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Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
Brooklyn Center, MN
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018


• Meeting was called to order by Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz
• Reflection provided by Board Member Eric Lehtola
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Kristi Vesall, MSHSL Office Manager, was honored for her 33 years of service to the League. She is currently the longest-serving staff member and will retire on Dec. 31, 2018.
• Two video presentations were shared: Governor-Elect Tim Walz on 45TV during the Prep Bowl, and an NFHS feature on Title IX pioneer Dorothy McIntyre.
• Meeting agenda was approved.
• Board meeting minutes from Oct. 4, 2018 were approved.
• League Lobbyist Roger Aronson provided a post-election review and update.
• The sales tax exemption, and the desire to remove the “sunset” from the legislation for the MSHSL Foundation, was shared.
• Aronson reported on the number of changes in the legislature and anticipates a strong year of learning at the Capitol.
• Legal Counsel Joe Kelly provided updates on four cases.
• Executive Director Erich Martens reminded staff and Board Members of the expectations of standard professional protocol.
• Announced that board vice president Craig Anderson was inducted into the Minnesota High School Coaches Association hall of fame. Anderson retired in 2016 after coaching baseball for 40 years, including the last 39 at Pine Island. He ended his career with a 521-378 record.
• Commended all support and executive staff for their great work in running our State Tournaments this past fall. Shared information in national publications as it relates to MSHSL activities.
• Announced that Chad Stoskopf has been named the new Region Secretary in Section 7A commencing July 1, 2019.
• Announced the first Principals’ Advisory meeting was held at the League Office. The group is interested in growing their role with the League and the board.
• Approved August workshop dates and location through 2021.
• Approved a waiver for member schools competing in girls’ lacrosse to schedule one additional game beyond the limit against Rogers High School.
• Tabled a decision on a case of two former Coon Rapids co-head wrestling coaches for further review of testimony.
• Approved personnel updates and changes presented by the Executive Director.
• For one year, approved the use of music judges from bordering states who have obtained the appropriate association certification for the 2018-19 school year.
• The Executive Committee report was approved by voice vote.
Classification/Tournament Format

• Approved the adjustments in Board Policy regarding classification formats for two, three and four classes. Also lowered the minimum required number of competing schools from 288 to 192, to allow the opportunity for more activities to change to a three-class format.
Classification Appeals
• Approved proposed language found in “Class Competition D5h1.1” in the MSHSL’s Handbook to include: “or, MSHSL enrollment for grades 9-12 is within 10 percent of the classification cut-off number for the class to which the school is appealing.”
Conference Placement of Member Schools

• Approved the recommendation of the Conference Placement Committee, which placed Buffalo High School and St. Michael-Albertville High School in the Lake Conference beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
State Wrestling Tournament Seeding Criteria Adjustment
• Approved a change to individual seeding criteria for the state wrestling tournament. The last of eight seeding criteria was changed from “winning percentage” to “state place winners from two years prior.”

Class AAAAAA Football
• Approved a motion that assigned the scheduling of District Football for 28 Class 6A football teams back to the activities administrators of those 28 schools. This action is in line with the responsibility assigned to all districts in the state.
Representative Assembly Amendments

The following proposed amendments have been sent to the administrative regions across the state. If a majority of the regions approve the amendments, they will be presented to the Representative Assembly on May 13, 2019 (tentative date):
• An expanded definition of divorce: Bylaw 111.1.B.iv
• Expanding participation availability for international students beyond one year at junior varsity level or lower: Bylaw 111.2.B-C.
• Changes to the application of one-year varsity ineligibility. Bylaw 111.1.C.
• Adding limitations to Bylaws 203, 207, and 208 allowing students in adapted athletics to compete more than 12 semesters.
• Adapted Athletics age eligibility expanded: Bylaw 110
• Adding boys’ volleyball as an activity
• Adding girls’ wrestling as an activity
Music Advisory Committee Recommendation
• Information was shared on the definition of accompaniment performed by a student. A proposal for clarification will be presented as an Action Item at the Feb. 12, 2019 meeting.
Membership Dues and Activity Registration Fees
• Assistant Director Rich Matter shared a chart with a history of membership fees. There has not been an increase for the past 12 years, while the costs to the League have been rising steadily and more programs have been approved.
Golf Tournament Advancement Policy Reading
• The board heard the first reading of a golf rule and policy clarification as it relates to participants’ disqualifications or withdrawals from tournament play. It will be moved to an Action Item at the Feb. 12, 2019 meeting.
Eligibility Committee

• The minutes of the Eligibility Committee were approved as presented.

Audit/Finance Committee
• Approved the September 2018 financial statement
• Approved the October 2018 financial statement
• Approved the annual request from Section 4A for $40,000 to support operating costs.
Marketing and Communications Committee
• Staff provided an update on the Print Contract bid process.
• Staff provided an update on the Radio Partnership
• Staff provided an updated on annual sponsorship agreements
• Staff provided updates on the 75/25 celebration seasons for boys and girls hockey.
• Staff shared information on a proposed pictorial yearbook that will be published annually.
• Staff provided updates on a state tournament-related food drive
Education and Leadership Committee
• Shared updates on Continuing Education Requirement 2020
• Shared an update on the AD Cohort
• Shared a review of Board Education Policies
• Discussed the recommendation for Activities Directors to complete the Minnesota Head Coaches Course. This is an AD Advisory recommendation.
• Shared updates on the officiating programs.
• The League Office will be closed from the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2018, through Jan. 1, 2019.
• Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

For Dodge County Hockey, Even Practice Means A Road Trip
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/17/2019 10:48:48 AM

After Tuesday night’s game at Doug Woog Arena in South St. Paul, the Dodge County boys hockey team boarded a charter bus for the trip back to their home rink in Kasson to stow their gear. After they arrived there, some of the players still had more driving ahead of them before getting home.

The Dodge County Wildcats are not the typical high school squad. It’s a cooperative team, with a roster that includes players from five schools in southern Minnesota: Kasson-Mantorville, Pine Island, Byron, Triton and Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Two other schools (Hayfield and Blooming Prairie) are part of the coop but have no hockey players on the roster this season.

“Dodge County” is as good a moniker as any, despite the fact that Zumbrota, Pine Island and Byron aren’t in Dodge County; Blooming Prairie has one foot in Dodge County and the other in Steele County.

The only community with indoor ice is Kasson, where the Wildcats boys and girls teams play their home games.

“It makes it a unique challenge, just with logistics and getting to the rink,” said first-year head coach Nick Worden. “Pine Island’s about a half hour away, Zumbrota is probably 40 minutes, so that’s a pretty big commitment to make every day.”

A 2-0 loss to South St. Paul (6-9-1) dropped the Wildcats’ record to 1-14-1, but there is reason for optimism. The numbers of hockey players in the coop is climbing, from 38 this season to possibly the mid-50s next season.

“Numbers are not a problem,” Worden said. “We have a great group of kids coming up that we’re excited about, and we’re not very far away from being a decent hockey team.”

Despite the lack of on-ice success this season, the players are excited about the opportunity.

“I feel like we’ve been getting a lot better these last three, four games,” said Charlie Blaisdell, a sophomore at Kasson-Mantorville who leads the team in scoring with six goals and seven assists.

“We’ve been playing 10 times better than we did in the first couple games this season. I think the turnaround has been pretty good.”

Nick Retzer, a senior from Byron, said, “I definitely agree. The season is fun, it’s a lot of fun, especially playing hockey with these guys. We’re getting better throughout the season.”

Retzer said having players from different schools can be a plus on the ice.

“I honestly think it brings us closer together. There’s more of a team culture, that when we’re there, we’re there for hockey and to play as a team, more than even schools that are all together.”

The Wildcats have been outscored 89-32 in their 16 games, an average of 5.5 goals to 2. In Tuesday’s game at South St. Paul, the Wildcats had 20 shots on goal to 50 for the Packers, but Dodge County had numerous scoring opportunities and enthusiasm never wavered. Senior goaltender Cole Kundert had a .960 save percentage in only his fourth game of the season.

“Getting the kids to jell together and the friendships is one thing we try to focus on a lot,” said Worden, 36, who played hockey at Rochester Century High School as well as junior hockey with the Rochester Ice Hawks.

“They played hockey growing up together but it’s different when you’re not in school together every day. The relationships, that’s a big piece.”

Ten games remain on the regular-season schedule, starting with Friday’s date with Southwest Christian/Richfield at Dodge County Ice Arena in Kasson. The postseason is a real challenge for the Wildcats because while the schools in the coop are relatively small, the total enrollment puts them in Class 2A Section 1 with much larger schools from Lakeville, Rochester, Farmington, Owatonna and Hastings.

“That makes it hard for us to compete,” said Worden (pictured), who was a Wildcats assistant coach a year ago. “There’s an opportunity to appeal, and I think we might pursue that. I think it would give our kids an opportunity to compete more.”

In February the MSHSL will begin the reclassification process, which takes place every two years. During that process, Dodge County could appeal to be placed in Class 1A for the next two years.

In the meantime, the Wildcats will continue to hit the road … just to get to practice.

“Sometimes we practice at 3:30, sometimes at 5 o’clock, sometimes at 6 in the morning,” Worden said. “All the schools are just phenomenal to help out and make it possible. We appreciate that.”

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