After nearly a decade of two leagues co-existing, Kentucky high school lacrosse looks like it will finally be united once again. This time under the umbrella of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
While no official statement has been made by the KHSAA, it appears that lacrosse in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will become a sanctioned sport on both the boys and girls side starting with the upcoming 2021-22 school year.
In the fall of 2019, the KHSAA Board of Control approved a recommendation to appoint a sport-specific focus group to study the sanctioning of boys and girls lacrosse. The decision came following a survey of the governing body’s membership. The survey, which was the first of many survey’s around sanctioning lacrosse that provided the necessary feedback to move forward in the process, yielded 56 votes for a spring boys lacrosse championship and 54 votes for a girls championship. 50 votes is the minimum needed.
Following a spring season that was filled with rumors of sanctioning being on the horizon, the first real official proof of the KHSAA actually moving in the direction of sanctioning came on Monday when it was noticed that the KHSAA’s scoreboards on their official website showed both boy’s and girl’s lacrosse.
The individual scoreboard pages list 25 boys teams and 29 girls teams. However, those numbers could be higher by next spring. Walton-Verona and Great Grossing have already announced that they will field boy’s teams for the first time in 2022 and neither is listed on the KHSAA website as of yet.
Currently, the KHSAA Dead is under their annual dead period which lasts from midnight on June 25th to 11:59 on July 9th. So if there is an official announcement concerning lacrosse before the KHSAA’s annual meeting in the fall it won’t come until, at least, mid-July.
Currently, lacrosse is a state sanctioned sport on the boys and girls side in 23 states with Utah being the last to make the move. Kentucky would be the sixth state in the South to sanction the sport if they do indeed start in 2022. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina all currently sanction the sport. Lacrosse was supposed to be a sanctioned sport in Tennessee starting in 2021, but the TSSAA postponed the process in March of 2020.