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05/12/14 – State Track Meet Information Now Posted

Track and Field Blog Updates

Final information the state meet, including team instructions and UK maps for parking, bus routes, facilities and driving directions have been posted on the track page of the khsaa.org website.  Please visit this page immediately and print out any information you might need.

Items that have previously been posted include, host hotel information, time schedule, and qualifying standards.

For newer coaches, there is no paperwork that needs to be filled out and turned in for the state competition.  All regional paperwork has been/will be forwarded to this office along with the results.  Your next step is to wait for the performance listing for state to be sent out (Sunday, May 18th) and check to see that your students have qualified, etc. More instruction will come with the notification on that Sunday.

The link to purchase tickets can be found on the track page of the khsaa.org wesite (Blue Button on the right hand side) or […]

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05/09/2014 – Regional Track Delays

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The two regions that were scheduled for tonight, Friday, May 9th have been postponed due to weather.  

Green County – 1A reg 3 is now going to be tomorrow, Saturday, May 10th at 1:00pm Muhlenburg – 3A reg 1 is rescheduling for Monday, May 12th – time TBD

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04/30/14 – Spring Sports Championship Media Credentials

2013-2014 News Releases

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

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

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

Failure to adhere to the KHSAA policies and guidelines, […]

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04/28/14 – Clarification on Last Date for Track Meets Counting Toward Postseason Requirement

Track and Field Blog Updates

This blog has been updated as of 4/28/14 at 4:07pm – The correction is highlighted below.

Allowing two weeks to host the regional track meets has exposed a piece in the regional instructions that needs to be clarified for this season and future years.

A meet shall count toward the 4 meet requirement as long as it occurs on the last day before the regional and results are posted to the milesplit.com website.    Competition rules do allow for meets to be held and count toward the 4 meet minimum requirement after the entry deadline, but those times or marks will not count for seeding purposes.

For example:  If your school’s regional meet is to take place on Saturday, May 10th, the last day to count a meet toward the requirement of four meets for regional competition is Friday, May 9th, but any meets held after Tuesday, May 6th cannot be […]

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04/22/14 – Regional Track Instructions and More

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After this crazy winter, it is great to see the spring and the track season well under way. Regional Instructions, Regional Managers Listing, and other general track information have been posted on the track page of the KHSAA website under “Regional Track Information.” Please review the instructions and print any forms that you will need for entry to the regional competitions. If your school has a wheelchair participant to compete in the regional competition, please notify me immediately via email at apassafiume@khsaa.org. It is important that the officials are aware and prepared for those competitors, as well as having the awards needed for those participants. As you all know, the state meet will be in Lexington this year at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Sports Complex. With the new venue will come new information as far as instructions, maps, bus routes/drop off, etc. Those items are being hammered out now and will be posted soon. […]

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03-27-14 Cold Weather Statement for Baseball, Softball and Track

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Due to the ongoing cold temperatures, we have received several inquiries regarding postponing/canceling contests due to cold weather.

Prior to the officials assuming authority (jurisdiction) per the playing rules, it is the decision of home game management to determine whether or not a contest should be canceled or postponed due to cold temperatures. This decision should be made in consultation with all involved schools, but is ultimately the decision of the home team administration.

After a contest has started, or the officials have otherwise assumed authority per the playing rules, contest officials after consulting with coaches and home game management, shall determine whether play should be postponed or canceled.

There are rules contained in the Board of Control adopted policies in Section 32 (on page 34), relative to the payment of umpires/officials should the contest be postponed http://khsaa.org/handbook/20132014/policies.pdf.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any additional questions. […]

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03/25/14 – Pole Vault Certification Listing Updated

Track and Field Blog Updates

Please take a moment to check the following link. You will find the latest listing of Track and Field Coaches certification for pole vault.  If you have student athletes who participate in pole vault, a member of that school’s coaching staff must be certified by the PVSCB.  The course is an online course – pvscb.com.  There is a $35 fee for the course.

This listing and the information on the course can also be found on the track page on the khsaa.org website.

khsaa.org/track/currentpolevaultcertifiedcoaches.pdf

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03/10/14 – NFHS Clarifications

Track and Field Blog Updates

The NFHS has received several questions regarding the wearing of fashion socks, sleeve warmers and further clarification of the use of electronic devices.

On behalf of the Track and Field Rules Committee, the following situations are being provided for your information should you encounter the same or similar questions. These situations are also posted in My Groups under Track Field, Documents.

SITUATION: Competitor A reports to the clerk of the course wearing Superman socks that have a cape attached to each sock flowing behind the athlete. The clerk, after consulting the meet referee, directs competitor A to either remove the socks or securely affix the capes to the socks so as not to come loose during competition; otherwise, he/she will not be permitted to participate. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Although socks are not a part of the uniform and, therefore, are not required to meet uniform restrictions, the cape extending from the socks becomes a risk minimization issue, as the […]

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02/13/14 – State Track Meet Site for 2014

Track and Field Blog Updates

As previously announced, the state meets will take place on Friday, May 23 (Class 2A) and Saturday, May 24 (Class 1A followed by Class 3A). The site of the 2014 KHSAA State Track and Field meet will be the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Information on the U of K facility – http://www.ukathletics.com/athletic-dept/outdoor-track.html

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02/02/15 – Online Track Rules Clinic Now Available

Track and Field Blog Updates

The 2015 Online Rules Clinic that is required for all head and assistant coaches in the sport of TRACK is now available. Please remember that there is an additional course requirement for schools who have pole vault competitors – http://www.pvscb.com/

If you are both a coach and an official, please take the clinic as a coaches 

Coaches Deadline

February 2 – March 8 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches at no charge during this period.

 March 9 – April 5 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

April 6– May 10 – the Clinic may be viewed by coaches for the makeup fee ($300) during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

Officials Deadline

February 2 – March 1 – the Clinic may be viewed by officials at no charge during this period.

March 2 – March 29– the Clinic may be viewed by officials for the […]

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12/03/13 – KHSAA Partners With First String Media, PrepSpin.com For Enhanced Web Streaming Network

2013-2014 News Releases

KHSAA Partners With First String Media, PrepSpin.com For Enhanced Web Streaming Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 3, 2013

Through a new venture launched prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the KHSAA has transitioned its online video broadcast network (KHSAA.tv) to an internal operation through a new partnership with First String Media and PrepSpin.com. After outsourcing its championship webcasts in previous seasons, this year’s championship events will feature live video streaming and highlight packages produced internally through the new partnership. Live video streaming, archived broadcasts and highlight packages will remain free of charge through the Association’s website.

KHSAA.org will remain the exclusive home for live video streaming of KHSAA Championship events, with live championship coverage of 11 events, and post-event highlight packages provided for six other sports and sport-activities. Live video streaming will be available for a total of 41 games during the 2013-14 season through […]

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11/22/13 – On-Demand Printing For KHSAA Championship Programs

2013-2014 News Releases

Updated commemorative copies of each completed KHSAA fall championship event are now available for on-demand printing through TheBookPatch.com. Full color and black-and-white versions of this year’s championship programs (Golf, Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball) are all available for purchase.

Commemorative editions of each championship program from the 2012-13 season are also available through TheBookPatch.com, along with the 2013-14 KHSAA Events Calendar and 2013-14 Handbook.

A complete list of KHSAA programs available for sale can be found at:

http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStoreResults.aspx?search=KHSAA&ddl=authors

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11/21/13 – Changes to Track Site Selection Plan

Athletic Department Blog Updates

After fantastic feedback on the Cross Country Super Regionals and a great crowd and weather at the state Cross Country meet, we feel it is time to catch everyone up on what has been going on behind the scenes in regards to track regional sites.  

Schools received a notice from the Commissioner after the last Board of Control meeting explaining possible regional dates and a waiver for possible competition after a regional (in case you missed it choose this link http://khsaa.org/111313-revision-in-track-and-field-season-2014-only/).  Additionally the Commissioner and I have spoken with many of you with regard to hosting multiple track regions at a like single site.  We recognize that not all of the pieces of the puzzle were fitting as nicely as they did for Cross Country and took a second look at host sites.  

As you know, the KHSAA Commissioner is ultimately responsible for choosing all sports postseason sites, but we ask our […]

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11/13/13- Revision in Track and Field Season, 2014 ONLY

Athletic Department Blog Updates

At the November 11, 2013 meeting, the KHSAA Board of Control approved an allowance for Track and Field teams for the 2014 season only, to allow normal “regular season” meets to be run AFTER the regional meets, provided these regular season meets are held on or prior to May 17 and provided no school competes in more than 19 meets (not including the region and state). This allowance is further explained below, and is a situation specific to 2014 due to the likely involvement of more than fifty percent of the licensed Track and Field officials as the University of Kentucky hosts the SEC Outdoor championships on May 15-17, 2014.

In July, 2013 the Board approved a staff request to adjust the date of the 2014 regional and state track meets. This was done due to major scheduling conflicts with one weekend in May (originally reported as May 8-10, later confirmed as May 15-17), and also […]

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09/21/13 – Where to send XC and Track Results

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, both Cross Country and Track and Field results will be tracked and accessed through the http://ky.milesplit.com/ website.  The website is free for all schools and is a great way to track your student athletes’ results throughout the season.

All results are mandatory to be submitted to Jonathan Grooms via email at jonathan@kytrackxc.com or kytrackxc@gmail.com in flat html format from Hytek.  If not in Hytek, an Excel Spreadsheet would be the preferred method.  Only those results submitted will be considered for eligibility for the postseason by the KHSAA.  Please get results to Jonathan in a timely manner (within a few days of your event) and in the format that he has requested above.

The website has many other free features.  Coaches can claim their team and athletes. This feature will allow coaches to easily track their athletes progress throughout the season(s).  Again, there is no charge for this portion of the […]

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08/28/13 – XC and TR Regional Host Form, Changes, and Information

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With the new alignment in Track and Cross Country came the opportunity to make adjustments to our postseason (regional) competitions. Managing 21 sites (3 classes and 7 regions) continued to have complications, including but not limited to, collection of identified host sites and the accuracy of those site plans, quality courses, facilities and equipment, supplying official to all sites, inspections of all courses and tracks, and year to year host schools cancellations and coaching (meet management) changes. Though not all of these issues plagued all regions, some of these issues caused problems in most regions.    In an earlier post, we displayed a two year plan (draft). We were mostly concerned with this coming year. The 2013-2014 cross country sites only require one change at this time. This change will be made and posted as soon as confirmed. We ask that any other school that may be unable to host this season contact […]

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08/05/13 XC and Track Regional Sites Selected

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With the new track and field alignment comes additional changes.  As schools know all postseason sites are set by the KHSAA for all sports.  The new alignment gave the KHSAA an opportunity to coordinate the post season assignments differently than in the past for both Cross Country and Track and Field.

A concern for all schools has been the facilities and courses.  Those concerns range from equipment such as pole vault and discuss venues, to timing equipment and appropriate amount of parking.  Another important aspect of hosting is the experience of meet management and the ability to provide an adequate number of workers and volunteers to make a meet successful.  Providing the top officials to ensure the absolute best experience possible for the student athletes in our communities is also a goal.

To address these issues, the KHSAA has designated the host schools for both Cross Country and Track and Field for the next two […]

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07/23/13 – New Track/XC Alignment Approved; Football Draft Alignments; Tackett Receives New 4-Year Contract

2013-2014 News Releases

New Track/XC Alignment Approved; Football Draft Alignments To Begin; Commissioner Receives Extremely Favorable Evaluation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 23, 2013

The Board of Control conducted its July meeting on Monday at the Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. Among the various topics addressed was the finalizing of a new alignment for Track and Field/Cross Country for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Following months of review, a survey of the member schools, and consideration of all of the suggested amendments, the Board of Control adopted a revised alignment for Track & Field/Cross Country to take effect for postseason competition in the fall of 2013. Originally, a draft alignment was developed which would have minimized differences in enrollment between the largest and smallest schools in Class 1A and Class 3A. However, the feedback from the membership was more favorable to the current system […]

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07/22/13 – Approved Alignment of Cross Country and Track, 2013-2014 and beyond

Athletic Department Blog Updates

APPROVED ALIGNMENT OF TEAMS, 2013-2014 CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK

The Board of Control conducted its July meeting on Monday at the Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. 

Following months of review, a survey of the member schools, and consideration of all of the suggested amendments, the Board of Control adopted a revised alignment for Track & Field/Cross Country to take effect for postseason competition in the fall of 2013. Originally, a draft alignment was developed which would have minimized differences in enrollment between the largest and smallest schools in Class 1A and Class 3A. However, the feedback from the membership was more favorable to the current system of dividing the schools, as the draft would have resulted in extremely large regions in Class 2A or additional regions.

Following consideration, the Board left the dividing line between Class 1A and 2A at 610 students (as with the old alignment), and raised the line […]

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07/11/13 Track Season Date Changes Pending

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Over the past months, staff has spent quite a bit of time reviewing future plans in Track and Field. We were very concerned about the fact that due to natural calendar rollover situations, the track season was going to be shortened in 2014 and 2015. This, coming on the heels of the movement of the region and state competitions a couple of years ago due to testing, forced us to examine the entire season and its parameters.

Regardless of state venue, which has not yet been set, the staff at the KHSAA has identified several issues regarding both the original dates and potential alternative dates for the track and field postseason.  

  • The University of Kentucky is hosting an SEC meet the weekend currently set for the high school regional weekend.  Because so many of our officials are collegiate caliber and beyond officials, this conflict would prohibit the KHSAA from providing the highest quality […]

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05/14/13 – Tuesdays State Track Update

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With the University of Louisville hosting regional softball again there have been some changes to bus parking that I was not aware of yesterday.  Buses should now park across the street from the Papa Johns Cardnial Stadium in the S lot.  This will actually be a shorter walk to the bus shuttle for the drivers.  

Also a reminder to teams (and coaches if you would remind your fans) that coolers are allowed only in the team tent city area on the field hockey field.  Coolers will not be allowed in the stadium stands, nor in the grassy area near the jump pits.

Coaches have asked about the distances for jump boards in the triple jump event.  In all three classes, jumpers will have the option of distances.  They may use 24, 28, 32, or 36.  Please utilize this information as you continue to practice this week in preparations for the state meet.

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05/13/13 – State Track Information

Track and Field Blog Updates

Congratulations to all schools who participated in the Regional Competitions last week.  For those schools who have teams advancing to the State Meet, please read all of the following information and utilize the links below for guidence.

A plethora of information can be found on the http://khsaa.org/sports/spring/track/ website under “State Meet Information and Instructions” including maps.  All entries and results can be found under “2013 State/Region meet Entries/Results” tab.

All teams must be dropped off at the Warnock Street side of the field hockey field.  Buses may stop long enough to unload.  Bus parking is at Pap Johns Cardinal Stadium, as is the free parking for cars. 

Team Check In will be on the Warnock Street side of the field hockey field.  Tent City will be on the field hockey.  Coaches will be the only person allowed to pick up team packets.  Please check your team instructions http://khsaa.org/track/statetrackinformation.pdf for time that check ins will begin. […]

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05/12/13 – State Track Draft Performance List and Volunteer Opportunities

Track and Field Blog Updates

The DRAFT of the performance list and the roster by school for 1A, 2A and 3A are posted on the website at the links below.   

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

Please check for your student athletes.  Let us know immediately of any necessary changes (i.e. misspelling of names, incorrect grade or incorrect school) by contacting us at trresults@khsaa.org.

The deadline for these changes are 10:00am Monday, May 13.

For schools who have team members who did not qualify, or have teams that will be staying for other classes meets, we are in need of volunteers to assist officials with all events.  These team members can check in at the team check in area to receive free admission and their assignment.  Please contact Angela Passafiume at apassafiume@khsaa.org if […]

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05/08/13 – Original Draft Alignment for Track and Cross Country

Cross Country Blog Updates

**NOTE** THIS POST IS LOGGED FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES, BUT THE ALIGNMENT NOTED IN THIS POST WAS NOT ADOPTED.

The new proposed alignment for Track and Field, which was last aligned in 2008-09, places approximately 35% of schools in Class 1A, 40% of schools in Class 2A, and the top 25% of schools in Class 3A based on enrollment figures. The new alignment was created with the aim that larger schools have an inherently higher probability of having multiple athletes in different events and should compete more among themselves (as in football), but also recognizes that many of the smaller schools do not field a full team and would not necessarily need to have as few schools in Class 1A. Documentation on the complete realignment is available on the Track and Field page at KHSAA.org. There was also recognition that trying to control travel was of primary concern, even if regions end […]

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5/7/13 – Draft 2013-2014 Track/XC Alignment (effective July 31, 2013 upon approval of Board of Control at the July 2013 meeting)

Track and Field Blog Updates

DRAFT TRACK REALIGNMENT, 2013-2014

CLASS 1A (0-450)
Region 1 – Ballard Memorial, Carlisle County, Christian Fellowship, Community Christian (Paducah), Crittenden County, Dawson Springs, Fulton City, Fulton County, Hickman County, Livingston Central, Lyon County, Mayfield, Murray, St. Mary, University Heights
Region 2 – Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Caverna, Cumberland County, Fort Knox, Frederick Fraize, McLean County, Russellville, Trinity (Whitesville)
Region 3 – Beth Haven, Brown, Eminence, Evangel Christian, Holy Cross (Louisville), Kentucky Country Day, Kentucky School f/t Blind, Louisville Collegiate, Portland Christian, St. Francis, Trimble County, Valor Traditional, Walden, Whitefield Academy
Region 4 – Beechwood, Bellevue, Bishop Brossart, Calvary Christian, Covington Latin, Dayton, Heritage, Holy Cross (Covington), Ludlow, Newport, Newport Central Catholic, Silver Grove, Villa Madonna, Williamstown
Region 5 – Augusta, Bracken County, Deming, Elliott County, Fairview, Frankfort, Menifee County, Nicholas County, Paris, Raceland, Rose Hill Christian, Sayre, St. Patrick
Region 6 – Barbourville, Berea, Burgin, Harlan, Kentucky School f/t Deaf, Lynn Camp, Model, Middlesboro, Oneida Baptist Institute, […]

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05/7/13 – Track Realignment and Bowling Championship Site Selection Highlight May Board of Control Meeting

2012-2013 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2013

The Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2012-13 academic year at the KHSAA Offices in Lexington on Tuesday. Among the items discussed, the Board of Control approved a draft for new alignment in Track and Field, selected a new site for the Ebonite/KHSAA Bowling State Championship, and approved a recommendation to elevate Assistant Commissioner Butch Cope to Associate Commissioner.

The new proposed alignment for Track and Field, which was last aligned in 2008-09, places approximately 35% of schools in Class 1A, 40% of schools in Class 2A, and the top 25% of schools in Class 3A based on enrollment figures. The new alignment was created with the aim that larger schools have an inherently higher probability of having multiple athletes in different events and should compete more among themselves (as in football), but also recognizes that many of […]

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05/06/13 – Tennis, Track & Field Championships; Sweet 16® Programs For Sale Online; Spring Sport Media Credentials

2012-2013 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2013

KHSAA Tennis, Track and Field State Championships Approaching

Tennis regional tournaments got underway over the weekend, and will continue through Friday, May 10th leading up to the 2013 KHSAA Tennis State Championships (May 15-18). Four singles players and four teams of doubles will advance from each of the 16 regions to make up the 64-person state bracket in boys’ singles, girls’ singles, boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles.

The winning team from each region will advance to team sectional play, which will be held the Saturday prior to the State Tournament (May 11). The winning sectional teams (four boys’ teams and four girls’ teams) will advance to the semifinals at UK’s Boone/Downing Tennis Complex on Wednesday, May 15. The boys’ team finals will be held Thursday, May 16th at the Boone/Downing Tennis Complex at 6 p.m., with the girls’ team […]

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05/03/13 Track Update and State Meet Information

Track and Field Blog Updates

As schools prepare for regional competition next week, we wanted to share some information.  

Regional managers have been sent information with regards to the use of the milesplit website for meet verification and to be used for entry at the regional meets. This office has no issue with using this system to handle entries, so your region may be choosing to utilize this system.  Please realize that there is a different method for entry using milesplit.  Those directions will be emailed to you by your regional manager.   You may also use the milesplit website as a supplemental tool for meet verification of your athletes.

May conflicts often occur during our spring sports championships.  Please realize that host schools and their managers are asked to avoid graduations and testing issues, but not all conflicts are avoidable.  

We have had several inquiries about track participants participating without a coach present.  Just a reminder that Bylaw 20 […]

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04/24/13 – NFHS Offers Free Pole Vault Course and Calendar Reminder for 2014

Track and Field Blog Updates

POLE VAULT COURSE

The NFHS released a free course for coaches, participants, and parents on Pole Vault.  

Through the collaborative efforts of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the NCAA and USA Track & Field, an online pole vault skills course has been developed for coaches and athletes and is available for free on the NFHS Coach Education Program Web site at www.nfhslearn.com.

The course, “Pole Vault: Successful Skill Development,” is designed to further advance the knowledge of coaches and pole vaulters at all levels of sport – youth, high school and college — by teaching the introductory skills and safety aspects of the pole vault.

“This course is designed for both the coach and vaulter,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and editor of the NFHS Track and Field Rules Book. “It provides a solid foundation of the skills and techniques of the event. Through the collaborative efforts of the […]

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04/23/13 – Regional Track Information for Teams

Track and Field Blog Updates

Below is the direct link to the Instruction Packet for teams participating in regional track.  http://khsaa.org/track/regionalmeetinstructionsforteams.pdf.  All of the forms you need are included in the packets as well as competition rules and Hytek entry instructions.

Please read over the information carefully.  Your regional managers have been hard at work preparing for this competition. The listing of regional managers can be found along with other information at www.khsaa.org/track.

Please also be sure to contact Angela Passafiume at apassafiume@khsaa.org if your school has a wheelchair participant.  At this time we are only aware of the participant at Wayne County.

Good luck as you continue your season.

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04/18/13 Pole Vault Box Collar Padding Announcment

Track and Field Blog Updates

On April 4, 2013 the National Federation announced a rule change regarding the use of  the new ASTM approved standard for padding on pole vaulting box collars.  Due to the timing of this rule change, the implementation decision for 2013 post season has been deferred to the state associations until the full rules committee of the NFHS can meet to discuss 2013-2014 rule change. This change is not based on injury data but a desire to allow progressive protective equipment to be added at a point in time when manufacturing supply and availability make it feasible.

After reviewing the situation and looking at both the stock issues of the newer kits and the lack of equitable practice opportunities on the new equipment, the KHSAA will handle this situation as follows:

  • For the 2013, the KHSAA will not be implementing the new collar for post season regional competition. It is believed to be imperative that […]

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03/25/13 – Clarification on Cold Weather Participation

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The office has received several calls from people asking about a “Cold Weather Index” to parallel the existing Heat Index rules and regulations. At the present time, such an index does not exist in terms of a policy to eliminate participation at certain temperature combinations. However, the NFHS Sports Medicine Committee, as part of its 4th edition Sports Medicine Handbook provided to the member schools, has set up best practices documentation and suggestions to dealing with extreme cold. The recommendations are posted on the KHSAA web site at /sportsmedicine/nfhs/coldweatherrecommendations.pdf Please feel free to use this valuable resource document. If you need additional copies of the Sports Medicine Handbook, contact Marilyn Mitchell (mmitchell@khsaa.org) at the KHSAA offices.

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01/11/13 Track and Field 2013 Season Updates

Track and Field Blog Updates

As we begin the 2013 track season, we want to share some information with you.  The Board of Control approved the return to one turn stagger in the 800m and the 4x800m.  This was recommended by the advisory committee.  

Also recommended by the committee was that the online pole vaulting certification class for coaches be required for the entire season and not just for post season.  This was also passed by the Board.  If you were able to get to the KTCCCA Conference this past weekend, as I was, we were able to meet the creator of the certification, Jan Johnson, and receive an in-person clinic on pole vaulting.  Jan was not only extremely knowledgeable  but very entertaining.   We are working on the current list to be posted on the website for verification.

A post season officials fee raise was approved.  The fee has been raised to $100 per official for post season contest […]

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12/06/12 Pole Vault Certification Required for Regular Season

Track and Field Blog Updates

The Board of Control approved that the Pole Vault Certification for schools who participate in track, and have student athletes who compete in pole vaulting, be certified before the track season begins.

In the past this certification was mandatory only for post season competition.  The Board agreed that it is necessary for coaches to receive the proper certification before the season begins.

Pole Vault certification can be obtained through the  Pole Vault Certification Board in an online clinic.  This certification is good for 2 years and the cost is $35 per coach.  At least one coach must be certified for student athletes to be eligible to practice or compete.  Visit http://www.pvscb.com/ for more information.

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12/5/12 Track State Championship Dates

Track and Field Blog Updates

The schedule for the state track meet for 2012-2013 school year is set as follows:

Friday, May 17 – 2A and Saturday, May 18 – 1A and 3A

Please be sure to add this to your school calendar.  In years past we have found that schools appreciated the early announcement of these dates as spring is a busy time for all schools.  The release of these dates should be instrumental to schools as they finalize their school calendars throughout the year and after the winter months.  

This format is a slight change from the past two years with two classes competing on  Saturday.  Exact times for each class will be released at a later date.  We can confirm that the Class 1A will be the early meet on Saturday and the Class 3A will be the afternoon meet. 

The State Meet site will be announced when it is determined later in the fall.

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10/19/12 Regional Instructions Posted and Officials Assigned

Track and Field Blog Updates

As we all prepare for the regional Cross Country meets I wanted to share a few links from the website with you as you prepare.

The regional instructions have been posted (http://khsaa.org/httpdocs/cross_country/crosscountryregionalinstructionsforparticipatingteams.pdf).  This document includes information and forms that all competing teams  and regional managers will need in preparation for the meet. 

You should be soon receiving information from your regional manager soon (if you have not already) about your regions location, times and specific instructions.  If you have not received any information please contact your regional manager.  You can find the contact information by using this link (http://khsaa.org/httpdocs/cross_country/managers.pdf).

Regional Managers received the officials assignments by email this morning.  

If you are looking ahead to the state meet, please (hotel information  etc) see the state championship instructions located on the KHSAA website (http://khsaa.org/httpdocs/cross_country/crosscountrystatemeetinstructionsforparticipatingteams.pdf)

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10/15/12 Regional Managers Information and State Hotel Information (Discounts)

Track and Field Blog Updates

Regional Sites, Managers Contact Information, Dates and Times:

Please check the link below to ensure that you have the contact information for your regional meet – http://khsaa.org/httpdocs/cross_country/managers.pdf

State Hotel Information for the State Championship –

We have two hotels offering discounted rates for the State Championship at the KY Horse Park this year:

The Hilton Garden Inn, located at 110 Grandstand Drive in Georgetown, offers an $89 rate for a double room.  This rate also includes breakfast.  Please contact Melanie Simpson at 502-863-0099.  Ask for the Cross Country rate or use code AA1.  

The Fairfield Inn and Suites, located at 2100 Hackney Place in Lexington, offers an $82 rate for a double and $92 for a double suite.  Either link below will lead you to the […]

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09/01/12 – Schools Reminded of Opportunity to Make Discount Hytek Software Purchase

Cross Country Blog Updates

KHSAA HyTek Group Purchase Opportunity
Through an agreement with Hy-Tek Limited, the KHSAA can offer its schools a chance to buy the Track and Field/ Cross Country meet and team management software at a discounted price.
HyTek is the software package used for the state cross country and track and field championships and is battle tested to handle the biggest and most complex of meets.
You should download and print both of the following links in order, print them out, and submit them to Hy-Tek in order to qualify for the discount.
For further information, go to the General Information Bar under either Cross Country or Track and Field

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08/14/12 Online Rules Clinic Verification and Reminder

Track and Field Blog Updates

If the cross country coaches at your school have already taken the online cross country rules course you may stop reading now.  
Athletic Directors may check attendance by going to the school login page and viewing their “maintain school personnel” page to be sure.  Coaches need to check with their athletic directors if there is any question about the completion of this requirement.  DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICE OR EMAIL ME DIRECTLY TO CHECK (see your AD for verification).   For those coaches who have not taken the rules clinic: The online rules clinic remains free online through midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 22. You will need to login at  http://schools.khsaa.org/authorize/login.php?url=/index.html to view the clinic.    After August 22, the clinic will be available online but only with the payment of a fine. That fine is $100 through midnight, September […]

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08/08/12 State Track Meet Dates Announced

2012-2013 News Releases

The schedule for the state track meet for 2012-2013 school year is set as follows:

Friday, May 17 – 2A and Saturday, May 18 – 1A and 3A

Please be sure to add this to your school calendar.  In years past we have found that schools appreciated the early announcement of these dates as spring is a busy time for all schools.  The release of these dates should be instrumental to schools as they finalize their school calendars throughout the year and after the winter months.  

This format is a slight change from the past two years with two classes competing on  Saturday.  Exact times for each class will be released at a later date.  We can confirm that the Class 1A will be the early meet on Saturday and the Class 3A will be the afternoon meet. 

The State Meet site will be announced when it is determined later in the fall.

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Track and Field Rules Changes include Changes in Relay Zones, Illegal Uniforms

Track and Field Blog Updates

New requirements for passing the baton in the exchange zone, and the penalty for wearing an illegal uniform highlight changes in high school track and field rules for next season. Click here for the full story.

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07/15/12 – Reminder about Case BL-25-14 (Open Gym/Field), Out of Season Restrictions

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Case BL-25-14- What are the restrictions during the school year outside of the defined Limitation of Seasons (off-season) when the school’s team members are participants or school coaches are involved?
Coaching is defined as any activity by the coach at a time the athletes are participating in skills (either preparatory or specific to that sport) in a setting in which skills are taught, refined, or practiced. Coincident participation by a coach and an athlete in a sport such as a golf outing, where the coach and athlete(s) are not entered as a entry or group, or in an activity such as distance running with many runners but no direct coaching, would not specifically be considered coaching.
The “off-season” is the period during the school year for each sport or sport/activity that is outside the defined start and end dates for the sport or sport/activity as detailed in Bylaw 25. The restrictions begin on the first […]

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06/01/12 – State Meet Follow Up/Pole Vault Pole

Track and Field Blog Updates

Congratulations to all athletes, schools, and coaches on a great meet.  We were especially thankful for the great weather and the fantastic fan support for all of the athletes.  We appreciate those of you have shared your feedback about the event and will continue to work hard to continually improve.

*There was a pole vault pole left at the University of Louisville and we have it hear in our office.  Please contact me to identify and claim the pole.

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2012 KHSAA State Track & Field Championships May 17-19

Track and Field Blog Updates

2012 KHSAA State Track & Field Championships
May 17-19
Owsley Frazier Park
University of Louisville
Admission $10 per day

Live Data Coverage of 2012 Class 1A State Track Meet, University of Louisville Owsley Frazier Park

Live Data Coverage of 2012 Class 2A State Track Meet, University of Louisville Owsley Frazier Park

Live Data Coverage of 2012 Class 3A State Track Meet, University of Louisville Owsley Frazier Park

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05/14/12 Awards, Results, Shuttles, and Volunteers

Track and Field Blog Updates

*NEW – Awards – The awards tent will in front of the Lenny Lyles statue near the playground on Floyd Street.  Individuals and relay teams are encouraged to pick up their awards once they are finalized and announced.  There will be a backdrop for photo opportunities that we encourage all to utilize. Team awards and special awards will still be made inside the stadium after the completion of all events.
Results – Results for coaches will be posted on the wall beside the trainers tent in tent city (on the field hockey).  Results for fans will be available online only and through the public address system.  Coaches please do not crowd the press box for results.
Volunteers – We are in need of volunteers to help with both running and field events.  If your school has students athletes that did not qualify for state and are willing to volunteer, please notify […]

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05/01/12 State Track Meet Hotel and Sponsor

Track and Field Blog Updates

The state host hotel will be the Hilton Garden Inn on Crittenden Drive.  This hotel is conveniently located close to the University of Louisville Track and Field venue.  The rate for schools is $99 a night and the hotel will hold this rate until room block is sold.  Use the code –khs when booking to ensure the proper rate is applied.

To contact the hotel, use the following information:

Hilton Garden Inn Airport –

2735 Crittenden Drive Louisville, KY 40209 Phone:502-637-2424 Fax: 502-637-2429 Reserve online: www.louisvilleairport.hgi.com (Use Code KHS when booking)   We are also excited that Swags will be our corporate sponsor for our state meet.  Many of you know Swag and what a great love he has for kids and for the track community throughout the state.   Post season information for both regions and state can be found at – http://www.khsaa.org/track/

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04/2/12 Welcome

Track and Field Blog Updates

Hello all – We have had some really great weather for the track and field season.  We hope that this good fortune continues as we approach the warmer days.  Please remember that as of April 15 it is a requirement to begin your heat index recordings.   I recently sent out a rules clarification for Tournament Rule (Track and Field – p. 114 of the KHSAA handbook) – XI – C – 8:  BODY MARKINGS / TATTOOS – A permanent tattoo that is not objectionable in the judgement of an of?cial, would be allowed. A permanent tattoo that is objectionable in its content or form shall be covered. Anything non permanent including tattoos, face paint, etc. would not be legal if visible on any part of the body as it would be excessive body decoration.
We have had several questions about hair color and the legality of nontraditional colors (i.e. blue, green, pink).  After further review of the […]

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05/13/12 State Meet Important Information

Track and Field Blog Updates

The DRAFT of the performance list and roster by school for 1A, 2A and 3A are posted on the website – http://www.khsaa.org/track/2012/index.html.     Changes may occur as coaches and official’s double check both the performance list and the roster by school for accuracy.  An email will be sent once all changes are made and performance list are finalized.   Please check for your student athletes.  Let us know immediately of any necessary changes (i.e. misspelling of names, incorrect grade or incorrect school) by contacting us at trresults@khsaa.org.   The deadline for these changes is 10:00am Monday, May 14.    Date and Times: The event schedule can be found at http://www.khsaa.org/track/2012/statetrackmeetschedule.pdf.     Tickets: Advanced tickets can be purchased at http://2012khsaastatetrackandfield.eventbrite.com/. Click on the link below to avoid long lines at the gate and save time with the convenience of ordering now with your credit card.
 Prices are $20 for three day session pass and $10 per day […]

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Qualifying for the State Meet and Timing Notes

Track and Field Blog Updates

How Do Athletes Qualify For The State Meet?

  • In each region, the first and second place finishers in each event, automatically quality for the state meet. (a total of 14 automatic qualifiers, plus unbreakable ties, primarily in field events)
  • The next 10 best performances in each event, per class, from the state-at-large shall qualify for the state meet (a total of 10 additional qualifiers, plus unbreakable ties, primarily in field events).
  • It is very possible to have a situation where the performances in a regional meet among the two automatic advancers are less than the performance of someone who did not finish first or second, and who is not in the 10 best marks in a specific event. The two automatics from each region are protected by finish position, regardless of time or mark.

Conversion of Times for State Meet

  • All regional meets are run on tracks using FAT (Fully Automated Timing).
  • Any region time listed with an “H” beside it […]

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