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07/07/21 – Official of the Year Winners Announced for Winter Sports

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2021

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

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

The Outstanding Officials of the Year for the 2020-21 winter season are John Eschan for wrestling, Terri Tonges for swimming & diving and Hannah Reynolds for basketball. Each finalist will receive a commemorative watch and certificate courtesy of the Officials Division Trust Fund, with the Official of the Year receiving an […]

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05/10/21- Senate Bill 128: Supplemental School Year Program Additional Guidance Related to NCAA

2020-2021 News Releases

Information specific to this topic is now included in the compiled SB128 SSYP Informational post at https://bit.ly/3dUJ9us

 

 

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05/05/21 – Board of Control Approves Football Playoff Format Changes for 2023

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2021

The Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Offices, during which time it addressed the football playoff structure after reviewing the results of a recent survey of the membership.

Following a presentation by the Football Coaches Association at its previous meeting regarding its preference for bracketing in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the board directed staff to seek a position from the official spokesperson from each member school (Principal or Designated Representative) per Bylaw 1 via a survey of the football playing schools.

The Board of Control originally changed football bracketing prior to the 2019 season to conduct play intra-district for those rounds, partially due to travel and financial concerns with those contests in prior years. The change, when implemented, was to span the entire four-year alignment period. The alternative was proposed within the membership to pair […]

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4/20/21 – Separate Weight Classes for Girls, Choice of Weight Classes Established in High School Wrestling

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — States will have a choice of 12, 13 or 14 weight classes for both boys and girls competition in high school wrestling, effective with the 2023-24 season.

This will be the first separate weight classes established for girls in high school wrestling, and it marks the first time that state associations will have a choice in the number of weight classes.

The landmark change in weight classes was one of several significant revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 7-9 meeting held virtually this year. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

States must select one of the three sets (12, 13 or 14) of weight classes for girls and one of the three sets (12, 13 or 14) for boys. States cannot adopt all three sets and cannot switch back and forth during the season.

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04/12/21- Senate Bill 128: Supplemental School Year Program Guidance for Sports and Sport-Activities

2020-2021 News Releases

For a complete list of the provisions and information related to the implementation of SB128 and the SSYP, please see the following document-

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT

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03/25/21 – State Wrestling Championships Conclude Saturday at George Rogers Clark HS

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2021

The 2021 KHSAA State Wrestling Championships conclude Saturday in Winchester as the event makes its inaugural appearance at George Rogers Clark HS for the final round. Due to COVID-19 attendance restrictions, Saturday’s event is already sold out, but each bout will be broadcast live by Trackwrestling and available at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network.

Gates open for fans at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with championship bracket matches (bouts 1-56) starting at 9 a.m. across four mats. Championship and consolation bracket action will continue (bouts 57-112 and 113-140) until the meet reaches the consolation bracket finals, at which point the event will go down to three mats for the seventh, fifth and third place matches (bouts 141-182). Once the competition reaches the championship bracket finals, the final competitors will be introduced and the championship matches will be contested one at a time (bouts 183-196).

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03/19/21- Welcome Back Media to Winter Championships

2020-2021 News Releases

From Commissioner Julian Tackett and the staff of the KHSAA.

Hello to all of the members of both the Kentucky Press Association and Kentucky Broadcasters Association. When we gathered and then adjourned abruptly at Rupp Arena last March, most of us had no idea what the next 12 months would hold. We left that fateful afternoon hopeful for a short pause and then the “normal” completion of the tournaments, followed by a complete spring season. Little did we know.

First, thank you. Thank you for your faithful service to our Commonwealth and, most importantly, to our member schools and communities and their most important asset, the students in our schools. We know you value each of them, whether or not they participate in sports and sport-activities, but we also know that the participants in sports and activities hold a place near and dear to so many of you.

Thank you also for your tremendous work […]

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03/05/21 – Change in Attendance Limitation Recommendation

2020-2021 News Releases

We have confirmed that officially, effective today, all of the guidance limitations within the Governor’s orders on a variety of venues have been changed. The venue recommendations for limitation have been changed throughout the state increasing by ten percent each. Therefore the recommended maximum attendance threshold is increased to 25% of capacity effective today for indoor events hosted by our member schools. While this remains guidance, it is obviously in the best interest, legally and otherwise, of our member schools. Universal masking remains required, social distancing is to be consistently applied to the fullest extent possible.

It is certainly not required to change current procedures, but this does give them some planning time for upcoming events week. Guidance documents for spring outdoor events will be revised in the coming days to reflect this change.

From talking to so many of you, there remains considerable confusion in our membership as to the differences between “venues” as […]

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03/01/21 – Wrestling Postseason Update

2020-2021 News Releases

Dates and sites for the 2021 KHSAA State Wrestling Championships have been determined. Postseason instructions and details will be released in a few days with many more details. These events will be managed through the KHSAA including ticket sales and assignment of officials. All events will be held within the most restrictive of state and local COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, including an absolute requirement of universal masking of all except for the competitors in action at the time and social distancing to the fullest extent possible.

The State First Round will be conducted as a full-wrestleback (consolation to 3rd place) format in each weight class, seeded by TrackWrestling/FloSports data and criteria following regions. The top-two from each weight class bracket at each First Round site will then advance to the final state round. Below are the host sites for each round taking place at four sites on March 20th:

  • State First Round Site #1 (8 […]

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02/19/21- Wrestling Postseason Updates

Wrestling Blog Updates

The KHSAA Board of Control confirmed postseason competition for Wrestling at its Feb. 17 virtual meeting. Refer to the news release for details.

https://khsaa.org/02-19-21-board-of-control-updates-status-of-winter-championships/

Now that staff has a clearer direction, plans can move forward with communication and details with managers, hosts and member schools.
Attendance restrictions in place statewide for indoor venues necessitated a change for the 2021 wrestling postseason. In order to maintain the participation entries without any decrease, the Board approved a recommendation from staff to host the State Championships over the course of two weekends. The regional tournaments will now be held the week of March 8th. Four wrestlers from each weight class (no alternates) will advance from the region to the semi-state round, with two regions competing at each site (1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8).

The semi-state round will be conducted as a full-wrestleback (consolation) format in each weight class, seeded by TrackWrestling data and criteria following regions. […]

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02/19/21 – Board of Control Updates Status of Winter Championships

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2021

The Board of Control conducted a virtual meeting this week in light of the State of Emergency declared for Kentucky due to severe weather conditions, during which time staff outlined postseason options for the upcoming winter championships.

The state bowling championships will be adjusted to a three-day format to allow for facility cleaning and appropriate ingress/egress. Gender-specific competition will be contested on the same day (the boys’ team and single competition on one day, the girls’ events on the next day, followed by the unified/adapted championships) to help alleviate travel concerns. The 2021 state tournament will tentatively be held March 22-24 (Mon.-Wed.) and will follow attendance restrictions per state guidelines.

The continued attendance restrictions in place statewide for aquatic centers necessitate a change for the 2021 swimming & diving postseason. Of the nine sites selected to host regional competition, only one site is currently allowing fan attendance, but even […]

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02/01/21- Wrestling Nominations Sought for Male & Female Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards

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The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Wrestling participants for 2020-2021 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2020-2021 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2021. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2020-2021 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the […]

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01/22/21- Wrestling Postseason Updates

Wrestling Blog Updates

After yesterday’s Board of Control meeting, the KHSAA would like to update the wrestling member schools on the process and goals to develop a revised plan for postseason play during the ongoing pandemic.

The Board has asked staff to gather data and information and formulate alternative tournament structures and plans for the 2021 postseason competition. These alternatives are to be reviewed, at this point, solely for 2021 only, as everyone attempts to balance the desire for championship competition and the public health needs and requirements surrounding the pandemic. An alternative plan(s) is to be presented at the Board’s February 17th meeting. It is to include consideration of the feasibility of accomplishing the following objectives (if possible) in priority order:

1) Maintain the full complement of 4 qualifiers in each weight class advancing from each of the eight regional competitions, even if the field is subdivided differently than past practice;
2) A focus on ensuring, […]

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01/21/21 – Board of Control Reviews Status of Winter and Spring Sports

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2021

The Board of Control held its fourth regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Thursday at the KHSAA Office, conducting a thorough status review of ongoing operations and championship plans. Staff provided an overview of all winter and spring sports and sport-activities, while outlining considerations and options for the winter events that will be presented for final review at the Board’s next meeting on Feb. 17.

“Today’s meeting provided an opportunity to update the Board of Control and our constituency on the various issues and COVID-19 mitigations facing each of our sports and sport-activities,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Circumstances change rapidly during the pandemic but we hope to have a clearer picture for how we can proceed with our winter championships when the Board next meets in February.”

Included in the staff’s report on basketball, was a preliminary discussion on ticketing to the 2021 Boys’ and Girls’ […]

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01/15/21- Wrestling Season Reminders and Updates

Wrestling Blog Updates

After our first couple of weeks, it appears a couple of reminders are in order related to the wrestling season during the pandemic. We have been blessed by an opportunity to wrestle when so many other states are NOT having that opportunity. But that privilege comes with responsibilities to help ensure public safety and the continued opportunity.

Regular Season

  • Mask/Face coverings are a requirement, not a recommendation for everyone off the mat.
  • The segment limitations on the number of teams/participants are to be followed even if the event you participate in is hosted out of state.
  • As a point of clarification, the 30-second time extension between the periods was established to provide extra time for all parties involved. If all parties are ready, and that extension is not needed, you may begin the next period. 
  • Coaches, don’t forget part of the Healthy at Sports guidelines stipulates only one coach in the corner of the […]

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12/14/20 – Updates to the Wrestling Season Due to Recent Board Actions

Wrestling Blog Updates

At a special meeting held on December 10th, the Board of Control upheld its earlier decision by a 12-5 vote to begin practice for winter sports on Dec. 14th and regular-season competition on Jan. 4th, 2021. [Read More from that Meeting]

By confirming its decision from November 18th, winter sports and sport-activities will be permitted to resume activity on Monday the 14 of December. The first official contest date for Wrestling will be January 4th, 2021. Teams will be able to have a ten-week regular season that will allow a maximum of 15 contests, with no more than three (3) contests in a given week. The postseason will begin the week of Monday, March 15. 

Weight management dates will be adjusted to allow certification into a particular weight class at any regularly scheduled match or tournament up to and including the Saturday of NFHS week 34 (February 27, 2021), but the two-pound growth allowance […]

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12/10/20- Board of Control Confirms Decision to Start Winter Sports Practice December 14

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2020

The Board of Control conducted a special meeting on Thursday morning, upholding its earlier decision by a 12-5 vote to begin practice for winter sports on Dec. 14th and regular-season competition on Jan. 4th. Prior to confirming the start of the winter sports season, the Board voted 12-5 to push back the dates for the boys’ and girls’ Sweet 16® to March 29-April 8 after narrowly defeating other alternative dates, with the event schedule and format to be finalized at a later date in consultation with Rupp Arena.

“These are extremely complex issues. Our Board has spent an extraordinary amount of time examining every aspect surrounding the resumption of sports, particularly those that are indoors and have extreme concerns from public health officials,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “At the same time, there is significant data being shared about the need for students to be engaged with one another […]

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11/23/20 – NFHS Officials Part 2 Exam Now Online for BK, SW, WR

Basketball Blog Updates

We hope our officials continue to be safe and healthy as we look forward to a return to winter sports.   

Please note that the NFHS Part 2 exams for licensed officials in the sports of Basketball, Swimming, and Wrestling are now available online. The Part 2 exams will be open until Monday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).  

The tests will automatically close on December 7 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). 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.  The exam is also used for advancements in levels of classification.

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 […]

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11/19/20 – Board of Control Pushes Back Start of Winter Sports Season to January 4

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2020

The Board of Control conducted its third regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Wednesday and elected to postpone the start of the winter sports season to January 4th by unanimous vote. In congruence with the Governor’s order issued later the same day, official practice for all indoor interscholastic winter sports shall cease on Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m. and is planned to resume on Monday, December 14. This cessation will apply to all indoor interscholastic sports at all school levels, including but not limited to basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, dance, indoor track and field, swimming, and wrestling.

Details regarding any allowances for indoor interscholastic sports, which will be restricted prior to December 14, will be distributed to the membership prior to the Governor’s ordered shutdown of school-related in-person activity on Friday, November 20. The season calendar for each winter sport, as well as current virus data […]

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09/30/20 – Wrestling Return to Play Guidance

Wrestling Blog Updates

Draft guidance for a return to play was published on the KHSAA website under the COVID-19 Information tab and shared with school administrators. Keep in mind that this guidance is draft as the situation remains fluid as it has been since March and the information is subject to revision.

Coaches should review rules modifications and protocols to assist in preparation for competition and should be flexible throughout this entire process and realize the goal is a safe and healthy return to play for everyone.

Wrestling specific guidance
https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionofSports/ApprovedVersion/Winter/wrestlingcombined.pdf 

Frequently Asked Questions – All sports
https://bit.ly/2YDUbNQ

Contact Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren for any Wrestling specific questions at mbarren@khsaa.org

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is […]

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10/05/20 – Wrestling Online Rules Clinic For Coaches & Officials Now Available

Wrestling Blog Updates

As coaches and officials begin to prepare for hopefully the beginning of the season, the mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is available beginning October 5, 2020. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches (varsity, junior varsity and freshman) 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/

OFFICIALS

  • October 5 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 […]

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09/16/20- Board of Control Approves Dates for Winter Sports to Begin Practice

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2020

The KHSAA Board of Control held its second regularly-scheduled meeting of the 2020-21 academic year Wednesday morning, approving practice and competition dates for the winter sports and sport-activities of basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, dance, swimming & diving, and wrestling.

Bowling is permitted to practice on November 2. Competitive cheer and dance can begin official practice for its seasons this Monday, September 21 with a gradual segmented approach to activity over the next few weeks. Further details will be distributed to the member schools that allow for the resumption. Both competitive cheer and dance have already seen regional championships moved into the new year per the board’s July meeting. In cheer, these segments will further clarify “stunting” which has been restricted during the pandemic and resumption to play.

Additionally, the Board approved clarifications on sideline cheer in that stunting (defined per NFHS rules as “One or more bases support one […]

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07/27/20 – Student-Athlete Participation Rises for the 3rd Straight Year to New Record Totals

2020-2021 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2020

Student-athlete participation increased for the third-straight year in Kentucky High School Athletic Association sports and sport-activities to reach record levels in 2019-20. A total of 107,166 rostered participants competed across the KHSAA’s 13 sports and six sport-activities according to information submitted by the membership, surpassing last year’s then-record total of 106,931. Football was one of 12 offerings to show an increase from the previous year, breaking a trend of declining participation for the last three years by adding 202 new student-athletes [freshmen, JV, varsity] during the 2019-20 season to remain the state’s most popular sport with 13,277 rostered participants.

“The continued rise in student-athlete participation the last three years emphasizes the importance of school-based athletics in the fabric of the educational experience for these young adults,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “The importance of these coach-to-student and student-to-student relationships is only amplified in these uncertain times, as we strive […]

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05/01/20 – Official of the Year Winner Announced for Wrestling

2019-2020 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2020

Following the completion of the 2020 KHSAA Wrestling season, the Association has chosen the finalists for the sport’s Official of the Year Award. Of the 94 licensed officials in wrestling, Brett Branson (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jon Eschan (Union) were chosen as finalists with Branson selected as the 2020 KHSAA Wrestling Official of the Year.

The KHSAA will honor the top licensed officials for the 2019-20 season during the course of the year, with the honorees for each sport chosen in the weeks immediately following each respective sport’s championship. Finalists in each sport are selected through a combination of not only on-field/court performance but local association activity and leadership, training efforts and the mentoring of newer officials.

One official in each sport will be named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state. Winners are selected […]

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04/29/20- Revised Covid-19 Policies and Guidance Issued, May 1 to May 31

2019-2020 News Releases

THESE REVISIONS ARE IN PLACE FOR THE PERIOD OF MAY 1 to MAY 31.

THESE POLICIES WILL BE REVIEWED REGULARLY FOR EXTENSION AFTER THAT PERIOD OR REVISION DURING THAT PERIOD AS NECESSARY AS STATE, FEDERAL AND CDC POLICIES AND DIRECTIVES CHANGE

RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF THE CAMPUS OF ANY KHSAA MEMBER SCHOOL OR ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF ANY MEMBER SCHOOL, OR ITEMS RELATED TO SPORT OR SPORT-ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION DURING THIS PERIOD-

  • Facilities on school-owned property including competition and practice facilities, weight rooms and similar, as well as those facilities managed or in any way owned by the school or school system (all schools grades  6-12) shall remain closed for use related to sports or sport-activities in any manner through at least May 31;
  • These steps may sunset earlier if allowed by the Governor’s orders related to the phase-in steps of resuming activity, which will likely […]

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  • 04/28/20 – 2020-21 High School Wrestling Rules Changes Address Weigh-In Procedures, Hair-Length Restrictions

    2019-2020 News Releases

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 28, 2020) — As the result of a concerted effort to accommodate the growing number of female wrestlers, the 2020-21 high school wrestling rules changes are headlined by significant adjustments to weigh-in protocol and appropriate hair-length requirements.

    The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee met April 5-6 and recommended 11 rules changes to take effect next school year. In accordance with current health safety guidelines, the rules meeting was held in an online format. All rules revisions recommended by the Wrestling Rules Committee were approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “These rule changes are some of the most prolific modifications in the history of high school wrestling,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Wrestling Rules Committee. “The rules committee made necessary, drastic changes to attract more young people to our sport without sacrificing the health and safety of […]

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    03/13/20- (revised 04/02/20 and 4/17/20)- Athletic Dead Period Instituted for Athletic Programs in All Sports and Sport-Activities Due to Covid-19

    2019-2020 News Releases

    This information is in effect, as stated below, through April 30, 2020. Prior to that time, revised guidance and policy will be issued to be effective May 1 as we all collectively work to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus on our campuses and among our athletes and coaches. Updated 4/2/20 and 4/17/20 based on inquiries from member schools and revised orders from the Governor and CDC Guidance.

    This impacts all KHSAA constituents and includes guidance from the Governor, Public Health Officials, the Kentucky Department of Education, and additional guidance from federal authorities. This original directive will continue to be updated regularly. This will be the sole site for information regarding interscholastic athletics in Kentucky involving rostered athletes or those that have participated in practices this year and coaches from KHSAA member schools, as well as the use of interscholastic facilities.

    Effective Friday, March 13, all sports and sport-activities, regardless of season, are declared to […]

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    03/16/20- Update on KHSAA Office Opening/Closing and Staff Availability

    2019-2020 News Releases

    In partnership with our State Department of Education, the Governor’s office, our member schools, the NFHS and similar to many other state associations, KHSAA staff has been directed to work remotely from home until at least April 10 (revised 4/2/20). Administrators will available via email. Our hope is to return to the office for regular hours later in April, however, this is a very fluid situation and could change at any time. Updates will be posted online.

    As of now and through at least May 1, all activity by rostered participants, coaches and those who have participated in at least one practice session for a middle or high school remain shut down as do all athletic facilities in control of our membership. As we all work together, everyone is hopeful to contain the spread of this virus. Staff will communicate any changes to future events through social media and the KHSAA website.

    Closer to May […]

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    02/11/20 – KHSAA.tv to Carry State Wrestling Championships

    2019-2020 News Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2020

    The 2020 KHSAA State Wrestling Championships, which begin Friday morning at Alltech Arena, will be broadcast by Trackwrestling this year and available at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network. 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.

    Gates open for fans at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with the first round matches commencing at 9:30 a.m. 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 […]

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    01/28/20 – State Wrestling Coaches Credentials

    Wrestling

    The KHSAA wants to remind Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors and Coaches about gaining access to the competition floor and coaches’ corner at the state championships for Wrestling.

    As has been done in previous years, coaches’ certifications will be checked in order to obtain a coaching credential or complimentary access to the tournament.

    • Coaches need to be Bylaw 25 certified and be sure all requirements are up to date.
    • This requirement includes being current on the rules clinic, sports safety course and a valid date entered for the expiration of CPR certification  

    Please be sure to contact Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren (mbarren@khsaa.org) should you have any questions.

    – 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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    01/16/20 – 2018-19 National Coaches of the Year Selected by NFHS Coaches Association

    2019-2020 News Releases

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 16, 2020)— Twenty-three high school coaches from across the country have been selected as 2019 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.

    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. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2018-19 school year.

    Recipients of this year’s national awards for boys sports are: Glenn Cecchini, baseball, Lake Charles (Louisiana) Alfred M. Barbe High School; J.R. Holmes, basketball, Bloomington (Indiana) South High School; […]

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    12/19/19- Wrestling Nominations sought for Midway Student Athlete-of-the Year Awards

    Wrestling Blog Updates

    The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year among Wrestling participants for 2019-2020. Midway University has expanded its partnership to include both male and female nominations for 2019-2020.

    This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2019-2020 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at GE -35 Nomination Form

    The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early June 2020. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2019-2020 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will […]

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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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    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.

    Please keep […]

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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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    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 –

    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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    12/12/16- 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

      Primary Event Contact Secondary Event Contact Primary Playing Rules Interpreter Secondary Playing Rules Interpreter Golf DB SB DB SB Field Hockey SB DB SB DB Volleyball BC DB BC DB Soccer MB CC CC MB Cross Country SB MB SB MB Football JT BC JT BC Competitive Cheer BC SB BC SB Bowling SB MB SB MB Swimming and Diving DB BC DB BC Wrestling MB SB MB SB Basketball JT BC JT BC Archery MB DB MB DB Bass Fishing DB SB DB SB Tennis MB BC MB BC Track and Field SB DB SB DB Softball DB MB DB MB Baseball BC SB BC SB           Lacrosse MB DB N/A N/A Rifle Marksmanship DB MB N/A N/A Trap Shooting Study MB DB N/A N/A Dance BC SB BC SB

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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.
    January 19 to February […]

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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.
    • Being […]

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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.
    • Other members […]

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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

    Wrestling Blog Updates

    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

    Wrestling Blog Updates

    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

    Wrestling Blog Updates

    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

    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 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

    Wrestling Blog Updates

    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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