07/15/14 – Board of Control Recommends Use of Protective Head Gear in Softball; Makes Football Alignment Adjustment

KHSAA Softball Blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:19

Board of Control Recommends Use of Protective Head Gear in Softball; Makes Football Alignment Adjustment


The Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2014-15 academic year at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Northern Kentucky on Monday morning. Among the action taken during Monday’s meeting, the Board passed a proposal recommending the use of protective headgear for certain positions in fastpitch softball, finalized specific site selection for the 2014 state soccer tournament, and upheld an appeal by Hazard in regards to the 2015-18 football alignment.

With a growing concern to player safety in fastpitch softball, the Board addressed the issue of face/head protection. NFHS Rule 1-8-4 states that defensive players are permitted to wear face/head protection in the field. The Board of Control, based on a proposal from staff, a review of available injury data from the NFHS RIO [...]

Categories: KHSAA, Softball

06/06/14 – Statement on Ending of Ashland Blazer-Johnson Central Softball Game

KHSAA Softball Blog - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 21:54

During the 7th inning of game 14 of the Worth/KHSAA State Softball Tournament (a consolation bracket elimination contest) a judgement call was made by the umpiring crew which in hindsight, and upon postgame review by the KHSAA staff, was in error. The situation occurred when Johnson Central’s Rachelle Fairchild hit an apparent game-winning home run, but following a brief conference, the crew of officials declared that the hit was a ground rule double instead of the game-winning home run. 

“Following today’s game between Ashland Blazer and Johnson Central, KHSAA staff reviewed news footage of the at-bat which was ruled a ground rule double in the seventh inning. With the benefit of slow motion, high definition video, it is clear that the ball left the park on the fly, and a home run should have been ruled,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Unfortunately, our umpires don’t have technical access to slow motion, high definition video during [...]

Categories: KHSAA, Softball

06/05/14 – NFHS Basketball Rule Changes for 2014-2015

KHSAA Officials Blog - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 21:10

Lane Players Can Release When Free Throw is Attempted in High School Basketball

Players in marked lane spaces will be able to move into the lane when the ball is released by the free-throw shooter beginning with the 2014-15 high school basketball season. Previously, players could not release until the ball touched the ring or backboard or until the free throw ended.

This change in Rule 9-1-4 was one of four major rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 14-16 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The committee noted that the current rule of players in marked lane spaces not releasing until the ball touches the ring or backboard creates two obstacles for officials: 1) attempting to [...]

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

06/05/14 – Softball Title Sponsor Reminder

KHSAA Softball Blog - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:47

When referring to the softball state tournament, the tournament’s full name, the Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournament should be used in all first references, without exception. In subsequent references, it is acceptable to refer to the tournament as the softball state tournament. KHSAA should not be used when referencing the event unless it is accompanied by Worth. Sponsorship of KHSAA state championship events is vital to the livelihood of the Association. Please help us thank our corporate sponsors by recognizing their commitment to the KHSAA with proper identification of our events in printed materials, broadcasts, etc. 

The Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournament has an event-specific tournament logo which should be used with any accompanying articles, graphics, newscasts, etc. The KHSAA will provide a logo for authorized uses on request.

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic [...]

Categories: KHSAA, Softball

05/28/14 – State Instructions for Softball

KHSAA Softball Blog - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:13

Instructions for the 2014 Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournament have been posted on the KHSAA website. You can view these instructions be clicking on the link below:




Categories: KHSAA, Softball

05/21/14 – Officials Licensing for 2014-2015

KHSAA Officials Blog - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 16:19

This is being sent to all previously licensed KHSAA officials:

Registration for all officials is now available by clicking the “Officials Login” button at the top of the main KHSAA website, The total registration fee for officials is unchanged from the rates for 2013-2014.

The initial registration deadline for the 2014-2015 school year (July 1 to June 30) is midnight on June 30. After June 30th, a $25 late fee will be assessed until August 14th. Beginning August 15th, a $50 late fee will be accessed AND officials who miss the initial deadline to register will be prohibited from participating in the postseason in those levels of sports or sport-activities where late licensing officials are specifically prohibited from assignment. 

If you choose to mail the information form and include a check to the KHSAA there will again be an additional $10 charge.

To register, choose the Officials Login button at the top right [...]

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

05/23/14 – Volleyball Officials Camp Registration Now Open

KHSAA Officials Blog - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:04

Registration for the 2014 KHSAA Volleyball Officials Camps is now open.  There will be two camps this year.  This camp must be attended once every four years to be eligible for assignment to officiate region or state tournaments beginning in 2014.

July 11-12 – Bowling Green – WKU E.A. Diddle Arena
August 1-2 – Lexington – KHSAA Office w/ Bluegrass State Games

Tentative Agenda – Both Sites/Local Time
Friday’s Schedule
6:00-6:15 p.m. – Registration
6:15-7:00 p.m. – Game/Match Management
7:05-7:50 p.m. – Professionalism in Officiating
                              (Being a good partner/communicating attributes)
7:50-8:00 p.m. – Break
8:00-8:45 p.m. – Proper Mechanics and Rule Applications
8:50-9:35 p.m. – Advanced Officiating

Saturday’s Schedule
8 a.m. until ?? – Officials on-court evaluations.  Officials will work two matches (R1/R2) and be evaluated.  There is no guarantee of when you will be [...]

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

2014 NFHS Kickoff Coverage

KHSAA Officials Blog - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 17:33


Five-Game Official Positions for Kickoff



A. Before kick:

1. Position: R’s goal yard line on the head linesman’s side just outside hash marks.

2. Count R players.

3. Check positions of other game officials.

4. After ready signs have been received from other game officials, declare the ball ready for play and sound whistle and verify that at least four K players must be on each side of the kicker until the ball is kicked.

5. If short free kick is anticipated:

a. Take position near R’s 10-yard line.

b. Be alert to assist other game officials.

B. After kick:

1. Kick down the middle:

a. Signal clock to start (S #2) when kick is touched other than first touching by K.

b. Pick up runner and [...]

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

05/13/14 – Board of Control Approves Future Championship Sites, Football Alignment

KHSAA Softball Blog - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 18:07


During Tuesday’s scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Office, the Board of Control awarded the girls’ basketball state tournament to the Bank of Kentucky Center and Northern Kentucky University for 2016 and 2017, while extending the stay of the Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro for four more years (2015-18). In addition, the Board approved a final draft of the football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons which can be found at this link:

“It speaks volumes to the growth and progress of female athletics in this state that we received two very strong proposals for both championships, where in the past there might not have been much interest. It bodes very well for the future of female athletics in Kentucky,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “In terms of the girls’ basketball championship, the Board was of [...]

Categories: KHSAA, Softball

05/07/14 – Soccer Referee’s Advanced Camp

KHSAA Officials Blog - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:39

Please take time to mark your calendars for this year’s Referee’s camp! The dates and site for the 2014 KHSAA Soccer Officials Camp have been set. The Advanced Camp for Soccer referees will again be held in conjunction with the Bluegrass State Games. This camp must be attended once every four years to be eligible for assignment to officiate in region or state tournaments. Details and registration information are being finalized, however we wanted to go ahead and alert you of the dates and site.

  • Camp Dates/Site: July 25-26, 2014 – KHSAA Offices in Lexington, Bluegrass State Games sites in Lexington and Versailles.


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  

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

05/07/14 – Volleyball Officials Camp Dates Set

KHSAA Officials Blog - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:14

The dates and sites for the 2014 KHSAA Volleyball Officials Camps have been set.  This camp must be attended once every four years to be eligible for assignment to officiate in region or state tournaments beginning in 2014.  There are two camps scheduled this year.  Details and registration information are being finalized, however we wanted to go ahead and alert you of the dates and sites.

Camp Dates/Sites
July 11-12 – Bowling Green, WKU E.A. Diddle Arena (w/ WKU Team Camp)
Aug. 1-2 – Lexington, KHSAA Office & Kentucky Basketball Academy (w/ Bluegrass State Games)

Tentative Agenda
Friday – 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Classroom Topics and Review
Saturday – 8 a.m. until TBD – On-court evaluation – two matches (schedules will be passed out Friday night – no guarantee of scheduled evaluation time).

Camp Fees
$60 Advanced Registration (until June 26 for Bowling Green/July 17 for Lexington)
$85 Late Registration (until July 8 for Bowling Green/July [...]

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

05/06/14 – District and Region Information for Softball Now Posted

KHSAA Softball Blog - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 06:51

2014 District and Regional Instructions for softball are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view these instructions by clicking on the following link:


Categories: KHSAA, Softball

04/30/14 – Spring Sports Championship Media Credentials

KHSAA Softball Blog - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 16:28

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

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

Credentials 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, [...]

Categories: KHSAA, Softball

04/30/14 – Baseball/Fast Pitch Softball Draw Show This Thursday

KHSAA Softball Blog - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 07:55

Baseball/Fast Pitch Softball Draw Show This Thursday

The annual Draw Show for the 2014 Rawlings/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament and the Worth/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament will be conducted at the Association’s headquarters on Thursday, May 1 at 2 p.m. The Draw Show will be streamed live online at, with complete brackets available on the KHSAA website and the KHSAA/ Scoreboard following the draw.

The 2014 Rawlings/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament will take place June 2-7 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, while the Worth/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament will be held June 5-7 at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro. 

Categories: KHSAA, Softball

04/28/14 – Forcht Bank/KHSAA CLASS Regional Winners Announced; BA/FP Draw Show This Thursday

KHSAA Softball Blog - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 14:56


Regional Winners Announced For 2014 Forcht Bank/KHSAA CLASS Awards Recognition Program

Thirty-two regional winners have been selected as part of the 2014 Forcht Bank/KHSAA CLASS Awards Recognition Program. The 32 regional winners will each receive a $350 scholarship, an award from Forcht Bank and the KHSAA, and an invitation to the Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 4. One male and one female from the pool of regional honorees will be selected as the statewide winner at the Awards Banquet, with each individual receiving a $3,000 scholarship.

The Forcht Bank/KHSAA CLASS Awards Recognition Program (Citizenship, Leadership, Athletics, Sportsmanship, Scholarship) honors deserving senior student-athletes across the state. This is the 18th year the KHSAA has recognized student-athletes through a scholarship program, which is open to all seniors that have participated in athletics and/or sport-activities (competitive cheerleading, bowling, archery and bass fishing). One male and [...]

Categories: KHSAA, Softball

04/28/14 – Arbiter Reports Emailing Issue with Assigners who use Yahoo or AOL

KHSAA Officials Blog - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:00

Officials and Assigners: The KHSAA received this email from Arbiter.  We wanted to make sure that you are aware of the situation.


We are currently experience higher rates of email delivery failure for assigners using Yahoo or AOL email addresses due to recent policy changes that these two providers have implemented.  The policy they have adopted is called DMARC Rejection.  Basically, they are no longer letting non-Yahoo or non-AOL servers, send in their clients’ behalves.  Unfortunately, this includes our servers and any other website that was sending in behalf of AOL and Yahoo clients.  Yahoo began this policy on April 11thand AOL on April 22nd.  It is our belief that many others may follow suit. Here are a couple of articles on the policy changes:

 We are working on solutions.  The most likely solution is that we will need to have the sender on all emails be 

04/18/14 – Deadline for Free Baseball Clinic Tonight

KHSAA Officials Blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:08

This is a reminder for Athletic Directors, all baseball coaches and baseball umpires that the deadline to complete the 2014 KHSAA/NFHS online Rules Clinic at no cost is midnight tonight.  If you have already completed the clinic, please disregard this reminder.

Below is the information on the clinic that we published in February to assist you in tracking and the remaining schedule.

Athletic Directors – see the information below to assist you in checking on your coaches to make sure they have met the requirement. As a reminder, all coaches (head and assistant) are required to complete the clinic.

The window for the free online clinic is Feb. 3 – April 18.

Rules Clinics

2/1 to 4/18, for 2014, the Baseball Clinic will be online only and may be viewed by coaches and officials at no charge during this period.

4/19 to 5/10 for 2014, the Baseball Clinic will be online only and may be [...]

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

04/10/14 – Reminders about Title IX and Participation List Submission Due April 30

KHSAA Commissioner's Perspective - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:35

As spring sports are now fully in swing, it is time to remind each of you that the annual reports for Title IX and the Participation List are due on April 30.

  • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, any of our Assistant Commissioners should be able to help get you some assistance. Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry is our primary contact for your questions related to the law and its interpretations.
  • Information Technology Director Rob Catron as well as almost any of our support staff can help you with electronic issues including login and report preparation using the online system. The online system will have entry available beginning on Monday, April 14.

Again this year, based on feedback from the membership and members of our Athletic Directors Advisory Committee, there have been several system changes to make this task easier. Here are the highlights:

  • You [...]
Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

04/10/14 – KHSAA Announces Official of the Year Nominees For 2013-14

KHSAA Officials Blog - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:24

On May 4, the KHSAA will honor the top officials for 2014 at the Association’s 21st Annual Officials Recognition Banquet. The ceremony, conducted at the KHSAA Offices, honors the finalists for each sport in which the KHSAA licenses officials.

Finalists in each sport were selected through a combination of their service to their association and excellence in officiating. One official in each sport will be named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation for their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state

Outstanding Official Nominees
BASEBALL – Harvey Baxter (Richmond), Jimmy Guerra (Fort Thomas), Chad Hasch (Shepherdsville)
BASKETBALL – Rick Browning (Louisville), Michael Pangallo (Alexandria), David Smithmier (Paducah), Jason Wilkins (Central City)
CHEER – Suzy Edmister (Richmond), Kris Alderman (Morehead)
FOOTBALL – Steve Coleman (Louisville), Terry Flener (Horse [...]

Categories: High School Sports, KHSAA

04/07/14 – Positive Changes on the Catastrophic Insurance Front

KHSAA Commissioner's Perspective - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:26

As most of you who are involved in purchasing athletic insurance for districts or schools are aware, the market remains very tough for this specialized type of coverage. For more than 30 years, the most visible benefit to membership in the KHSAA has been the Catastrophic Insurance that is provided to all member schools and funded by the membership dues. As a matter of fact in recent years, the premiums for insurance paid by the Association total almost exactly the same as the total dues received, making it a smart volume purchase for the membership. This excess insurance policy currently has a deductible of $25,000, and each student is required to have basic coverage up to that deductible in order to be eligible to play sports and sports activities per an order of the Kentucky Board of Education approximately twenty years ago.

We are pleased to report that our broker, RJ (Bob) Roberts out if [...]

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