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The MSHSL understands that varsity eligibility is important to you. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding transfer eligibility. The information contained herein is not a bylaw or policy and is intended only to provide an overview of the transfer eligibility process. For the most current version of Bylaw 111 and MSHSL policies, please visit www.mshsl.org. Before transferring schools, please review the following so that you will understand the transfer’s impact on your varsity eligibility.

1.What is a transfer?

A transfer student is a student who discontinues enrollment and attendance in any high school, public or non-public, and enrolls in any other high school in Minnesota, or outside of Minnesota. Essentially, a transfer occurs anytime a student’s school of record changes. A transfer is considered complete when the student attends class or participates with an athletic program at the new school. This includes home schools, charter schools, and online schools.
2.If I transfer to a new high school, will I be eligible for varsity competition?

If you transfer to a new high school, you will be eligible for varsity athletic competition if:
1.You are enrolling in 9th grade for the first time;
2.Your entire family moves to a new residence in a different attendance area;
3.Your residence is changed pursuant to a court order;
4.Your parents are divorced and you move from one parent to another.
(This option may be used just one time after you enroll in 9th grade); or
5.You and your family have moved to Minnesota from another state or country.
If none of the above apply, you will be ineligible (for one calendar year from the date of the transfer) from participating in interscholastic varsity athletic competition. You will, however, be eligible to participate in varsity tryouts, practices, scrimmages, jamborees, etc., and non-varsity (JV, B-squad, etc.) competitions. You will not be eligible for varsity competition.
3.What happens if none of the five provisions above apply and I am determined ineligible?

If none of the five provisions set forth above apply and you are determined ineligible, you can request that the MSHSL review the determination of ineligibility. There are seven circumstances with which you can request a review:
1.You are transferred to a new high school within the same school district;
2.A change in family circumstances such as adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent.
3.A substantial negative change in your family’s economic status. For example, if one or both parent(s) loses their job or other means of income.
4.School student Bullying or Harassment as identified in Minnesota State Statutes 121A.03 and 121A.031.
5.Administrative error. For example, the receiving school misapplied MSHSL bylaws or policies.
6.You have completed a licensed program for chemical dependency or mental illness (provided all other eligibility rules are followed) and the receiving school will better serve the student’s needs.
The principals and activities directors from both the sending and receiving school agree that varsity competition eligibility should be considered.
4.How do I request a Transfer Eligibility Review?

When you enrolled at your new school [receiving school] and indicated an interest in participating in athletics, the school compiled information and submitted a student transfer report to the MSHSL. The transfer report contains general information on your previous school(s) and the reason for your transfer. Based on this information, the receiving school makes aninitial eligibility determination. That determination is sent to the MSHSL for review to ensure compliance with MSHSL bylaws and policies.

If you are determined ineligible, you can request further review by the MSHSL. Visit with the athletic director at the Receiving School and request a Transfer Eligibility Review. The athletic director will submit the request and supporting documentation to the League for review.

All denied Transfer Eligibility Review requests for varsity competition eligibility will be reviewed by the MSHSL Board of Directors Eligibility Committee for further review or referral to an Independent Reviewer. Ultimately, the final decisions on eligibility will be made by the MSHSL Board of Directors.
5.What types of information and documentation should I provide in support of my request for a Transfer Eligibility Review?

You should provide a written explanation and documentation supporting your request for review. This is your opportunity to support your request for eligibility so please submit whatever relevant documentation/information you have. Below are common types of documentation the MSHSL looks for under each of the seven review options:
1. Internal district policies (for transfers in districts with multiple high schools)
  • The district policy or policies that precipitated the transfer
  • Correspondence from the school district describing the circumstances of the transfer
    2. Adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent
  • Adoption Decree, death certifi cate, CHIPS order
    3. Substantial negative change in the economic status
  • The MSHSL typically considers three years of tax returns showing a negative change in the Adjusted Gross Income.
  • You are encouraged to submit any other documentation showing a negative change in economic status. For example, employer notification indicating the recent loss of income or loss of employment, disability determinations from a medical professional or government agency that indicate a reduction in the ability to be employed.
  • NOTE: Discretionary spending decisions will generally not be considered to be a negative change in economic status.
    4. School Bullying/Harassment
  • Documentation that a complaint was made under the district policy prior to the transfer
  • A report from the sending school that it has investigated and determined a case of bullying or harassment pursuant to Minnesota Statute 121A.03 and 121A.031.
  • Any other documentation of bullying or harassment at the sending school
    5. Administrative Error
  • Documentation from a school administrator explaining the error or errors made in the initial eligibility determination.
    6. Completion of a licensed program for treatment of alcohol or substance abuse, mental illness or emotional disturbance provided all other eligibility rules are followed.
  • Documentation from the director of the treatment facility/provider showing completion of a licensed program by the student
  • Documentation to show the receiving school provides specific aftercare for the student.
    7. School Administrators request for review
  • The administrators from both schools agree varsity competition eligibility should be considered for the student. This Transfer Eligibility Review provision is applicable only for students who transfer from one MSHSL member school to another MSHSL member school.
  • The written request from the administrators at both the receiving school and sending school should include all documents they believe support eligibility.
  • This provision requires certifi cation from both schools confirming no recruitment or inappropriate contact has occured.
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    Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
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    Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017


    • The meeting was called to order by Board President Troy Urdahl. Board member Jill Johnson gave the reflection.
    • Meeting agenda was approved.
    • Board meeting minutes from June 5, 2017 were approved.

    • The Legislative Session begins Feb. 20, 2018.

    • There are no pending cases.

    • The Fall Mailing was Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.
    • Associate Director Bob Madison began his role in late July.

    • Approved a request from Two Harbors High School to play a junior varsity schedule in boys’ soccer.
    • Approved the placement of Foley and Thief River Falls in Class A for the next two-year placement cycle.
    • Approved recommended changes from League Staff and the football advisory committee on language of forfeitures.
    • Executive Director Dave Stead informed the Board of Directors of his interest in transitioning to a senior staff role, effective Feb. 1, 2018.

    • Approved a Resolution in Appreciation and Recognition for Service and Dedication to former Board Members Betsy Anderson, Steve Beals, Tom Graupmann, Emmett Keenan and Deborah Pauly.
    • Approved the 2017-2018 Board of Directors Committee Assignments.
    • Approved the 2016-2017 Expense Reimbursement Dollar Amount of $597,796.
    • Completed OLA recommendations regarding the placement of eligibility information on the front page of the MSHSL website.
    • Approved the Transfer Review Process
    • Approved three recommendations to QRF Adjustments regarding forfeits, tiebreakers and minimum number of games.
    • Will seek approval from the National Federation of State High School Associations to use instant replay on an experimental basis during the football state tournament semifinals and Prep Bowl finals.
    • Approved the contract for MSHSL Music Consultant Carl Lipke through the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Approved the contract for legal services from Kelly & Lemons through the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Approved the contract for Lobbyist and Special Projects Counsel through the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Approved League publications for the 2017-2018 school year.

    • Board President Troy Urdahl reviewed board goals for the 2017-2018 school year.


    Eligibility Committee

    • Approved the committee meeting minutes as presented.

    Audit/Finance Committee
    • The board approved the May financial statement.
    • The board approved the June financial statement.
    • 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 2017-2018 school year.

    Marketing and Communications Committee
    • Staff provided a review of recognition programs.
    • The committee was presented with draft policy language for consideration for the 2017-2018 MSHSL Media Policy Manual. The committee will discuss the draft language at its next meeting on Oct. 5, 2017.

    Technology/Coaches and Official Education Committee
    • The committee recommends a guideline to work with Activities Directors to enforce the board policy regarding Continuing Education Requirement and the Rules Interpretation Meeting completion prior to coaching in their first event or contest. The committee requests this guideline to be an Action Item on the agenda of the next board meeting on Oct. 5, 2017.

    Next meeting: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

    Executive Director Dave Stead to transition to senior staff role
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    Minnesota State High School League Executive Director Dave Stead announced to the Board of Directors on Tuesday, Aug. 8 that he is transitioning to senior staff, effective Feb. 1, 2018.

    Stead, in his 31st year with the League, has been the executive director since 1988. He is just the sixth executive director in the 101-year history of the League, an organization of 525-member schools. He is the longest serving executive director in MSHSL history and the second-longest serving in the nation.

    “This is an opportunity to transition and serve the League in a different way,” Stead said.

    When Stead, a native of Monticello, Iowa, shared his interest in transitioning to another role, he quoted former Iowa High School Athletic Association director Bernie Saggau: “It’s not about you. It’s about how you connect with others and making things better for them.”

    Under Stead’s leadership, the League has been a national leader in enhancing education-based activities. The Minnesota State High School League was the first state association in the nation to provide opportunities for student participants in girls’ hockey, adapted athletics, Robotics and Clay Target. Minnesota also was the first state to implement instant replay during state tournament games.

    Academic recognition programs were also implemented and have flourished during Stead’s tenure. Outreach projects developed during his leadership include Team Up, Anyone Can Save A Life and Why We Play.

    Stead, whose education career spans five decades, has served in many roles with the National Federation of State High School Associations, including its board president from 2004-2005.

    Stead and his wife, Cathy, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, have two daughters, Tracy and Kelly, and three grandchildren.

    “Cathy and I look forward to this new role and the continued success of the League,” Stead said.

    Running And Coaching: Apple Valley’s Heather Kampf
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 8/16/2017 1:35:43 PM

    After her first practice as the new girls cross-country coach at Apple Valley High School on Monday, Heather Kampf issued this message on Twitter: “Today was my first day as HEAD COACH for @AVCCGirls! So excited to empower them to confidently chase down big dreams, on and off the grass.”

    I don’t know if there are any other professional runners who also serve as high school head coaches in Minnesota. And I don’t know how much the cross-country athletes at Apple Valley know about their coach’s running pedigree, which is quite impressive.

    Kampf (who was Heather Dorniden before getting married) won Class 2A state track championships at 400 and 800 meters for Rosemount High School, where she graduated in 2005. She finished as high as 15th in three appearances at the Class 2A state cross-country championships.

    She was a nine-time all-American runner at the University of Minnesota, winning an NCAA indoor title in the 800 in 2006. In her time with the Gophers, she was the only team member who competed at every NCAA championship in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She set school records in nine individual and relay events.

    As a professional runner Kampf, 30, has become one of the nation’s top milers, winning four U.S. championships in one-mile road racing. She finished seventh in the 800 at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials and was third in the 1,500 at the 2014 USA Indoor Championships.

    She worked as an assistant coach at Apple Valley for the last seven years, taking over when head coach Raedi Zimmer retired over the summer.

    “Raedi had been grooming me for a couple years, I think,” Kampf said Wednesday morning between high school practice and a chiropractic appointment. “She had retired from her job in the building and I think she was ready to be completely done. We talked a little this summer and decided it was time.”

    Before Kampf signed on as an assistant in 2010, she was in Belgium for a race when she received an email from Zimmer. “A year turned into another and turned into going on eight years now,” she said. “You fall in love with the kids.”

    Kampf was a three-sport athlete at Rosemount, which is in the same district as Apple Valley. Her first sports love was gymnastics and she set a school record in the pole vault at Rosemount.

    Asked about her high school memories, she said, “I was a pretty busy kid. Most of my memories involve the coaches and the things they taught us about character building and lessons for life.”

    “I’ve never heard anybody say a bad word about her,” said Chris Harder, boys and girls head cross-country coach and assistant track coach at Rosemount. “She knows her stuff and she’s been through a lot of experiences. She’s just a great person with great character.”

    Harder recalled a memorable moment from Kampf’s sophomore track season, when she false-started and was disqualified from the 400 meters at the section championships. She had not run many 800s that season, but it was her next event that day.

    “The silver lining was she was fresh for the 800 in a very good field, qualified for state and ended up placing fifth at state,” Harder said. “She kind of showed herself that she could run the 800, that she could overcome adversity. She’s really positive, she has a can-do attitude. She saw that not as a setback but as opportunity.”

    As a professional runner, Kampf occasionally must travel for races. This weekend she will be running the Falmouth Elite Mile on Cape Cod.

    “This is the one odd time when I have to go for a couple days during the season,” she said.

    Having a professional runner as a coach leads to scenes such as what took place after Apple Valley’s workout Wednesday morning. The coach was preparing for a professional race and the high school runners were preparing for an intrasquad race.

    “I think they really appreciate having that connection with someone who’s still competing,” Kampf said. “After practice we were all saying ‘Good luck!’ to each other.”

    Harder said Kampf has the perfect coaching combination of knowledge, work ethic, compassion and attitude.

    “She always had time for people and she never acted like she was better than anybody else,” he said. “She always encouraged everyone to do their best. After races she always shook hands with everyone, no matter where they finished.

    “It doesn’t surprise me that she’s a coach. I think she could coach a lot of things because of the type of person she is.”

    Kampf studied kinesiology and psychology in college. She isn’t sure what life will hold when her professional running career comes to an end, but it’s a safe bet that coaching will remain part of it.

    “I definitely want to stay connected with youth running,” she said, “and somehow give back and hope kids in this area have a role model to look up to and see what they can do if they work at it.”

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    Why We Play Conference
    Home Page Photo 80 Minnesota high school athletic administrators have made a year-long commitment to address the specific needs of today's youth as part of a collaborative partnership with the Minnesota State High School League, the InSideOut Initiative and the Super Bowl LII Host Committee Legacy Fund.

    The kickoff for the training—Why We Play InSideOut Team—took place on Wednesday, August 2 at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, and is the first phase of a year-long commitment being made by the partners to educate school athletic administrators on skill development to implement the initiative with leaders, coaches and students in their communities. In this first phase of training, the group met from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    "For sports to provide students with a place to belong, moral character development, and accountability to established expectations, our culture must move beyond defining the value of sports by the scoreboard and create space in the culture for a higher purpose," said MSHSL Associate Director Jody Redman, and co-founder of the InSideOut Initiative. "It is one that guides school communities into reframing the purpose of sports and that focuses on the development of the social and emotional well-being of every student-athlete."

    The MSHSL provided athletic administrators with training and curriculum, developed by the InSideOut Initiative, to implement with coaches during the 2017-18 school year and for students participating in those school communities during the 2018-19 school year.

    "We know sports engage more people in a shared experience than any other cultural activity, organization or religion—and we have the opportunity through Super Bowl LII to make a tremendous impact this year," said Dana Nelson, Vice President of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. "We're honored to partner with the MSHSL and InSideOut Initiative to support the kickoff of this important year-long educational opportunity to improve the sports experience for students—and proud of our home state of Minnesota for championing the movement."

    One of the areas of concentration will be on the mental health crisis that faces today's youth.

    In the book Hardwired to Connect, a commissioned-study by a panel of leading doctors, research scientists and youth service professionals, describes for the nation new strategies to reduce the currently high numbers of U.S. children who are suffering from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, and thoughts of suicide.

    Findings of the study identified a lack of connectedness as the root of this significant issue. The commission defined three fundamental needs of every child: The need to belong and be affirmed of inherent value and worth, the need for moral character development and a belief system, and the need to be a part of an authentic community that holds individuals accountable to a set of defined expectations.

    The study states, "enduring attachments to other people for moral development is the best way to ensure a child's healthy development." School athletic programs are one of the potential solutions that meet these fundamental needs if the adults who provide them are intentional about this significant role.

    Why We Play, developed in 2012 by the Minnesota State High School League, is a statewide program created to reclaim the educational purpose of sports. The Why We Play curriculum was founded on the philosophy and four questions contained in Joe Ehrmann's book InSideOut Coaching; How Sports Transforms Lives. In 2015, a partnership was formed between Joe Ehrmann, who authored InSideOut Coaching; How Sports Transforms Lives and Jody Redman of the MSHSL and the InSideOut Initiative was launched.

    The InSideOut Initiative is funded by the National Football League Foundation, and catalyzes partnerships with educational leaders, state athletic associations and local NFL teams to address the brokenness of the sports culture, and engages stakeholders in strategic conversations to re-define the role of interscholastic sports in the lives of students and communities. The InSideOut Initiative is currently engaged with 12 NFL markets in 9 states.


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