KHSAA logoCOVINGTON, Ky. (7/14/19) — The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control finalized the schedule for the 2019 state football finals on Thursday, accepting a recommendation to set the championship schedule at Kroger Field as follows:

Friday, December 6:  1A – 2 p.m., 3A – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7: 2A – 1 p.m., 4A – 4:30 p.m., 5A – 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 8: 6A – 2 p.m.

Staff also presented a postevent review of the baseball and softball semi-state rounds, with the Board directing staff to finalize four semi-state baseball and two softball semi-state sites for 2020. Staff was also tasked with surveying softball schools regarding the semi-state pairings with options of 1) continuing the four-region rotation of pairings; 2) developing an eight-region rotation of pairings per semi-state; or 3) conducting a blind draw each year within each eight-region semi-state.

“The first year of baseball and softball semi-state competition was an unqualified success, along with the revisions to the state tournaments,” said Tackett. “But we have to constantly review things, especially our softball sites, to be sure that we have an optimal participant experience for the students.”

In additional action Thursday, the Board of Control:

Approved a request from Grayson County to be placed in Region 5 for the golf alignment, due to travel concerns, irrespective of the time zone differences that resulted from their original placement;
Requested staff issue a survey of the membership in its ongoing review of the state tennis championships to gauge interest on the type of team championship(s) the Association would sponsor;
Approved the renewal applications of all current member schools, and the new membership applications for Great Crossing High School and Highlands Latin School;
Directed staff to consolidate discussion points and develop a final edited proposal regarding revisions to Bylaw 6 (Athletic Advantage) for submission to the delegates with review circulated to the members of the Board of Control prior to distribution;
Requested that the Commissioner revise interpretations to Bylaw 24 to preclude any sports specific use by any high school coach of a school facility owned or regularly used by his/her employed school during the dead period and clarify the provisions of Bylaw 24 for new coaches hired prior to the dead period;
Directed staff to produce per sport and date-based reports of disqualifications for the past three seasons to be submitted to the Board in September for further review of the disqualification process and procedures.

“The board certainly had a very full agenda and considered a wide range of issues as they kicked off 2019-20,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Thankfully, the schools are represented by a wide-ranging group of individuals to ensure all viewpoints and alternatives are considered.”



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