LEXINGTON – During its November meeting, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control heard a first reading on proposed baseball pitch count restrictions based upon recommendations from sports medicine and research groups. On Thursday, the Board approved a second reading of the pitch count restrictions in the continued interest of student-athlete health and safety, with implementation to begin with the 2016 playing season. These new guidelines are the preferred method of minimizing the incidence of pitching related injuries due to overuse, and will replace the innings limitation contained in the current competition rules.
The expansion of swimming and diving regions from five to nine this season necessitated a reexamination of the regional qualifying process for the state meet. Working in conjunction with the Swimming & Diving Advisory Committee, the KHSAA presented a proposal to the Board to expand the number of qualifiers to 40 in all swimming events while bringing 32 divers to the state competition from regional qualifying meets (two automatic qualifiers from each region and the best 14 at-large competitors) in 2016. The Board approved the measure and directed staff to conduct statewide data collection on diving participation, with results possibly leading to expansion of the diving field to 40 participants beginning in 2017.
In other action Thursday, the Board:
– Authorized the Commissioner to conduct field discussions regarding the future location of the girls’ state golf tournament.
– Continued its review for the adoption and implementation of Dance as a future sport-activity.
– Approved recommendations to increase the base fee paid to umpires in baseball and softball for postseason competition beginning in 2017.
– Heard a first reading of proposals on potential changes to KHSAA Bylaws to be submitted at the Annual Meeting.
– Reviewed the analysis of the required Financial Aid Report presented by staff and directed that a follow-up report on all deficient school reports be presented at the next meeting of the Board.
– Approved a recommendation to increase the licensing fee for officials to a $50 administrative fee effective with the 2016-17 school year, to help offset additional expenses to the Association caused by a pending requisite background check for each official and expansion of services provided by ArbiterSports.com.