Jul 27, 2012 10:55 AM
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association officials call it "a championship feel unlike any other in the association's 95-year history."
In the fall of 2013, the KHSAA will crown five state champions all on the same Saturday.
The final championship contests for volleyball, boys' and girls' cross country, and boys' and girls' soccer will play out on Nov. 9.
KHSAA officials say the single championship weekend will cut down on scheduling conflicts for member schools. The KHSAA has scheduled similar events with multiple championships on the same weekend in the past, including soccer/cross country, tennis/track and baseball/softball combinations with great success.
"This is a model that has worked well in the past and we likely will be using more in the future because it causes minimal intrusion in the academic year," KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. "We want to make sure student-athlete success in the classroom comes first and if having multiple championships at once is a way to ensure they miss less study time and it helps teachers, then I'm all for it. We tried it last spring by doubling up tennis and track in May and baseball and softball in June and received a lot of positive feedback for it. I think that weekend will be something people now will be able to circle on their calendars years in advance, which will really enhance the championship experience for every sport involved."
The length of the soccer season will remain unchanged. The length of volleyball season also will remain the same, with the first match moving back one week, to Aug. 12, 2013. The length of the cross country season will be one week shorter, as the date of its championship moves from the second weekend of November to the first. The first official practice date for all sports will remain July 15.