2012-2013 MSHSL Athletic Rules and Policies Manual


CONTENTS

GENERAL SECTION

Foreword
Athletic Director's Checklist
Coaches Responsibility: Student Eligibility Checklist
Competition Index for Heat and Cold
General Information
Lightning/Threatening Weather - Board Policy
Multiple Level Teams at Sub-Varsity Levels
Official Balls for MSHSL Tournaments
Official Squad Size Chart
Revenue Sharing Plan for School Reimbursement
Substitution in League Tournaments
Thermal Injury Risk Recommendations
Concussion Legislation Signed By Governor Dayton


FOREWORD

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.

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David V. Stead
Executive Director
Minnesota State High School League


GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR SPECTATOR CONDUCT (8/9/05)
In order to elevate standards of sportsmanship and encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among the students, member schools, fans and school personnel, the MSHSL held a Sportsmanship Summit and asked student participants to identify behavior expectations they felt should be in place at every school event.

These 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.

MSHSL 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 held.”

In 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.

MSHSL MINIMAL BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS FOR REGULAR AND POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT COMPETITIONS:

  • Respect the American flag and the National Anthem.

  • Spectators must wear clothing that covers the entire torso.  Those who do not comply or who wear clothing that is vulgar, obscene or that in some other way inappropriate, as determined by school/tournament personnel, will be removed from the arena/stadium if they do not cooperate with this behavior expectation.

  • The use of appropriate language is expected at all times.  Profanity, negative chants, booing, trash talk, name calling, personal attacks or other acts of disrespect are unacceptable and must be immediately addressed by school/tournament administrators.

  • Respect the game/contest.  Under no condition shall anyone other than the members of the official squad enter the playing surface.  No one may interfere with the contest in any way.

  • Hand held signs, which do not obstruct the view of others, will be permitted provided they are in good taste.  Signs, message boards, “white” boards or other similar items contest/tournament officials deem to be in poor taste will be removed.

  • Artificial noise makers (i.e. megaphones, cowbells, sirens, whistles, thunder sticks, and other similar items) are not allowed.

  • Laser lights are strictly prohibited.

THANK YOU for supporting your student athletes and fine arts participants and for providing a positive environment in which educational activities are conducted.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION BROCHURE
School officials are required to provide one (1) copy of the Athletic Eligibility Information Brochure to each candidate for interscholastic teams. The form containing the student's and parent or legal guardian's signature must be placed on file in the school prior to practice or participation in an interscholastic contest in any given year.

ENROLLMENT
Only students in grades 7-12 are eligible for participation in MSHSL-sponsored activities. Students must be enrolled and regularly attending class in the high school or continuation school in your school district.

MASTER ELIGIBILITY LIST
Each school is required to have a completed Master Eligibility List by activity on file in the school.

MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PARTICIPATION
A member school must be registered and schedule a minimum of three interscholastic A-squad (varsity) games, meets or matches to qualify for League sponsored tournament participation in that sport. Late registrations will be accepted until: Fall Sports - Sept. 15; Winter Sports - Dec. 15; Spring Sports - April 15.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND PARENT PERMIT
Any student who intends to participate in high school interscholastic athletics and cheerleading activities must have on file in the school, a record of a physical examination performed within the previous three years. A health questionnaire shall be completed annually and could indicate the need for a physical examination prior to participation. The signature of the parent or guardian approving participation is required.

PROTESTS
Protests against decisions of contest officials will not be honored.

A. League officials will render an interpretation to all parties involved as to the proper application of rules in cases protested if the complete facts are presented, in writing, to the League office. Such interpretations, however, will not alter the outcome of the contest. The decisions of contest officials are final.
B. It is recognized that errors in interpretations and application of rules and in judgment situations are inevitable. However, the orderly and sportsmanlike conduct of high school activities dictates that officials' decisions must be honored and be final.

SCHEDULING OF CONTESTS
Member schools shall not schedule a game or practice on Sunday.

TRANSFER STUDENTS
A student of any grade level (9-12) who discontinues enrollment and attendance in a high school and attends another high school; and who does not meet one of the conditions of the transfer rule as listed in the MSHSL Official Handbook, shall be ineligible to compete
at the varsity level at the new school for one calendar year. Please see Bylaw 111, Transfer and Residence.

CONCUSSION LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR DAYTON

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:

  • Provide information about the nature and risks of concussions, including the effects of continuing to play after receiving a concussion.  The MSHSL must make this available to all member school coaches, officials, student athletes, and their parents or guardians.

  • The information shall include protocols and content consistent with current medical knowledge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, related to:

o    the nature and risks of concussion associated with athletic activity;

o    the signs, symptoms, and behaviors consistent with a concussion;

o    the need to alert appropriate medical professionals for urgent diagnosis and treatment when a student athlete is suspected or observed to have received a concussion; and

o     the need for a student athlete who sustains a concussion to follow proper medical direction and protocols for treatment and return to play.

  •  The League and each member school must keep a record confirming that:

o    each member school coach and each MSHSL official has successfully completed the initial online training and online training at least once every three schools years thereafter; and

o    every student athlete and his or her parent or legal guardian must confirm they were provided information about the nature and risk of concussions.

  • A coach or official shall remove a player from practice or competition if the player exhibits any of the signs or conditions consistent with a concussion.  When the player is removed from practice or competition, the player may not return to play until such time the player has been evaluated and approved for return to play, in writing, by a trained provider experienced in evaluating and managing concussions.

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.

 

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USE OF REGISTERED OFFICIALS
Registered officials shall be employed for all varsity interscholastic contests in adapted hockey, adapted soccer, adapted softball, baseball, basketball, dance team, football, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball and wrestling. When non-registered officials are used for varsity games, that game becomes a scrimmage and cannot count for conference or season records.

MULTIPLE LEVEL TEAMS AT SUB-VARSITY LEVEL
For the purpose of providing opportunities for player participation, schools with sufficient numbers, may sponsor more than one team at the sub-varsity level. For example, a school with 100 sophomores out for the B-Squad program may sponsor 2 B-Squad teams. Each B-Squad team may schedule and play the same number of games scheduled by the school’s Varsity team. Schools shall not sponsor more than one varsity team nor schedule more varsity games than the maximum number of games allowed for that sport. All player participation limits daily and season, shall be strictly applied.

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.

______1.

The Eligibility Brochure Statement signed and returned for each athlete.

______2. A Physical Exam form is on file for each athlete 
______3. Each athlete has completed the health questionnaire.
______4. Have any of  your athletes transferred from another school in the past 365 days?  If so, Athlete must report to Athletic Director.
______5. All athletes are in "Good Standing" and Academically Eligible.
______6. Have any of your athletes repeated a grade, dropped out of school and returned, or spent more than the normal six years in grades 7-12? If so,  consult with your Athletic Director.
______7. All athletes meet the amateur status as defined in bylaw 201.
______8. Have any of your athletes reached the age of twenty (20) before the start of the sport season?  If so, consult with your  Athletic Director. Exception: Adapted Athletes, age 22.
______9. Are all of the athletes on your team, attending school in your school district and in grade 7-12?  If not, consult with your Athletic Director.
______10. Have any athletes on your team competed on a non-school team as an individual competitor in the same sport during the high school season? If so, consult your Athletic Director. Exception: Baseball, Softball and Skiing.
______11. All athletes meet the 4th Monday of the season deadline to join the team. If not, consult with your Athletic Director. Exception: 3rd Monday for girls' gymnastics.
______12. Submit Roster Verification form by the established deadline.

REVENUE SHARING PLAN FOR SCHOOL REIMBURSEMENT

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:

1. The League office will determine the number of participants from each school who will be counted for revenue sharing points.  
(See chart, Official Squad Size)
Maximum Cheerleader Reimbursement:  Seven cheerleaders plus one (1) advisor
Dance Team Reimbursement is based on the following squad size:  Class A = 18 (includes 2 coaches); Class AA = 22 (includes 2 coaches); Class AAA = 26 (includes 2 coaches)  

2. The League office will determine the mileage from each participating school to the tournament site. Those mileage figures will determine the zone assigned to that school.

3. The formula for calculating revenue sharing points is:

Number of Days Participating

Zone

      Miles    

    1        2        3        4   
1 0-50 1.5 5.4 8.9 12.4
2 51-100 4.2 7.7 11.2 14.8
3 101-150 5.2 8.7 12.2 15.7
4 151-200 6.0 9.0 12.6 16.1
5 201-250 7.5 11.2 15.1 18.6
6 251-300 8.4 11.9 15.4 18.9
7 301-350 9.4 12.9 16.4 19.9
8 351-400 9.7 13.2 16.7 20.3
9 401 & over 10.8 14.2 17.7 21.2

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.  

5.  Teams 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 Saturday).  

6.  TEAMS NOT STAYING AT THEIR DESIGNATED HOTEL WILL FORFEIT $200.00 PER DAY FOR EACH DAY THEY COMPETE IN THE TOURNAMENT. (This policy applies to the following activities: Baseball, Boys' and Girls' Basketball, Girls' Gymnastics-Team only, Boys' and Girls' Hockey, Volleyball and Wrestling -Team only).

BAND REIMBURSEMENT POLICY:

Bands will be reimbursed based on the Revenue Sharing Plan (Board Policy 10/7/04).  The actual number of band members participating at each appearance in the Championship series will be counted.  One-third (1/3) of the actual number of band members participating will be counted as Revenue Sharing Participants.  Bands will be reimbursed using the Revenue Sharing formula listed above.  (See following examples of band reimbursement).

Schools will be permitted to bring as many band members as they deem appropriate at no charge. (Exception: Class AA Boys Hockey schools will receive 64 passes for band members.  Any additional admissions for band members must be purchased from your school's ticket allotment). ALL BAND MEMBERS MUST BE IN UNIFORM OR IN MATCHING SCHOOL APPROVED ATTIRE AND HAVE INSTRUMENTS. 

AT THE END OF THE LEAGUE'S FISCAL YEAR:

1. A determination will be made about the value of each revenue sharing point.
2. The number of points earned by a school during the year will be multiplied by the value of one "share".
3. Payment will be made to each qualifying member school following the end of the League's fiscal year (July 31).

EXAMPLES OF REIMBURSEMENT:

Individual Events

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:

Mileage = 138 miles (Zone 3)

1 student for 1 day (1 x 5.2 = 5.2 points)
3 students and 1 coach for 2 days (4 x 8.7 = 34.8 points)
Total points for Brainerd High School for Track & Field = 40 points

If the point value is $6.02/point, Brainerd High School would receive $240.80 for participating in this meet.

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.

Mileage = 35 miles (Zone 1)

1 student for 2 days (1 x 5.4 = 5.4 points)
1 student and 1 coach for 3 days (2 x 8.9 = 17.8 points)
Total points for St. Michael-Albertville High School for Wrestling = 23.2 points

If the point value is $6.02/point, St. Michael-Albertville would receive $139.67 for participating in this tournament.

Team Events

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:

Bloomington Jefferson High School: Mileage = 14 (Zone 1)

Team: 25 x 8.9 = 222.5 points
Cheerleaders: 8 x 8.9 = 71.2 points
Total points for competing in Hockey = 293.7 points

If the point value is $6.02/point, Bloomington Jefferson would receive $1768.08 for participating in this tournament.

In addition to the above reimbursement, the Bloomington Jefferson Band attended all three days of the tournament.  The first day 60 members attended, the second day 48 members attended, and the third day 54 members attended.  Average daily band attendance = 54 members.
Band reimbursement:  (54 x 1/3) = 18 x 8.9 = 160.20 points


If the point value is $6.02/point, Bloomington Jefferson Band would receive $964.41 for playing at this tournament.

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:

Minnewaska Area High School: Mileage = 121 (Zone 3)

Team: 20 x 8.7 = 174 points
Cheerleaders: 8 x 8.7 = 69.6 points
Total points for competing in Girls Basketball = 243.6 points

If the point value is $6.02/point, Minnewaska Area would receive $1466.48 for participating in this tournament.

In addition to the above reimbursement, the Minnewaska Area High School Band appeared in one day of the Championship Series.  Eighty (80) members attended the championship series.
Band reimbursement:  (80 x 1/3) = 27 x 5.2 = 140.40 points
If the point value is $6.02 point, Minnewaska Area Band would receive $845.21 for playing at this tournament.

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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:

Fall
Girls' Tennis
Boys' & Girls' Soccer*
Boys' & Girls' Cross Country Running
Girls' Swimming & Diving
Winter
One Act Play
Girls' Gymnastics
Boys' Hockey
Girls' Hockey
Boys' Swimming & Diving
Spring
Speech
Boys' Tennis
Boys' & Girls' Track & Field
Visual Arts


SINGLE-CLASS TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES

The following activities will be conducted as single class at the section and state level:

Fall Winter
Debate
Boys' & Girls' Nordic Ski Racing
Boys' & Girls' Alpine Skiing
Spring
Lacrosse, Boys' & Girls'
Synchronized Swimming 


TWO-DIVISION TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES

State tournaments will be conducted in CI and PI co-ed divisions in the following activities:

Fall
Adapted Soccer
Winter
Adapted Floor Hockey
Spring
Adapted Softball
Adapted Bowling

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SECTION AND STATE TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS

The following rules and regulations have been adopted by the Board of Directors to govern section activities.

ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS
Any school currently enrolled as a member of the League and assigned to a given competitive section is eligible to participate in all approved activities of the League or any subdivision thereof.

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.

ELIGIBILITY RULES
The eligibility rules of the League and the requirements of the Constitution shall govern all participation in all subsection or section activities.

TOURNAMENT  LIMITATION
No team shall be required to play two basketball or two hockey games in any subsection or section tournament on any one day.

PROTESTS
A protest concerning the eligibility of a student should be filed with the region secretary at least three days prior to the opening date of the contest.

OFFICIAL SQUADS

A. The official squad for each team sport shall conform to the following limitations governing MSHSL tournaments.

1. Bylaw 409, Responsibility for Participating Teams, Students, Spectators, MUST be followed by member schools.

2. A school administrator (superintendent, principal, athletic administrator) MUST accompany a team in the following sports: baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball, wrestling (team). The school administrator MAY NOT be the coach of a team.

Sport

No. of Coaches on Official Squad

No. of Coaches in Playing Area****

No. of Student Managers

No. of Players on Official Squad

Total

Adapted Bowling

1

1

0

--

--

Adapted Soccer

3

3

2

22

27

Adapted Softball

3

3

2

18

23

Adapted Floor Hockey

3

3

2

*20

25

Alpine Skiing

1

2

0

6

7

Baseball

3

3

2

18

23

Basketball

3

3

2

18

23

Cross Country Running

1

2

0

***9

10

*******Dance Team, High Kick

3

3

2

34

******39

*******Dance Team, Jazz

3

3

2

26

******31

**Football: AAAAA

5

*****

3

62

70

AAAA

4

 *****

3

53

60

AAA

3

*****

3

45

51

AA

3

*****

2

39

44

A

3

 *****

2

36

41

9-Man

2

 *****

2

27

31

Gymnastics

2

3

1

--

--

Golf

1

1

0

6

7

Hockey

3

3

2

*20

25

Lacrosse

3

3

2

24

29

Nordic Ski Racing

1

2

0

7

8

Soccer

3

3

2

22

27

Softball

3

3

2

18

23

Swimming & Diving

1

2/1

1

0

--

Tennis: AA

1

2

0

13

14

A

1

2

0

13

14

Track & Field

1

2

0

--

--

Volleyball

3

3

2

15

20

Wrestling: Team

2

3

1

19

22

Individual

1

2

0

--

--

* Must include a spare goalie
** Allowed to dress and play all students who were regularly rostered on the varsity team during the season.
*** Two of the nine runners are alternates and are not members of the official squad for reimbursement purposes.
**** Not members of the official squad for reimbursement purposes. The number of coaches in the playing area may be further limited by game administration.
*****For Football the same number of coaches on the sideline during the regular season is allowed for tournament games.
******Maximum number of participants.
*******See the Revenue Sharing Plan for school reimbursement in the General Section of the Athletic Rules and Policies Manual.

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SUBSTITUTION IN LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS

A. Certification and Substitutions for Team Sports
After an official squad for a tournament has been certified to the governing committee, substitutions are not permitted except under the following conditions:

1. That a physician indicates that a student listed on the certified roster must not participate.

a.This student may be returned to the tournament squad upon certification, in writing, by the physician to the governing committee.
b. When such a player is returned to the tournament squad, the player replaces the substitute.

2. That the governing committee determines that a justifiable emergency indicates a need for the withdrawal of a certified player. A justifiable emergency does not include the removal of a student from competition once the determination of ineligibility of the athlete by the school.

a. This student may be returned to the tournament squad by action of the governing committee.
b. When such a player is returned to the tournament squad, the player replaces the substitute.

B. Certification and Substitution for Team/Individual Sports With Combined Championships
After an official squad for a section tournament in cross country running, Nordic ski racing, and golf has been certified to the governing committee of that tournament, substitutions for that tournament and for the state tournament are not permitted except as specified under A. 1-2 above. Team and individual members who participate in the section meet and advance to the state meet as an individual or team member are eligible for individual awards at the state meet.

C. Substitutions for Individual Sports
Substitutions may occur prior to the start of the first round of competition at the first-level tournament -- subsection tournament; or section when no subsection tournament is conducted.

SECTION ACTIVITIES

A. The region committee, as assigned by the Board of Directors, shall assume full control and financial responsibility for administering all section tournaments, meets and contests within the guidelines established by the Board of Directors. Expenses shall include fees paid officials and judges, advertising, tickets, rentals and other miscellaneous items for conducting the event. Administration expenses, however, do not include transportation, meals and housing for the participating schools or players.

B. Subsection tournaments should be conducted by the region committees involved. The administrative region committee with the largest number of member schools in the section will be assigned the leadership in calling meetings, etc. The subsection and section committee must be representative of all member schools involved in the section tournament.

Thermal Injury Risk Recommendations and Flag System

Flag

Temperature

Recommendation

Black

> 82 degrees F -  WBGT*

Extreme High Risk for hyperthermia. No competition recommended. Cancellation should be considered.

Red

73 to 82 degrees F WBGT

High Risk for hyperthermia. Heat sensitive participants should withdraw. Consider slowing pace or intensity of play.

Yellow

65 to 73 degrees F WBGT

Moderate Risk for hyperthermia. Heat sensitive participants should slow pace.

Green

< 65 degrees F WBGT

Low Risk for heat injury. Hyperthermia can occur. Hypothermia can occur post-event.

White

< 50 degrees F WBGT

Very Low Risk for hyperthermia. Hypothermia risk rises as WBGT decreases. Wind and/or wet conditions increase risk of hypothermia.

< 32 degrees F

Risk of frostbite to exposed skin or areas with poor circulation.

Blue

<-4 degrees F - (Ambient Temperature)

FIS** — No competition limit. Severe frostbite and hypothermia risk. No metal jewelry. Eye protection for frostbite. Windscreen for genitalia. Cancel events which are > 1 minute in duration or produce speeds > 10 MPH or if wind is > 10 MPH.

Black

< -20 degrees F - (Ambient Temperature) or < -40 degrees F wind chill

Recommended lower limit for practice and training. Extreme frostbite and hypothermia risk. No exposed skin. Extra layers. Wind shell for entire body. Rapid evacuation for injury.


* 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

Prior 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 has begun. In other words, once a contest has begun either the officials or school authorities may postpone or suspend a contest, and cannot be over-ruled by the other party. When in doubt, error on the side of safety.

  While lightning on the horizon should warn of potential danger, lightning associated with thunder or thunder alone means that there is immediate danger to athletes, officials, and spectators. The adage — "If you can hear it, clear it." — should be used to make decisions to postpone or cancel the activity. Lightning can strike 10 miles ahead of or behind the storm front and thunderhead clouds.

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 activity.

Additional lightning-safety guidelines have been developed with the assistance of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), and are listed below:

  1. As a minimum, NSSL staff strongly recommend that by the time the monitor obtains a flash-to-bang count of 30 seconds (equivalent to six miles), all individuals should have left the athletics site and reached a safe structure or location.  Athletic events may need to be terminated. 
  2. The existence of blue sky and the absence of rain are not protection from lightning.  Lightning can, and does, strike as far as 10 miles away from the rain shaft.  It does not have to be raining for lightning to strike 
     
  3. If no safe structure or location is within a reasonable distance, find a thick grove of small trees surrounded by taller trees or a dry ditch.  Assume a crouched position on the ground with only the balls of the feet touching the ground, wrap your arms around your knees and lower your head.  Minimize contact with the ground, because lightning current often enters a victim through the ground rather than by a direct overhead strike.  MINIMIZE YOUR BODY'S SURFACE AREA, AND MINIMIZE CONTACT WITH THE GROUND!  DO NOT LIE FLAT!  If unable to reach safe shelter, stay away from the tallest trees or objects (such as light poles or flag poles), metal objects (such as fences or bleachers), individual trees, standing pools of water, and open fields.  Avoid being the highest object in a field.  Do not take shelter under a single, tall tree. 
  4. A person who feels his or her hair stand on end, or skin tingle should immediately crouch, as described in item 3. 
  5. Avoid using the telephone, except in emergency situations.  People have been struck by lighting while using a land-line telephone.  A cellular phone or a portable remote phone is a safe alternative to land-line phones, if the person and the antenna are located within a safe structure or location, and if all other precautions are followed. 
  6. People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge.  Therefore, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is safe for the responder.  If possible, an injured person should be moved to a safer location before starting CPR.  Lightning-strike victims who show signs of cardiac or respiratory arrest need emergency help quickly.  Prompt, aggressive CPR has been highly effective for the survival of victims of lightning.

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.

 COMPETITION INDEX FOR HEAT AND COLD
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TICKET INFORMATION

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.

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR'S CHECKLIST

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 TEAM

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM AWARDS
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.

OFFICIAL BALLS FOR MSHSL TOURNAMENTS

Baseball Rawlings (R100HS)
Basketball Spalding
Boys:  Top-Flite 1000 Legacy, Deep Channel Design
Girls:  Top-Flite 1000 Legacy, Deep Channel Design (28.5)
Football Wilson (F1003B-GST)
Golf NIKE
Hockey Bauer
Soccer NIKE (Team Catalyst)
Softball Dudley SB 12L - (Yellow)
Tennis Wilson (US Open Extra Duty)
Volleyball Baden (VX5E Perfection 15-0, Blue/White/Grey)

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