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05/14/24 – First, Second Rounds of Baseball State Tournament to Return to Legends Field

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 14, 2024

The first and second rounds of the 2024 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare will return to the home of the Lexington Legends at Legends Field on June 6-8. 

“We are thrilled to welcome the 2024 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament back to Legends Field,” said Lexington Legends General Manager Justin Ferrarella. “Hosting such a prestigious event highlights our commitment to promoting baseball excellence and community engagement here in Lexington.”

The ballpark previously served as the host site of the Baseball State Tournament from 2002-2021, as well as for the opening two rounds of the 2023 tournament.

Following its opening weekend, the 2024 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Baseball State Tournament is scheduled to conduct its semifinal and final rounds at Kentucky Proud Park on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington on June 14-15.

Tickets to all 15 games will be made available online only at […]

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05/14/24 – NFHS Announces Basketball Playing Rule Changes

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Flopping Addressed in 2024-25 High School Basketball Rules Changes

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INDIANAPOLIS – A new definition and subsequent warning for faking being fouled (flopping) has been added to the NFHS Basketball Rules Book for the 2024-25 season.

This revision to high school basketball rules was one of 12 changes approved by the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee at its April 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The committee approved changes addressing a variety of different areas,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports. “Maintaining a focus on player safety, fairness, balance and rules that officials can effectively adjudicate continue to be the focus of the committee.”

Faking being fouled is defined in Rule 4-49-1 as when a player simulates being fouled or makes theatrical or exaggerated movements when there is no illegal contact. Examples include, but are not limited to, embellishing the impact of incidental […]

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 10, 2024

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

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

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

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

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05/09/24 – KHSAA Student Advisory Group Selected for 2024-25

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 9, 2024

Sixteen student-athletes from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky have been named members of the 2024-25 KHSAA Student Advisory Group. The leaders will represent the KHSAA at the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit on July 21-25 in Indianapolis.

The group will also assist in the planning and execution of the KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences scheduled for Sept. 19-20 at the Central Bank Center in Lexington. Members of the Student Advisory are as follows:

  • Kamryn Biliter, Pineville
  • Adam Weakley, Bethlehem
  • Haley Carr, Corbin
  • Caleb Biddle, Pendleton County
  • Amy Ashby Roma, Francis Parker
  • Abigail Hamilton, Graves County
  • Kylie Merrick, Marshall County
  • Benjamin Cauley, Bullitt Central
  • Kaileigh Gibson, Owen County
  • Colby Young, Owen County
  • Claire Roberts, Lexington Christian
  • Madeline Haller, DuPont Manual
  • Ari Rabin, Francis Parker
  • Maleya Giddens, Assumption
  • Ava Carter, Rowan County
  • Michael Smith, Scott

The group attending the NSLS will split into groups and work through topical discussions […]

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05/09/24 – Board of Control Approves Final Football Alignment for 2025, 2026; Sets Tentative Season Parameters for Lacrosse, Boys’ Volleyball for 2025

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 9, 2024

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its final regularly scheduled meeting of the 2023-24 academic year on Wednesday in Lexington, adopting a football alignment effective for the 2025 and 2026 playing seasons. A draft was approved at last February’s regularly scheduled meeting with an allowance for six weeks of feedback from the membership that was shared and publicly available.

The Board reviewed each of the concerns and suggestions brought forth by member schools and approved the following logistically and geographically verifiable moves:

  • Breckinridge County to move from District 2 to District 3 in Class 4A;
  • Taylor County to move from District 7 to District 2 in Class 4A;
  • Grant County to move from District 5 to District 4 in Class 4A;
  • Bardstown to move from District 3 to District 4 in Class 3A; and
  • LaRue County to move from District 4 […]

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05/07/24 – Bass Fishing State Championships Scheduled for Friday, Saturday at Kentucky Lake

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 7, 2024

The 2024 Operation UNITE Bass Fishing State Championships presented by UK HealthCare are set to return to Kentucky Lake in Calvert City on Friday and Saturday.

The two-day event will award an all-girls state champion for the second consecutive season, as well as a boys’/coed winner for the 11th year in a row. 

Admission is free to the public. Each day’s weigh-in ceremonies will be broadcast live on khsaa.tv at no cost.

 

2024 OPERATION UNITE BASS FISHING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

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04/30/24 – NFHS Announces Wrestling Rule Changes

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Participants Now Inbounds with One Point of Contact in High School Wrestling

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INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning with the 2024-25 season, high school wrestlers will be inbounds with only one point of contact of either wrestler inside or on the boundary line.

This fundamental change to high school wrestling was one of six major changes impacting almost 30 rules recommended by the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 1-3 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommended changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Previously, high school wrestlers were considered to be inbounds if a total of two supporting points of either wrestler were inside or on the boundary line. The two supporting points could be two supporting points of one wrestler or one supporting point of each wrestler inside or on the boundary line.

“Without increasing risk, this change eliminates the subjectivity of the […]

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04/24/24 – Esports Spring State Championships to Debut Pair of New Titles

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 24, 2024

The 2023-24 KHSAA Esports Spring State Championships presented by UK HealthCare are set to return to the UKFCU Esports Lounge at The Cornerstone on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington on Thursday, debuting two new state championship titles alongside the five previously sanctioned games.

More than 100 student-athletes from 20 schools will meet in Lexington for the semifinal and final rounds of Rocket League (PC), League of Legends (PC), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) and Madden NFL 24 (PlayStation 4), as well as the inaugural semifinal and championship bouts of Splatoon 3 (Nintendo Switch) and NBA 2K24 (PlayStation 4). 

Tickets are available online only at khsaatickets.org. The championship rounds of each title will be broadcast live on khsaa.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network.

 

2023-24 KHSAA ESPORTS SPRING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

04/10/24 – Basketball Official of the Year Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 10, 2024

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2023-24 Basketball season is Tyrone Fields. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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

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

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

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

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04/09/24- KHSAA Partners with Advance NIL for Comprehensive Education Effort

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Lexington, KY [4/9/2024] – Advance NIL (ADVANCE), an industry leader in Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Education, Life Skills Programming and Athlete Development, has partnered with The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) to provide its award-winning NIL education and advisory platform to Kentucky athletic directors (ADs), coaches, student-athletes and their families.

“We greatly value the education ADVANCE is able to provide to our high school athletes in today’s NIL marketplace. While our students are strictly precluded from accepting NIL (or pay for play), representing their school or for his school play, we also know that they are able by statute to be involved in NIL once permitted by the collegiate governing bodies,” said KHSAA Commissioner, Julian Tackett. “Education is the key to helping these students avoid mistakes related to NIL, and this suite of products will really help our student-athletes make wise decisions.”

As part of the agreement, ADVANCE will provide support for ADs, […]

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04/08/24 – NFHS Announces Soccer Playing Rule Changes

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Revisions Made in Fouls and Misconduct Rule in High School Soccer

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INDIANAPOLIS – Rule 12 of the NFHS Soccer Rules Book on Fouls and Misconduct has been revised and reorganized and includes a new section on “Stopping a Promising Attack.”

The revisions in the Fouls and Misconduct Rule, along with one change in Rule 4 regarding Player Equipment, were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its February 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

Rule 12-7 defines what a promising attack is, how to determine a promising attack, and any punishments a player may receive. The new language states that a promising attack is an attack moving quickly with the promise or potential to become a clear goal-scoring opportunity for the attacking team. A promising attack can occur anywhere on the field.

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04/08/24 – SWIMMING & DIVING OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 8, 2024

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2023-24 Swimming & Diving season is Brent Runkle. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2024

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

Initial RPI rankings can be found through the links below:

RPI Background

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

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04/02/24- Advisory Concerning Outdoor Sports, Monday April 8

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We received late this week, some reminders from our partners at the Kentucky Department for Public Health regarding the Solar Eclipse on Monday. Each school and district will have to make its own decision regarding activity, but there are cautions that should be exercised during outdoor athletic competitions on Monday, April 8.

Please see the information they have provided to our office and therefore to our member schools. There is no mandatorily directed action, but clearly, any outdoor sports (including simulating warm-up activities) should not occur until after the period of totality that is visible in your specific area.

There are several ways to see the anticipated path including websites at https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/kentucky-2024-eclipse and https://www.weather.gov/lmk/eclipse_2024.

The resource documents from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, including social media post information that may be shared, at located at https://khsaa.org/04-02-2024-kdph-resource-documents-related-to-april-8-2024-solar-eclipse/.
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04/02/24- KDPH Resource Documents Related to April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse

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Kentucky Department for Public Health 2024 Solar Eclipse Resources

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2024

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

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

Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner’s office, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

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

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04/01/24 – Wrestling Official of the Year Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 1, 2024

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2023-24 wrestling season is Jake Lowry. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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

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03/18/24- KHSAA Seeks Fifth Assistant Commissioner (new position)

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Assistant Commissioner – Job description and application process.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), a private, non-profit entity designated by the Kentucky Board of Education to manage high school sports and sport-activities in the Commonwealth, must fill the position of Assistant Commissioner. This opening is created by an approved expansion of staff to aid in the conduct of high school championships, and the successful candidate should be prepared to begin the position with the close of the 2023-2024 school year.

This opening is a regular, full-time position with a work week of at least 37.5 hours, twelve months a year, and is not an hourly wage position. This position does not offer regular remote work options due to the nature of the business and operational needs of the member schools and the championships.

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03/11/24 – Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16® to Tip Off at Rupp Arena

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 11, 2024

The 2024 Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16® is set to return to Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center in Lexington starting Wednesday, March 13, at 11 a.m. ET.

All 15 games of the tournament will be broadcast live on khsaa.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network. Fans can listen to live audio of each game for free on khsaa.net. The games will also be carried statewide through the Morgan & Morgan/KHSAA Sweet 16® Radio Network.

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03/21/24 – Recipients Announced for Ninth Annual Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2024

Kaydon Custard of Harrison County and Katherine Murphy of Barren County have been selected as recipients of the ninth annual Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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

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

Custard is a four-year captain of the football team, a five-year member of the basketball team, a three-year member of the […]

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03/01/24 – Inaugural Indoor Track & Field State Championships to Debut in Louisville

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 1, 2024

The inaugural KHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships presented by UK HealthCare are set to debut at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center in Louisville this weekend.

Both the Class 3A and Class 2A meets will take place on Saturday, March 2, starting with the former at 9 a.m. ET before the latter begins at 3 p.m. The Class 1A meet will commence at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Tickets to both days of the landmark event are available online only at khsaatickets.org. The competition will be broadcast in its entirety live on khsaa.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network.

 

2024 KHSAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

02/21/24 – Sweet 16® Media Credential Applications Now Open

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 21, 2024

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the 2024 Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16® and the 2024 UK HealthCare Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16® is now live and can be accessed via credentials.khsaa.org.

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

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

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02/20/24 – Board of Control Approves Draft of 2025, 2026 Football Alignment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 20, 2024

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fifth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2023-24 academic year on Tuesday in Lexington, approving an initial draft football realignment that would be effective for two years starting with the 2025 season.

With the approval of an initial draft, a survey of all member schools will be conducted to determine postseason participation for the 2025 and 2026 seasons. Pending member school feedback upon distribution of the alignment draft, any appeals and potential adjustments will be finalized at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting in May.

Each year, Board members are reminded that the officers for the following year are elected at the fifth meeting of the year. The Board annually elects a president-elect from its membership to serve the following year and then transition to the role of president in the second year following. On Tuesday, the Board selected Warren County Public Schools […]

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02/16/24 – Swimming State First Round to Start Saturday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 16, 2024

The KHSAA Swimming & Diving State Championships presented by UK HealthCare will open with state swimming first round competition across three different sites on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Participants from Regions 1-3 will compete at Russell County High School in Russell Springs, while participants from Regions 4-6 will head to the University of Louisville, and swimmers from Regions 7-9 will go to Scott High School in Taylor Mill.

Following the swimming first round, the Swimming & Diving State Championships will conclude at the Lancaster Aquatic Center on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington on Feb. 22-24.

Due to space limitations and in the interest of equity, tickets will be available on-site only and not sold in advance. The final event in Lexington will be broadcast in its entirety live on khsaa.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network.

 

2024 KHSAA SWIMMING & DIVING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

02/14/24 – Boys’/Coed, Inaugural Girls’ Wrestling State Championships to Begin in Lexington

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 14, 2024

The KHSAA Wrestling State Championships presented by UK HealthCare are set to return to Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, taking place in full over three days from Thursday, Feb. 15, to Saturday, Feb. 17.

In addition to Boys’/Coed competition scheduled for Thursday and Friday, the 2024 rendition of the Wrestling State Championships will feature the inaugural Girls’ Wrestling State Championships on Saturday.

Tickets to all three days of the event are available online only at khsaatickets.org. The event will be broadcast in its entirety live on khsaa.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network.

 

2024 KHSAA WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

02/08/24 – NFHS Announces Football Playing Rule Changes

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Home Team Uniform Requirements Clarified in High School Football Rules

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INDIANAPOLIS – Language in the 2024 NFHS Football Rules Book will be changed in an effort to ensure consistent interpretation of the rule regarding requirements for home team uniforms in high school football. Next season, all home team jerseys must be the same dark color(s) that clearly contrasts with white. 

This uniform change in Rule 1-5-1b(3) was recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its Jan. 14-16 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The Football Rules Committee is composed of one member from each NFHS member state association that uses NFHS playing rules, along with representatives from the NFHS Coaches Association and NFHS Officials Association.

Previously, the rule regarding home team jerseys stated that the jerseys of the home team “shall be a dark color that clearly contrasts to […]

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02/08/24 – NFHS Announces Volleyball Playing Rule Changes

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Line Judge Procedure Modified in High School Volleyball

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INDIANAPOLIS – Line judges will be required to change sides of the court between sets when teams remain on the same bench. The change in officiating procedure highlights the 2024-25 high school volleyball rules changes.

In all, four rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its annual meeting Jan. 7-9. All rules changes were reviewed and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 5-9-2b, which outlines line judge responsibilities, includes the new note requiring that they switch sides of the court when, by state association adoption, teams remain on the same bench throughout the match. The corresponding item on the state association adoption chart was also amended to add the requirement, which was added to promote fair officiating.

“Since the pandemic, many state associations […]

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02/05/24 – Sweet 16® Draw Show to Air Feb. 12 on NFHS Network

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 5, 2024

Pairings for the 2024 Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16® and the UK HealthCare Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16® will be unveiled on Monday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. ET on the KHSAA’s annual Sweet 16® Draw Show.

The 2024 Sweet 16® Draw Show will air on KHSAA.tv via the NFHS Network at no cost to viewers. The broadcast will originate from the KHSAA offices in Lexington, hosted by Dave “Buzz” Baker and Brian Milam of WKYT.

Both basketball tournaments will be held inside Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, with the 63rd installment of the Girls’ Sweet 16® taking place March 13-16 and the 106th Boys’ Sweet 16® scheduled one week later on March 20-23.

Each game of the 2024 Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet 16® will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network to subscribers. A monthly subscription to the NFHS Network entitles users to every broadcast […]

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02/02/24 – NFHS Announces Field Hockey Playing Rule Changes

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Standard Procedure Added for Penalty Corners in High School Field Hockey

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INDIANAPOLIS – A change in high school field hockey rules for 2024 establishes a standardized procedure for the starting of penalty corners.

This revision, which affects two rules in the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Book, is one of five changes recommended by the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee at its January 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The introduction of the new whistle start in penalty corners should ensure that all players are set and ready before the ball is inserted,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee.

Rule 10-2-1 was added to achieve one of the committee’s fundamental tasks of setting guidelines and procedures for the flow of the game. According to the new guidelines, […]

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02/02/24 – Nominations for KHSAA Student Advisory Group-NFHS National Student Leadership Summit Being Accepted

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The KHSAA is seeking applications to become a member of its Student Advisory Group for 2024-2025. One of the main duties of the group is the planning and execution of its HYPE Student Leadership Conferences. Those chosen are required to attend the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit in July in Indianapolis and then manage the KHSAA HYPE Conferences September 19-20 in Lexington.

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

The NFHS Summit is scheduled for July 22-25, 2024 in Indianapolis. If selected, expenses from Lexington to Indianapolis are covered (meals, lodging, transportation). By applying and being selected, the student is acknowledging that […]

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02/02/24 – Introducing the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2024

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 2, 2024

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will induct its Class of 2024 into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame presented by Roberts Insurance on Sunday, April 28, at the Central Bank Center Ballroom in Lexington. With the introduction of this year’s 12-member class, the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame grows to 517 all-time members since its inception in 1988.

Tickets to the 2024 Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available for purchase at a later date on khsaatickets.org.

Larry “Cotton” Adams (Coach, Corbin) – Larry “Cotton” Adams was synonymous with Corbin football for more than three decades, appearing in a combined six state championship games as a head coach, assistant coach and player. With an overall head coaching record of 114-46 (.713), Adams led the Redhounds to a Class 2A state title in 1982 and a Class 2A runner-up finish in 1990.

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02/01/24 – Bowling State Championships Return to Jeffersontown Next Week

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 1, 2024

Championship season will officially kick off this calendar year with the 2024 KHSAA Bowling State Championships presented by UK HealthCare next week in Jeffersontown, taking place Feb. 5-7 at Kingpin Lanes.

The three-day event will start with girls’ team competition during Monday’s opening session at 8 a.m. ET, followed by girls’ singles play in the afternoon session at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s schedule will mirror Monday’s, with the boys’ team division beginning at 8 a.m. and boys’ singles slated for 2:30 p.m.

The final trophies will be awarded on Wednesday, as both unified and adapted competition will commence at 11 a.m.

Tickets to the event are available online only at khsaatickets.org.

 

2024 KHSAA BOWLING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

01/17/24 – Board of Control Looks Ahead to Winter State Championships

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 17, 2024

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2023-24 academic year on Wednesday in Lexington, approving status reports regarding upcoming winter state championships and items for possible action at a later meeting.

Following a data review conducted by KHSAA staff, the inaugural Girls’ Wrestling State Championships in February will be preceded by multi-region meets at Caldwell County (Regions 1-2), Central (Regions 3-4), Bryan Station (Regions 5-6) and Montgomery County (Regions 7-8). Due to the difference in participation numbers of teams and individuals, the pattern of regions and sites will differ between girls’ and boys’ competitions. Girls’ wrestling participation is on the rise in the first year of sanctioning a state championship, however, growing from 378 registered girls’ wrestlers in 2022-23 to 586 participants this season.

The Board also discussed a staff review of member schools’ requirements to submit individual and team roster entries unique […]

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11/16/24 – Start of Regularly Scheduled Board of Control Meeting Delayed Two Hours Due to Weather

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 16, 2024

The start of this week’s fourth regularly scheduled KHSAA Board of Control meeting of the 2023-24 academic year has been delayed two hours due to severe weather conditions.

The Board will meet Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the KHSAA office in Lexington as previously scheduled, starting at 10 a.m. ET.

 

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 290 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 229 state championships to 59 teams and 178 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 109,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more […]

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01/08/24 – Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for 2023-2024

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When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service, and community service. The award process for 2023-2024 is now underway.

Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through February 16, 2024. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. The minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement, and being a member of […]

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01/04/24 – The Dairy Alliance Champions High School Athletics With Nature’s Drink

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 4, 2024

The Dairy Alliance, a leader in the dairy industry raising awareness about the nutritional and wellness advantages of dairy milk, is teaming up with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to be its Official Milk Partner. The organization will sponsor a variety of high school sports championships across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“We are delighted to show our support for high school athletes in our region and to be the Official Milk Sponsor for these exciting championship games,” said Geri Berdak, Chief Executive Officer at The Dairy Alliance. “We know these student-athletes work hard to balance school and sports, so we want to encourage them to stay strong on and off the field with dairy milk, which provides eight grams of high-quality protein and 13 essential nutrients in every serving.”

The Dairy Alliance sponsorship kicked off Nov. 3 with the KHSAA Volleyball State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare. The […]

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01/02/24 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Basketball

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 2, 2024

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index rankings for the 2023-24 basketball season have been posted.

Initial RPI rankings can be found through the links below:

RPI Background

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

12/18/23 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Basketball

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DEC. 18, 2023

The first official KHSAA statistical leader reports for the 2023-24 basketball season have been posted.

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

Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner’s office, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

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

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12/13/23 – Two KHSAA Coaches Tabbed as NFHS Section II Coaches of the Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DEC. 13, 2023

Two KHSAA coaches earned 2022-23 Section II Coach of the Year honors from the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association. Whitley County baseball head coach Jeremy Shope and South Oldham girls’ soccer head coach Kenneth Burke became the KHSAA’s 39th and 40th NFHS Section II Coach of the Year selections since 2001-02.

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

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12/11/23 – Football Official of the Year Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DEC. 11, 2023

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2023-24 football season is PD Harris of Grayson. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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12/06/23 – Tedi Henderson of DuPont Manual Selected to NFHS National Student Advisory Council

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DEC. 6, 2023

Tedi Henderson of DuPont Manual was selected to the inaugural NFHS National Student Advisory Council, which is planned for launch in January 2024.

Henderson is one of 16 students nationwide selected to the newly formed NSAC, representing over 12 million student-athletes and performing arts students across nearly 20,000 high schools.

Included among the roles and responsibilities of the NSAC will be to provide NFHS leadership with student perspectives on the high school experience regarding co-curricular participation across the United States, determine and develop actions to gather insight on the experiences of students in high schools, identify and communicate areas of support that may be needed from the NFHS and state associations and identify and communicate ideas for increasing student involvement in co-curricular activities where needed.

Henderson, who was one of 16 students selected to the 2023-24 KHSAA Student Advisory Group last May, will be one of two representatives on […]

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12/06/23 – George Rogers Clark to Host Cheer, Dance State Championships Over Weekend

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DEC. 6, 2023

The 2023-24 KHSAA Competitive Cheer State Championships presented by UK HealthCare and the 2023-24 KHSAA Dance State Championships presented by UK HealthCare are set to return to George Rogers Clark in Winchester this weekend, with the former taking place Friday, Dec. 8, through Saturday, Dec. 9, and the latter taking place Sunday, Dec. 10.

The 12th annual Competitive Cheer State Championships will kick off the first of three sessions on Friday at 5 p.m. ET with Game Day Large and Game Day Small competition. On Saturday, All-Girls Large and Coed competition will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the All-Girls Small, All-Girls Medium and All-Girls Super divisions starting at 1:45 p.m.

The seventh annual Dance State Championships will open with Jazz and Game Day competition in the first of two sessions on Sunday at 1 p.m. and close with the Hip-Hop and Pom divisions starting at 4:30 p.m.

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12/04/23 – Media Credentials Now Available for Winter Championships

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The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for 2023-24 winter state championships (competitive cheer, dance, esports, wrestling, swimming & diving) is now live and can be accessed via credentials.khsaa.org.

The media credentialing system for the Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16® and UK HealthCare Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16® will be made available at a later date.

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

Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of their organization needing to attend an event. Credentials for freelance photographers and stringers must be requested by the sports editor/director at the outlet the freelancer will be representing. Media outlets are responsible for the actions of all individuals representing their organization, including compliance with KHSAA […]

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11/29/23 – UK HealthCare Sports Medicine Football State Finals to Kick Off at Kroger Field

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 29, 2023

The 2023 UK HealthCare Sports Medicine Football State Finals will kick off this weekend with all six championship games at Kroger Field on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.

Action gets underway on Friday, Dec. 1, with the Class 1A final at noon ET, featuring Raceland (11-3) vs. back-to-back reigning champion Pikeville (11-2) in a rematch of last year’s state championship game.

Friday’s competition continues with the Class 2A final at 4 p.m., featuring undefeated Owensboro Catholic (14-0) vs. 2022 state runner-up Mayfield (12-1).

Friday night will conclude with the Class 4A final at 8 p.m., featuring Covington Catholic (14-0) vs. three-time reigning champion Boyle County (14-0) in a clash of undefeated titans that have combined for 19 state titles overall.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Class 3A final will commence at noon with reigning champion Christian Academy-Louisville (13-1) vs. Bell County (13-1).

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11/28/23 – UK Healthcare Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year Award

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

  • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA-sanctioned sports.
  • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
  • The student-athlete must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
  • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
  • The student must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Nominations should be submitted by January 31, 2024, to the KHSAA via form GE36 at http://khsaa.org/ge36-uk-healthcare-comeback-athlete-of-the-year/.
  • Nominees will then be sent to UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for review and selection.

Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff for […]

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11/21/23 – Volleyball Official of the Year Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 21, 2023

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2023-24 volleyball season is Danny Woosley of Glasgow. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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11/21/23 – Soccer Official of the Year Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 21, 2023

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2023-24 soccer season is Nick Adkins of Lexington. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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11/17/23- Vacancy Announcement for Office Manager (Regular, Full-time) – Search Extended

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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), a private, non-profit entity designated by the Kentucky Board of Education to manage high school sports and sport-activities in the Commonwealth, has an immediate need to fill the position of Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner. This opening is created by the promotion of a current employee to another position within the organization and the prior search has been extended.

This opening will be filled as soon as possible and is a regular, full-time position with a work week of at least 37.5 hours, twelve months a year. This position does not offer regular remote work options due to the nature of the business and operational needs.

The KHSAA operates regular business hours at its offices in Lexington from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and this position will normally operate within that schedule. Current employees at the KHSAA operate on a memorandum of agreement […]

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11/16/23 – Field Hockey Official of the Year Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 16, 2023

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

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

The Outstanding Official of the Year for the 2023-24 field hockey season is Sara Aschbacher of Louisville. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an additional recognition award.

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11/15/23 – Board of Control Adopts Changes to State Formats For Swimming, Indoor Track & Field, Girls’ Wrestling; Sets State Archery Site, Accepts Results of Bylaw 9 Amendment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 15, 2023

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its third regularly scheduled meeting of the 2023-24 academic year on Wednesday in Lexington, approving changes to the Swimming State Championship format and event implementation plans for the inaugural Indoor Track & Field and Girls’ Wrestling State Championships.

The Board approved the selection of Russell County High School (Regions 1-3), the University of Louisville (Regions 4-6) and Scott High School (Regions 7-9) as 2024 State First Round sites for Swimming and approved revisions to relay card procedures for the regional and state meet rounds to help address facility deck and crowd capacity concerns. 

The Board also approved the increase of the total number of qualifiers advancing from the swimming & diving region meets to the State First Round to 48 per event statewide, including approval of the format structure for those three first-round events. This will result in a total of a total […]

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11/13/2023 – Starting Spring 24, PlayVS and KHSAA Announce That Esports Will be Free To Participate

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At both PlayVS and the KHSAA, our goal is to continue to make esports even more accessible, equitable, and inclusive. We want as many students as interested to be able to experience the benefits of esports. With this school year being a mandatory Title IX Student Interest Survey year for the KHSAA, we fully expect that we will see interest numbers increase exponentially – especially after this morning’s announcement.

It is with much excitement that we, along with our official esports partner PlayVS announce that, beginning with the upcoming Spring 2024 season, PlayVS will be free to participate – yes, free.  This should eliminate an obstacle that several schools have faced: the previous $80 per player per game cost to participate.

Both PlayVS and the KHSAA realize that for a number of our participating schools, monies budgeted for esports, along with monies raised through team fundraising efforts have had to have been allocated to cover […]

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2023 KHSAA Football Third-Round Playoff Pairings Released

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 11, 2023

Matchups for all six classes have been set for the third round of the 2023 KHSAA Football Playoffs, which concluded the opening two rounds of regionally based play last Friday.

Third-round matchups, formatted within a re-bracketed field of remaining teams based on the final KHSAA RPI rankings of the regular season, can be found on the KHSAA website: https://khsaa.org/2023-football-third-round-football-pairings/

Kickoff times will be announced on Monday.

 

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 290 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 229 state championships to 59 teams and 178 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance […]

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11/07/23 – KHSAA Announces RefReps Partnership to Address Officials Shortage

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 7, 2023

As part of a collective effort to address the shortage of licensed officials in Kentucky, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has partnered with an officiating education company called RefReps, as announced on Tuesday.

RefReps provides a comprehensive sports officiating education curriculum for more than a dozen sports to provide a viable opportunity for schools to offer sports officiating education to students during their curricular day as an elective course.

“The KHSAA is excited to partner with RefReps as a strategy to help promote our mission to address the shortage of licensed officials across Kentucky,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “As they have proven in other states and demonstrated throughout this adoption process, they will be invaluable. I am happy with the work that Associate Commissioner Butch Cope has done to help us work toward a shared goal of providing education content to help recruit new […]

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11/6/23- 5 Tips for Creating a Culture of Caring in Our High Schools

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By Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

Participants in high school sports and performing arts are under tremendous pressure these days – from parents, teachers, coaches and peers. Their days are consumed with school, sports and activities. They are trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be – all while having to compare themselves to everyone else on social media. It’s easy to see why high school students have a lot on their plates … and their minds.

It is time for all of us to turn our attention to these students, including the activity participants at schools in Kentucky. Empathy is so important. No matter who you are—a parent, teacher, coach, athletic administrator, performing arts director or anyone else who interacts with teens—we can all play a part […]

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10/29/23 – Volleyball State Tournament to Start On Monday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 29, 2023

The 2023 KHSAA Volleyball State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare will begin at multiple campus sites around the state on Monday, Oct. 30, culminating in a central location at George Rogers Clark in Winchester for the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship match on Nov. 3-4.

First-round matchups begin with Whitley County (34-2) at Wolfe County (25-11) on Monday at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Meade County (22-4) at Logan County (24-12), Central Hardin (36-4) at Mercy (20-20), Johnson Central (29-4) at Boyd County (32-6), Assumption (32-5) at Oldham County (24-12) and reigning state champion Notre Dame (30-5) at Campbell County (19-13) at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, capped off by Paul Laurence Dunbar (33-7) at West Jessamine (30-9) at 7:30 p.m. ET and McCracken County (26-11) at University Heights (36-2) at 7 p.m. CT.

At George Rogers Clark, the quarterfinals will take place Friday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. ET, […]

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10/27/23 – Cross Country State Championships Return to Kentucky Horse Park

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 27, 2023

The 2023 KHSAA Cross Country State Championships presented by UK HealthCare are set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Saturday, starting with the Class 1A races at 10 a.m. ET (boys) and 10:45 a.m. (girls), followed by the Class 2A races at 12:30 p.m. (boys) and 1:15 p.m. (girls), and ending with the Class 3A races at 3 p.m. (boys) and 3:45 p.m. (girls).

Following a three-year stint away from the Kentucky Horse Park, the event will return to its home of more than four decades this weekend. Each race will be broadcast live on khsaa.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network, while tickets are available online only at khsaatickets.org.

2023 KHSAA Cross Country State Championships

10/18/23 – Field Hockey State Tournament to Begin In Louisville

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 18, 2023

The 2023 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament presented by UK HealthCare will begin at multiple sites around the city of Louisville this week, culminating in a central location at Christian Academy-Louisville for the final rounds on Oct. 21-23.

The quarterfinals will be hosted by region champions Ballard, Christian Academy-Louisville, DuPont Manual and reigning state champion Assumption on Oct. 19, each starting at 7 p.m ET. The semifinals will return to Christian Academy-Louisville on Oct. 21, followed by the state championship match on Oct. 23.

Tickets for all sites are available online only at khsaatickets.org. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at a discounted price to expedite the admission process.

Both semifinal matches, as well as the final, will be broadcast live on khsaa.tv to subscribers of the NFHS Network.

2023 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament

10/16/23 – KHSAA member school students invited to apply for 2024 Kentucky Ag Athletes-of-the-Year

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

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2024 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.

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

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

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

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10/16/23 – Soccer State Tournaments to Kick Off Around the State

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 16, 2023

The 2023 KHSAA Soccer State Tournaments presented by UK HealthCare will kick off at multiple sites around the state this week, culminating in a central location for the final rounds in Lexington on Oct. 25-28 at Lafayette High School.

The opening two rounds of both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments will be hosted on campus sites, starting with first-round action on Oct. 16-17 and quarterfinal play on Oct. 19-21. The boys will compete both semifinal matchups on Oct. 25 at Lafayette, followed by the girls’ semifinals on Oct. 26. Both tournaments’ championship games will take place Oct. 28, starting with the boys at 4 p.m. ET before the girls take the field at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for all sites are available online only at khsaatickets.org. There will be no on-site cash or credit card sales, and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at a discounted […]

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 6, 2023

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

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

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

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10/03/23 – KHSAA Hires Longtime Official Scott Bottoms as Supervisor of Officials Licensing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 3, 2023

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association introduced the newest addition to its staff on Tuesday with the hiring of Supervisor of Officials Licensing Scott Bottoms.

“Scott Bottoms brings an abundance of experiences to this newly created position within the Association” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “He excelled on the courts, and frankly, in the business world, but more importantly, he brings the right demeanor and enthusiasm to the position.

“He will be vital in advancing our implementation of several new initiatives to help garner more officials and retain many of those having second thoughts about continuing with today’s contest environment,” Tackett said. “And though the KHSAA does not employ officials or supervise their game-by-game activities, we will be able to use his expertise to streamline processes and make a concerted effort to ensure no contests fail to be played due to a lack […]

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09/26/23 – Fall Draw Show to Air Thursday On KHSAA.tv

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 26, 2023

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the pairings for the 2023 KHSAA Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball State Tournaments presented by UK HealthCare will be revealed during the annual Fall Championship Draw Show at 1:30 p.m. ET. The show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network from the KHSAA office.

The 2023 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament will begin on Thursday, Oct. 19, with quarterfinal games being played on campus sites. Play continues with the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 23, at Christian Academy-Louisville.

The KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer State Tournaments will open with first-round matches on Oct. 16-17, followed by the quarterfinals on Oct. 19-21. Both initial rounds will be played on campus sites. The semifinals (Oct. 25-26) and finals (Oct. 28) will be hosted by Fayette County Public Schools.

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09/23/23 – Fall State Championships to Begin On Golf Course

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 23, 2023

The 2023-24 KHSAA state championship season will kick off with the 2023 Leachman Buick•GMC•Cadillac Golf State Championships presented by UK HealthCare. The multi-week event will begin Sept. 25-27 with first-round competition at three separate sites, including Calvert City Country Club (Regions 1-4), the Willows at Kenton County Golf Courses in Independence (Regions 5-8) and Winchester Country Club (Regions 9-12).

For the 18th consecutive season, the event will conclude at Bowling Green Country Club, where the girls’ finals will run Oct. 2-4 and the boys’ finals will take place Oct. 5-7.

Tickets are required for all spectators at each round of competition and are available online only at khsaatickets.org. There will be no on-site cash or credit card sales, and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at a discounted price to expedite the admission process.

The KHSAA will utilize Golf Genius for tournament […]

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09/22/23 – Media Credentials Now Available for Fall Championships

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The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for fall state championships (golf, field hockey, soccer, cross country, volleyball, football) is now live and can be accessed via the following link: credentials.khsaa.org

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

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

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09/13/23 – Board of Control Approves Distribution of Bylaw 9 Referendum, Adjusts Swimming & Diving Starting Date

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 13, 2023

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its second regularly scheduled meeting of the 2023-24 academic year on Wednesday in Lexington, approving the distribution of a member school referendum regarding Bylaw 9, an adjustment of the starting date for the swimming & diving season and an implementation plan for the KHSAA Swimming & Diving State Championship First Rounds, as well as the distribution of a member school survey regarding girls’ wrestling weight classes and a timetable for implementing the details of the inaugural KHSAA Indoor Track & Field State Championships.

The Board’s approval to distribute a referendum regarding Bylaw 9 paves the way for distribution to member schools following the 2023-24 KHSAA Annual Meeting in Lexington on Sept. 14. The referendum will include the yes/no option of removing Section 1(a) from the Bylaw, which restricts basketball players who have been in grade nine(9) and then played a contest for the […]

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09/12/23 – Initial RPI Rankings Released for Football, Volleyball, Field Hockey

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 12, 2023

The first official KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index rankings for the 2023 football, volleyball and field hockey seasons have been posted on KHSAA.org.

Initial RPI rankings can be found through the links below:

RPI Background

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

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09/05/23 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Football, Volleyball, Field Hockey; RPI Rankings Released for Soccer

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPT. 5, 2023

The first official KHSAA statistical leader reports for the 2023 football, volleyball and field hockey seasons, as well as the initial KHSAA Ratings Percentage Index rankings for the 2023 soccer season, have been posted at KHSAA.org.

Initial soccer stat leader reports were unveiled on Aug. 28.

Stat leader reports for all fall sports are updated every day at approximately 3 a.m. ET, including only teams missing stats for no more than two games in soccer, volleyball and field hockey and teams missing stats for no more than one game in football.

Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner’s office, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

Member schools are solely responsible for submitting and validating the accuracy of statistical information. If a school or individual […]

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08/28/23 – Initial Stat Leader Reports Released for Soccer

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUG. 28, 2023

The first official KHSAA statistical leader reports for the 2023 soccer season have been posted at KHSAA.org.

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

Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner’s office, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

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

08/23/23- Review Complete for End of Somerset-Perry County Central Football Contest

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2023

A statement from the Commissioner’s Office:

This information issues football playing rules interpretations and approved administrative remedies proposed by the local assigning secretary involving a crew of seven football officials following a misapplication of the playing rules in the first regular season contest last week between Perry County Central and Somerset on August 18. This review over the last couple of days and action by the local assigning secretary will result in an adjustment to the schedule for at least one future contest and future playoff assignments for the local association involved.

The review of the Somerset official team video is clear and indisputable as to the actions on the final play of the contest.

  • Somerset attempted a field goal with the ball snapped at approximately the five-yard line, with the score 22-21 in favor of Perry County Central.
  • On the play, Perry Central blocked the attempt which […]

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08/11/23 – KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Registration Now Open

2023-2024 News Releases

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

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

DATES/LOCATIONS

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

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

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

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

2023-2024 News Releases

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

The key provisions

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

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07/27/23 – Cross Country State Championships to Return to Kentucky Horse Park in 2023-24

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 27, 2023

After a three-year stint at the Bourbon County Cross Country Course in Paris, the KHSAA Cross Country State Championships will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington starting in 2023-24.

“We would like to thank those who made the last three years a special experience at the Bourbon County Cross Country Course,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “In 2020, we were fortunate to help our cross country manager and several other individuals design a viable course for our state championships in a time of uncertainty around the global pandemic when our former course was not hosting events. What started as a brand-new course at the time has since evolved into a site that has consistently offered a great experience for our student-athletes. We look forward to the continued improvements the Bourbon County course has discussed for long-term growth, and we will undoubtedly revisit our site selection again in […]

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07/24/23- Vacancy Announcement for Supervisor of Officials Licensing (Regular, Part-time)

2023-2024 News Releases

The KHSAA, a private, non-profit entity designated by the Kentucky Board of Education to manage high school sports and sport-activities in the Commonwealth, has an immediate need to fill the part-time position of Supervisor of Officials Licensing. This opening is being created to facilitate enhanced work and focus on the need to recruit and train the next generation of officials to help ensure as the current licensees move on or retire, games are not canceled for the student-athletes.

This opening will be filled as soon as possible and is a regular, part-time position with a work week of less than 25 hours per week with duties solely focused on this area. This position does not offer regular remote work options due to the nature of the business and operational needs.

The KHSAA operates regular business hours at its offices in Lexington from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and this position will normally operate […]

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07/24/23- Vacancy Announcement for Office Manager (Regular, Full-time)

2023-2024 News Releases

The KHSAA, a private, non-profit entity designated by the Kentucky Board of Education to manage high school sports and sport-activities in the Commonwealth, has an immediate need to fill the position of Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner. This opening is created by the promotion of a current employee to another position within the organization and the prior search has been extended.

This opening will be filled as soon as possible and is a regular, full-time position with a work week of at least 37.5 hours, twelve months a year. This position does not offer regular remote work options due to the nature of the business and operational needs.

The KHSAA operates regular business hours at its offices in Lexington from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and this position will normally operate within that schedule. Current employees at the KHSAA operate on a memorandum of agreement with employment benefits administered by […]

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

2023-2024 News Releases

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

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

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

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

2023-2024 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 18, 2023

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

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

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

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