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Parent Playbook Video
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.
2019-20 Media Credentials Registration
Media Credentials Registration Image Registration is now open for media organizations to request credentials to cover Minnesota State High School League events.

The League is introducing a microsite credentialing system that is a two-step process. This system is designed to be streamlined and user-friendly. It will be a system that allows the League to communicate with member schools and media organizations throughout the process to ensure accuracy in credential requests.


Even if you are a longtime League media partner, the League is asking that you register your organization. An organization must apply within the registration windows. For fall activities, the registration window is open from Sept. 9-Oct. 4. An organization must register with the League within that timeframe to receive credentials for fall events. No registrations for fall activities will be accepted after Oct. 4. If an organization registers within that window, they are set for the school year. There is no need to repeat the process during the winter and spring registration windows.

Here is the registration link:


Through this site, media organizations can also monitor the approval process.

Communications Coordinator Tim Leighton is the administrator for media organizations registering for credentials. He can be reached at tleighton@mshsl.org .


At the approximate opening of the postseason in each activity, a declaration window will open for organizations to communicate with the League their intentions of covering state tournament events. No declarations will be accepted after the deadline. Declarations will assist League staff in preparing credentials for each of the state tournament events. The approval process for media organizations can also be monitored here. It is the responsibility of Radio Partners to communicate their coverage intentions with Region Secretaries.

Administrative Assistant Yvonne Walsh will oversee this part of the process. She can be reached at ywalsh@mshsl.org .

Approved Media Lists

In the days prior to a state tournament event, the League will post an Approved Media List on each of the Activities Pages on the League’s website. This will ensure that media organizations and individual media members are properly credentialed for that specific state tournament event.

It is the League’s intent to update or rebuild technology systems and programs. Given that this is an update from the credentialing process used during the 2018-19 school year, we welcome your feedback.

To our Radio Partners, you will be invoiced for your 2019-20 registration fee.

The League thanks you for your coverage of the member schools, its participants and their communities.

Media Credentials Registration Link

A Runner Goes Down, And Help Is Right There
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019
Jordan Mlsna didn't hesitate, didn’t think twice about helping a fellow athlete who needed assistance. Jordan, a junior at St. Michael-Albertville, stopped running in the middle of a junior varsity cross-country race on Wednesday because someone from another team was in trouble.

A runner from Minnetonka collapsed during the Steve Hoag Invitational in Anoka. Jordan had been running near her and noticed that she was struggling. Jordan first saw the Minnetonka runner take a tumble in a puddle on the wet course and helped her get back on her feet. "I said, ‘Are you OK?’ She got back up and kept running. After that I noticed that she seemed to be having a hard time breathing and I said, ‘It’s OK, you’ve got this, we’re almost there.’ But she was breathing super fast, we got around a bend and she was wobbling.”

Jordan helped guide the runner to the side of the course and had her sit down. “She had been hyperventilating,” Jordan said. “I tried to calm her down. She passed out. I checked for a pulse, it was stable and kind of weak.”

By now an athletic trainer had arrived and took over care. The Minnetonka girl was wearing a heart monitor after having an issue in a previous race. Doctors had cleared her to run but had her wear the monitor in order to gather information about what was happening with her heart. Jordan never finished her race, staying put for 45 minutes or so while an ambulance was called. Other runners also offered assistance and several adults used their jackets to keep the runner warm.

Minnetonka coach Jane Reimer Morgan, learning that one of her runners was still out on the course, started looking for her athlete. Blue is a primary color for both Minnetonka and St. Michael-Albertville, and when Reimer Morgan first saw Jordan, “I thought it was one of my runners. I said to her, ‘What’s your name? You are so kind.’ ”

Later that evening, Jane received a surprise message. Jordan had tracked down the coach’s phone number and texted to see how the Minnetonka runner was doing.

St. Michael-Albertville coach Heather Strait wasn’t immediately aware of all this activity. She noticed that Jordan hadn’t finished the JV race, and someone told her Jordan had stopped to help someone who had gone down.

“That made sense because Jordan is somebody who would stop and help anybody,” Strait said. “She talked to me, we went on with the varsity race, we got on the bus.”

On Thursday, Strait learned much more about Jordan’s act of compassion and sportsmanship. She received an email from the Minnetonka runner’s mother, which read in part …

“As a nurse, and the mother of the child who collapsed, I can say without hesitation that her actions were heroic. Because she didn’t leave my daughter’s side, she was able to give an accurate account of events to both the athletic trainer on-site and the paramedics. Which then resulted in both cardiology and neurology having a clear picture as to what transpired. I feel that it is essential for you to know that her actions did not go unnoticed! She showed unbelievable sportsmanship and astonishing integrity towards a fellow athlete, and that deserves to be recognized! Please let her know that she is the definition of a true athlete! We wish her the very best in the rest of this season and throughout life!”

Jordan had never done anything like this before. “I didn’t think much about it, I was just worried about her,” she said.

Athletically, everything is new at St. Michael-Albertville this fall. The Knights, as well as athletes from Buffalo High School, are brand-new members of the Lake Conference, joining Minnetonka, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins and Wayzata.

After the Knights practiced on Thursday, Strait asked Jordan to offer details from the previous day.

“She said the girl was struggling a little bit, and she felt like she wanted to stay with her and to make sure the girl was OK. Jordan is a very social, very caring girl. This didn’t surprise me at all.”

Strait read the mother’s letter to the entire team, using Jordan’s simple act as an example for everyone. Some of the girls on the team cried upon hearing the touching letter.

“We talked about how we’re kind of new to the Lake Conference and people may be looking at us a little differently,” she said. “We’re getting recognition for having some girls who are fast, but it’s more important to be recognized for character.”

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn, listen to "Preps Today with John Millea” wherever you get podcasts and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.

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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 Minneapolis, who is the first athletic trainer to be inducted, and Bill Webb, an Edina High School teaching and director icon, who spent 37 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.

Purchase Digital Download

MSHSL Connect - Fall 2019

Welcome to MSHSL Connect, the League's monthly online newsletter.

We hope you enjoy this new method of providing League news and information.

League News
MSHSL Behavior Expectations
MSHSL 2019-2020 Media Policy Manual
Concussion Insurance Program Guide
Concussion Insurance Provider Letter
August 2019 Board Agenda
Executive Committee Special Mtg 7-16-19
2018-19 Officials Service Awards
Show Older News Items
Popular Links:
2019-20 AED Order Information
2019-20 Online Rules Meeting Deadlines
2019-20, 2020-21 Activity Classification
2019-20, 2020-21 Classification Method
2019-20, 2020-21 School Enrollment-Alpha
2019-20, 2020-21 School Enrollments
2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Advisory Recommendation Forms
Concussion Insurance Program Guide
Providing Equal Athletic Opportunities - A Guide to Compliance
Uniform Modification-Special Recognition
Weather Conditions and Competition

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