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KHSAA board members uphold earlier plan to resume high school fall sports competition in September

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control upheld its earlier decision to start full-fledged practice in five fall sports on Monday with competition beginning the week of Sept. 7. During a virtual meeting on Thursday, the board voted 16-2 in favor of its original plan that affects the sports of football, soccer, volleyball, cross country...

Starting dates for Kentucky high school fall sports pushed back to September due to pandemic

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter Starting dates for Kentucky high school football games and other fall sports competition were pushed back to September by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. During a virtual meeting that drew thousands of viewers, the KHSAA Board of Control voted in favor of changing the starting dates following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases around...

KHSAA extends limited practice restrictions on most high school teams; golf season will start on time

By Terry Boehmker Special to KyForward Limited practice requirements placed on Kentucky high school sports teams due to the coronavirus pandemic will remain in effect through Aug. 2, but golf season can proceed as planned. Those are two of recommendations approved by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control on Friday during a meeting in Covington. Julian Tackett Golf got the go-ahead...

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett says fall sports could be vastly different for Kentucky’s schools

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Julian Tackett is hopeful a form of normalcy can be achieved in high school sports this fall. Tackett, the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, is beginning to see a glimpse of hope that prep sports will be played when school resumes, although he thinks it won’t be the same as last fall. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the KHSAA to...

Participation numbers increasing in most Kentucky high school sports, except football, KHSAA says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The leader of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association says student participation is increasing in most boys and girls sports with football being the exception. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett testified before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Education Committee last week. “Last year 57,000 boys were on rosters, along with 48,000 girls,” he told lawmakers....

KHSAA: It’s not just fun and games, high school sports teach important life lessons

By Bob Gardner and Julian Tackett Special to KyForward Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here. And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages...

Kentucky becomes first state in the nation to require protective face protection for high school softball

Kentucky will be the first state to require face protection in high school softball following action taken by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control Tuesday. The Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 academic year at the Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky. Over the course of its two-day meeting, the Board took a progressive step...

KHSAA state football finals moving from Western Kentucky University to UK’s Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Sack one up for University of Kentucky. The Kentucky High School Athletics Association moved the state football finals from Western Kentucky University’s Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium to newly-named Kroger Field during its board of control meeting Wednesday. The KHSAA state football finals will be played at Kroger Field for the next two seasons. The event...

KHSAA participation numbers set new record with nearly 80,000 involved in 13 sports, four activities

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association enjoyed record participation levels during the 2015-16 season, with 79,805 rostered participants across the KHSAA’s 13 sports and four sport-activities. Participation levels increased for the fourth-consecutive year, with football once again ranking as the most popular sport with 14,336 competitors (31 girls) playing for 221 schools – an increase of...

KHSAA, Midway University partner to create Female Student-Athlete of the Year Program

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) announced Monday that Midway University will be the first corporate partner to join the Association’s newly created Girls’ Sports Initiative, which aims to showcase and promote girls’ sports in Kentucky. As part of this new venture, one of the first collaborative corporate partnerships of its kind in the country to specifically target girls’...

Former Dunbar head girls' basketball coach Bridenbaugh named to KHSAA staff spot

Sarah Bridenbaugh has been named assistant commissioner for the Kentucky High School Athletics Association and in her new post, she will have oversight of field hockey, cross country/track and field, and the sport-activity of bowling, while also handling various administrative duties within the Association.   KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said Bridenbaugh will officially join the association...

KHSAA commissioner issues clarification: There is no ban on post-game handshakes

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),...