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

Archery Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

Archery Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

Please note the following points:

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

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2018

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

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

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    2019-2020 Through 2022-2023 Draft Football Alignment

    Football Blog Updates

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

    CLASS 6A (32 SCHOOLS)

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

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

    CLASS 5A (39 SCHOOLS)

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

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

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2018

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

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

    The next award level after […]

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

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    January 22, 2018

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

    FR: Commissioner Julian Tackett

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

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

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

    SCHEDULING MORATORIUM

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

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

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2018

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

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

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

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    12/06/17- Football Schools Required to Submit Spring Practice Date Options

    Football Blog Updates

    Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school must submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15, 2017, for the spring, 2018 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15 will result in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. This deadline is to be rigidly enforced for 2017-18 so do not delay in submitting.

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. The selection of spring practice is solely a function of the school calendar and not personnel.
    THE SETTING OF THESE DATES IS A FUNCTION OF SCHOOL CALENDAR AND NOT PERSONNEL.

    Go to this link —
    http://khsaa.org/fb103-spring-practice-dates-designation/ and submit your dates for 2018 on or before December 15, 2017.

    The Spring Practice regulations are reprinted below–

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

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

    2017-2018 News Releases

    For Immediate Release: November 29, 2017

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

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

    Since last played in Lexington […]

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

    2017-2018 News Releases

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

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

    Restaurants providing discounts with presentation of ticket stub

    A.P. Suggins Bar & Grill

     Free non-alcoholic beverage

    Alfalfa

     10% discount

    Athenian Grill

     15% discount at all locations

    Bourbon n’ Toulouse

     $1.00 off

    Clawdaddy’s

     15% discount

    Corto Lima

     Free queso blanco with limit of one per table

    J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar

     10% discount

    Minglewood

     15% discount

    Minton’s

     10% discount

    Palmers Fresh Grill

     A free shareable with purchase of an entrée

    Ramsey’s Diner

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

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    11/14/17 – 2018 KHSAA Hall of Fame Press Conference This Sunday; Football Championship Tickets On Sale

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will hold a press conference on Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. to announce the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The Hall of Fame announcement will take place at the KHSAA Offices in Lexington (2280 Executive Drive).

    The 2018 Hall of Fame banquet will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington (369 W. Vine Street). Ticket information for the banquet will be available at KHSAA.org in the coming weeks. For more information on the Hall of Fame, or to submit a nomination, visit http://khsaa.org/special-programs/dawahareskhsaa-hall-of-fame/.

    2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Tickets Available Online

    Tickets for the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl are available for purchase online at KHSAA.org as both full championship sets and individual game orders. Reserved sets (all six games) are available in the Woodford Reserve Club for $150 or the Field Level […]

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

    2017-2018 News Releases

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

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

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

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    2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA State Football Tickets Availability

    2017-2018 News Releases





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    09/21/17 – Fall Sports Championship Media Credentials

    2017-2018 News Releases

    The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Fall Sports Championships is now live, and can be accessed by going to credentials.khsaa.org.

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

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

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

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

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

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    08/31/17- Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Soccer

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

    FOOTBALL
    Overall Stats Leaders
    http://khsaa.org/football/2017/stats.htm

    Class 1A Stats Leaders
    http://khsaa.org/football/2017/stats1.htm

    Class 2A Stats […]

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

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This notice is being sent to all KHSAA football schools.

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

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

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

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

    Thank you!

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    08/25/17- Reminders on Schedules/Rosters/Statistics Entry Requirement

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Please take a moment to review the following reminders on requirements for member schools involving schedules, rosters and statistics.

    SCOREBOARD/ROSTER/SCHEDULE
    The KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard is provided as a service to schools, student-athletes, media members and the general public. Scoreboard data is copyrighted through a joint partnership with the KHSAA, Frank Riherd and Riherds.com, and the Association thanks them for their efforts in support of this project.

    One of the most frequent complaints 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, this information provides tremendous promotional benefit to your students and school community. It is the responsibility of each school to maintain its schedules and rosters with current and accurate information, including jersey numbers and positions for all listed student-athletes.

    At your earliest convenience, please take a moment […]

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    08/14/17 – Football Part 2 Exam Available for Officials

    Football Blog Updates

    The NFHS Football Part 2 Test is available to be taken online between midnight Eastern Time on August 14 and midnight Eastern Time on August 28. The test will automatically close exactly at that time even if tests are in progress. Login at http://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.

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

    Any official determined to have been involved in the improper administration of the exam, including taking it for another official or having it taken by another official, will have the score disregarded for the year and be subject to other penalties in compliance with the jurisdiction of the office through the Federal Court Decree.

    There will be no late administration of the Part 2 exam.

     

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

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

    Below is additional information:

    OFFICIALS

    August 8 to September 28 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
    September 29 to October 18 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
    October 19 to October 25 (Officials) – the Football Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

    COACHES

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

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

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

    Continued luck this season.

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

    Football Blog Updates

    KHSAA VARSITY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS

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

    DEFINITIONS

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

    GENERAL USE

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

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    07/20/17 – Heat and Humidity Reminders

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    With temperatures rising across the state, now is a good time to remind all of our school administrators and coaches of the requirements of the Heat Index program. No game, or plan for a game, is worth short-cutting this required procedure that is now nearly fifteen years old. Nothing about the program has changed, but with the turnover in coaches (and administrators) perhaps a few heat index reminders are helpful:

    • Heat index requirements and restrictions apply (and have always applied) to outdoor and indoor sports. In many cases during the summer, indoor practice areas (including gymnasiums) are set to be electronically controlled in terms of temperature and coaches must monitor conditions to ensure compliance.
    • While the gold standard for heat index measurement is the wet bulb globe, the KHSAA has adopted the use of the digital sling psychrometer as the measurement instrument for heat index as the next best available and most cost effective […]

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    07/20/17 – Football Practice and Acclimation/Acclimatization Reminders

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    As the helmet-only period continues and more activity is available, it is necessary to issue a few reminders about football practice. None of these procedures have changed, but with the massive turnover in coaches and the plethora of inquiries and perhaps spreading of misinformation, these reminders are essential.

    • July 10-31 is a period to participate in non-contact simulations (7 on 7) wearing only a helmet. Only level “0-air”, “1-bags” and “2-control” activity can occur. By definition, level “2” activity stops at the moment of contact. Period. During this time period, there are both practice (number) and practice time limitations contained in Bylaw 23.
    • July 22-31 is a period when shells (helmets, shoulder pads, shorts) can be worn. but only for those individuals who have had five days with the rest of the team members in helmets only after July 10. During this time period, there are both practice (number) and practice time limitations contained in Bylaw 23.
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    07/18/17 – Board of Control Mandates Face Protection in Softball

    2017-2018 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2017

    The Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 academic year July 14-15 at the Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky. Over the course of its two-day meeting, the Board took a progressive step in the area of student-athlete safety by approving a recommendation from staff to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen. The Board’s action, which follows the recommended use of protective headgear in July of 2014, makes Kentucky the first state to require face protection in high school softball, and continues the KHSAA’s willingness to be at the forefront in regards to player safety, as the Association implemented a pitch count in baseball one year before it was approved at the national level.

    The KHSAA submitted a proposal to amend the NFHS playing rules at the 2017 NFHS Summer Meeting (June 28-July 2), […]

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    05/10/17 – Board of Control Addresses Championship Sites for Football, Girls’ Basketball, Dance

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2017

    The Board of Control addressed future locations of the KHSAA state football finals, girls’ basketball Sweet Sixteen®, and Dance during Wednesday’s meeting at the KHSAA offices, awarding championships to Kroger Field, BB&T Arena, Rupp Arena and the new Frederick Douglass High School.

    After hearing proposals from representatives of Bowling Green, Highland Heights, and Lexington, the Board authorized the Commissioner to enter into contract negotiations for the 2017 and 2018 State Football Finals with the University of Kentucky to be played at Kroger Field in Lexington. For the last eight years, the football finals were played at Houchens-LT Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University, but WKU’s football success within their conference resulted in the order of games being reshuffled at the last minute during each of the last two years due to the C-USA Championship game.

    “While we are eternally grateful for the efforts of our tremendous […]

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    03/30/17 – KHSAA Revising Office Hours Effective April 3, 2017

    2016-2017 News Releases

    Effective April 3, 2017, the KHSAA will have new office hours. The office will open each day at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. ET.

    Logistical and traffic issues (both current and anticipated) in the surrounding area near the office, in particular, the opening of the new Frederick Douglass High School have created this necessity.

    We appreciate the understanding of our membership and various constituencies.

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    12/12/16- Officiate Kentucky Day Information

    Baseball Blog Updates

    OFFICIATE KENTUCKY DAY
    Saturday, July 29
    Marriott Downtown – Louisville

    You are invited to the first-ever, Officiate Kentucky Day!

    What is Officiate Kentucky Day?
    Officiate Kentucky Day (OKD) is a one-day gathering of sports and sport activity officials from throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate the officiating industry.  This event allows the KHSAA to partner with the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) as part of their “state day” program and will showcase nationally known collegiate and professional officials as well as high schools officials to share their knowledge, skills and expertise in officiating.

    OKD will be a lead-in to the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Summit that will follow July 30-Aug. 1, also at Marriott Downtown in Louisville.  

    Legendary sports officials and industry leaders including Jerry Markbriet, Billy Kennedy, Steve Shaw, Joe Crawford, Dean Blandino, Bill Carollo, Scott Green, Marcy Weston, Sandra Serafini, Steve Javie, Tom Lopes, […]

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

    Football Blog Updates

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

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. The selection of spring practice is solely a function of the school calendar and not personnel.
    THE SETTING OF THESE DATES IS A FUNCTION OF SCHOOL CALENDAR AND NOT PERSONNEL.

    Go to this link —
    http://khsaa.org/fb103-spring-practice-dates-designation/ and submit your dates for 2017 on or before December 15, 2016.

    The Spring Practice regulations are reprinted below–

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

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

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

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

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

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

    Football Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

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

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

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

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

    Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

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

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

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    WORKING DRAFT- Football Brackets 2016 (UNOFFICIAL)

    Football Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

    TeamUp

     

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

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

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

    2016-2017 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Football Blog Updates

    The Part 2 Test will be available online from midnight Eastern Time on August 15 through midnight Eastern Time on August 29. The test will automatically close exactly at that time. Login at http://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.

    Any official determined to have been involved in the improper administration of the exam, including taking it for another official or having it taken by another official, will have the score disregarded for the year and be subject to other penalties in compliance with the jurisdiction of the office through the Federal Court Decree.

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

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