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In preparation for the upcoming 2019-2020 seasons, the Minnesota State High School League, the Minnesota High School Coaches Association, and the Minnesota Interscholastic Activities Administrators Association have prepared this video.
Parent Playbook Video
2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Competitive Section Assignments Image Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:

Competitive Sections – There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says “2019-2020, 2020-2021”. You will need to click on the ‘+’ sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to “Activities”. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.

Section Map – The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
2. You can find a school by selecting it in the “School” Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
6. One additional control on the map is the “Show Coop Teams”. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.

Competitive Section Assignments
Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
Board Synopsis Image Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Conference Center, Deerwood

• The meeting was called to order by President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz
• Reflection was provided by Board Member Russ Reetz.
• The meeting agenda was approved.
• The minutes of the June 3, 2019 meeting were approved.
Lobbyist Report
• League Lobbyist Roger Aronson shared on overview of the 2020 Legislative Session.
Legal Counsel Report
• Legal Counsel Kevin Beck reported that two cases are pending.
Executive Director’s Report
• Executive Director Erich Martens thanked the board for their time and dedication to the League and its member schools as well as the time for attending workshops and the Board Meeting.
• League staff provided reviews of spring state tournaments that were held following the June 3 board meeting.
• The Principals Advisory Committee is interested in participating in advising on the policy proposals, and also has interest in supporting the message going out to schools.
• Shared a review of the NFHS Summer Meeting and highlights from the federation’s 100-year anniversary celebration with recognition for Dave Stead and Dorothy McIntyre.
• Welcomed new board members and shared that a Governor Appointee is still to be determined for a four-year term beginning as soon as possible.
• Shared an update on the continuation of the development of streaming state tournament events.
• Area Meeting schedules and supporting documents are being prepared by League staff in anticipation of the coming year.
• New AD’s Workshop is Thursday, Aug. 8 at the League Office.
Executive Committee Report
• Approved the hiring of Laura Mackenthun as an Assistant Director with specific leadership of the League’s technology systems and programming.
• Approved the annual Charitable Organization Reports for MSHSL and the MSHSL Foundation.
• The Executive Committee was approved as presented.
Action Items
• 9A: A Resolution In Appreciation and Recognition for Service and Dedication to the MSHSL Board of Directors for Bill Adams, Kris Amundson, Craig Anderson, Eric Christenson, and Brian Hegseth was approved.
• 9B: The 2019-20 Committee Assignments for the Board of Directors were approved.
• 9C: Student Eligibility Requests. Motions were approved to send two eligibility requests to the Eligibility Committee for further review.
• 9D: The 2019-20 Budget. The proposed 2019-20 budget was approved.
• 9E: The contract for Carl Lipke, the League’s Music Consultant, was approved for 2019-2021.
• 9F: The contract for legal services to Kelly & Lemmons was approved for 2019-2021.
• 9G: The contract for lobbyist and special projects was approved for 2019-2021.
• 9H: The publications of the Official Handbook, Board Policy Manual and Guidelines, Region Secretaries Manual, and Officials Policy Manual were approved.
Discussion Items
• 10A: MSHSL Strategic Directions
--- The board has identified four areas of major focus:
o Defining clearly the concept of education-based activities and athletics and the values that are critical to our member schools.
o Developing a sustainable financial model to provide stability for the League.
o Creating a robust and effective technological presence and infrastructure
o Implementing effective policy and board governance practices
10B: Tennis Postseason Lineup Process --- Approved a universal postseason team tennis lineup submission and approval process. This was moved to an Action Item and approved, effective with the 2019-20 school year.
10C: Baseball Proposal --- The proposal is seeking up to three additional games that could be played on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.
10D: Wrestling Scrimmage Policy --- The approved Board Policy requires additional clarity and definitions to prepare for implementation in 2019-2020 Wrestling season. It will be an Action Item at the October board meeting.
10E: Alignment of Competitive Section Placement and District Football Processes --- This proposal is seeking feedback on the aligning of creating districts and regular seasons in conjunction with the competitive section placement process. It will be an Action Item at the October board meeting.
10F: Music Rules and Policies --- League staff presented a working draft of updated rules, policies and guidelines. Adoption of the updated rules, policies and guidelines will be an Action Item at the October board meeting.
10G: Spring Activity Advisory Proposals - Discussion
--- Extend the number of pitches allowed per pitcher, at each required days of rest cutoff, by 10 pitches.
Speech --- Addition of a 14th category, Program Oral Interpretation (POI)
Speech --- Addition of a six-participant semifinal, reduce number of finalists from eight to six.
Track and Field --- Addition of a third classification.
Committee Reports
Eligibility Committee

• The minutes of the Eligibility Committee were approved as presented.
Audit and Finance Committee
• The Board approved the May financial statement.
• The Board approved the May and June 2019 financial statements.
• The Board approved a motion to accept the State Auditor’s Engagement Letter.
• The Board approved a motion to accept the insurance premiums for the 2019-20 school year.
• The Board approved an updated 457(b) Plan.
Marketing and Communications Committee
• League staff provided an update on publications for the 2019-20 school year.
• The committee supports League staff in the creation of a contractual agreement with its printing vendor.
• League staff provided an update on the building of a microsite that will be used for state tournament credentialing for media partners and member schools.
• League staff shared sponsorship updates and the committee discussed possible future sponsorship strategies.
• The League’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be announced Monday, Aug. 12.
• The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Sunday, Oct. 20 at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel. The event begins at 1 p.m.
Education and Leadership Committee
• An officials’ curriculum for Physical Education has been developed.
• The next Board of Directors meeting is Thursday, Oct. 3 at the League Office in Brooklyn Center.
Mackenthun to oversee League's technology systems, programming
Mackenthun joins staff Image
The Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors formally approved the hiring of Laura Mackenthun as an Assistant Director during their meeting on Aug. 6 in Deerwood, Minn.

Mackenthun, a longtime Minnesota educator, will provide specific leadership of the League’s technology systems and programming. She most recently served as the Director of Technology for the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District. In her role with the MSHSL, Mackenthun will play an instrumental role in the League’s transition to updating and rebuilding many of its technology systems.

“I’m excited to join the Minnesota State High School League to work with staff and member schools to assess technology needs, plan, and ultimately, update systems and programs used with the League to better meet the needs of member schools,” Mackenthun said. “I’m committed to continuous improvement and welcome feedback and suggestions regarding services and products that will better meet needs.”

Mackenthun, who has served in a variety of educational roles for more than 30 years, provided technology leadership in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District that included 4,500 students and 650 staff members across the district.

The Glencoe, Minn., native earned undergraduate degrees in Secondary Education Language Arts and Physical Education from Concordia (Moorhead). She then earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at St. Cloud State University, followed later by Superintendent, Principal and Media Specialist licensures.

As a student at Glencoe, Mackenthun participated in volleyball, basketball and speech. She coached volleyball and basketball during tenures in the Marshall and Maple Lake school districts.

“The Board of Directors are excited by the hiring of Laura Mackenthun as Assistant Director responsible for technology,” said Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz of Eden Valley-Watkins. “Her extensive experience with technology in schools and her passion for students and the work of the MSHSL make her a great fit for this position. We look forward to increased functionality of our technology systems as well as the addition of outside services under her leadership.”

The Minnesota State High School League provides educational opportunities for students through interscholastic and fine arts programs and provides leadership and support for member schools.

Benefit Planned For Forest Lake Student-Athlete
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 8/16/2019
Recent Forest Lake graduate and student-athlete Jesseca Overland was in a horrific life-changing car accident on August 1. She was T-boned on the driver's side as she was pulling into her own driveway, then airlifted to North Memorial Hospital where she is still being treated. She suffered 12 broken ribs, a broken clavicle, a fractured pelvis in three places, both lungs collapsed and grade 2 injuries to her spleen and liver.

Jesseca has been an athlete since seventh grade, competing at the varsity level in cross-country and track. She was supposed to start her collegiate journey at St. Cloud State University this fall and run cross-country and track as a Husky. However, her freshman fall season has been taken away.

The Forest Lake community has been hit hard and they are all hurting as well as trying to stay strong for Jesseca.

Caring Bridge: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessecaoverland

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/runjessrun

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Registering with ArbiterSports
Officials Registration  Image
Attention new and returning MSHSL Officials:
The League has used Officials Corner to administer registration payment, online meetings, exams and State Tournament administration for many years. The League is now transitioning to ArbiterSports to manage officials registration and eligibility.

Please click on the link below to register as an official:


2019-20 Registration Fees:
Returning Veteran Officials: $55 first sport; $16 each additional sport
Second-Year Officials: $30 first sport; $15 each additional sport
First-Year Officials: $15 first sport; $15 each additional sport
Late Fee (after July 15): $30
Other notes:
• State Tournament Cards can be purchased at the time of registration by clicking the publications link on the registration dashboard and they are $30.00. These cards provide admission to most sub-section, section and state tournament events. You must submit a photo to officials@mshsl.org. The cards will be mailed to you in late September.
• Registration for each sport closes on the date that the rules meeting and exam are due. Due dates will be listed on Arbiter at a later date.
• Rule books will be sent to all officials, except for gymnastics judges, for the 2019-2020 season
• All policies for officials are in the Manual for Athletic Officials and that will be available on Central Hub.
• Registration for new officials remains $15.00 per sport.
• New Reciprocity or Student Officials(under the age of 18) should call our office to get added to Arbiter.

Questions? Email: officials@mshsl.org

We are only opening the registration/payment function of ArbiterSports at this time. Over the course of the summer, we will be adding functions and links to each sport so that online meetings, exams and clinic registrations will be available via your Central Hub. When these functions or documents are added to the site, you will receive an email from Arbiter indicating that a link or document was added to the site and you should log into the site to view the change.

The League appreciates your service to high school students by serving as an official!

MSHSL Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Hall of Fame Image Former Eagan High School girls’ hockey standout Natalie Darwitz and St. Paul Academy soccer sensation Tony Sanneh, both of whom rose to international stardom, along with longtime League administrator Dave Stead, are among 11 individuals and the Grand Meadow girls basketball dynasty that will be inducted into the Minnesota State High School League’s Hall of Fame.
The others selected for induction are: Minneapolis North basketball standout Khalid El-Amin; the Grand Meadow basketball program, which from 1929-39 won 94 consecutive games; Dave Harris, a former Alexandria coach, educator, media representative and the longtime Region 8AA Secretary; Cliff Janke, a longtime Fairmont speech and debate coach and leader; Faith Johnson Patterson, who led Minneapolis North and DeLaSalle to three consecutive championships each in girls basketball; Bill Kronschnabel, a longtime St. Paul hockey official, rules clinician and state tournament administrator; Byron Olson, former Lakeville/Lakeville North activities administrator, wrestling official and state tournament manager; Gary Smith, of Minneapolis, who is the first athletic trainer to be inducted, and Bill Webb, an Edina teaching icon, who spent nearly 30 years as a music educator and leader in the development of music education.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 20 at 1 p.m. at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel. The induction ceremony is open to the public. For event tickets, go to https://mshslhof.eventbrite.com.
The League’s Hall of Fame, sponsored by Wells Fargo, started in 1991. The 2019 class is the 23rd group to be inducted. With this class, there now are 232 members in the hall.
Full Hall of Fame Release Hall of Fame Banquet Reservation Information
Purchase Digital Downloads of State Tournament Games
Purchase Digital Download Image Fans of the Minnesota State High School League now have the opportunity to purchase a digital download of State Tournament games.

Games broadcasted by 45TV, the League's television broadcast partner, and streamed by PrepSpotlight.tv are available to watch online for free.

If you'd like to purchase a copy as a gift or keepsake, please click on the link below.

Thank you for your support of the participants of the Minnesota State High School League, the member schools and their communities.

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