KSHSAA Information

A private/non-profit association of accredited member schools, whose purpose is to administer a program of interscholastic activities, festivals, clinics and contests among member schools. The KSHSAA offers state championships in ten boys’ and girls' sports, and ten additional championships in music activities, debate, speech and drama, and scholars bowl. Of particular importance are efforts to elevate standards of good sportsmanship and to encourage growth of good citizenship among students and spectators.


KSHSAA and the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, in partnership with the National Federation of High School Associations and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, have produced four sixty-second public service radio announcements. These PSAs are designed to help communicate to the public the role that high school activities play in providing teenagers with a complete educational experience.


The PSA's highlight studies showing high school students involved in athletics and other extracurricular activities typically have higher grade point averages and fewer disciplinary problems while learning life skills that typically cannot be taught in the classroom. Yet as you know, many of our after-school programs may be at risk because of budgetary issues. Each PSA has a final tagline acknowledging the KSHSAA and the KIAAA as partners in this important endeavor to get the word out on the importance of high school activities and what a true bargain they really are.

KSHSAA Rules

The following information has been taken from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Handbook:
Rule 22 - OUTSIDE COMPETITION
Violation of this rule shall make a student ineligible for the remainder of that sport or scholars’ bowl or debate season, unless he or she is reinstated by the Executive Board. Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: A student who is a member of a school athletic, scholars’ bowl or debate squad effective Tuesday following Labor Day through Friday preceding Memorial Day may not participate as a member of an outside team or as an independent competitor in the same sport, scholars’ bowl or debate activity.
Art. 3: A student becomes a member of a school’s athletic squad, scholars’ bowl or debate team when he or she first participates in a practice session. A student ceases to be a squad member after his or her last contest for the school’s athletic squad, scholars’ bowl or debate team or when the membership on a squad is terminated.


Rule 32 - BASEBALL (Boys)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than five players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than five squad members shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high baseball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.


Rule 33 - BASKETBALL (Girls & Boys)
Art. 4: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than three players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than three squad members on the same team shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior and senior high school basketball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.


Rule 35 - FOOTBALL (Boys)
Art. 2: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than six players from 11-Man squads and five players from 8-Man squads from the same school may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than six players from 11-Man squads and five players from 8-Man squads on the same outside team shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high football, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.


Rule 38 - SOCCER (Girls & Boys)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than six players (excluding seniors) from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than six squad members (excluding seniors) shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high soccer, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.


Rule 39 - SOFTBALL (Girls)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than five players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than five squad members shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high softball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.


Rule 43 - VOLLEYBALL (Girls)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than four players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than four squad members on the same team shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high school volleyball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.


Rule 21 - AMATEUR
Ineligibility under this rule holds for the entire time the student is in middle/junior or senior high school, unless he or she is reinstated by the Executive Board.
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: A student who uses his or her athletic skill or knowledge for gain, or who plays with a professional team, or who competes for a cash prize, shall be ineligible for that sport.
Art. 2: If the student signs a professional athletic contract, he or she shall be ineligible in that sport.
Art. 3: A student who receives pay for participation in athletics is ineligible in that sport under the provisions of this rule.

a. A student may receive pay for teaching activities such as swimming, lifesaving, golf, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dancing, baseball, etc., provided he or she confines the work to teaching skills.
b. A student may not receive pay for coaching teams or individuals involved in competition.
c. A student may receive pay for officiating athletic contests.

Art. 4: It is permissible for a student to accept necessary meals, lodging and transportation while competing, if such are accepted in service rather than money or other material form.
Art. 5: The acceptance of merchandise, jackets, sweaters or other wearing apparel, athletic equipment, pay for pitching a game, remuneration for scoring a certain number of goals or making base hits, etc., or any other form of cash or merchandise award, is a violation of this rule. Neither may the foregoing be accepted as pay to cover necessary expenses. Art. 6: Competing for a cash prize applies to one individual or team members. It does not matter whether the amount is sufficient to cover expenses, or whether an individual receives a portion.

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