During its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year the KHSAA Board of Control considered a proposal from Lawrence County High School concerning the classification of baseball and the format of baseball's postseason. After a review of not just baseball, but broader classification issues in other team sports, the board "unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to the current model without enrollment based classification for baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball."
KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said that while data showed that change is possible, "it was not in the best interest of the student-athletes of our state or the member schools and the various constituent groups represented."
Jeff Saylor, president of the board, said the current setup concerning classification "is a blend of flexibility and tradition" that serves student-athletes "very well."
While the board ruled against accepting Lawrence County's proposal for changes in baseball, at its next meeting the board will discuss possible alternatives to the current postseason format and dates for the state tournament after reviewing the previous six years' worth of tournament data.
"The Lawrence County proposal was very professionally presented and contained a great review of the impact of changes made in the baseball tournament format over the years," Tackett said.
The KHSAA began using a 16-team, single-elimination format for the baseball state tournament in 2010. Previously only eight teams participated, each of whom had to win a best-of-three semi-state series at a local site prior to advancing to the state quarterfinals held at one location.
During its meeting, the KHSAA also approved the following championship sites for the 2015-16 season: Kentucky Basketball Academy, Lexington (archery); Collins Eastland, Lexington (bowling); University of Kentucky (track and field)
The board also granted Ashland Holy Family Collegiate provisional membership status. It will be eligible for postseason play beginning in 2017-2018 following a two-year candidacy period. According to a filing for new membership with the KHSAA, the school will initially field teams in the following sports: boys' and girls' basketball; boys' and girls' cross country; boys' and girls' golf; boys' and girls' soccer; boy's and girls' tennis; boys' and girls' track and field; volleyball.
Holy Family Collegiate Athletic Director Matt Anderson said in a text that the high school currently is "very small" but there are more kids in the system's middle school grades who could help HFC field teams.
For a more detailed summary of the KHSAA meeting, visit khsaa.org.