa.org/. On that page are invaluable video links to assist with “how to” of the subdomain.

It is critical that you update your non-coach data, such as the Principal, Athletic Director, Superintendent, Bookkeeper, Title IX Contacts and others. The link to update this information is located at http://schools.khsaa.org/admin_personnel/ or click on the link entitled “Maintain School Admin Personnel And Coaches” from the main page at http://schools.khsaa.org/ and then select “Maintain School/School System Non-Coaching Personnel”. A few important notes:

  • If a particular position is in Red, it is required to be entered.
  • If there are multiple entries for the same position, the cell will be shaded […]

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

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

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

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

The following provisions should be noted at all times:

  • The complete list of regulations including allowable activities can be found at http://khsaa.org/handbook/bylaws/20152016/bylaw23.pdf or at http://khsaa.org/bylaw-23-provisions-football-practice-regulations/ There are a few notes that all coaches and administrators should keep in mind:
  • The first five days must be Level 0 and Level 1 only during acclimation and acclimatization and are limited to one three-hour session per day.
  • Each player must have five days in helmets only before being able to add shoulder pads, and those pads cannot be added until July 22. Keep in mind this is a count for each player, not for the team, so players coming out late may be delayed in putting on shoulder pads (after July 21) or other gear (after July 31)
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Ruling Officer Assignments – 2016-17

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    Primary Secondary 2 Age-For documented waiver due to retention per the state exception, contact the ruling officer. There is no ruling in any other circumstances as the bylaw is state law Barren Bilberry 3 Enrollment Years Cope Bilberry 4 Enrollment Required Cope Bilberry 5 Academics Bridenbaugh Cope 6 Domestic Transfer Bilberry Cope 7 Foreign Exchange Barren Bridenbaugh 8 Foreign Transfer Barren Bridenbaugh 9 BK/FB Outside Team Bridenbaugh Cope 10 Awards Cope Bridenbaugh 11 Financial Aid Bridenbaugh Cope 12 Physician Consent Bilberry Barren 13 Baseball Agreement Cope Barren 14 Other Eligibility Rules Bilberry Barren   Primary would always consult secondary for any adverse ruling and review, possibly also with counsel       Secondary would issue all rulings when Primary is 1) taking vacation leave or 2) out of town more than one day for a state event to which he/she is assigned            

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KHSAA Sports Contacts, 2016-2017 and beyond

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

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06/27/16 – Rosters Open for Entry for 2016-2017

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While many of you as athletic administrators are taking advantage of about the only two “down” weeks of the year with dead period, still others prefer to use this time to begin work on rosters. There will be additional enhancements to the roster and school system that are currently in final development, and schools will be notified later in the summer of those options. However based on several requests, the roster entry has been opened.

The KHSAA system (which is the ONLY system for roster and schedule entry that meets KHSAA rules and requirements), is now back online after our summer roster rollover process.

Here are the recommended steps for getting started for 2016-2017:

  • Login to your KHSAA Member High School Account on the school login system
  • Go to your Maintain Member School Information (non-personnel) page located in the Primary School Database Operations section of links (direct link http://schools.khsaa.org/schools_update/).
  • Ensure that all of your sports offerings for 2016-2017 are correct.
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  • 06/22/16 – Reminder about Equipment Issuance During Dead Period (USA Football)

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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    2016-2017 Official Ball Adoptions

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

    • A brand specific requirement is in place. For example, the Select Sport soccer ball is required for all use in postseason play (all levels). However, the ball does NOT have to be the Royale model. Specific models are the choice of the member school, however, the administrators should be mindful that dealer price points will likely be in place to encourage the use of the specific model.
    • For all levels of postseason play, the brand specific requirement is in place.
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    05/13/16 – Kentucky-Indiana Basketball All Star Information

    2015-2016 News Releases

    In conjunction with the Bluegrass Sports Commission, the information below relative to the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series is listed below. Please consider attending this historic event that is being managed by our partners at the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

    The 76th annual Kentucky vs. Indiana All-Star Game will be played on Sunday June 12th at Bellarmine University. The Girls will play at 1pm and the Boys at 3:30pm.

    Tickets are $12 and can be ordered at bluegrasssports.org or by calling 859-286-5152. They will be on sale for $15 at the door.

    The 2016 Boys Kentucky All-Star team is Coached by Wayne Breeden, Rodney Woods, Dom Fucci and Bart Rison:
    Trey Blevins, Wayne County
    Alex Cook, Male
    Tyrik Edwards, Christian County
    Mason Faulkner, Caverna
    Quentin Goodin, Taylor County
    Connor McKim, St. Xavier
    Tyler Sharpe, Bullitt East
    Caleb Taylor, South Laurel
    Isaiah Tisdale, Henry Clay
    Ben Weyer, Newport Central Catholic
    Carson Williams, Owen County
    Darius Williams, […]

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    05/13/16 – Huddle Event Tickets Available to Member Schools

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Member schools are reminded that Huddle provides event tickets for you to use throughout the year. Huddle is the only ticket provider endorsed by the KHSAA. As you plan for 2016-17, you should likely include them in your plans and order early!

    It is likely you have already been contacted by someone on Huddle’s staff. If not, we encourage each school to contact Huddle at 678-218-0909 or order online at www.huddleinc.com/ticket.html.

    Over the past decade, Huddle Inc. has provided over 1 billion complimentary tickets to high schools across the country. If you are unfamiliar with their program, please see the following features:

    • Unlimited ticket quantities for all extracurricular events through regional and national corporate partners
    • Unique coupon on the ticket-back
    • Customized text for each individual school
    • Seven different colors
    • Perforated ticket tab with sequential numbering
    • Rolls of 500 or 1,000
    • Student/Adult ticket designation

    The KHSAA appreciates Huddle providing this service to our member schools and its continued support of the Association.

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    KHSAA Official Ball Products – 2016-2017 (effective May 12, 2016)

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    SportBrandModelTermBaseballSpaldingTF Pro HS Baseball (41-100HS)2016-2019Basketball-BSpaldingTF1000 Classic (74-7849)2016-2019Basketball-GSpaldingTF1000 Class 28.5 (74-7839)2016-2019FootballSpaldingAlpha -72-67582016-2019SoccerSelect SportRoyale2014-2017SoftballSpaldingDudley Thunder Heat-Polycore (43-147)2016-2019VolleyballBadenPerfection VX5EC-210 (Leather or Composite)2014-2019

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    04/22/2016 – Nominations Sought for Midway Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Bass Fishing

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Bass Fishing participants for 2015-16.

    The award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and form to nominate one female participant from each 2016 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at http://khsaa.org/ge79-midway-universitykhsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

    The winner, if present, will be recognized at the KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship on May 14 in Benton, KY. In case the winner does not qualify for the state tournament, representatives from Midway University will present the award at the recipient’s high school at a mutually determined later date.

    From the winners selected for each championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2016-2017 Midway University/KHSAA FemaStudent-Athlete of the Year. That award […]

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

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

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    04/20/16 – Great Offer From Our Friends at Subway Restaurants

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    Subway Restaurants has been a proud corporate partner with the KHSAA. In fact, you will notice in most of their stores, a window sticker indicating their support of the great activities of the KHSAA and their partnership.

    This year, they are offering to directly help our membership by giving back to the local communities. Many of our schools have a camp for the specific sport, and often get t-shirts printed. Subway, through its ad agency, has a promotional special solely for KHSAA members in the counties listed on the flier at http://khsaa.org/specialprograms/corporatepartners/subway/subway2016shirtpromo.pdf. They have created a system whereby in exchange for a logoed t-shirt for your campers, each camper would also receive a Subway gift card. 

    Complete details are in the flier at http://khsaa.org/specialprograms/corporatepartners/subway/subway2016shirtpromo.pdf. Please direct all questions to Erin Boedecker at the Asher Agency at the number listed on the flier.

    Subway is a proud corporate partner of the KHSAA and the KHSAA very much values […]

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    04/15/16 – 2015-2016 Financial Aid Survey

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    All schools, public and nonpublic, are required annually to report detailed financial information to the KHSAA as per Bylaw 11. This report is required of all member schools. It is important to note that if tuition is charged for any reason to any student (including out of district students, etc.), a complete response is required.

    The link to the survey has been sent to the Principal of record and the Athletic Director has been notified. It is important to note that failing to complete this report this year will result in a possible penalty by the association.

    If you have questions, feel free to contact Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh or Assistant Commissioner Mike Barren at the KHSAA. The deadline to complete the survey is May 6, 2016.

     

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

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    04/12/16 – Reminders about Title IX and Participation List Submission

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As spring sports are now fully in swing, it is time to remind each of you that the annual reports for Title IX and the Participation List are due on April 30.

    • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, any of our Assistant Commissioners 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.
    • Information Technology Director Rob Catron (rcatron@khsaa.org), as well as almost any of our support staff, can help you with electronic issues including login and report preparation using the online system. The online system will have entry available beginning on Wednesday, April 13 after 8 a.m.

    This year, based on feedback from the membership, there have been minimal system changes to make this task easier. Here are the highlights:

    • 2015-16 is a REQUIRED student interest survey year for all schools. The T63 form […]

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    04/04/16 – Reminder about Revised OAG 15-022 Opinion and 7/8 Grade Students

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Most school entities have been notified from a variety of sources about an important ruling that came from the Attorney General (KYAG) recently regarding KHSAA Bylaw 4 as it relates to KRS 156.070 (2)(c) (the complete text of KRS 156.070 is located at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=39992).

    The KHSAA had long opined, on advice from the KYAG’s and all parties that have served as KHSAA counsel, that member school Boards of Education and Site Based/School Based councils could not unilaterally restrict the playing of students in 7th and 8th grade on the grades nine through 12 teams or from playing on teams at both levels. The KYAG office had contended through two opinions (OAG-90-87 and OAG 92-98) that by extension, these entities represented the same prohibited groups as specified in the statute (The state board or any agency designated by the state board to manage interscholastic athletics). This prohibition was previously published in the contents of Bylaw 4 […]

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    12/10/14 – Compiled Uniform Rules and Questions

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Due to the fact that there is no single resource from which an athletic administrator can become informed about the rules governing uniforms for each of the OHSAA-sponsored sports, this document will summarize both the OHSAA General Sports Regulation on Uniforms as well as the specific regulations found in the playing rules of each sport. The OHSAA hopes that this information will assist athletic administrators and coaches so that costly mistakes are not made when ordering school uniforms. An additional purpose is to assist administrators in reinforcing these rules with coaches in order to prevent penalties for non-compliance. Coaches are responsible, along with student-athletes, for insuring that compliance with uniform rules. The head official shall require coaches to verify prior to each contest that all athletes are legally equipped, in legal uniforms and free of all jewelry.

    The OHSAA General Sports Regulation #17, ?Athletic Uniforms? reads: Uniforms worn by participants in a high school athletic […]

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    01/29/16 – KHSAA Board Adopts Baseball Pitch Count Restrictions with Mandated Rest

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    At its January meeting, the KHSAA Board of Control had a second and final reading and adopted a pitch count limitation beginning with the 2016 baseball playing season. The Board adopted the proposal in response to concerns regarding student safety expressed both locally and nationally concerning arm injuries and overuse, and upon the receipt of a great deal of recent data.  

    Previously, the pitching limitation (and subsequent required rest) was based upon innings pitched. The new rules will mandate rest based on pitches thrown as detailed below. 

    KHSAA Pitching Limitation Rule (For all interscholastic play including scrimmages, regular season and all rounds of postseason) is based on the number of pitches thrown in a game with the following provisions:

  • The calendar rest begins on the day following the date on which the game began or a resumed game began regardless of the conclusion time of the game.
  • The pitch count is based on pitches thrown for […]

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  • 01/19/16 – Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application Now Open

    2015-2016 News Releases

    For the third year Whitaker Bank, as part of its continuing title sponsorship of the Boys’ Sweet 16®, and the KHSAA will be presenting four one-time $1,500 scholarships. The scholarships are open to high school seniors that participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports and sport-activities.

    Deadline for the information to be received by the KHSAA is Feb. 26. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a school.

    Winners will be recognized during the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ State Basketball Tournament, March 16-20 in Lexington.

    Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application Form is online and may be completed using the link below:
    Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application

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    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. The blogs for specific sports and sport-activities are on that sport or sport activity main page, and there are general information blogs […]

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    12/28/15 – Board of Control Nominations Sought

    2015-2016 News Releases

    Per the provisions of Article IV, Section 2-B, of the KHSAA Constitution, this is to advise you that the term of office for Board of Control members will expire June 30, 2016. The terms of Board members Donna Bumps (at-large, Regions 1-8), Jeff Saylor (Section, Regions 13-14) and Henry Webb (Sections, Region 15-16) expire as well as Ron Dawn (Non Public, Regions 9-16). Mrs. Bumps, Mr. Saylor and Dr. Webb have served only one term and are eligible to seek an additional, and Mr. Dawn has served all or part of two terms and is ineligible to seek an additional term).

    The KHSAA Constitution stipulates that nominees for elected Board vacancies hold a valid Kentucky Teaching Certificate issued by the Kentucky Department of Education and be an employee of an accredited KHSAA member school or system in the appropriate region that is in good standing with the KHSAA. The candidate must be employed in […]

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    11/09/15 – Phase I of 2015-16 Title IX Reporting Open for Entry, Changes in System

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    The initial phase of entry for the 2015-2016 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2014-15 to be entered on the form T-35, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. There have been several enhancements this year based on the tour of regional meetings last fall and the great cooperation and feedback from the membership.

    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 T35 is now open. Login to http://schools.khsaa.org and begin entry when you are ready.
    • The T35 requires you to enter 2014-2015 expense information (as it has been audited within your district) but will pulls the coaching counts from your current listings. The use of the current year on coaches allows for you to self-audit your data and ensure all of your coaches have been properly entered. It is recognized that for brand […]

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    11/3/15 – Final Opportunity to Edit Fall 2015 Sport Coaching Rosters

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    As part of the Annual Title IX and Participation Reports, the coaching roster is reviewed and totals are placed on the T35 report form. Though these totals are not a conclusive indicator of Title IX compliance (or lack of compliance) in any way, they do represent a snapshot in time to help schools validate the data that has been entered throughout the year.

    As seasons end, and the inevitable coaching turnover and replacement begins, schools have expressed concerns that for the fall and winter sports, the data presented on the T35 form for the April 30 reports is not accurate in the case of a coaching replacement. 

    Therefore, this is the final week of the 2015-16 school year to ensure the accuracy of the coaching lists (head and assistant, paid and unpaid) that are on the KHSAA school database listing. At the close of business on Friday, November 6, a snapshot of the coaches file will be […]

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

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

    Please use this information as you see fit.

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    11/03/15 – Grant Funding Opportunity for Athletic Training – Secondary Schools

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has long recommended and continues to recommend, that medical coverage be present at all athletic practices and contests. Because of the unique skill set of Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainers it is recommended that one of these individuals be present at all practices and contests. It is also strongly recommended that the member schools utilize only Certified/Licensed Trainers per the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, and not members of any other vocation making this claim but without this legal designation. While acknowledging the expense of provided a certified/licensed trainer, it is nonetheless noted that this shall be an integral part of your athletic planning process.

    Athletic trainers are critical to the health and safety of high school athletes; yet, too many schools have limited or no access to athletic trainers.

    According to a recent benchmark study, just over one-third of every high school in the United States has at least one full-time athletic […]

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    09/21/15 – Reminder of Bylaw 15 – Practice of Sportsmanship – Removal of Team

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    It is the clear obligation of principals, coaches, and all official representatives of member schools to practice the highest principles of sportsmanship and the ethics of competition in all interscholastic relationships with fans, officials, players, coaches, official representatives of member schools, and the general public.

    Knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the Sportsmanship rule outlined in Bylaw 15 are essential for all parties involved in the sporting event, including, players, coaches, school administrators and officials.

    One aspect of this Bylaw that has recently become a concern involves coaches who have removed their team from the floor or field prior to completion of the contest and without the permission of officials.  

    Please make sure you are aware of Case BL-15-11 :

    Removal of a team from the floor or field without the permission of the official(s) is a violation of Bylaw 15, Practice of Sportsmanship. A school or school representative violating this rule may be suspended or otherwise penalized. If the game is called because of […]

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    09/04/15 – Reminder about Heat Index/Drones at Competition

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This notice is being sent to all member schools and specific licensed officials.

    HEAT INDEX
    While we have been blessed with a relatively cool summer, such is likely not to be the case this weekend and early next week. Keep in mind that the Heat Index regulations are always in place, with mandatory recording of temperatures and humidities to determine if any activity needs to change. The quick reference chart is located at http://khsaa.org/sportsmedicine/heat/heatindexchartcolor.pdf but schools as always are responsible for complete policy adherence, not just what is on the chart. 

    For Field Hockey, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf and even Volleyball (if played in a facility without air conditioning), all play must be suspended when the Heat Index reaches 104 degress. When the heat index is above 99, mandatory water breaks every 30 minutes for at least 10 minutes in duration are required, along with all other stipulations in the heat index guidelines. 

    For Football, the threshold temperature for […]

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    09/05/15 – Proposal by Proposal Analysis of 2015 Annual Meeting Proposals

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is the second part of a two-part effort to talk about the 2015 KHSAA Annual Meeting. Because of another vast turnover in athletic administrators this year, and in order to help you prepare, this information is being sent well in advance of this year’s meeting to allow for review and discussion. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.

    Final preparations are underway for the 2015 Annual Meeting at the Lexington Center on September 10. Staff is busily making final updates to the documents related to the meeting, and posting them on the KHSAA website with updates nearly every day. We will again have workshop sessions in the morning, however, we have restructured the schedule to allow the combined groups to be involved in all of the workshops. This will allow for much more consistent interaction with presenters will allowing ample time for guests to visit the exhibit booths.

    During the morning sessions, there […]

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    09/04/15 – Yearly Reminder about Importance of Annual Meeting

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is a great time of year. The school year has started, the fields and courts are in use every night, and we get to continuously hear about the great things done by our student-athletes, coaches, officials and member schools. And again this year, we are privileged to have in the midst another circuit around the state holding regional meetings about KHSAA operations, online data management, and Title IX.

    But now it’s time to deal with some of the “business issues” surrounding the KHSAA. And a lot of that business is accomplished through the Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 10. It’s earlier than normal this year, primarily due to the availability of the venue, so we hope it hasn’t caught you off guard and you didn’t miss the notice from a few weeks ago. If you have yet to sign-up to attend this meeting, please go to the post at http://khsaa.org/081815-reminder-about-2015-annual-meeting-of-the-membership-of-khsaa/ and refresh […]

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    08/28/15 – Eligibility Reminder-Foreign Exchange and Non-Exchange Students

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    With the busy start of school upon us, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the bylaws ( Bylaw 7 & 8) that govern the use of student/athletes that desire to participate in high school athletics, but are not citizens of the United States.

    Below are some of the key principles to remember –

    08/31/15 – Assistance Needed with School Broadcast Program

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    Good afternoon. During 2013-14, the KHSAA partnered with the NFHS to become a member of the NFHS Network. This network, powered by PlayOn Sports, is a joint venture of nearly 40 state high school associations to aggregate content from all states and across all sports.

    The KHSAA contributed all of the video content from the state championship events last year to this network. The events are behind a paywall, with a subscription-based model that helps ensure that attendance isn’t harmed by technology. While many of us like to try “new things” and love getting our events out there, the cold, hard truth is that we can’t continue expanding in new ways that provide something for free, when there should, in fact, be a charge.

    Part of the NFHS Network is the School Broadcast Program. This program allows the school itself to originate broadcasts on the network, using a minimal amount of equipment. Similar to the program that […]

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    08/28/15 – SAT/ACT Donation Project

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    Below you will find a link to information about a special offer you and any of your students may use to receive discounted access to an online (or DVD) ACT and/or SAT study guide to help students prepare for the ACT and/or SAT test. This program is offered through the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA). Professional athletes and other organizations support the donation program. The cost of a standard ACT or SAT study program is usually $250, but through this program, each is available at a deeply discounted rate, and many times, free.

    The link below provides ordering information and additional information about the program. 

    http://www.eknowledge.com/KHSAA or by getting the brochure at https://www.eknowledge.com/flyer.php?coupon=2751FBF44F&page=2015-Back-to-School

    Below is a link to a YouTube video explaining the program in its entirety.

    We are sending you this information as part of our continuing efforts to assist you in providing your students with academic assistance. We encourage you to share this […]

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    08/18/15 – Reminder about 2015 Annual Meeting of the Membership of KHSAA

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

    This reminder that the 2015 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on Thursday, September 10 in the Bluegrass Ballroom on the third floor at the Lexington Center (High Street level,adjacent to the concourse of Rupp Arena). A final agenda will be published in the coming days, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 1:30 p.m.

    This specific meeting has continuous improvement/leadership training opportunities in the morning, a discussion period regarding proposals for rules changes, and a meeting where delegates convene to approve or disapprove the proposed KHSAA Constitution and Bylaw changes.

    The Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the center, has a small block of rooms available for Wednesday night, September 9, by contacting 859-253-1234 and when transferred to the reservations office, refer […]

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    01/05/17 – Middle School FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) – Updated

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS/UPDATE – MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS REGULATIONS- UPDATED JANUARY 5, 2017

    Please refer to this blog for updates and responses to frequently asked questions to guide you throughout the year.  If you have an immediate question, please contact Associate Commissioner Butch Cope (bcope@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA offices.

    Authority and Jurisdiction

    What is Middle School as used in these regulations and rules?
    Middle School is defined by competition conducted between grades 6 through 8 to align with assessment parameters and divisions. It is considered to be middle school competition, and compliance with this regulation is required, if any of the following situations exist:

    (a) The contest, event or tournament is sponsored by a school (or combined group of schools);
    (b) Competitors wear a school issued uniform;
    (c) The contest, event or tournament is sponsored by an outside entity as a school entry event (advertised or promoted as a school event), whether or not […]

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    08/14/15 – Association to Sponsor Intense Voluntary Training For Newer Athletic Administrators

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    The KHSAA will conduct a training session for newer Athletic Directors on Wednesday, September 9, the day prior to the KHSAA Annual Meeting, from 1:00 to 4:45. The New Athletic Directors Institute will be held in Lexington at the KHSAA offices. This session will focus on the KHSAA Constitution, Bylaws and Tournament rules, with specific focus on the eligibility requirements, game contracts and other “traps” that young ADs or athletic administrators fall into due strictly to a lack of knowledge.

    Staff will be available to help with data system needs, etc., but that is not the primary focus and won’t be an in-depth session or segment. This is intended to break down the Bylaws, explain fully rules and procedures, and help the new ADs during these first early weeks of the school year. We will include those key legal duties and risk management points that are needed, as well as very specific coverage of the eligibility […]

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    08/14/15 – 2015-2016 Athletic Administrators Meetings, Including Regs, Rosters, Title IX

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

    For the fall of 2015, the KHSAA is again scheduling an Athletic Administrator Workshop in eight areas of the state. The content for this non-mandatory workshop will include instructional sessions on managing the coach and player data for your school, an update on the operations and projects around the KHSAA and many elements related to Title IX and those required reports and functions. These sessions will begin with check-in at 8 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Based on evaluative feedback, we will continue through the morning and end around 12:30 to allow for the host school to easily accommodate the end of the school day, and the attendees to get on the road.

    A final schedule for each day will be sent to all registered attendees. This session would be invaluable for all Principals and ADs as they familiarize or re-familiarize themselves […]

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    08/07/15 – HYPE Student Conferences Registration Now Open

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    Registration for the 2015 KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences is now open and available online.

    To register, click here.  Registration is on a first-come first-served basis as the Lexington conference is usually at capacity.

    DATE/TIME/LOCATION
    LEXINGTON – Tuesday, September 1 – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (ET)
    BOWLING GREEN – Wednesday, September 2 – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (CT)

    COST
    There is no registration fee. The conference is put on as a service of the KHSAA and conference sponsors.

    TRANSPORTATION
    Transportation to and from the event will be the responsibility of the local school.

    LODGING
    Any lodging required will be the responsibility of the local school.

    LUNCH
    For the Lexington Conference, lunch will be on your own at the Food Court inside the Lexington Center Shops (Arby’s, Subway, A&W, etc.). For the Bowling Green Conference, lunch will be required at the venue with a box lunch style on site ($10 each).

    Additional conference information, click here.

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    08/04/15 – An Open Note of Gratitude and Thanks

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    Good morning. This is being composed for all of our administrative contacts at the member schools as an open note of thanks and gratitude.

    Over the last week, many of you, and I mean a great many, have taken the time out to call, text, email and send cards of condolence to our office upon learning of the death of our long-time physical plant director John Ginn. He was our own “Wal-Mart greeter” during his 31-year tenure here and knew many of you by face and name from our many meetings and tournaments.

    On behalf of all of our entire staff, and Johnny’s family, I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you. We appreciate your outpouring of concern, and your understanding yesterday when our office was closed to allow for participation in his funeral and burial service.

    We are back open on our regular basis and ready to support you as you kick off another fantastic school […]

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    07/31/15 – Reminder to Update School Coach/Roster Information

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    As we approach the start of the sports seasons, it is critical that all schools have coaching lists and information up to date, as well as competition rosters. A roster, including coaches names and a valid playing roster, must be entered prior to any contest being played, and no athlete is eligible to play in a scrimmage or contest who is not listed on the current online school roster.

    All content in the roster system is accessible solely through the school login subdomain at http://schools.khsaa.org/. On that page are invaluable video links to assist with “how to” of the subdomain.

    New this year is a MUCH more streamlined method of editing your non-coach data. By school request, this has become more of a “fill in the blank” portal so that you can be sure and enter the required personnel. The link is located at http://schools.khsaa.org/admin_personnel/. A few important notes:

    • If a particular position is in Red, […]

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    06/24/15 – Rosters Reset, Ready for 2015-16, Reminders about Requirements for Eligibility

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    Welcome back for the 2015-2016 School Year!

    Before any work begins for the 2015-16 year, a person in the school with Athletic Director level access must initialize rosters as detailed below before rosters can be updated and subsequently, rosters and statistics entered. Keep in mind that the online roster data forms the basis of your schools in-season roster, as well as both your school’s Title IX report and annual participation lists that are due in April. Many of these pieces will be repeated as individual emails over the coming days as a reminder.

    Eligibility and Roster Requirement
    No student is eligible to participate in a contest or scrimmage IN ANY SPORT if they are not currently listed on the school roster online. No other paper or electronic form may substitute. The roster requirement will continue to be enforced with administrative penalties including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

    Video Summary of Startup Procedure and […]

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    06/22/15 – AMLE To Produce Inclusion Webinar

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    AMLE Webinar: Social Inclusion and Young Adolescents
    August 5, 2015
    4-5:00 p.m. EDT

    Join AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators), Special Olympics Project UNIFY® and middle level practitioners to learn about social inclusion and its importance for young adolescents. Andrea Cahn, Senior Director of Project UNIFY will share a national perspective and research on the impact of social inclusion on school climate and youth leadership. Bill Schreiber, principal of Granite Falls Middle School, NC, will share how his school has created an inclusive environment where all youth are agents of change. Dr. David Gonzalez, Associate Superintendent, United ISD, Laredo, Texas, will discuss how social inclusion is addressed in his district and the impact it has made in their middle level schools. Sue Gee, Executive Director, Vermont Association for Middle Level Education will discuss the work they are doing to address bullying in Vermont’s middle schools, using social inclusion as the solution.

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    06/22/15 – Reminders about Dead Period (Bylaw 24)

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

    A few reminders as the Dead Period is about to begin:

    • A reminder that the Dead Period for ALL sports starts at 12:00:01 a.m. on June 25 and goes through 11:59:59 p.m. on July 9. There is to be no use of school facilities, team uniforms, transportation, coaches, personnel or anything related to the athletic program.
    • School funds may not be expended in support of interscholastic athletics in any KHSAA sanctioned sport during this period.
    • There is to be no communication between coaches and players during this period, including email, social media, texting, phone and all other forms.
    • School representatives may not promote alternative activities during the Dead Period, including promotional specials by local gyms, etc. To do so implies some form […]

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    06/08/15 – KHSAA Seeks Applicants for Assistant Commissioner (Female)

    2014-2015 News Releases

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF RESUMES AND COVER LETTER FOR CONSIDERATION: THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Commissioner. Due to the provisions of the Federal Court Order (Alston, et. al. vs The KHSAA, et. al.) and the composition of the current staff, this position will be filled by a female.

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
    Serve as Assistant Commissioner, employed full-time at the KHSAA offices in Lexington. Duties of the position anticipated to include but are not limited to:

    • Managing all facets of assigned sports. The successful applicant will be assigned a minimum of two sports and/or sport-activities. At present, those assigned sports will be Field Hockey (fall), Cross Country (fall), Bowling (winter) and Track and Field (spring)
    • Those duties include but are not limited to:
      • Serving as the association’s staff interpreter for playing rules, including the potential review of a film/video and play situations, rules questions, and serving as […]

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    05/18/15 – Board of Control Approves Compliance Forms for Football Revisions

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    With the approval of the sweeping changes in football contact rules, the Board of Control has approved three forms which are to be used by schools to monitor practice limitations, participation limitations, etc. These forms are NOT to be submitted to the KHSAA at this time, but a random ten (10) percent of the membership will be audited for compliance and penalized under Bylaw 27 if unable to verify that the rules are being followed. 

    The new forms are:

    FB137 – An optional form which may be used by schools and districts to ensure that coaches are aware of the new restrictions. The form allows for a preseason signature by the coaches (all coaches, head and assistant, paid or unpaid) verifying understanding of the USA Football definitions and contact restrictions. The form then also allows for a postseason signature indicated that the rules have been adhered to throughout the season. This form is located at http://www.khsaa.org/forms/fb137.docx […]

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    05/15/15 – Hotels for State Track and Field and Call for Volunteers

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    We have made some adjustments with hotels in the area for state track and track and field championships next weekend.  If you are still needing to book rooms for your teams the Clarion now has additional rooms available as well as the Campbell House.

    Contact Information: Be sure to mention that rooms are for the KHSAA State Track and Field Championship

    Clarion Hotel located at 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington 40511. When making reservations be sure to tell them that you are a school involved in the KHSAA State Track and Field Championship. Rates are $89 per night which includes a full breakfast buffet. Give their reservation line a call at 859- 825-5001.

    Campbell House located 1375 S. Broadway, Lexington 40504.  When making reservations be sure to tell them that you are a school involved in the KHSAA State Track and Field Championship. Rates are $129 per night. For reservations call 859-255-4281.

    Volunteers are always needed to help with various task during […]

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    04/22/15-Final Changes Adopted for Football in Response to NFHS Task Force Recommendations

    2014-2015 News Releases

    At its regular meeting on April 21, the KHSAA Board of Control adopted policy changes including emergency changes to the bylaws and policies of the KHSAA related to football practice. The draft of changes was released to the membership in March for comment, for final adoption at this meeting after consideration of member school final remarks. A compliance form is being finalized and once approved by the Board of Control in May, will be distributed to the membership to assist in education coaches and ensuring compliance by all schools.

    After consideration and following considerable feedback from the membership, the Board approved the staff recommendation to make one change from the draft, and allow the wearing of helmets for on campus, non-competitive, non-contact work in June. Specifically, from June 1 through June 24, the following provisions will be in place (different from the original draft): a) Schools may not issue football equipment included in NFHS Rule 1-5 other […]

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    04/22/15-Football Equipment Timelines

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    Below is an interpretative listing of the various equipment periods. Any conflict with Bylaw 23, Section 6 (Football) will yield to the Bylaw 23 section for enforcement :

    PRE-SEASON (POST DEAD PERIOD) ACCLIMATIZATION AND ACCLIMATION THROUGH THE END OF REGULAR SEASON

    (1) Acclimatization and Acclimation Starting July 10

  • July 10, First date of OFFICIAL practice in helmet only. Only Level 0 – “Air” and Level 1 – “Bags” drills can be conducted. The catastrophic insurance is in place for these drills and practice sessions. Heat index monitoring guidelines must be complied with during any activity. 
  • July 22, First date of practice in shells (shorts, helmets, shoulder pads) for each player who has had at least five days in helmets only. Only Level 0 – “Air”, Level 1 – “Bags” and Level 2 – “Control” drills can be conducted. The catastrophic insurance is in place for these drills and practice sessions. Heat index monitoring guidelines must be complied with during any activity.
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  • 04/22/15-Final Bylaw 23 Changes Necessary Due to Emergency Adoption of NFHS Task Force Recommendations

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    Below is the revised wording of Bylaw 23, Section 6 (Football), as a results of its emergency adoption due to the recommendations of the NFHS Trask Force:

    Sec. 6) Sports Specific Limitations- Football
    a) Organized practice shall be structured in football as follows:
    (1) Football drill work and practice activity shall be defined in the following five categories:
    Level 0-“Air”-Players run a drill unopposed without contact.
    Level 1-“Bags” – Drill is run against a bag or another soft-contact surface.
    Level 2-“Control” – Drill is run at assigned speed until the moment of contact; one player is pre-determined the ‘winner’ by the coach. Contact remains above the waist and players stay on their feet.
    Level 3-“Thud” – Drill is run at assigned speed through the moment of contact; no pre-determined “winner.” Contact remains above the waist, players stay on their feet and a quick whistle ends the drill.
    Level 4-“Live Action”-Drill is run in game-like conditions […]

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    04/20/15 – Updated Physical History and Exam, Permission Forms Posted

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    Thanks to great work by various groups, we are able to get revised physical and permission forms online a couple of weeks early this year as many of you plan for next year. All old forms that have been completed remain valid for the one year plus one month period from the date of administration as specified in the KHSAA Handbook, but any new exam should utilize the new form.

    The Physical Form (both history and physician exam) forms have been separated from the permission form. This is after considerable requests from the membership due to the burden of middle school students taking the same physical and using it in different situations, both middle school students playing intra-middle school and those middle school students playing ‘up” to the high school level in permitted sports. The forms are now divided into three different forms:

    • GE04 – is the permission form for high school level play […]

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    04/14/15 – Reminders about Title IX and Participation List Submission Due April 30

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    As spring sports are now fully in swing, it is time to remind each of you that the annual reports for Title IX and the Participation List are due on April 30.

    • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, any of our Assistant Commissioners should be able to help get you some assistance. Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry is our primary contact for your questions related to the law and its interpretations.
    • Information Technology Director Rob Catron, as well as almost any of our support staff, can help you with electronic issues including login and report preparation using the online system. The online system will have entry available beginning on Tuesday, April 14 after 9 a.m.

    Again this year, based on feedback from the membership and members of our Athletic Directors Advisory Committee, there have been several system changes to make this task easier. Here are the highlights:

    03/10/15 – CLASS Awards Recognition & Scholarship Program Information

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    Information for the 2015 Forcht Bank/KHSAA CLASS Awards Recognition & Scholarship Program has been posted on the KHSAA website at the link below.

    Each school may nominate one boy and one girl as the school winner. School winners are eligible for regional honors and for the overall statewide winner. This year, school winners are to be submitted through the Survey Monkey link titled “School Winner Form (AD to submit to KHSAA)”.

    Please note the deadline for school winner submission is April 7. Contact Butch Cope at the KHSAA with any questions bcope@khsaa.org.

    For more Information:
    http://khsaa.org/special-programs/sportsmanship-programs/

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

     

     

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    02/24/15 – FAQs Unified Track and Field

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    PLAYING UNIFIED

    A common question from students “Can I play too?”  YES, you can!

     

    UNIFIED TRACK & FIELD 2014-15

    For the past several years the KHSAA has offered exhibition events in Track and Field for students in wheelchairs.  Those events included the 100m dash and the shot put.

    This season the KHSAA and Special Olympics have partnered to include Unified Track and Field into the season and the postseason.

     

    What is Unified Sport?

    Unified Sports combines persons with and without intellectual and/or physical disabilities on the same team for sports training and competition.

     

    How will Unified Sports work with a KHSAA sport such as Track and Field?

    Unified Track and Field is a sport within the KHSAA and shall follow the regulations and general philosophies of the KHSAA, including season start date and competition start date. Unified Sports will adhere to the same Bylaws as KHSAA Sports Activities with noted exceptions listed […]

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    02/20/15-Board Ballot Instructions

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    BOARD OF CONTROL BALLOT – BOARD OF CONTROL ELECTIONS – INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BALLOT:
    • Balloting is ONLY done online for these positions.
    • 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 making these changes, contact Rob Catron or Marilyn Mitchell at the KHSAA offices.
    • Please clearly vote for one of the following school candidate(s) for the KHSAA Board of Control by logging in to http://schools.khsaa.org/, then select Board of Control Elections in the second column.
    • After marking your ballot, click Submit Vote.
    • If your school is voting in more than […]

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    01/26/15 – Winter Sports Championship Media Credentials

    2014-2015 News Releases

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

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

    Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of his/her organization needing to attend an event. Credentials for freelance photographers and stringers must be requested by the sports editor/director at the outlet the freelancer will be representing. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the quantity of credentials issued to media outlets when space is at a premium.

    Failure to adhere to the KHSAA policies and guidelines, as well as unauthorized use of the […]

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    01/08/15 – Reminder on Bylaw Ineligibility from Last Date of Varsity Participation

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    With the beginning of the second semester, we wanted to remind you again about the change within Bylaw 6 dealing with the period of ineligibility (for those students subject to the provisions of Bylaw 6) that went into effect on August 1, 2014.  

    Previously, the rule stated that the period of ineligibility following a transfer was one year from the date of enrollment in the new school. Following the change, the Bylaw now states that a student-athlete who is subject to the transfer rule is ineligible for one year from the date of his/her last participation at the previous school.

    It is possible due to this change, that there are student-athletes who were previously thought to be ineligible (due to the former one calendar year from enrollment provision) that would now be eligible sooner due to their date of last varsity participation. That reduced ineligibility period would reflect the change in the Bylaw and should be […]

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    01/06/15 – Reminder about Stats Collection REQUIREMENT and Penalties for Non Compliance

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    Beginning next week (week of 1/12), we will begin compiling weekly statewide statistical leader reports. With this first compilation, any school that has NOT reported statistics for one or more games will be penalized. The likely first step will be a FINE in accordance with Bylaw 27, and the adopted fine schedule calls for a maximum fine of $100 for failure to submit the reports (per game), as well as another fine if such a team should make the state tournament and is not in compliance with the requirement. Beginning next week, those penalties will be imposed.

    Please keep in mind a few other notations:

  • The statistics requested are not comprehensive by any means, but complete submission is required for each game. These individual games are then aggregated for season totals;
  • The individual games should be entered within forty-eight hours. Beginning later this week, you will begin receiving daily notices via email (both to coaches and administrators) of […]

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  • 01/06/15 – Phase I of 2014-15 Title IX Reporting Open for Entry, Changes in System

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    The initial phase of entry for the 2014-2015 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2013-14 to be entered on the form T-35, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. There have been several enhancements this year based on the tour of regional meetings last fall and the great cooperation and feedback from the membership.

    CHANGES IN T35

    There have been a couple of significant revisions is the T35 Form. This is a continual effort to elimination inconsistent information that has been entered on that form:

    • Entry for the T35 is now open. Login to http://schools.khsaa.org and begin entry when you are ready.
    • The T35 requires you to enter 2013-2014 expense information (as it has been audited within your district) but will pulls the coaching counts from your current listings. The use of the current year on coaches allows for you to self-audit your data and ensure all of your coaches […]

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    01/05/15 – Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application

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    For the second year, Whitaker Bank, as part of its continuing title sponsorship of the Boys’ Sweet 16®, and the KHSAA will be presenting four one-time $1,500 scholarships. The scholarships are open to high school seniors that participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports and sport-activities.

    Deadline for the information to be received by the KHSAA is Feb. 25. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a school.

    Winners will be recognized during the 2015 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ State Basketball Tournament, March 18-22 in Lexington.

    Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application Form:
    http://khsaa.org/forms/bk148.pdf

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    The KHSAA staff routinely publishes blog posts to better communicate with its various constituencies and the public. The blogs for specific sports and sport-activities are on that sport or sport activity main page, and there are general information blogs at http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/sports-blogs/

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    11/03/14 – High School Playoff Contests Asked to Honor Veterans

    2014-2015 News Releases

    KHSAA State High School Events Honoring Veterans At Events Closest To Veterans Day

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

    Again this year, for the first round of the football playoffs at home sites November 7 and 8, each home school is asked to request all veterans and active duty military in attendance to stand and be recognized for their contributions.

    For the KHSAA State Cross Country meet on Saturday morning, November 8, there will be an […]

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    11/01/14 – Final End of Season FB TieBreaker Results

    2014-2015 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2014

    The calculations for the three-way tie-breaker in football have been posted online at  http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/threewaytiebreakertodate.pdf.

    Playoff pairings as well as the instructions and details about the games, are available at http://www.khsaa.org/football and the final district standings are posted at http://khsaa.org/2014-football-district-standings/

    There were four relevant out of state records for teams-

    • South Point, OH (2-8, counted 2 wins)
    • Providence, IN (7-4, counted the 7 wins, only counted first 10 played games)
    • Hurley, VA (6-3, counted 6 wins)
    • Grundy, VA (0-9, counted 9 wins)

    There were nine specific ties this season with the final calculations at http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/threewaytiebreakertodate.pdf:

    • Class 1A, District 2- tie for 1st broken based on points through top four defeated opponents including Providence, IN
    • Class 2A, District 2- tie for 4th broken based on points through top four defeated opponents
    • Class 2A, District 8- tie for 1st broken based on points through top four defeated opponents including Hurley, VA
    • […]

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    10/31/14 – Reminders about Football Playoffs and Final Regular Season Week

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

    A few reminders–

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

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

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    10/25/14-Interim Football TieBreaker Calculations Posted

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The three-way tiebreaker calculations through play of October 24, 2014 have been posted on the KHSAA website.

    Viewers should be mindful that:

    • The calculations are tentative and are not final until the final game is played;
    • Most teams likely have another game next week, allowing for a possible additional defeated opponent to be included.

    The calculations are located at http://www.khsaa.org/football/2014/threewaytiebreakertodateOctober252014.pdf

     

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    10/22/14 – Information On Ordering Tickets to Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals

    2014-2015 News Releases

    Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

    It is again time for us to take orders for advance tickets to the Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Finals. We hope we can count on your continued support for the twelve teams that make it to the finals. Here are some notes about this year’s finals.

    • The games will be played on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at Feix Field, Houchens Industries – L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green;
    • Game times will be 11:00 (3A), 3:00 (2A) and 7:00 (5A) on Friday, and will be 11:00 (1A), 3:00 (4A) and 7:00 (6A) on Saturday. All times are Central Time;
    • The KFCA will be conducting important continuous improvement sessions in conjunction with the finals. Contact Jimmie Reed with the KFCA for details as well as details about the important benefits the organization provides for students;
    • The Club level and […]

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    10/21/14-Information from American Sports Builders, RE: Crumb Rubber

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The following information was provided to the KHSAA by representatives of the NFHS in Indianapolis. This is provided for your information.

     

     Associations

    ASBA Response to NBC National News Story on Health Effects of Crumb Rubber in Synthetic Turf

    Last week a story aired on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and on the Today Show concerning a potential connection between crumb rubber and higher rates of Cancer in soccer goalkeepers. Click here to view a video of that story. 
     

    ASBA has relied on and will continue to rely on research of manufacturers and suppliers of these products and independent researchers. The overwhelming weight of the existing research indicates that these products are safe for use, which is consistent with the conclusions of the large numbers of governmental bodies that have considered the issue.  In the absence of further scientific evidence on the issue, ASBA will continue to rely on […]

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    09/30/14 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

    2014-2015 News Releases

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

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

    Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of his/her organization needing to attend an event. Credentials for freelance photographers and stringers must be requested by the sports editor/director at the outlet the freelancer will be representing. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the quantity of credentials issued to media outlets when space is at a premium.

    Failure to adhere to the KHSAA policies […]

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    09/29/14 – Four Measures Receive Approval at Annual Meeting

    2014-2015 News Releases

    At the Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA, four proposals received the votes necessary for approval. The membership was represented by 215 of the schools (out of 277 members), a turnout very comparable to the past few years, with 144 votes (2/3 majority of those present) being required for a proposal to receive approval.

    The proposals will now go to the KHSAA Board of Control for a formal recommendation to the Kentucky Board of Education. Absent any procedural snags, the proposals will go to the Kentucky Board of Education for a two-meeting consideration phase, with final approval by the Kentucky Board of Education anticipated in April. Following that consideration, if approved, the proposals will go to the Regulation Review Subcommittee of the Kentucky General Assembly and the Interim Education Committee for final approval with a hopeful effective date of August 1, 2015 for any changes.

    The following was the voting for those issues. […]

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    09/17/2014 – Proposal by Proposal Analysis of 2014 Annual Meeting Proposals

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is the second part of a two-part effort to talk about the 2014 KHSAA Annual Meeting. Because of the vast turnover in athletic administrators this year, and in order to help you prepare, this information is being sent well in advance of this year’s meeting to allow for review and discussion. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.

    Final preparations are underway for the 2014 Annual Meeting at the Lexington Center on September 29. Staff is busily making final updates to the documents related to the meeting, and posting them on the KHSAA website with updates nearly every day.

    During the morning sessions, there are three great workshops.

    • Veteran Athletic Directors and sport-activity participants will have a panel discussion regarding adding new programs, including the obstacles you might face from school administration, your local board or school based group, and your community;
    • Dan Schuester of the NFHS Coaching Education Department […]

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    09/17/14 – Reminder about Importance of Annual Meeting

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Love this time of year. School has started, the fields and courts are in use every night, and we get to continuously hear about the great things done by our student-athletes. And again this year, we are privileged to have just completed another circuit around the state holding regional meetings about KHSAA operations, online data management and Title IX.

    But now its time to deal with some of the “business issues” surrounding the KHSAA. And a lot of that business is accomplished through the Annual Meeting. Truth be told, other than the championship final events and recognition ceremonies, this event continues to be one of my favorites. Our staff gets to sit down and meet with those people in the trenches at the local schools, and talk about issues facing both groups. Our philosophies and perspectives are different, so too naturally are our opinions.

    This two-part article will attempt to first lay the groundwork for […]

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    09/16/14 – Annual Meeting Registration/Room Reminder

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This reminder that the KHSAA Annual Meeting will be Monday, September 29 at the Lexington Center. For those who have not registered, please do so ASAP by going to the link at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/201415AnnualMeeting.

    The Hyatt Regency (adjacent to the center) has a block of rooms available, and the deadline for reserving a room has been extended to FRIDAY, September 19. Please book your room by that time by contacting 859-253-1234 and when transferred to the reservations office, refer to the KHSAA block of rooms (“KHSAA Athletic Meeting”) for the KHSAA block of rooms rate.

    Thanks in advance for your participation. The schedule of meetings and breakout sessions is being finalized in the next day or so, and will be distributed to give you further information.

    We look forward to seeing each of you.

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    08/31/14 – Reminder about 2014 Annual Meeting of KHSAA High Schools

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

    The 2014 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on Monday, September 29 in the Thoroughbred meeting rooms on the third floor at the Lexington Center (High Street level,adjacent to the concourse of Rupp Arena). A final agenda will be published in the coming days, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 1:30 p.m.

    This specific meeting has professional development/leadership training opportunities in the morning, a discussion period regarding proposals for rules changes, and a meeting where delegates convene to approve or disapprove the proposed KHSAA Constitution and Bylaw changes.

    The Hyatt Regency, adjacent to the center, has a small block of rooms available for Sunday night, September 28, by contacting 859-253-1234 and when transferred to the reservations office, […]

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    09/05/14 – Update on Bylaw 6 Transfer Requests/Rulings/Forms

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    We wanted to update Athletic Administrators on a couple of recent changes with regard to submission of Bylaw 6 Domestic Student Transfer Request Forms and, with the turnover of administrators, also remind you of some tips that will help in the review and ruling process.

    WHEN A WRITTEN RULING IS NOT NEEDED BY KHSAA OFFICE
    Under what circumstances can a transferring student be declared eligible without completing a waiver form and sending to the KHSAA?

    There are several circumstances and documented exceptions for which the waiver form is not necessary to be submitted, including: 

    • If it can be documented that the student last participated at the receiving school and has not been granted eligibility at any other school (in or out of state). This sometime occurs when a student plays for school A, then transfers to B and does not seek a transfer ruling or seeks a ruling and is denied eligibility, and subsequently […]

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    09/05/14 – Middle School Athletics and “Who we can play”

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    We have received several inquiries on the middle school regulation (702 KAR 7:065) and which school(s) that middle school teams can and cannot compete against in contests. To assist schools, the following clarifications are being provided to help address those questions. We will also post this information within the FAQ document and review with the Middle School Advisory Committee at its upcoming Sept. 30 meeting.

    Within the regulation KRS 156.070 (2), it states:

    (11) Require that the common schools at the middle school level may only compete in contests against schools, including combined elementary or middle school teams, that adhere to these provisions; 

    Middle school teams are defined as Board of Education sponsored/funded/approved middle school teams. Those teams are permitted to play against other Board of Education sponsored/funded/approved middle school teams that adhere to the policies in place as referenced above.

    Board of Education sponsored/funded/approved middle school teams are not permitted to compete/participate against club teams, […]

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    09/05/14 – Reminder about Ruling Officers for 2014-15

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The first line of rulings concerning KHSAA Bylaws 2 through 14 is to contact the ruling officer with information. In many cases, that consists of sending in a requisite form, as well as any other information that might be needed. For the 2014-15 school year, several assignments of ruling officers have changed within the office, and this information is provided to assist you in managing your athletic program. The ruling officers are assigned by region to ensure consistent communication. in 95% of the cases, the primary ruling officer is the person a school representative should contact with information, requests, etc. The secondary ruling officers are designated to ensure that if the primary is out of town or involved with an event, every effort can be made to issue rulings in an expedited manner once all material is received.

    Bylaw Subject Primary Ruling Officer Secondary Ruling Officer 2 Regions 1-8 Age For documented waiver due to […]

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    08/23/14 – Reminder about Interrupted Football Games

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    In light of the large number of calls and texts on night 1 of high school football and in light of the vast amount of turnover in athletic administrators and coaches, a reminder about the Competition Rules is in order. Interrupted games are not new, usually it’s lightning, last night it was about every possible variation of bad weather. Just a couple of reminders, and probably the last sentence in the tournament rules is the main point to keep in mind, “All involved shall remember that this situation is caused by elements such as weather that are uncontrollable by anyone, and keep the discussions in that perspective.”

    • Per the playing rules, there is no such thing as a “no-contest”. Period. So if the contest begins, the interrupted games procedure is in place.
    • Once a contest begins, then the game counts against the allowable number of games. Only if the contest does not begin can the game be […]

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    08/22/14 – Heat Index Reminder, All Sports but Particularly Football Contests Played 8/22 and 8/23

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    With tonight being the first permissible night for football contests, this notice and directive is important to help ensure the health and safety of the competitors. Due to the extremely low temperatures that have existed throughout most of fall practice, it is possible that many athletes are not properly acclimatized to the wearing of gear in hot weather, in spite of meeting the required number of days.

    Out of an abundance of caution, and respect for the safety of the competitors, coaches and game officials, football officials are directed to take the NFHS permissible heat time-outs during each quarter of each game played on August 22 and August 23 if the ambient temperature at the playing site is 80 degrees or higher (temperature not heat index). The time-out should be implemented much like a media time-out, and it is recommended that it be taken at the first dead ball after the 7 min. mark on the […]

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    08/21/14 – Scoreboard/Rosters/Statistics Reminder

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    With the 2014-15 school year underway, not to mention a large number of administrators and coaches holding new positions across the state, now is a good time to pass along a few reminders for the fall sports season in regards to schedules, statistics and rosters.

    SCOREBOARD/ROSTER/SCHEDULE REMINDER
    The KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard is provided as a service to schools, student-athletes, media members and the general public. The most frequent complaint we hear from the media, general public and our own membership is that the scoreboard contains inaccurate schedules and rosters, as this is often the tool the media uses to cover your programs and this information provides tremendous promotional benefit to your students and school community. It is the responsibility of each school to keep their schedules and rosters current and accurate throughout the year as has previously been detailed by the Commissioner.

    At your earliest convenience, […]

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    08/16/14 – Reminder about Carryover Ejections from 2013-2014

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    In several unfortunate situations each year, coaches or athletes with eligibility remaining are ejected near the end of the season, or near the end of the season for violations of Bylaw 15, Sportsmanships. Please note that when that happens, the penalty carries to the next year if the student-athlete remains enrolled, and to the new school if the coach changes jobs/schools. 

    Please note all rules related to player/coach ejections, including the provisions for varsity and non-varsity ejections, are listed at http://khsaa.org/dq-policy-on-reinstatement-of-disqualified-apolicy-on-reinstatement-of-disqualified-athletes-coaches/, and a complete list from 2013-2014 is listed on the KHSAA website at http://khsaa.org/dq_list_public/. You will need to review this listing to ensure that you properly require athletes and coaches to miss the required contests if in fact they were ejected. 

    Also note that being ineligible for scrimmages (sitting out) does NOT satisfy any penalty, such must be served at the varsity contest level.

    If you have specific questions, please contact Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) […]

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    08/11/14 – Middle School Students Repeating Options and Age Requirements for Interscholastic Participation

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The following is related SOLELY to interscholastic play for grades 5-8 students in grades 6 through 8 play.

    Through the completion of the 2014-2015 school year, policies regarding the participation of repeating students at the levels of play below high school interscholastic athletics (below grade nine(9)) shall be determined by the school council pursuant to KRS 160.345 (2) (i).

    Effective with the 2015-2016 school year, policies regarding the participation of repeating students at the levels of play below high school interscholastic athletics shall be implemented pursuant to 702 KAR 7:065 as follows:

    • Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year and thereafter, require that no student enrolled initially in grade (5) through grade (8) during the 2015-2016 school year or thereafter who is repeating a grade for any reason be eligible to compete in interscholastic competition involving students enrolled in grades six (6) through eight (8) while repeating a grade;
    • Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, require that a student who […]

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    08/11/14 – Reminder on “Fall Ball” and Facilities

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    With the start of a new school year, it’s a good time to remind schools about recent changes in KHSAA Bylaws, and we wanted to remind Administrators and Baseball/Softball Coaches about issues around offseason play (“Fall Ball”) and school facilities.

    Bylaw 23, which defines the season and allowable play, was amended at the Annual Meeting in 2012 (approved by member school administrators by a vote of 194-12-1) and changes were approved through the regulatory process and published in the 2013-14 KHSAA Handbook. The primary element of this change was a restriction in the use of school facilities by enrolled student-athletes outside of the season.

    This restriction is during the school year, but outside the defined limitation of season where coaches (head/assistant) may not coach players in organized competition on the campus of a member school if such competition involves at least fifty (50) percent of the normal playing squad (5 or more for baseball and […]

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    08/11/14 – Handbook Final Revisions in Progress

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This notice to all interested parties. The 2014-15 Handbook is in final process with the final adjustments being made to directory listings, records and published interpretations. The Handbook documents in final form should be published by Friday, August 15, 2014 and an email will be sent to all school representatives with that notice. Until that time, you might notice broken links, missing information, and the relevant sections being posted piece by piece through the week.

    Thanks for your patience during this annual project!

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    08/08/14 – Reminders Regarding Bylaw 9 and Play Once School Starts

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Bylaw 9 has been in place for many years, and restricts players in basketball and football, who have not yet both been in grade nine and played for a high school team at some level,  from playing in outside competition once the school year begins, and until the end of the season. There has been no change to that rule proposed by the member schools of the KHSAA for a number of years.

    For the past two years, due to NCAA recruiting rules, the KHSAA has allowed an interpretative fall exception weekend to Bylaw 9. This exception allowed male student-athletes who had previously played for a boys’ team to request permission to attend one event in the fall where competition is held. The interpretative exception was made to coincide with NCAA Division I rules and the allowable recruiting periods.

    This year, based on changes to NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.7.2, the NCAA fall recruiting period […]

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    08/06/14 – Reminders and Updates – Online roster system

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Based on the number of calls that we have received concerning the start of the school year roster initialization and the eligibility and roster requirement, we wanted to send a brief clarification. Please contact IT Director Rob Catron (rcatron@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA if you have specific questions. 

    First, concerning the Initilization of your schools overall athlete list (Manage Overall Athletic Roster – direct link: http://schools.khsaa.org/athletes/). The two most common questions that we have received:

    • I have students on this list master list that are not currently participating in a sport – should I remove them; otherwise, won’t it affect my Title IX counts if I don’t? ANSWER: No, it is not necessary, nor recommended that you remove students from your overall athlete list that are not currently playing sports. They may choose to play a sport later in their high school career (or even later in this school year in a different sport season). […]

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    08/05/14 – 2014-2015 Athletic Administrators Meetings, Including Title IX

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

    For the fall of 2014, the KHSAA is again scheduling an Athletic Administrator Workshop in eight areas of the state. The content for this non-mandatory workshop will include instructional sessions on managing the coach and player data for your school, an update on the operations and projects around the KHSAA and many elements related to Title IX and those required reports and functions. These sessions will begin just after 8 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Based on evaluative feedback, we will continue through the morning and end around 12:30 to allow for the host school to easily accommodate the end of the school day, and the attendees to get on the road.

    A final schedule for each day will be sent to all registered attendees. This session would be invaluable for all ADs as they familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with […]

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    08/04/14 – HYPE Student Conference Registration Now Available

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Registration for the 2014 KHSAA HYPE/Student Leadership Conferences is now open and available online. To register, click here.

    DATE/TIME
    LEXINGTON – Monday, August 25 – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (ET) 
    BOWLING GREEN – Tuesday, Aug. 26 – 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (CT)

    LOCATION
    LEXINGTON – Lexington Center (next to Rupp Arena)
    BOWLING GREEN – Knicely Conference Center

    COST
    There is no registration fee. The conference is put on as a service of the KHSAA and conference sponsors.

    TRANSPORTATION
    Transportation to and from the event will be the responsibility of the local school.

    LODGING
    Any lodging required will be the responsibility of the local school.

    LUNCH
    For the Lexington Conference, lunch will be on your own at the Food Court inside the Lexington Center Shops (Arby’s, Subway, A&W, etc.). For the Bowling Green Conference, lunch will be required at the venue with a box lunch style on site ($10 each).

    MATERIALS
    Conference materials […]

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    07/01/2014 – DQ Policy – Policy on Reinstatement of Disqualified Athletes/Coaches

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Case BL-15-6- What is the member school obligation in the case of an unreported disqualification?

    • KHSAA member school representatives are obligated to impose the minimum suspension penalty for the ejection per these published guidelines, even in those rare cases when an ejection is not reported in a timely manner, including ejections which occur during out of state contests or those during school breaks. School administrators should contact the Association office with any questions.
    • Whether or not a timely report is received, the obligation of the member school administration is to adhere to the penalty provisions.

    Case BL-15-7- If a coach or other non-player is ejected from a scrimmage or contest, how long is the suspension and what may occur during the suspension?

    • (1) The suspension is considered immediate and indefinite when the ejection occurrs. 
    • (2) The suspension is in effect for any further interscholastic competition on that day. (i.e., the freshman […]

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    07/27/14 – Reminder about Changes in Scrimmage Regulations and Playing Teams from Outside the United States

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Two changes have been made for the 2014-2015 school year. One affects preseason scrimmages and what teams can be played by the KHSAA member schools, and the second change affects foreign teams coming into Kentucky to play our member schools in any sport.

    Change in Scrimmage opponents

    After a  lengthy review, primarily related to scrimmages, and primarily for catastrophic insurance purposes, as well as potential issues with the liability insurance of the individual schools and districts, Kentucky teams may not scrimmage against teams that do not represent member schools. This restriction is identical to the restriction for contests and is a revised interpretation for 2014-15 that was supported in Board of Control action at the May meeting. Member schools cannot compete in scrimmages against out of state non-member schools, out of country non-school teams, local clubs, alumni groups, or any other type of non-member school team. 

    Because this change is effective for the 2014-15 school […]

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    07/27/14 – Welcome Back to all Member Schools

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Welcome back for the 2014-2015 School Year!

    We hope you have a great, if not far too short, summer and are ready to get going for 2014-2015. There are a great many changes for 2014-15. In many cases, we will be sending those to you in short snippets instead of one long email, so that you can forward as necessary. As always our staff remains available to assist you in any way they can.

    Before any work begins on rosters for the 2014-15 year, a person in the school with Athletic Director level access  must initialize rosters as detailed below before rosters can be updated and subsequently, rosters and statistics entered. Keep in mind that the online roster data forms the basis of your schools in-season roster, as well as both your school’s Title IX report and annual participation lists that are due in April. Many of these pieces will be repeated as individual emails […]

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    07/25/14 – July, 2014 Board of Control Meeting Review

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The following is a review of the items discussed at the July, 2014 KHSAA Board of Control Meeting and the status of those issues. The Board meets six times per year, and each time, the membership will be updated as far as actions by the Board. While many of them attempt to communicate with you on a regular basis, I also want the schools informed of a consistent summary. All documents related to this meeting can be found online at http://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4374&AgencyTypeID=1&BeginDate=07-1-2014&EndDate=07-31-2014

    BOARD MEETING – July 14, 2014

    Following the completion of the required orientation for new Board members, the Board meeting began with a discussion about the Board’s operational format. Following the discussion, the Board voted to suspend the use of separate committees for Board action (with the exception of an Executive and Audit/Finance Committee) and use a work session format where assurances can be made that all regions will be represented on all of […]

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    07/23/14 – Bylaw 6 Transfer Form Reminder

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As part of the recently approved changes to the Bylaws that have been given final legislative approval, Bylaw 6 has been revised to reflect the past action of the Delegate Assembly and these revisions change the period of ineligibility for students who had previously played varsity athletics after being in grade nine (9). A student who has played varsity after being in grade nine (9) and then transfers to another school was previously ineligible in all levels of all sports for one calendar year from the date of enrollment. Under the newly approved changes to Bylaw 6, the student is now ineligible for one calendar year from the date of his/her last varsity participation.

    In certain cases, because this information is required to be submitted on the receiving school portion of the transfer form, this will require additional research on the part of the receiving school to determine the accurate information. To date, the office […]

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    07/22/14 – Reminder about Changes to Bylaw 3, Limit of Four Years Enrollment

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    By virtue of action taken at the 2013 KHSAA Annual meeting of its high school membership, Bylaw 3 was amended to change the starting date for the four-year period of eligibility to the student’s first entry in grade nine. Previously, the rule stated that the start of the four-year period started with the first promotion from grade eight(8). This change is effective August 1, 2014 with the other changes to the KHSAA Bylaws.

    It is possible, that there are student athletes who were previously thought to be ineligible for 2014-2015 (due to exhausting their four year period after initial promotion from grade eight) that are now in fact eligible as the four year count didn’t start until entry in grade nine. For example, a current senior in 2014-2015 spent 2013-2014 as a junior, 2012-2013 as a sophomore, 2011-2012 as a freshman. This student was first promoted from grade 8 in 2009-2010, but for whatever reason, […]

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    07/22/14 – “Grandfathered” List Published for Students Below Grade Seven

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This reminder to all member schools. Effective with the start of the 2013-2014 school year, 702 KAR 7:065 was amended to prohibit students below seven (7) from playing high school competition (at any level). The implementation date of the prohibition is the start of the 2014-2015 school year, and those students who had previously participated are to be “grandfathered” in to the new rule. This change is also incorporated into KHSAA Bylaw 4.

    On the secure KHSAA site, http://schools.khsaa.org (bottom left, just above the Football Officials Assignments links), there are links to two important lists. The first of those lists is the list of students who participated in some level of high school play while enrolled in grade 4 during the 2012-2013 school year. The second is the list of students who participated in some level of high school play in grades 4 or 5 during the 2013-2014 school year. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE LISTS […]

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    07/22/14 – Rosters Reset, Ready for 2014-15, Reminders about Requirements for Eligibility

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Welcome back for the 2014-2015 School Year!

    Before any work begins for the 2014-15 year, a person in the school with Athletic Director level access  must initialize rosters as detailed below before rosters can be updated and subsequently, rosters and statistics entered. Keep in mind that the online roster data forms the basis of your schools in-season roster, as well as both your school’s Title IX report and annual participation lists that are due in April. Many of these pieces will be repeated as individual emails over the coming days as a reminder.

    Eligibility and Roster Requirement
    No student is eligible to participate in a contest or scrimmage IN ANY SPORT if they are not currently listed on the school roster online. No other paper or electronic form may substitute. Beginning with 2014-2015, the roster requirement will be enforced with administrative penalties including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

    Video Summary […]

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    07/21/14 – Football Individual Minimum Practice Reminder

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    With the change back to August 1 for the first day of practice in pads (anything other than shoulder pads, following the minimum three days of helmets only and minimum of three days of helmets and shoulder pads), several coaches have inquired about the minimum number of days before playing against another school.

    The rule states: “Each player, in order to be eligible to participate against another school and to become acclimatized and acclimated, shall have taken part in a minimum of three (3) practices over three (3) days in helmets only, three (3) practices in helmet and shoulder pads over three (3) days followed by five (5) contact practices over five days.”

    Each player is required to have five days of practice in full pads (anything than shoulder pads and helmets) before going against another school. The rule continues to require the phase-in of these days as listed above. 

     

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    07/17/14 – NFHS Rules News Release and Pole Vault Collar Reminder

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The NFHS released the following rules changes for the 2014-2015 season.  We wanted to share this information with you as the lifting of the jewelry restriction will go into effect immediately, including the fall 2014 Cross Country season, as it is a rule change by the NFHS.

    Also, a reminder for those schools who have pole vault facilities that the ASTM approved collar for last year is now a requirement for the 2014-2015 season. 

     Prohibition of Jewelry Lifted in High School Track and Field

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contact: Becky Oakes

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 14, 2014) — Effective with the 2015 high school track and field season, the prohibition of jewelry will be eliminated. This was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS […]

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    05/21/14 – May, 2014 Board of Control Meeting Review

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The following is a review of the items discussed at the May KHSAA Board of Control Meeting and the status of those issues. The Board meets six times per year, and each time, the membership will be updated as far as actions by the Board. While many of them attempt to communicate with you on a regular basis, I also want the schools informed of a consistent summary. All documents related to this meeting can be found online at http://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4374&AgencyTypeID=1&BeginDate=05-1-2014&EndDate=5-31-2014

    BOARD MEETING – May 12, 2014

    The Board meeting began with an appeal from St. Francis of a specific provision oof the Financial Aid Bylaw. After consideration, the motion was made that due to the existence of this program prior to the Bylaw, and the continuation since that time (limits exceeded allowable merit aid limits and thus participation was not permitted) and based on an annual review of the program by the Board, the waiver […]

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    04/30/14 – April 2014 Board of Control Meeting Review

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The following is a review of the items discussed at the April KHSAA Board of Control Meeting and the status of those issues. The Board meets six times per year, and each time, the membership will be updated as far as actions by the Board. While many of them attempt to communicate with you on a regular basis, I also want the schools informed of a consistent summary. All documents related to this meeting can be found online at http://portal.ksba.org/public/Agency.aspx?PublicAgencyID=4374&AgencyTypeID=1&BeginDate=04-1-2014&EndDate=4-30-2014

    BOARD MEETING – April 15, 2014

    The Board meeting began with a presentation from Karl Schmitt and Greg Fante, representing the Greater Louisville Sports Commissioner. Both were emphatic about the city’s desire to work with the Association and return some of the KHSAA championships to the state’s largest city.

    That presentation was followed by a presentation from the iHigh staff with a report on external corporate sales.  The Board then recessed to conduct committee meetings. 

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