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MSHSL, Smitty announce partnership on officials' apparel
Home Page Photo The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and Smitty Officials Apparel, LLC, on Thursday, July 19, announced an exclusive partnership providing Minnesota high school sports officials access to state-of-the-art, dye-sublimated official’s uniforms.

Made in the USA, these uniforms will be accented with the MSHSL logo. Basketball, wrestling, adapted floor hockey, and swimming & diving uniforms will be available soon, with additional sports to be released in the coming months.

The partnership began last march March during the Wrestling and Basketball State Tournaments, with all the tournament officials wearing the new Smitty Officials Apparel MSHSL-branded shirts.

“Our MSHSL officials are excited to move to the new Smitty officials uniforms and Smitty has demonstrated a great willingness to meet our needs and the needs of our officials and programs,” said MSHSL Executive Director Erich Martens.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be the proud supplier of MSHSL official’s apparel,” said Joe DeRosa, president and chief executive officer of Smitty Official’s Apparel. “Our goal is to support MSHSL officiating programs and provide quality products at affordable prices to MSHSL sports officials throughout the entire state. We look forward to our long-term partnership.”

The Minnesota State High School League is a voluntary, non-profit association of public and private schools with an office located in Brooklyn Center, MN. The MSHSL has been provided educational leadership opportunities for students through interscholastic and fine arts programs, and leadership and support to member schools, since 1916. Nearly 620 schools make up the membership of the MSHSL. Of those, nearly 440 are high schools, and the others are either special schools or home schools. The schools provide opportunities for more than 225,000 students to participate in athletic and fine arts competitions statewide. The MSHSL also oversees training and development for nearly 6,300 contest officials.

From a company that has grown from two products (Smitty and Noose Lanyards) to a national manufacturing leader of sports officials’ apparel with almost 2,000 products in various styles and sizes, Smitty’s focus is to provide quality products and services at an affordable price for dealers and sports officials. Its recent addition of dye-sublimated shirts with more than 60 styles – all manufactured in the United States – for various sports associations confirms its commitment to meeting the needs of officials.

Officials will receive direct communication regarding ordering and availability of shirts in the coming months.

Transfer Eligibility Review
General Information for Students and Parents

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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    Maple Lake Volleyball: Fresh Start, Longstanding Tradition
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 8/17/2018 2:02:27 PM

    As the Maple Lake volleyball team, winners of the last two Class 2A state championships and owners of a 44-match winning streak, opened preseason practice in the school gym this week, something was happening on the gym walls that had absolutely nothing to do with past volleyball success or future outcomes.

    Other than two scoreboards and giant lettering that read “Welcome to Irish Country,” the walls were bare. All manner of banner had been removed so a fresh coat of white paint could be applied, and the signage will be back in place before school starts.

    It’s the first time such a project has been undertaken in the 20 years since Marty Kiebel was hired as a first-year teacher and volleyball coach. And if anybody looked up at the walls and then down at the volleyball team and pretended to relate the two in a “starting from scratch” fashion, they would be incorrect.

    Yes, six of the eight players who competed in last year’s state championship match against North Branch – the third of three matches at state that were won by a score of 3-0 -- have graduated. Yes, the Irish will depend on some fresh faces to fill those holes. But no, they are not starting over.

    Maple Lake has one of the strongest volleyball traditions in Minnesota, reaching the state tournament every year but one since 2011. And the Irish also have been a softball power, finishing second in Class 2A at the state tournament four times recently before winning the state title this spring. Of the 14 varsity volleyball players last season, 12 were also members of the softball or track teams.

    “Success in small schools often bleeds into different sports,” Kiebel said.

    The team slogan this season is printed on t-shirts. On the front it says “WHO KNOWS…” On the back: “WE DO.”

    The first half of the slogan can be interpreted many ways: Who knows what it takes to be successful? Who knows what it means to take on responsibility and step up? Who knows what can happen in the course of a season?

    There was a time, Siebel said, when the Irish felt like the hunted instead of the hunters.

    “We knew when we were getting better. When we started winning those 50-50 matches, and it started to be 60-40 and 70-30, it turned around. I kind of think it’s like our slogan. Who knows how to handle having a target on the back? We do.”

    There’s also this: Maple Lake’s junior varsity team had a record of 23-5 last season, finishing second while competing against some much larger schools in tournaments at Blaine and Champlin Park.

    “They competed very well and had a very successful season,” Kiebel (pictured) said. “Every one of those kids played club ball and they’re just tremendous athletes.”

    Senior Brielle Paumen said, “I’m excited because even though we had a packed varsity team last year, the JV was packed, too. I’m excited to see what we can do this year.”

    Another senior, Maddi Maas, added, “I’m excited to see how the season goes, especially after losing so many of our seniors that have been playing on the varsity since they were eighth- and ninth-graders. It’ll be fun to see all the younger kids step up and see where we go with it.

    “We’ve kind of always had a target on our backs for however many years because we’ve built such a strong program. But we don’t really think about it because we just play. We don’t think about how other people see our team. I think this year there will be some teams that might underestimate us; we have to prove that we’re still a strong Maple Lake program.”

    During this first week of practice, players from seventh grade through 12th grade worked out together, giving younger athletes opportunities to do drills with veterans and allowing older players to offer advice and encouragement.

    After the second of two workouts on Tuesday, the players stood in a large circle as Kiebel spoke to them. He invited older players to name younger players who had inspired them that day, and then asked younger players to do the same with veterans.

    “The moment the kids are on the C team and above, I say, ‘Whether you like it or not, you are wearing the Maple Lake volleyball uniform,’ ” Kiebel said. “ ‘If you’re on the C team with a bunch of eighth-graders, that C team from the other school, if they beat you that’s a good win for them. Because of the success of our varsity team, it puts a target all the way down with you guys.’ ”

    Ella Kiebel, the coach’s daughter who played an important role on last year’s team as an eighth-grader, said, “I think we’re more excited because it’s kind of a whole new team this year. We’ll have people who might say, ‘Oh, they lost basically their whole team so they won’t be as good.’ And we’ll also have people who are like, ‘Oh, they’re Maple Lake and we want to beat them.’ I think if we just play as hard as we can it should be a super fun season.”

    Junior Katie Goelz added, “I think that because we’ve had two state championships, it motivates us to be better and work harder in the gym. Our younger girls will step up, also. Is there pressure? A little bit.”

    --To see a photo gallery, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

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