2012-2013 MSHSL Athletic Rules and Policies Manual
It is the responsibility of an organization that sponsors an extensive competitive program to establish standards and policies for the conduct of each activity. This will insure that the activity is conducted in accordance with the objectives of the organization.
Member schools are responsible for conducting activity programs within the guidelines they themselves establish. This ensures that all competition reflects the educational philosophy of the member schools of the Minnesota State High School League.
League rules, policies and standards have been adopted by the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors in order to provide, promote, extend, manage and administer a program of extracurricular activities in our schools.
This manual includes the athletic bylaws, policies and tournament terms and conditions for every athletic activity sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The manual is designed to serve as an aid to school administrators, athletic directors, athletic coordinators and coaches as they manage and administer the athletic programs for the Minnesota State High School League.
Check the League's Web site at www.mshsl.org for appropriate forms and the most current information.
David V. Stead
Athletic Directors should refer all head coaches to their activity section of the Rules and Policy Manual prior to the beginning of each athletic season.
REMINDER TO ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS AND COACHES
Athletic administrators and coaches of MSHSL member schools are responsible for adherence to all regulations as published in the current Official League Handbook. In addition to a review of the standards and policies highlighted below, you must review the information at a team meeting WITH ALL OF THE STUDENTS IN YOUR ATHLETIC ACTIVITY. The rules of the MSHSL apply to ALL students, grades 7-12, who participate on a Sophomore, B squad, Junior Varsity or Varsity team in your school.
FOR SPECTATOR CONDUCT (8/9/05)
minimum behavior expectations provide a foundation upon which member schools,
conferences, administrative regions and the League’s Board of Directors can
build specific guidelines for activities under their control.
Bylaw 409, RESPONSIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATING TEAMS, STUDENTS AND SPECTATORS,
speaks to this issue, directly, and Bylaw 409-2 specifically states that, “School
officials shall be held responsible for the proper conduct of teams, team
members, students and home spectators regardless of where the contest is being
all MSHSL activities, each participating school shall designate a person or
persons from that school to serve as crowd control supervisors or chaperones.
MSHSL tournament staff may require school administrators to contact the
tournament manager prior to the start of the tournament game so that they can be
immediately contacted to respond to behavioral issues regarding their team
members, students/spectators at the tournament site.
Each supervisor or chaperone should be immediately identifiable to the
students and to the tournament site ushers and other security personnel.
This will help to coordinate crowd control between school supervisors and
tournament site personnel.
MINIMAL BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS FOR REGULAR AND POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT
ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
MASTER ELIGIBILITY LIST
MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PARTICIPATION
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND PARENT PERMIT
SCHEDULING OF CONTESTS
Newly passed Minnesota Statute 121A.323 and Minnesota Statute 121A.045. effective for the start of the 2011-2012 school year, now requires the MSHSL to make training and information available about the nature and risk of concussions to every high school coach,
official, student athlete and his or her parents/legal guardians.
General responsibilities of school districts and the MSHSL as defined by the statute:
Links to the information above were posted on the League’s web page long before this legislation was proposed, and these links can be found at www.mshsl.org , Popular Links, Concussion Protocol. This information has been updated for the 2011-2012 school year.
USE OF REGISTERED OFFICIALS
AT SUB-VARSITY LEVEL
Coaches Responsibility: Student Eligibility Check List
The eligibility of students is the responsibility of that student and the member school. Please review the following information with your players prior to the start of each athletic season. Place a check mark beside each area when you have covered it with your athletes.
The League's Board of Directors has determined that the supplemental allowance for a member school's participation in League-sponsored tournaments will be based on a Revenue Sharing Plan. The process to be followed is identified below:
Following each state tournament:
The League office will determine the number of participants from each school
who will be counted for revenue sharing points.
4. Schools will be reimbursed shortly after the end of the League's fiscal year (July 31). If your school competed as a co-op, the host school will be reimbursed.
or individuals who do not compete on consecutive days and are 50 miles
or less from the tournament site will be reimbursed for only the days they
compete. Examples: Orono High School
competes in Class A Boys Hockey Quarterfinals on Wednesday at the Xcel Energy
Center, St. Paul. Orono High School is 25 miles from the tournament
site. Orono advances to compete in the semifinals on Friday and the
finals on Saturday. Orono High School will be reimbursed for three
days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). Fergus Falls High School
competes in Class A Boys Hockey Quarterfinals on Wednesday at the Xcel Energy
Center, St. Paul. Fergus Falls High School is 187 miles from the
tournament site. Fergus Falls advances to compete in the semifinals on
Friday and the finals on Saturday. Fergus Falls High School will be
reimbursed for four days (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and
BAND REIMBURSEMENT POLICY:
AT THE END OF THE LEAGUE'S FISCAL YEAR:
EXAMPLES OF REIMBURSEMENT:
Brainerd High School has four students and one coach participating in the Track & Field Meet in St. Paul. One student competes on Friday only and three students compete both Friday and Saturday. The method for reimbursement would be as follows:
St. Michael-Albertville High School has two students and one coach participating in the Wrestling Tournament in St. Paul. One student competes for two days and one student competes for three days.
Bloomington Jefferson High School competes in the Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. If Bloomington Jefferson competes all three days of the tournament, their reimbursement would be:
Minnewaska Area High School competes in the Girls' Basketball Tournament at the Target Center. If Minnewaska Area competes two days of the three-day tournament, their reimbursement would be:
The Athletic Directors Advisory Committee
will review the placement of competitive sections (1/12/94). These assignments will be presented
to the Board in April following receipt of the school activity registrations. The minimum
placement will be for two years.
The Athletic Directors Advisory Committee will review the placement of competitive sections (1/12/94). These assignments will be presented to the Board in April following receipt of the school activity registrations. The minimum placement will be for two years.
SIX-CLASS TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES
Subsection, section and state tournaments will be conducted in Class 9-Man, Class A, Class AA, Class AAA, Class AAAA, and Class AAAAA in Football.
FOUR-CLASS TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES
Subsection, section and state tournaments will be conducted in Class A, Class AA, Class AAA, and Class AAAA in Boys' & Girls' Basketball.
THREE-CLASS TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES
Subsection, section and state tournaments will be conducted in Class A, Class AA and Class AAA in Wrestling, Girls' Dance Team, Girls' Volleyball, Girls' Softball, Baseball and Boys' & Girls' Golf
TWO-CLASS TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES
Subsection, section and state tournaments will be conducted in Class A and Class AA in the following activities:
The following activities will be conducted as single class at the section and state level:
State tournaments will be conducted in CI and PI co-ed divisions in the following activities:
SECTION AND STATE TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS
The following rules and regulations have been adopted by the Board of Directors to govern section activities.
NOTE: (1) A school is currently enrolled when it has officially registered for the activities it wishes to sponsor. (2) A member school must schedule and participate in a minimum of three interscholastic "A" team games, meets or matches to qualify for League-sponsored tournament participation in that sport.
* Must include a spare goalie
* WBGT = Wet Bulb Globe Temperature = 0.7 (Wet Bulb Temperature) + 0.2 (Black Globe Temperature) + 0.1 (Ambient Temperature)
** FIS = Federation Internationale de Ski (Adapted from reference 2 and the FIS rules)
Board Policy: Lightning/Threatening Weather
to the start of a contest, the host school is responsible for determining
whether or not the conditions present a threat to the safety of
participants and spectators, and will determine whether or not the contest
will begin. Once the contest begins, the officials have the authority to
postpone or suspend a contest due to unsafe weather conditions -- that
decision may not be over-ruled. School officials also still have this
authority. The Superintendent or his/her designee may over-rule an
official and suspend or postpone a contest once it
When considering resumption of an athletic activity, the MSHSL
recommends that everyone should wait at least 30 minutes after the last
flash of lighting or sound of thunder before returning to the field or
lightning-safety guidelines have been developed with the assistance of the
National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), and are listed below:
Using the heat guidelines
The heat stress graph is designed to give a competition safety estimate in hot, humid conditions. It is most relevant for long distance running and prolonged high intensity events like soccer, football, and tennis. It should be applied to practices and games.
Using a weather radio or local radio station, collect the air temperature and relative humidity data every hour during the event and plot it on the relative humidity vs air temperature graph. In the late spring and summer months on bright sunny days a correction factor of up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit should be added to the air temperature from 10 AM to 5 PM. This should be plotted as a bar rather than a single point to give and estimate of maximum and minimum heat stress.
The decision to cancel or postpone an event should be made when the heat stress moves into the danger range. Although competition can be continued in the other ranges for increased heat stress risk, coaches and athletes should be aware that hypothermia and exertional heat stroke could occur in the lower risk ranges. Track and cross country runners should stay out of the heat between events and stay well hydrated. A rest break should be provided in activities that require continuous activity like soccer and tennis.
Ticket information for each state tournament/meet will be included with other materials provided to each participating school prior to each tournament/meet.
Ticket prices for Minnesota State High School League state tournaments/meets is posted in the Resources navigation button on the League's Web site.
The following checklist is intended to serve as a reminder of important events and reports. It is recommended that you list the date each item is completed.
|_____||If a serious injury should occur to a student under the conditions of the MSHSL Catastrophe Policy, please notify the MSHSL.|
|_____||Each Head coach has been instructed to review the section of the Athletic Rules and Policies information for their activity.|
|_____||All Head coaches have been informed that they are required to attend a MSHSL Rules Interpretation Meeting for their activity. The meeting schedule is posted on the MSHSL web site.|
|_____||Eligibility Information Brochure Statements have been read, explained, and discussed with the students by the principal, superintendent or athletic director.|
|_____||Eligibility Information Brochure Statements are signed by parents and on file for each participant in your program.|
|_____||Certification of a physical examination is on file for each participant in the athletic program. Physicals are good for three years.|
|_____||Students have been listed on Master Eligibility List three days before the first contest. The Master Eligibility Lists is to be kept on file in the school.|
|_____||Eligibility status of all transfer students has been submitted on line and approved by the MSHSL.|
|_____||Notify game officials in advance of contests. Be sure only registered officials are hired for those activities requiring registered officials.|
|_____||Review schedules and game limitations for all sports.|
|_____||League dues for each sponsored activity must be paid on or before October 1. Schools cannot compete in section, or state tournaments unless dues are paid for that activity.|
|_____||Ensure that state and national sanctions have been approved for those contests requiring sanctions.|
|_____||Conduct staff meetings for coaches to review philosophy and rules and regulations of MSHSL.|
|_____||Keep school's web page current with rosters, schedules, results and statistics.|
|_____||Submit team pictures for State Tournament programs by deadline date if your team is a potential entry.|
|_____||Late registrations for activities must be made by September 15 - Fall; December 15 - Winter; March 15 - Spring.|
|_____||You have reviewed the daily and season participation limits with your coaches and players.|
|_____||Roster Verification form has been electronically submitted to the League prior to the first varsity game for each sport.|
|____||Confirm coaches have successfully completed the concussion education education training.|
|____||Confirm officials for varsity and lower levels have successfully completed concussion education training.|
All-Tournament Teams will be selected at the following tournaments: adapted soccer, girls' volleyball, girls' and boys' soccer, adapted floor hockey, girls' and boys' hockey, girls' and boys' basketball, adapted softball, girls' softball, girls' and boys' lacrosse, dance team and baseball.
Boys: Top-Flite 1000 Legacy, Deep Channel Design
Girls: Top-Flite 1000 Legacy, Deep Channel Design (28.5)
|Soccer||NIKE (Team Catalyst)|
|Softball||Dudley SB 12L - (Yellow)|
|Tennis||Wilson (US Open Extra Duty)|
|Volleyball||Baden (VX5E Perfection 15-0, Blue/White/Grey)|