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11/25/19 – NFHS Part 2 Exam Now Online for BK, SW/D & WR Officials

Basketball Blog Updates

NFHS Part 2 Tests for licensed officials in the sports of Basketball, Swimming & Diving and Wrestling are now available online. The Part 2 exams, required for postseason eligibility, will be open until Monday, December 9 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

The tests will automatically close at that exact time. Login at https://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.

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

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

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10/9/19 – Suspension of NFHS Wrestling Rule 4-1-4

Wrestling Blog Updates

This memorandum from Elliot Hopkins, the NFHS Wrestling Rules Editor, and National Interpreter, was received  on October 9. 2019:

Subject: Suspension of NFHS Wrestling Rule 4-1-4

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Good Afternoon:
We have had some inquiries regarding the modified NFHS Wrestling Rule 4-1-4 and its intent and purpose. The NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee’s purpose was to restrict non-school promotional references from appearing on the wrestling ear guards that were not issued by the school. This practice was turning high school wrestlers into “walking billboards”. Items such as pop culture or movie references (Avengers, Superman), corporate sponsorships (Hines Lumber, McDonalds), advocacy interests (Save the Whales, Protect the Bees), biblical references (John 3:16, 2 Tim 1:17) and college logos (Michigan, Iowa) as a few examples of some of the items that are appearing on the ear guards. The rule’s limitation of manufacturer’s logo not to exceed more than one printed logo/trademark/reference and the restriction of size not to […]

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10/07/19 – 2019-20 Wrestling Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Wrestling Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is available beginning October 7th. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen levels, regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

For officials, login to the officials’ subdomain at https://officials.khsaa.org/

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

  • October 7 to January 3 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • January 4 to January 23 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • January 24 to January 30 (Officials) […]

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09/23/19 – KHSAA and Midway University Expand Student-Athlete Awards Program

2019-2020 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2019

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association and Midway University are expanding their partnership in the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year Awards program to include recognition for males beginning in the fall of 2019. The program originally began in the spring of 2016 as a way for Midway University to honor female student-athletes, and will now include male and female student-athletes for all KHSAA-sanctioned sports and sport-activities.

“We value our partnership with the KHSAA as we expand our on-campus offerings to include male students and male sports and look forward to continuing to get our message out across the Commonwealth to even more student-athletes and potential students,” said Midway University President John P. Marsden, Ph.D.

“It is exciting to expand our relationship with Midway University to coincide with its own expansion of sports offerings,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “This was already a tremendous partnership through its effort to […]

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05/16/19 – Board Adjusts Dates for the 2019-20 Wrestling Season

Wrestling Blog Updates

The Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2018-19 academic year on May 7th and 8th at the KHSAA Offices. One of the agenda items dealt with setting championship dates and sites for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.

The state meet has been awarded and contracted for the Kentucky Horse Park through the 2020 season, with an option to extend past that point if desired. However, due to availability and commitments that the facility had made to other events, the dates for the 2020 State Wrestling Championship had to be adjusted from what was previously published in the corresponding dates calendar. The 2020 state championship will be held February 14-15, 2020 in Lexington.

There was a strong desire presented by the Commissioner and staff to permit the season to begin one week earlier due to this facility conflict. Therefore, in order to give schools the complete length of the season specified in Bylaw […]

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04/25/19 – Additional Time Given to Evaluate Head, Neck Injuries in High School Wrestling

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 25, 2019) — In an ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school wrestling, additional time will be given to evaluate head and neck injuries when an appropriate health-care professional is present at a match.

In addition to the 1½ minutes of injury time allotted for each wrestler, an appropriate health-care professional will have a maximum of five minutes to evaluate injuries to the head and neck involving the cervical column and/or nervous systems. At that point, the wrestler would have to continue or default the match.

This revision in injury time in Rule 8-2-4 is one of 17 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

A second injury to the head and neck involving cervical column and/or central nervous system in […]

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02/13/19 – State Wrestling Championships Begin Friday at Alltech Arena

2018-2019 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2019

The 2019 KHSAA State Wrestling Championships sponsored by the U.S. Army ROTC begin Friday morning at Alltech Arena, with gates opening for fans at 8:30 a.m. and first round matches commencing at 9:30 a.m. Tickets to the State Wrestling Championships are available for purchase online at https://gofan.co/app/school/KHSAA, including a discounted online-only $30 all-session pass.

Friday’s opening session will continue through the third round of the championship bracket (bouts 1-616). Saturday’s opening session begins with third round consolation bracket matches at 9 a.m., and continues through the sixth round consolation bracket matches (bouts 785-812).

The medal round session is scheduled to begin with the KWCA awards at 3 p.m. followed by the consolation bracket finals for third, fifth and seventh place. Upon conclusion of the consolation bracket finals, the competitors in the finals will be introduced and the first championship match will begin. Awards will be […]

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12/10/18- Early Season Basketball/Wrestling Interpretations

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This is being posted on the KHSAA basketball and wrestling web pages, as well as being distributed to all schools, basketball officials, and basketball assigners via email.

As we begin the basketball and wrestling seasons, three issues have been consistently discussed with communication to and from the KHSAA offices and various association representatives.

EJECTIONS AND BYLAW 21

All receiving this communication are reminded that there is no appeal of a judgment call by an official, including ejection of a player or coach. Bylaw 21 is explicit in that not only may protests not be granted, but they may not even be considered. This is not to say that coaches and school representatives should not give feedback to the local assigning secretaries.

As independent contractors, it is important that the assigners receive feedback as such not only helps the development of the officiating staff in that association but also helps the assigner determine future assignments. But this review […]

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10/08/18-Wrestling Rules Clinic Now Online

Wrestling Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is available beginning today, October 8. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches, varsity, junior varsity and freshman, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

For officials, login to the officials’ subdomain at https://officials.khsaa.org/.

COACHES

October 8 to January 4 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
January 5 to January 24 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
January 25 to February 7 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only […]

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09/25/18 – Wrestling Weight Management News

Wrestling Blog Updates

We hope that you are excited about the upcoming wrestling season. As you start to prepare for the season, we wanted to make sure you are aware of an alternative device that can be used for the weight management program at your school.

The InBody 120 unit has been approved to be used in Kentucky for measuring/tracking body fat in wrestlers.

As a matter of background, the InBody 120 unit is the official BIA Scale for the NWCA. The NWCA partnered with InBody after it was proven to be the most accurate of the three BIA scales tested (Tanita, InBody and Rice Lake) in an independent validation study at Cal State Fullerton. This study did go through peer review and was published in a reputable journal.

Other benefits to use of the InBody 120 unit include:

  • $1,500 cost which is a major discount for a BIA Scale of this magnitude (Regular Pricing is $2,500.00)
  • Additional […]

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09/04/18 – Trackwrestling Access Reminders for Wrestling Coaches

Wrestling Blog Updates

The 2018-19 High School Boys NWCA OPC Software will be available through Trackwrestling. Your login information, as well as a general guideline of what to expect for the upcoming season, will be emailed to you from trackwrestling. Your access will begin on October 1st. 

Your school’s Body Fat Assessor will receive their login information from trackwrestling soon after. To facilitate this, they will need to register with the KHSAA office initially, which will allow us to submit their contact information to trackwrestling. To begin the process of registering your Body Fat Assessor, please submit Wrestling Form WR126 wr126-wrestling-weight-management-assessor/ 

The deadline for submission is October 1, 2018. At that point, we will notify trackwrestling as to the approved List of Assessors for the 2018-2019 season. Once they have that information, trackwrestling will send login rights to your school’s assessor. The assessor will have access to begin the entry of test results on the 15th of October.

As a reminder, all […]

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06/24/18-Dead Period Reminders, Middle and High School

2017-2018 News Releases

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

IT IS REQUESTED THAT ALL SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPALS, PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION ANY OF YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL CONTACTS AS THIS PERIOD APPLIES TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL AS WELL

Dead Period Reminders for Middle and High School:

  • A reminder that the Dead Period for ALL sports and sport-activities starts at 12:00:01 a.m. on June 25 and goes through 11:59:59 p.m. on July 9.
  • There is to be no use of school facilities, team uniforms, team or equipment, transportation, coaches, personnel, maintained or producible log of student-activity or anything else related to the athletic program.
  • School funds may not be expended in support of interscholastic athletics in any KHSAA sanctioned sport during this […]

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04/09/18- Four (4) Contest Minimum Removed from Most Sports/Events by Board of Control

Athletic Department Blog Updates

At it’s most recent meeting, the Board of Control addressed concerns from several of the  Commissioner’s Advisory Committees, particularly those representing the individual sports. These concerns surrounded a long-standing Association requirement for a set number of entries into high school competition prior to entering the region. In addition to issues relative to tracking, record keeping and monitoring, the Commissioner and his staff also noted issues relative to the problems this requirement causes at the local level and the inhibiting factor that these requirements might have on multi-sport participation.

Following a review of the discussion in various committees, a review of the rules in most other states, and based on a recommendation from the Commissioner after input from staff, the Board voted to continue to require four interscholastic contests in event-specific competition for those students entering the region meeting in Diving (Swimming and Diving) and Pole Vault (Track and Field). Only competition involving grades 9 through 12 […]

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

Archery Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

Archery Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

2017-2018 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2018

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

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

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02/13/18 – State Wrestling Championships Start Friday At Alltech Arena

2017-2018 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2018

The 55th KHSAA State Wrestling Championships head to Alltech Arena this weekend (Feb. 16-17), starting Friday morning when gates open to the public at 8:30 a.m. The opening session begins with first round matches at 9:30 a.m., continuing through the third round of the championship bracket (bouts 1-616).

The second session begins Saturday morning with third round consolation bracket matches at 9 a.m., continuing through the sixth round consolation bracket matches (bouts 785-812). The medal round session is scheduled to begin with the KWCA awards at 3 p.m. followed by the consolation bracket finals for third, fifth and seventh place. Upon conclusion of the consolation bracket finals, the competitors in the finals will be introduced and the first championship match will commence. Awards will be presented following each bracket final, with the team trophies awarded after the last championship bout.

Tickets to the 2018 KHSAA State Wrestling Championships are […]

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02/13/18 – Wrestling Conference Call Notes

Wrestling Blog Updates

The information and instructions for the 2018 KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament have been posted online. You can access the information by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website. All participants are advised to download the files and review the instructions to ensure awareness of all KHSAA rules and regulations regarding the tournament.

  • Coaches packet pick up is Thursday between 3-6 p.m.
  • There will be a $5 parking charge collected by the Kentucky Horse Park
  • Coaches that can be on the floor … check the list with your AD today. Coaches passes are issued based on the School subdomain list of those who have completed HB383 & the Online Rules Clinic. Passes must be worn at all times. There will be a charge for replacements.
  • Participant hangtags must be with the wrestlers to gain admission to the venue and weight room. There will be a charge for replacements. 
  • Schools that wish to bring […]

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01/24/18 – Wrestling Postseason Instructions

Wrestling Blog Updates

The information and instructions for the 2018 KHSAA Postseason Wrestling Tournaments have been posted online. You can access the information by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website. All competing schools are advised to download the files and review the instructions to ensure you are aware of all KHSAA rules and regulations regarding these tournaments. (Postseason Instructions)

Best of luck to you for the remainder of the season. Keep looking to the wrestling page at KHSAA.org for further updates as we get closer to the Regional and State Tournaments.

– KHSAA –

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

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11/27/17 – NFHS Part 2 Exam Online for Basketball, Wrestling and Swimming Diving Officials

Basketball Blog Updates

NFHS Part 2 Tests for licensed officials in the sports of Basketball, Wrestling and Swimming & Diving are now available online.  The Part 2 exams, required for postseason eligibility, will be open until Monday, Dec. 11 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

The tests will automatically close at that exact time. Login at http://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test. A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be considered for assignment to officiate postseason play.

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

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

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11/16/17- 2017 Wrestling Rules Clarifications Including Experimental Weigh-in

Wrestling Blog Updates

To further our efforts in communications across the wrestling community, we have developed this post as a list of questions that have come to the staff from both Coaches and Officials concerning this year’s playing rules. As new questions arise, we will update this post for everyone’s clarification.

As an experimental rule, the Association wanted to address the possible problem of weigh-ins for female wrestlers when the Officials’ assigned to the match along with the Coaching staffs and event management are all male. To help give some relief to this situation, we are experimenting with an alternative weigh-in procedure. This is not intended as a rule change for all weigh-ins, but a means to accommodate those special situations that might arise that make the standard procedure difficult from a management perspective.

The following are questions that have been submitted, along with our interpretation of the Experimental Weigh-in Rule for Females when no females in tournament […]

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11/16/17 – Board of Control Addresses Future Basketball Calendar, Regional Alignment and State Advancement

2017-2018 News Releases

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017

The Board of Control conducted a regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Wednesday morning, during which time it addressed a future basketball scheduling conflict, the placement of a new school in 2018-19 and revised state qualifying in two championships.

With a facility conflict pending at Rupp Arena in 2021 due to the venue hosting first round games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, an adjustment to the basketball calendar was necessary to accommodate the Sweet 16®. In addition, the girls’ basketball tournament was previously awarded to Rupp Arena in 2019 and 2020, with an option to extend to 2021 and 2022.

Based upon recommendation from staff, the Board approved a proposal to shift the start of the basketball season forward one week, for the 2020-21 season only, and adjust the corresponding dates calendar accordingly. The Commissioner was also authorized to begin […]

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10/09/17 – 2017-2018 Online Wrestling Rules Clinic

Wrestling Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is available beginning October 9th. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen levels, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

  • October 9 to January 4 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • January 5 to January 24 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • January 25 to January 31 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

COACHES

  • October 9 to January 5 (Coaches) – the Wrestling […]

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

2016-2017 News Releases

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

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

We appreciate the understanding of our membership and various constituencies.

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02/14/17 – State Wrestling Championships Begin Friday At Alltech Arena

2016-2017 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2017

The 54th KHSAA State Wrestling Championships will be held this weekend (Feb. 17-18) at Alltech Arena. Gates will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, with the first round matches set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday’s action will conclude with the third round of the championship bracket (bouts 1-616).

The second session begins Saturday morning with third round consolation bracket matches at 9 a.m., continuing through the sixth round consolation bracket matches (bouts 785-812). Session three is scheduled to begin with the KWCA awards at 3:30 p.m. followed by the consolation bracket finals for third, fifth and seventh place. Upon conclusion of the consolation bracket finals, the competitors in the finals will be introduced and the first championship match will commence. Awards will be presented following each bracket final, with the team trophies awarded after the last championship bout.

Tickets to the 2017 KHSAA State Wrestling […]

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01/27/17 – Winter Sports Championship Credentials

2016-2017 News Releases

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Winter Sports Championships (Bowling, Wrestling and Swimming) is now live, and can be accessed by going to credentials.khsaa.org.

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

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

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

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01/25/17- Pre Tournament Reminder for Wrestling – Skin Checks

Wrestling Blog Updates

It has been reported to the office that some schools are confused as to who would have the final say (in an event with multiple physicians present) as to whether a wrestler may or may not participate due to a skin condition. You are reminded that the regional managers have been directed to designate an on-site meet appropriate health-care professional to make that determination and to report that designation to this office. The person designated by the regional manager will have the sole, final and unappealable decision-making authority in these cases, by rule.

It should also be noted that UK Sports Medicine will once again provide Doctors at the State Championships to help with that process. These doctors as designated by the KHSAA staff will have the sole, final and unappealable decision-making authority in these cases, by rule.

In case needed, please familiarize yourself with NFHS Wrestling Rules 4-2-3, 4-2-4 and 4-2-5 which states:

“ART. 3 . . . […]

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01/23/17 – Wrestling Postseason Instructions

Wrestling Blog Updates

The information and instructions for the 2017 KHSAA Postseason Wrestling Tournaments have been posted online. You can access the information by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website. All competing schools are advised to download the files and review the instructions to ensure you are aware of all KHSAA rules and regulations regarding these tournaments. (Postseason Instructions)

Best of luck to you for the remainder of the season. Keep looking to this blog for further updates as we get closer to the Regional and State Tournaments.

– KHSAA –

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12/12/16- Officiate Kentucky Day Information

Baseball Blog Updates

OFFICIATE KENTUCKY DAY
Saturday, July 29
Marriott Downtown – Louisville

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

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

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

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

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12/12/16 – Wrestling Rule Reminders

Wrestling Blog Updates

We have begun the season and several questions have been submitted to the office which we feel must be addressed as a reminder to all. 

Question…Can I just write the wrestler in for an event without a weigh-in sheet from trackwrestling?

NO. A coach who fails to provide this document is not only in violation of our rules, but the coaches that allow another school to do this put both schools in violation of the rules for entering an ineligible wrestler.

h) The Head Coach of each team shall provide, for each competition weigh-in, a match weigh-in form produced by the NWCA online system showing the lowest applicable weight for each competing wrestler on the actual date of the competition.
i) Local event managers should have in place an option to produce such listing in the event that the competing coach does not produce this report at weigh-ins.
j) Repeated failure to produce these required […]

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11/21/16 – Wrestling Regular Season Notes

Wrestling Blog Updates

Recently, a few questions have been submitted in regards to the use of the alternate uniform:

What happens when your kids cross the border and wrestle against out-of-state teams? Would they go back to the traditional singlets? What occurs when outsiders come into the Commonwealth?

Should teams travel out-of-state for competition, it is advised that coaches check and see if that state will allow the alternate uniforms to be used. The tournament organizer should be able to verify with the officials before our teams leave town. For matches in state, KHSAA Bylaws dictate that member schools must follow KHSAA rules, so the use of the alternate uniform would definitely be permitted. But, our schools should be cautioned to communicate with those out-of-state hosts in advance.

What does the alternate uniform look like?

We have  posted a PDF with photos to help with the interpretation of the “Alternate Uniform”. Please visit this link on our website for […]

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11/03/16 – Wrestling will Experiment with New Rule

Wrestling Blog Updates

The Wrestling Advisory Committee met recently to discuss several ideas on how to increase participation numbers in Wrestling. One area the committee felt strongly about was the possibility to add an alternative uniform to the traditional singlet. Many felt the tradition singlet might be an inhibitor for some students and their desire to participate.

With this direction from the committee, the Commissioner recently requested permission from the NFHS Rules Review Committee to experiment with Rule 4-1, Wrestlers’ Uniform. The NFHS Wrestling rules committee has been discussing the addition of an alternate uniform for possible inclusion in the rule book for 2017-2018.

The KHSAA asked to be the state association to beta test this new concept and report our finds back to the Rules committee after the season. The rule that we will adopt for experimentation reads:

4-1-1
Art. 1…Wrestlers shall wear
a. Remains the same;
b. Remains the same;
c. A singlet with the […]

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10/03/16 – 2016-2017 Wrestling Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Wrestling Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is available beginning October 3rd. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches at the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen levels, and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS

  • October 3 to December 26 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • December 27 to January 22 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • January 23 to January 29 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

COACHES

  • October 3 to December 26 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only […]

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KHSAA Sports Contacts, 2016-2017 and beyond

Archery Blog Updates

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02/17/16 – State Wrestling Notes and General Information

Wrestling Blog Updates

Coaches, fans and administrators should review the bullet points below to familiarize themselves with pertinent information for this year’s event:

  • The KWOA and KWCA Hall of Fame Presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
  • The Medal Round and Championship Awards Session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For each weight class during the Medal Round, the consolation bracket final bouts for third, fifth and seventh place will be contested simultaneously, followed by the championship bracket match and the awards presentation for that class. Team trophy presentations will take place following the awards for the 285 lb. weight class.
  • This year the KHP has asked the schools that are transporting students via buses and vans to enter through the “Campground entrance”. A map of the Kentucky Horse Park can be viewed through this link: http://khsaa.org/wrestling/wrmap.pdf
  • The General public will enter through the main gate and be required to pay $5.00 for a day parking pass.
  • Parking, like concessions, is […]

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02/17/16 – KHSAA State Wrestling Championships Begin Friday Morning at Alltech Arena

2015-2016 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2016

The 2016 KHSAA Wrestling State Championships return to Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend (Feb. 19-20). Gates will open to the public on Friday at 8:30 a.m., with the first round matches set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

The second session begins Saturday morning with third round championship bracket matches at 9 a.m., continuing through the sixth round consolation bracket matches (bouts 785-812). The Medal Round and Championship Awards Session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For each weight class during the Medal Round, the consolation bracket final bouts for third, fifth and seventh place will be contested simultaneously, followed by the championship bracket match and the awards presentation for that class. Team trophy presentations will take place following the awards for the 285 lb. weight class.

A complete list of printable brackets for the 2016 KHSAA State Wrestling Championships can be found at:
http://khsaa.org/wrestling/2016/wrbrackets.pdf

Live scoring for […]

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02/05/16 – Wrestling Postseason Instructions

Wrestling Blog Updates

The information and instructions for the 2016 KHSAA Postseason Wrestling Tournaments have been posted online. You can access the information by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website. I strongly suggest all competing schools download the files and review the instructions to ensure you are aware of all KHSAA rules and regulations regarding these tournaments. (Post Season Instructions

Best of luck to you for the remainder of the season. Keep looking to this blog for further updates as we get closer to the Regional and State Tournaments.

– KHSAA –

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

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01/20/16 – Winter Sports Championship Media Credentials

2015-2016 News Releases

The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Winter Sports Championships is now live. Media members can visit credentials.khsaa.org to apply for credentials for the bowling, wrestling and swimming and diving state championships.

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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10/06/15 – Wrestling Rules Clinic Now Available

Wrestling Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is available beginning today, October 6, 2015. Below is additional information:

OFFICIALS
October 6 to December 7 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
December 8 to January 25 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
January 26 to February 6 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($60) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

COACHES
October 6 to December 14 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
December 15 to January 18 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
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10/01/15 – Riherds.com to Sponsor Above and Beyond Awards at All State Championship Events

2015-2016 News Releases

Riherds.com, a Kentucky-based company headquartered in Smiths Grove specializing in trophies, awards, name tags and signs, will provide the “Above and Beyond” award at each KHSAA state championship event for 2015-16. Riherds.com is proud to be the Official Supplier of Trophies and Awards to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

The award is given to a participant at each KHSAA championship event and will be awarded from the pool of candidates nominated by participating school representatives. The award is based on five attributes: Citizenship, Leadership, Athletics, Sportsmanship and Scholarship.

Nominated students should exemplify these five attributes by:

  • Playing the game/competition by the rules.
  • Treating game officials, coaches and competitors with due respect as fellow human beings.
  • Taking victory and defeat without undue emotionalism.
  • Controlling of tempers at all times on and off the playing field.
  • Being positive with officials, coaches and competitors, without criticism for things that occur during the contest.
  • Cooperating with the coaches, officials and fellow players in trying to promote good sportsmanship.
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04/03/15 – KHSAA Championship Photos, Videos and Programs Available For Purchase

2014-2015 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2015

Fans can relieve all of the excitement from each KHSAA Championship event by visiting KHSAA.org to view and purchase official championship photos, commemorative programs, and complete game DVDs and highlight videos.

State championship videos for recent events are available for purchase through the KHSAA’s online store at: http://www.khsaa.org/payments/state-championship-videos/. Fans can also re-watch all available games for free through KHSAA.tv.

Commemorative programs, updated with 2015 championship results, are available for on-demand printing through The Book Patch, and can be accessed by clicking on the “Order Bound Printed Copies” link at: http://khsaa.org/news-stats-pubs/publications/khsaanfhs-publications/. Commemorative programs are available for order in full color, or a more inexpensive black-and-white version.

Official championship photos are available for purchase through the KHSAA’s online photo store at www.khsaaphotos.org. Direct links to the online photo galleries for each winter sport are listed below:

Boys’ Basketball photos – http://khsaa.zenfolio.com/f366715787

Girls’ Basketball photos – http://khsaa.zenfolio.com/f494572770

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02/23/15 – Bylaw 23 Waivers for Wrestling

Wrestling Blog Updates

With the necessary postponement of the KHSAA Wrestling State Championships to March 10-11, 2015, questions have arisen as to allowances for teams to continue practice and preparation for the state tournament. Several factors are involved including weight maintenance (although athletes should be wrestling at or near natural weight), and how to keep a high level of  competitiveness over the course of the next two weeks. After much discussion the following waivers have been granted by the Commissioner to accommodate the schedule change, for 2015 only!

Initial Weight on March 10

  • A one-pound growth allowance for each weight class will be granted for the first day of the tournament, March 10.
  • An additional pound will be granted to each class for those wrestlers remaining in the tournament on March 11.
  • Per NFHS rules, no other allowances will be granted.

Practice

  • Schools that have wrestlers who have qualified for the State Tournament (including alternate fifth place regional finishers) may continue to practice.
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02/18/15 – State Wrestling Tournament Postponed

2014-2015 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2015

In the interest of the safety and welfare of our competitors, coaches, workers and officials, and to ensure that participation experience for the student-athletes is optimal, the KHSAA has postponed the State Wrestling Championships, originally scheduled for February 19-21, until March 9-11.

“KHSAA State events are large-scale undertakings, and with the expansion of the State Tournament several years ago, we are very limited in options for holding the event,” said Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We absolutely have to be able to put down at least eight mats to get the tournament completed in two days, and that in and of itself limits our options. We are thankful our hosting partners at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park were able to work out new dates. We tried to work cooperatively with another event that is scheduled for Sunday and rearrange schedules, but that group was unwilling […]

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02/16/15 – Wrestling State Championship Information

Wrestling Blog Updates

For information about the 2015 KHSAA Wrestling State Championships, please visit our Wrestling page at http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/wrestling/ for all the updated information. As a reminder to coaches, don’t forget to download your copy of the brackets as hard copies are no longer provided. Coaches are also advised to weigh-in any fifth place regional wrestler in case of replacement the day of the State Tournament. If any of you have a wrestler pull out, please contact this office ASAP so that we may call the next school in line, so that their fifth place finisher may enter the tournament. 

– KHSAA –

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

 

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01/16/15 – Postseason Wrestling Information

Wrestling Blog Updates

The information and instructions for the 2015 KHSAA Postseason Wrestling Tournaments have been posted online. You can access the information by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website. I would strongly suggest that all competing schools download the files to ensure that you are aware of all KHSAA rules regarding these tournaments.

http://khsaa.org/wrestling/2015/teampostseasoninstructions.pdf

Those of you who will serve as Regional Managers will find your instructions have also been posted to the wrestling page.

http://khsaa.org/wrestling/regionmanagerchecklist.pdf

Best of luck to you for the remainder of the season. Keep looking to this blog for further updates as we get closer to the Regional and State Tournaments.

– KHSAA –

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

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12/01/14 – Officials Part 2 Exam Available for Basketball and Wrestling

Basketball Blog Updates

The Part 2 Exam for Basketball and Wrestling is now available online through midnight Eastern Time on Sunday, December 14. There will be no way for anyone to take the test after the deadline. It is highly recommended that all registered officials take the part 2 exam.

Login to http://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the part 2 exam.  A minimum score of 80 on the exam is one of the requirements to be assigned to officiate postseason contest. The part 2 also allows for officials to obtain a level 2 or level 3 rating with the KHSAA (for details see the KHSAA Handbook beginning page 5 – Officials Guidebook Policies).

Please remember that you must login to the officials page of the KHSAA website.  If you cannot remember your password, please choose the reset your password (in blue). This will take you through the steps to reset your password.

Good luck on the test and this season!

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11/21/2014-Required Wrestling Mat Area

Wrestling Blog Updates

As a part of the Wrestling rules clinic each year, the NFHS lists certain rules that have not changed but should be reviewed and made a “Point of Emphasis” (POE). One such POE this year has resulted in some dialogue among our member school representatives regarding the requirements for our member schools.
Required Safety Mat Area Surrounding Wrestling Mats During Competition (NFHS Rule 2-1-2) states, “The wrestling area of the mat shall be a circular area a minimum of 28 feet in diameter. Surrounding and secured to the wrestling area of the mat shall be a safety mat area of approximately 5 feet wide.”
This means there shall be approximately 5 feet of safety mat area from the out of bounds circle to the nearest obstacle of any kind, i.e., gym floor, tables, chairs, clocks, etc.
The wording “approximately 5 feet” is used because as mats age they may shrink, which could minimally […]

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10/06/14 – Wrestling Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Wrestling Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is available beginning today, October 6. Below is additional information:

October 6 to December 7 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

October 6 to December 14 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.

December 8 to January 11 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

December 15 to January 18  (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.

January 12 to February 12 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($300) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per […]

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09/16/14 – Wrestling Fall Clinic Information for Officials

Officials Division Blog Updates

Reminder that the fall clinic for wrestling officials will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Four Points by Sheraton Lexington located at 1938 Stanton Way Lexington 40511.

This meeting does not count toward the mandatory online rules clinic requirement.

The agenda is as follows: 2014-15 KWOA Fall Clinic Agenda

Saturday – September 27th

9:00 – 9:30 am: Registration – Mike Ford / Chris Reeves

09:30 – 09:40 am: Welcome / Introductions – Chris Shaw

9:40 – 10:00 am: Website / Facebook / Email / Interaction – Andrew Dennison

10:00 – 10:20 pm: Arbiter Program – David Wolterman

10:20 – 10:30 pm: Break

10:30 – 10:50 pm: Referees and their Duties – Rocky Durham

10:50 – 11:10 pm: Weigh-In Procedure – Eric Friddle / Mike Ford / Chris Reeves

11:10 – 12:20 pm: Lunch

12:20 – 12:40 pm:  Escapes & Reversals – Garrett Scotty / Kenny Lonkard

12:40 – 1:30 am: […]

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

Athletic Department Blog Updates

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

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

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

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

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02/19/14 – KHSAA Wrestling State Championships Head To Alltech Arena This Week

2013-2014 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 19, 2014 

The 2014 KHSAA Wrestling State Championships head to Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park this week (Feb. 21-22). Gates will open to the public on Friday at 9 a.m., with the first round matches set to begin at 10 a.m.

Saturday’s competition opens with third round championship bracket matches at 9:30 a.m., continuing through the consolation bracket finals at 4 p.m. The opening ceremony for the championship finals is scheduled for 6 p.m., and will be streamed live at KHSAA.org.

A complete list of printable brackets for the 2014 KHSAA Wrestling State Championships can be found at:
http://khsaa.org/wrestling/2014/wrbrackets.pdf 

Live scoring for the event is available at:
http://khsaa.org/2014-state-wrestling-complete-bracket-pairings-results/ 

The championship program is available for download at:
http://khsaa.org/Publications/Programs/20132014/Wrestling/wrestlingprogram2014.pdf 

Full-day tickets will […]

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02/19/14 Wrestling State Information

Wrestling Blog Updates

For information about  the State Championships, please visit our Wrestling page at http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/wrestling/ for all the updated information. As a reminder to coaches, don’t forget to download your copy of the brackets. We no longer provide a hard copy for you. Coaches are also advised to weigh-in any fifth place regional wrestler in case of replacement the day of the State Tournament. If any of you have a wrestler pull out, please contact this office ASAP so that we may call the next school in line, so that their fifth place finisher may enter the tournament.

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02/17/14 – Advanced Ticket Sales

Wrestling Blog Updates

Coaches remember the passes for you and your staff are free and they will be Coaches Passes. Using the Member Schools Athletic Personnel list, coaches who have completed this year’s online rules clinic and are current in the sports safety course will be issued floor passes at no additional charge. For many of you, this will result in significant savings where you had been purchasing extra coaches passes as well as purchasing additional tickets for coaches. We will have the passes in your coaches’ packets to be picked up Thursday afternoon between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the arena.

Tickets – If you plan to buy tickets for team supporters, you are no longer required to fill out paperwork. Advanced all-session passes are $25.00. One-day passes are $15.00. These will be available during the packet pickup session on Thursday, but only until 6 p.m., and will be available on Friday at the box office.The advanced ticket sales are […]

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02/14/14- Update to Regional Wrestling Schedules

Wrestling Blog Updates

Due to inclement weather there have been some delays and postponements of some of our Wrestling Regional competitions that were scheduled for today and tomorrow.

The following is the current status of each region:

Region 1: No Change

Region 2: Will begin on Saturday @ 11:00 AM Weigh-ins, LaRue County High School with completion Sunday at 1 PM

Region 3: Saturday, Noon start with completion Sunday at 1 PM

Region 4: Saturday, Noon start with completion Sunday at 1 PM

Region 5: Saturday weigh-ins begin @ 9:00 AM

Region 6: Saturday, Noon start with completion Sunday at 1 PM

Region 7: No Change

Region 8: No Change

We will post updates throughout the day as each region finalizes its contingency plans and will also provide updates if there are any changes to the current plans. Thank you.

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02/12/14 – Wrestling Time Schedule

Wrestling Blog Updates

For nearly a year, the KHSAA staff has been working and preparing for the upcoming state wrestling tournament. After evaluating the last three to four years of tournament schedules and activity, three major problem areas were identified that needed immediate resolution:

  • The “break” prior to the last wrestling round had to be eliminated, or certainly minimized. The circus atmosphere that had developed, which some may have viewed as fun, in fact resulted in at least five individuals being hit by thrown objects, including two police officers. Coaches and other adults refused to take charge of the situation, and in fact participated in many cases. And despite having more than double the security staff as had ever been in place in the previous facility, the situation came to a point where the future ability to retain security assistance from trained and sworn police officers was in jeopardy, as well as the future use of this […]

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02/06/14 Housing and Ticket Information

Wrestling Blog Updates

Coaches, suggestions for housing for the state tournament can be found on the Wrestling page ( http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/wrestling/ ) of our website. Click on the State Information link and you will find several links that will help you find accommodations; there is even a direct link to the Clarion Hotel which is once again serving as our Headquarters Hotel. Several of the area hotels have agreed to a set price for the tournament, so mention that when you call. Coaches Passes  – Using the Member Schools Athletic Personnel list of Coaches who have completed this year’s online rules clinic and are current in the sports safety course, we will issue floor passes to your school for each of your coaches at no additional charge. For many of you, this will result in significant savings where you had been purchasing extra coaches passes as well as purchasing additional tickets for coaches. We will have the passes in your coach’s packets to be picked up Thursday afternoon between […]

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02/05/14 State Tournament Information

Wrestling Blog Updates

The information and instructions for the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament have been posted online, and can be accessed by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website.

I would strongly suggest that all competing schools download the files to ensure that you are aware of all KHSAA rules regarding this tournament.  http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/wrestling/ 

Look for more blog posts over the next two weeks concerning state tournament information. As always, please make yourself familiar with the Wrestling page mentioned above. It can be your best resource.

Best of luck to you during the Regional Tournament!!

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01/30/14 Post Season Information

Wrestling Blog Updates

The information and instructions for the 2014 Regional Tournaments have been posted online. You can access the information by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website. All coaches are expected to take the time to read these items carefully, even veteran coaches, as changes have been made this year. Those of you who will serve as Regional Managers will find your instructions have also been posted to the wrestling page.

I would strongly suggest that all competing schools download the files to ensure that you are aware of all KHSAA rules regarding these tournaments.   http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/wrestling/    Best of luck to you for the remainder of the season. Keep looking to this blog for further updates as we get closer to the Regional and State Tournaments.

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01/08/14 Skin Condition Reminder

Wrestling Blog Updates

Happy New Year, I hope your season is going well for you and your team. At this time of year the reports of wrestlers with skin conditions are increasing. I would like to remind each of you to take the necessary steps to aid in the prevention of the spread of these conditions. Coaches please continue to monitor your students and if need be, refer them to a local medical professional. Coaches and officials, please take note that we updated the “Wrestling SKIN CONDITION” form ( WR111) several years ago. We believe it will benefit all parties involved by clearly stipulating weather the condition falls under Rule 4-2-3 (which requires a form to be renewed every Seven days) or Rule 4-2-5 (that allows for valid documentation for the duration of the season). Please take time to make your self familiar with this form. It can be found on the Wrestling page  as  both a PDF or word doc. Always remember, regardless of documentation, NFHS rule 4-2-4 states: … […]

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02/06/14 – Wrestling State Information – Time Schedule

Wrestling Blog Updates

THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY ADDITIONAL ACTION REGARDING THE 2014 TOURNAMENT DUE TO SPECIFIC REQUESTS FROM PARTICIPATING COACHES. THIS IS KEPT ON FILE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE IN CASE ISSUES ARE NOT RESOLVED AT THE 2014 EVENT BUT IS NOT IN EFFECT FOR 2014.

The time schedule for the State Wrestling Tournament has been posted online for a few days, but based on a few inquiries, primarily from the Lexington area, it appears there is some misinformation being distributed, and exacting clarification may be helpful.

The staff members that manage this event have consulted a great many groups, and looked at dozens of ideas. They have talked to their peers in other states, other event promoters, coaches, officials and all sorts of other individuals. The Wrestling advisory committee, made up predominantly of coaches at this time, was one of the first groups consulted. That means some suggestions were used, and some […]

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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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11/27/13 – Part Two Exam Notice

Wrestling Blog Updates

The Part 2 Exam will be available online beginning December 2nd through midnight Eastern Time on Sunday, December 15. Login to http://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test.  A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be assigned to officiate postseason play. If you have forgotten your password, click on the blue “click here” in the first line on the login page.  This will take you through the steps to reset your password. Good luck!

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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 – Wrestling Rule Interpretation

Wrestling Blog Updates

We have had a request for a ruling on the use of an ‘MMA Style’ headgear. The ‘MMA Style’ headgear is considered ILLEGAL equipment and is not approved to use in Kentucky per the NFHS. If a contestant shows up with this style headgear during competition then it should be handled as any other ILLEGAL Equipment (Start Injury Time, issue a Technical Violation and they have 1.30 to correct).  

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10/09/13 – Commissioner Issues Clarification about Postgame Activity, Corrections to Erroneous Media and Social Media Reports

Athletic Department Blog Updates

First, for those who may choose to read no further, there has never been a ban or prohibition on postgame handshakes or other types of good sporting behavior by the KHSAA, its Commissioner or its Board of Control. Nor has such a ban been proposed. There is no ban or prohibition on such activity today or contemplated for the future.

This message has been composed entirely by the Commissioner of the KHSAA. I do not want any room for misinterpretation or anyone else being accused of being involved. As the Commissioner, I take very seriously my role to ensure clear, concise and accurate communication regarding the expectations for our membership, participants, coaches, officials and all involved.

However, yesterday (10/8), at best a poorly worded and at worst, an incomplete, notice was sent from me to the member schools regarding postgame activity. Regardless of the number of people who had written […]

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10/08/13 – Commissioner’s Directive on Postgame Activity

Athletic Department Blog Updates

For those that may choose to read only the first few lines, it is worth reiteration. THERE IS NO BAN OR PROHIBITION ON POSTGAME HANDSHAKES. Has not been considered, contemplated or reviewed as an option.

Several sports have “traditions” regarding postgame handshakes, etc. by team members (both en masse and as individuals), but none of them have such action dictated by playing rules. While it is an obvious sign of sportsmanship and civility, many incidents have occurred both in Kentucky (more than two dozen in the last three years in Kentucky alone) and throughout the country, where fights and physical conflicts have broken out during these postgame handshakes. And this is not restricted to specific sports. In our state alone, incidents in soccer, football and volleyball have occurred this fall.

Unfortunately, the adrenaline and effort required to participate in the sport sometimes seems to deplete the supply of judgement available to participants. And this can […]

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08/01/13 – Early Planning Notes

Wrestling Blog Updates

With school under way in some of our districts, I realize some of you are trying to finalize your schedules. Two items to keep in mind as you go forward. I know some of you are wanting to get into the NWCA Weight Management  website and begin entering your schedules and other data. When the NWCA emails the temporary login information for each of you, I will send it on to you that day. Until then, the site is not open and you will just have to wait on that task. Some of you are new to coaching and the pre-season scrimmages can get tricky if your not careful. Each school is allowed two scrimmages against other schools. Keep in mind they can only be three hours in total length from the first match until the last match is over. Along with that, you must adhere to the recovery time rule between matches. If too […]

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02/14/13 – Wrestling Substitutions

Wrestling Blog Updates

2013 State Wrestling Substitutions  NOTE: First substitution of any withdrawn wrestler goes to the 5th place finisher in the region.  WT REG POS WRESTLER OUT ROLL UP 145 2 2 Spencer Hines, LaRue Co. 3 Zack Richardson, Taylor Co. 4 Warren Tucker, John Hardin 5 Noah Conley, Boyle Co. 220 1 2 Ryan Duvall, Apollo 3 Cole Sherman, Union County 4 Dustin Armendariz, Fort Campbell 5 Tevin Toler, Christian County 113 4 4 Tyler Warterbury, Atherton 5 Robbie Croghan-Miller, Central 120 4 4 Davon Adams, Central 5 Keith IIand, Atherton 170 7 2 Bryan Chi, Tates Creek 3 Zach Roland, Montgomery County 4 Emir Bernabe, Woodford County 5 Cameron Murphy, Western Hills 132 5 3 Riley Hawes, Eastern 4 Easton Schneider, South Oldham 5 Dakota Ford, Spencer County 195 5 4 Dhananjay Arora, Eastern 5 Daniel Yun, Male

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02/11/13 – KHSAA State Wrestling Championships This Week At Alltech Arena

2012-2013 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 11, 2013 

The 50th annual KHSAA Wrestling State Championships will take place this week (Feb. 15-16) at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The two-day event begins Friday, Feb. 15 with first- and second-round matches. Doors open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, with first round matches beginning at 10 a.m.

Saturday’s competition begins with the Third Round Championship Bracket at 9:30 a.m., followed by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-round matches. The Consolation Bracket Finals will begin no earlier than 4:00 p.m., with the State Championship Opening Ceremonies starting at 6:15 p.m. (at the earliest). Saturday’s weight class championships will be broadcast live at khsaa.tv beginning at 7 p.m.

Admission to the event is $15 per day, or $25 for a two-day pass, with kids 10-and-under admitted free. For more information, including full brackets for each weight class, visit the Wrestling home page at khsaa.org.

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02/11/13 – Wrestling State Notes 3

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Today Coaches, I want to send this reminder that your coaches packet will be available (with advanced sale tickets in the packet) for pick up at the arena from 3 pm until 6 pm Thursday. This is for your convenience. We have very long lines on Friday morning with Coaches trying to pick these up and dispense passes to their team party. If you can not make it Thursday evening, you can pick them up Friday. Just remember, we WILL NOT be handling any sales or collection of monies on Friday. So if we don’t have your order by the deadline (allowing us to have it in your packet) your team party will have to purchase their passes at the general admission gate. Athletic Trainers. The KHSAA will Staff the tournament with Medical personnel (Doctors, ATC’s and ATS’s). If you want your trainer to come to the event, you must purchase a pass for them (WR120). If you feel there is a need for them to be on the floor, they must contact David Jacobs, University of […]

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02/09/13 – Adopted Wrestling Alignment, Effective 2013-2014

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REGION 1 – Caldwell County, Calloway County, Christian County, Fort Campbell, Graves County, Hopkinsville, Ohio County, Paducah Tilghman, Trigg County, Union County, University Heights REGION 2 – Apollo, Barren County, Central Hardin, Daviess County, Fort Knox, John Hardin, LaRue County, Meade County, Nelson County, North Hardin, Owensboro, Taylor County, Thomas Nelson REGION 3 – Bullitt Central, Bullitt East, DeSales, Doss, Fairdale, Fern Creek, Holy Cross (Louisville), Iroquois, North Bullitt, Pleasure Ridge Park, Southern, Valley REGION 4 – Atherton, Central, DuPont Manual, Eastern, Jeffersontown, Kentucky School f/t Blind, Male, Moore, Seneca, Shawnee, St. Xavier, Trinity (Louisville), Western REGION 5 – Anderson County, Franklin County, Grant County, North Oldham, Oldham County, Scott County, South Oldham, Spencer County, Western Hills, Woodford County REGION 6 – Boone County, Campbell County, Conner, Cooper, Dixie Heights, Holmes, Newport, Ryle, Scott, Simon Kenton, Walton-Verona REGION 7 – Boyle County, Bryan Station, Danville, Henry Clay, Lafayette, Madison Central, Madison Southern, McCreary Central, Paul […]

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02/06/13 – Wrestling State Notes 2

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Today Coaches, I want to send this reminder of how important the 5th place finisher in regions can become. Should a school have an athlete finish 1-4 in the region and he/she is unable to compete in the state tournament due to schedule conflicts, injury or other documented reason; the remainder of the bracket will be “rolledup”, and the replacement wrestler seeded fourth. If a bracket position is vacated and unable to be filled by an alternate from the region, the option will roll in random order to another region. Coaches are advised to weigh-in any fifth place regional wrestler in case of replacement the day of the State Tournament. If any of you have a wrestler pull out, please contact this office ASAP so that we may call the next school inline, so that their 5th place finisher may enter the tournament.

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02/05/13 – Wrestling State Notes 1

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Coaches, Suggestions for Housing for the State tournament can be found on the Wrestling page ( http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/wrestling/ ) of our website. Click on the State information link and you will find several links that will help you find accommodations, there is even a direct link to the Clarion Hotel which is serving as our Headquarters Hotel. Several of the area hotels have agreed to a set price for the tournament, so mention that when you call. Advanced Tickets at a discounted price for the Teams. We have tried in the past to do this at the site, the day of the tournament. This does not work. Last year we tried to get you to purchase them online ahead of the tournament and many of you said you don’t have a credit card. This year you MUST fill out the WR120 form ( found on the wrestling page) and mail that, with a check, to my office. We will have the passes in your coaches packets to […]

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02/4/13 – Ebonite/KHSAA Bowling Championships This Week; Holy Cross (Louisville) Penalized For Bylaw 10 Violation; Regionals Approaching For Wrestling, Swimming & Diving

2012-2013 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 4, 2013 

2013 Ebonite/KHSAA Bowling Championships This Week

The 2013 Ebonite/KHSAA Bowling State Championships will take place this week (Feb 7-8) at Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville. The two-day event begins Thursday, Feb. 7 with the Singles Championship. Doors open to the public at 9:15 a.m., with player introductions starting at 9:45 a.m. The field will be narrowed to the top eight individuals (boys and girls) at 12:10 p.m., with an awards ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Friday’s Team Championship begins with team introductions at 7:30 a.m. The girls’ team qualifying games will commence at 7:50 a.m., with the final team match slated for 12:15 p.m. The boys’ team competition is scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m., with the championship match set for 5:15 p.m.

Admission to the event is $10 per day, or $15 for a two-day pass. For more information visit the Bowling home page at khsaa.org.
 

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01/28/13 – Board of Control Approves Basketball Region I, Statewide Wrestling Realignments

2012-2013 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2013

The KHSAA Board of Control approved new alignments for Basketball Region I and all eight Wrestling regions during its January meeting at the KHSAA office on Monday.

Following the consolidation of schools in McCracken County, KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett and area Board of Control members met with representatives from the first region in Mayfield. With all Region I schools in attendance, the feedback from the meeting was to realign within the region, and not bring additional teams into the region. Three options for realignment were presented following the meeting in Mayfield. On Monday, the Board voted to approve Option A for the 20013-14 season (detailed below), which will also be applied to baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball:

District 1 – Carlisle County, Fulton City, Fulton County, Hickman County

District 2 – Ballard Memorial, Graves County, Mayfield

District 3 – Community Christian, McCracken County, Paducah Tilghman, St. Mary

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01/28/13 – Status of Realignment of Wrestling Regions

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The Board of Control took final measures to approve a new wrestling alignment for the 2013-14 season, after reviewing input from the member schools to the proposal which was originally recommended on Nov. 12. No changes were made to the original draft. Please refer to the Alingment information found on the Wrestling page of the KHSAA website. http://khsaa.org/wrestling/realignment/draftalignmentofwrestlingteamsfor20132014.pdf 

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01/30/14 – Post Season Information

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The information and instructions for the 2014 Regional Tournaments have been posted on line. You can access the information by going to the wrestling page of the KHSAA website.Coaches even though some of you are veterans, please take time to read these carefully, there have been changes made this year. Those of you who will serve as Regional Mangers, you will find your instructions have also been posted to the wrestling page.   I would strongly suggest that you as a competing school, download the files to ensure that you are aware of all KHSAA rules regarding these tournaments.   http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/wrestling/    Best of luck to you for the remainder of the season. Keep looking to this blog for further updates as we get closer to the […]

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01/17/13 – Score Clock Promotion

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Coaches, I have attached a link to a letter that you can copy and present to wrestling supporters in your area, asking for possible advertisers for the score clocks that we use at the State tournament. In the past, several schools have sold advertisement spots to local business that support wrestling and some have even had their own booster clubs purchase adds in support of their wrestling team. I hope that those of you who have bought advertisement boards in the past will continue this year. Those coaches, who are new, may want to begin a new tradition by having your program prominently displayed in the arena. Please feel free to contact me by email, mbarren.@khsaa.org or phone 859-299-5472, if you have further questions. Thanks again for your support of our tournament. http://www.khsaa.org/wrestling/letterpromoscoreboardads.pdf

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01/07/13 – Wrestling SKIN CONDITION

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We have been contacted in the office that certain skin conditions have been identified at this weekends past tournaments held at  multiple sites. I would like to remind each of you to take the necessary steps to aid in the prevention of the spread of these conditions. Coaches please continue to monitor your students and if need be, refer them to a local medical professional. Coaches and officials, please take note that we updated the “Wrestling SKIN CONDITION” form ( WR111) two years ago. We believe it will benefit all parties involved by clearly stipulating weather the condition falls under Rule 4-2-3 (which requires a form to be renewed every Seven days) or Rule 4-2-5 (that allows for valid documentation for the duration of the season). Please take time to make your self familiar with this form. I have included a link to our website where you may download and make copies as needed. Always remember, regardless of documentation, NFHS rule 4-2-4 […]

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01/04/13 – New Mat Offer

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As many of you Coaches are aware, we have been very fortunate to have the EZ Flex Sport Mats Company help us with our State Championships by providing the Mats. Many of you have purchased these mats at a savings by not having to pay the shipping and handling charges. This year we have again entered into an agreement with EZ Flex Sport Mats. If you are in the market for a new mat, you may want to see the attached flyer and give Dave a call today!         http://khsaa.org/wrestling/ezflexmatsale.pdf

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12/21/12 – KWOA Member to Officiate FILA Tournament

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A KWOA member and KHSAA official, Toska Adams, will be traveling to Kiev, Ukraine this spring with the USA Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Team to officiate. Toska has been the head official at numerous national tournaments. This will be her second overseas trip as a FILA official. In the summer of 2011 she went to Poland with the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle team and officiated. Congratulations Toska! Well done.

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12/14/12 – Wrestling Ear Guard Interpretation

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As a rule reminder I have copied the latest correspondence from the NFHS in regards to Head gear. Key wording is “the uniform shall be worn as intended/designed by the manufacturer”. It has come to my attention that some wrestlers are “twisting the straps” for various reasons and that would not be allowed under this interpretation. Coaches, please be proactive  and stop this before the Official has too…

NFHS RULES REVIEW INTERPRETATION

TAPING OF WRESTLING EAR GUARDS

The NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee issued a rules reminder for 2011-12 on wrestling ear guards, specifically as it relates to Rules 4-1-4 and 4-1-5.  That rules reminder does not constitute a change in Rules 4-1-4 or 4-1-5; rather, it represents an emphasis in the manner the Committee believes the rules should be administered and enforced. Rule 4-1-4: ART. 4 . . . Wrestlers shall wear wrestling ear guards, which provide:
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  • 11/26/12 – Basketball and Wrestling Officials Part 2 Test Now Available

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    The Part 2 Exam is now available online through midnight Eastern Time on Sunday, December 9. Login to http://officials.khsaa.org/authorize/ to take the test.  A minimum score of 80 on the exam is required to be assigned to officiate postseason play. If you have forgotten your password, click on the blue “click here” in the first line on the login page.  This will take you through the steps to reset your password. Good luck!

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    11/15/2012 – Information about Wrestling Realignment for 2013-2014

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    With the growth of wrestling (more than 15 schools have added in last seven years), and four new programs are starting this year, it is time to realign Wrestling. Many of the regions are taking more than one day to compete and have little room for growth and expansion of new programs. In addition, with the NFHS rules restricting athletes to five bouts in a day (including forfeits), the size of the bracket makes it problematic when they become so large and mandate a second day.

    The information about this realignment is at www.khsaa.org/wrestling. Click on the link to Realignment. Commentary and feedback will be accepted from the member schools by clicking this link, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Wrestling_20132014_Alignment_Survey  through January 22, 2013 prior to planned approval of a final alignment by the Board of Control on January 28, 2013.

    If you have specific questions, contact Asst. Commissioner Michael Barren at the KHSAA.

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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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    NFHS Announces 2012-13 Wrestling Playing Rule Changes

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    NFHS Announces 2012-13 Wrestling Playing Rule Changes Highlighted by a change in the Stalling Penalty
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    07/18/12 – 2012 State Wrestling Championships Feb. 17-18

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    2012 State Wrestling Championships Feb. 17-18 Alltech Arena Kentucky Horse Park

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    07/18/12 – Get free copies of Wrestling Medalist Photos Now

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    Click here to get free copies of Wrestling Medalist Photos NOW!

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    03/01/12 – Wrestling Notes

    Wrestling Blog Updates

    Welcome!      We have just finished a great  season of wrestling with the championships in a brand new home! I’m already working on next years State Championships and with that comes a new method of communication between our office and the member schools. When our Boss first told us to create a Blog, I panicked. I’m not a writer. But here we go with my first post! When I was teaching, I had to explain to my students the Kentucky Department of Educations terms: Novice, Apprentice, Proficient and Distinguished. I told my students that they should think in terms of an imaginary trip and how to get from here to the Beach. A “Novice” writer would get you lost. An “Apprentice” writer will get you there, but it will take days and you will hate the trip. A “Proficient” writer will be like MapQuest, they will get you there in the shortest […]

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