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09/22/21 – Board of Control Approves Changes to Wrestling Alignment for 2021-22

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2021

The Board of Control held its second meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA offices, during which it approved a draft wrestling alignment that will go into effect for the 2021-22 season.

After considering multiple options and reviewing past participation information, the Board approved a Final Alignment Map of Teams to be implemented for 2021-22. The KHSAA website will be updated in the coming days to reflect the adopted alignment.

“We have had the good fortune of great communication with the current leadership of our wrestling coaches association and know that not only were they ready for realignment, but they also wanted it implemented for this school year,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Their excellent communication and gathering of information helped aid the process of realignment. Clearly important to the coaches and match managers was a balancing of sorts in […]


09/20/21 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Football

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2021

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings for the 2021 football season have been posted at for all classes.

Due to the limited number of contests for football compared to the other sports and the application of RPI data on a much more extensive basis, as the office maintains the district standings, there are additional clarifications and operations in football that are not necessary for other sports, as follows:

  • At the end of the season, each school will have eleven RPI observations. 
    • With an eleven (11) slot grid, the number of games being considered (and for team record) will be 11 times 11 times 11, or a total of 1,331 games and records. This lessens the overall impact of a specific single game in the OWP and OOWP columns, particularly over the course of the season, and ensures competitive comparative equity while still affording […]


09/17/21 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2021

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings for the 2021 field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball seasons have been posted at

Football’s RPI rankings will be released for the first time on September 20. Due to the limited number of contests for football compared to the other sports and the application of RPI data on a much more extensive basis as the office maintains the district standings, there will be additional clarification and operations in football that are not necessary in other sports.

The RPI ( is a tool developed for all team sports by using the official KHSAA/Riherds Scoreboard data. It is provided for a variety of reasons, including district tiebreaking and bracketing in specific sports, as well as a means to increase publicity, interest and promotion. 

The Board of Control has also approved that the RPI is to be used as […]


09/01/21 – Stat Leader Reports for Field Hockey, Football, Soccer and Volleyball Now Available

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021

The first statistical leader reports of the season for field hockey, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball are available to view at The reports include all teams missing stats for no more than two games (one in football) and will be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m. ET.

All sports available on the KHSAA/ Scoreboard have the ability for member schools to add statistics. Volleyball rounded out the group when its stat entry interface debuted in 2019.

Statistical entry has multiple benefits, including giving member schools an avenue to highlight and promote the accomplishments of their student-athletes, which should be a goal for all involved in school-based sports.

The reports are also a valuable tool for local, statewide and national media to report on the outstanding talent found throughout the state of Kentucky.

Given its importance, statistical entry is required of all member schools. Those failing […]


08/24/21 – HYPE Student Leadership Conference Registration Now Open

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After the cancellation of last year’s conference due to the pandemic, the KHSAA is planning to conduct its HYPE Student Leadership Conference in person on Sept. 24 at Central Bank Center in Lexington. 

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

Friday, September 24

Central Bank Center (430 W. Vine St., Lexington, next to Rupp Arena) – Meeting Rooms 1-8.

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

To register (Click Here to Register).  The registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Lunch will be “on your own”.

Each school may select up to 18 individuals to […]


08/18/21- Updates and Reminders on Schedule Change and Score Reporting

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First off, thank you to our member schools for your help last year in adjusting to a revised method to report scores and schedule updates to the Riherds / KHSAA Scoreboard.


Some of the methods will necessarily change in 2021-22 as Bylaw 22 on forfeiture of contests is fully enforced. However, we still want to emphasize the needed integrity of the reporting of games canceled due to COVID-19. The data from those cancelations plays a huge role in seeing how the virus is potentially affecting sports and frankly, ensuring our ability to continue play. We hope this data will be accurate as we move through the fall and vaccinations increase to help slow the spread and reduce quarantine time.

The daily email links to enter scores will continue to be sent. Note that these emails, along with emailing and calling the scoreboard hotline at 1-800-453-6882 are the only […]


08/06/21 – Angolia, White Promoted to New Roles at the KHSAA

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KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett today announced the promotion of two members of the KHSAA staff to new positions. Communications Director Joe Angolia will move to serve as an Assistant Commissioner following the July 31 retirement of former Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren. Event Management Specialist Dan White will assume the Communications Director position formerly held by Angolia.

“Joe and Dan have been integral parts of our Association work and I am delighted to see this opportunity for personal and professional growth,” Tackett said. “Openings for full-time employment in our office are infrequent given the extremely small size of our staff compared to the tasks and responsibilities that we are assigned. We are very happy to see these two seize the opportunities as presented. They are aware of the pressures of both these positions and working here in general, and are ready and willing to take on additional challenges […]


07/27/21- Update and Information Relative to NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) for Kentucky High School Students

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At its July 23, 2021 meeting, the KHSAA Board of Control heard an update on recent activity at the intercollegiate level regarding NCAA changes with Name, Image, and Likeness. On June 24, 2021, An Executive Order was entered by Governor Andy Beshear’s office solely and exclusively related to the intercollegiate level. This order can be viewed on our website at These changes, exclusively at the collegiate level, will provide intercollegiate student-athletes attending a postsecondary institution an opportunity to earn compensation for their NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) in amounts that are “commensurate with the market value” for the authorized use of their NIL. It should be noted that this use isn’t unfettered and contains several limitations to remain NCAA eligible.

The KHSAA continues to receive inquiries about this order and its potential impact on high school students participating in KHSAA sports. Nothing about this order or any other action or contemplated action in […]


07/26/21 – Board of Control to Determine Lacrosse Sanctioning in September

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The Board of Control conducted its organizational meeting for the 2021-22 academic year on Friday, July 23rd in Newport, during which time it heard various operational reports and status updates from KHSAA staff. As part of its meeting, the Board discussed the feasibility of sanctioning a championship in boys’ and girls’ lacrosse for the upcoming school year.

As outlined in the Board of Control policies for Sports Sanctioning/Sponsorship (, unless otherwise approved by the Board of Control to address specific previously underrepresented populations, in order for the KHSAA to begin discussions concerning the possible sponsoring of a state championship in a new sport or sport-activity, there shall be at least fifty (50) member schools desiring to participate by showing a favorable response on the interest survey and the sport or sport-activity having currently participating schools in at least three basketball regions.

At the time of the meeting, both […]


07/15/2021- COVID Return to Play Protocol

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07/06/21 – Introductory Esports Course Launched by NFHS Learning Center

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Boasting an ever-increasing number of participants, esports (or electronic sports) continues to rise as one of the more popular and unique activity programs for high school students. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its Learning Center now address the competitive, organized gaming landscape with a first-of-its-kind course – “Introduction to Esports” – which is now available for free on

“Introduction to Esports” was developed by the NFHS Learning Center in partnership with Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana) and PlayVS to not only more clearly define esports, but to offer several key examples of esports’ social benefits, inclusiveness, organizational structure and competition.

“The NFHS Learning Center is pleased to offer this online course for esports. These programs are oftentimes misunderstood, and the course provides education on what you need to know and do to get started,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “Esports provides opportunities for […]