The high school lacrosse landscape in Kentucky could very soon be reunited for the first time in over a decade. This time under the Kentucky High School Athletic Association umbrella.
During Wednesday’s Board of Control meeting, it was voted for the KHSAA to sponsor a boy’s and girl’s KHSAA lacrosse state championship beginning with the 2024-25 school year, pending results of a final participation survey.
The decision of whether or not to sanction lacrosse has come up at multiple KHSAA Board of Control meetings over the past two years only for the preverbal can to be kicked down the road further.
Currently, high school lacrosse in Kentucky is divided into two leagues with schools in Louisville (Jefferson County) and Oldham County playing in the Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League while everyone else plays in the Commonwealth Lacrosse League. The majority of teams in the CLL are concentrated in the Lexington/Central Kentucky area.
Per KHSAA rules, 50 schools (17% of current members) must declare intention to participate before they will consider whether or not to sponsor the sport. Field Hockey is the only spot that has less than 50 due to a Title IX exception.
The Northern Kentucky region has seen the most growth in recent years with schools such as Ryle, Walton-Verona, and St. Henry all beginning play over the past few seasons.
If lacrosse does go through and become a sanctioned sport in Kentucky during the 2024-25 school year, it would be doing so along with its neighbor Tennessee. The Volunteer State voted to sanction sport starting that same school year back in January.
Wisconsin voted in December of 2022 to sanction the sport beginning with the 2023-24 school year.
Kentucky would become the 27th state in the country and the seventh in the South (counting Tennessee) to sanction the sport if it does indeed go through following the pending results of the participation survey.
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