2011-12 MSHSL Athletic Rules


OFFICIAL MSHSL ATHLETIC BYLAWS FOR FOOTBALL (Updated 9/23/2011)

See the MSHSL Official Handbook Bylaw 501 for information regarding:

  • Maximum Number of Contests

See the MSHSL Official Handbook Bylaw 502 for information regarding:

  • Daily and Season Player Participation Limitations

See the MSHSL Official Handbook Bylaw 508 for information regarding:

  • Contests

  • Equipment Issued

  • Last Date to Join a Team

  • Maximum Number of Contests Chart

  • Player Participation Limitations

  • Practice Sessions Before First Game

  • Season Begins

ELIGIBILITY DURING LEAGUE-SPONSORED TOURNAMENT (subsection, section & state) - (Refer to Bylaw 206)
A student must be fully eligible under all local school district policies and MSHSL bylaws to be in uniform, to occupy the bench or playing area, participate and receive individual and/or team awards, including all-tournament honors, in the awards ceremony.

CONTEST RULES - (Refer to Bylaw 402)
Except as modified by the League, the National Federation of High School Association rules for the current year shall be the official game rules for all interscholastic contests in which League members participate.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN LEAGUE-SPONSORED TOURNAMENTS - (Refer to Bylaw 405)
A member school must schedule a minimum of three interscholastic varsity games, meets or matches to qualify for League-sponsored tournament participation in that sport.

END OF SEASON - (Refer to Bylaw 411)
No school may engage in any meet or meets, practice, training or other activities between the end of the season and the opening of the next season in that sport.

A. Student Participation on a Non-School Team While the Season is Still in Progress:

1) The season shall end when the student or the student's team has been eliminated from further participation in a League tournament series.
2) Students who have been eliminated from further participation in a League tournament series may participate as an individual or as a member of a non-school team in that sport.

B. School Team Practice and Competition: The "end of the season" shall be defined to be the last date of the state tournament in that sport.

1) Schools may continue to conduct practice and training for all squad members, including the students who have been eliminated from further individual competition in a League-sponsored series, until completion of the state tournament conducted by the League in that activity.
2) Dual contests may be scheduled after the start of the official League tournament series providing the school the school does not exceed the maximum number of games/matches/meets permitted in that activity.

C. No school may engage in any meet or meets, practice, training or other activities between the end of the season and the opening of the next season.

D. During the Summer Vacation Period (Bylaw 208.3 Non-School Competition and Training—Team and Individual Sports) members of a high school team may participate on a non-school team and they may receive coaching or training from a salaried or non-salaried member of the student’s sophomore, B-squad, junior varsity or varsity high school coaching staff in that sport provided the school has approved a summer coaching waiver for the coach or coaches of that sport.

GENERAL INFORMATION

See the General Section of the Athletic Rules and Policies Manual for information regarding the following:

  • Athletic Director Checklist

  • Coaches Responsibility: Student Eligibility Checklist

  • Multiple level teams at Sub-Varsity levels

  • Official Squad Size

  • Revenue Sharing

  • Substitution in League Tournaments

  • Weather (heat, cold, lightning)

RULE MODIFICATIONS

25-SECOND PLAY CLOCK
When available a 25-second play clock may be used at the home teams' discretion. There must be a clock operator and must be available to both teams.

TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES
If, at the end of the fourth quarter, the teams have identical scores the tie will be resolved by the "Ten-yard line Overtime Procedure" as outlined in the National Federation Football Rulebook.

MERCY RULE

When the point differential reaches 35 points or more in the fourth quarter, the clock will go to running time. The clock will be stopped for any time-outs (team or official); and after scoring plays, until the ensuing kickoff. Regular timing rules will be used if the point differential drops back to less than 30 points. Note: Rule 3-1-3 remains in effect - this allows the game to be shortened or terminated at any time, by mutual agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee.

9-MAN MODIFICATIONS
Modification of the football distance penalty in 9-Man football. In 9-Man football, all penalties that require a loss of 15 yards in 11-man football, will be penalized a loss of 10 yards on an 80-yard field.  If a 100-yard field is used for 9-man all 15 yard penalties would be assessed as 15 yards.

On the 9-Man field the "9-yard marks" in rule 1-2-3e are placed 7 yards from the sideline. 

There are no uniform numbering requirements for 9-Man.

The 45-point rule for 9-Man football will not be enforced in Minnesota. 

The free blocking zone is a square area extending laterally 3 yards on either side of the spot of the snap and 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

FIELD DIMENSIONS
When facilities permit, 9-Man football should be played on a 100-yard field. If space does not allow for 100 yards, games can be played on a 80-yard field. In either case the width of the field is 40 yards. Distance from sidelines to hash marks is 48 feet, 4 inches..

OFFICIAL MSHSL ATHLETIC POLICIES FOR THE CONDUCT OF FOOTBALL

EQUIPMENT
Footballs and football shoes may be issued at any time provided the school doesn't engage in any football game or games, practice or other football activities between the end of one season and the opening of the next season.

FORFEITURE OF SCHEDULED GAME
The intentional forfeiture of a scheduled game by a team qualifying for the playoffs will cause that team to lose its eligibility for a playoff berth.

GAMES
Number allowed: Member schools shall not schedule or play more than eight (8) games per season, unless the section conducts a 4 team play-off, in which case a school may play a ninth (9) regular season game. The champion of any conference, section or division of a conference will, however, be allowed to play one extra game to determine an inter-conference or an intra-conference championship. The game must be on the school schedule. 

No team may play more than 11 games total (12 with Conference Championship Game), during the regular season and Section playoff.

First Game: Interscholastic games may be scheduled and played on or after the second Thursday of organized practice, provided transfer students do not participate until they are enrolled. Two weeks of organized practice, plus five-days of organized conditioning practice must precede the first scheduled game. Transfer students must be enrolled before participating.

PRACTICE SITE
Practice sessions shall be conducted within the local school environs. Special training camps are not permitted. Controlled interschool scrimmages may be held within the environs of one of the participating schools or at some point between the two schools. Exception: Schools may practice at sites outside of the school environs when it is necessary to secure indoor practice facilities due to inclement weather)

TEACHER STRIKE
A football game will be forfeited if a school is not able to play as contracted because of a teacher strike.

Video Taping another school's game
It shall be an ethical violation to tape another school's game, meet or contest without their permission.  Further it may be a violation of the laws governing copyrights.  Each school owns the copyrights to their games, meets and contests.  Taping another schools game without permission could constitute a violation of the copyright law.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SECTION & STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

MANAGEMENT
The Board of Directors has delegated the management of sectional football playoff games to Section Committees. Each Section Committee is responsible for the general supervision of planning, controlling and managing the section football playoffs.

OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT BALL - Wilson (F1003B-GST)
The official MSHSL ball for football is the Wilson (F1003B-GST). This ball will be provided for Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Championship games.

Schools/teams are encouraged to use this football during the regular season but that is not required.

Beginning with the Quarterfinal round, schools/teams must either use the ball provided (Wilson F1003B-GST) or they can provide their own as long as the ball that is used is a Wilson.

END OF GAME AND HALFTIME RULE ADOPTION FOR SECTION AND STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS GAMES (Adopted November, 2009)

The National Federation of High Schools Football Rule Book provides the opportunity for the MSHSL Board of Directors to approved the following rule adoption, effective for the section and state playoffs:

In the unlikelihood that a section or state playoff game cannot be completed due to darkness, weather or other issues outside the control of game management, the Game Manager in consultation with the Tournament Director, has the authority to decide whether or not the game will continue from the point of interruption or be terminated.  The Game Manager also has the authority to shorten halftime to 10 minutes in the case of bad weather or other issues that would make it necessary to conclude a game as soon as possible.  (Note the current rule allows halftime to be shortened at the consent of the head coaches, this change gives this authority to the game manager, without approval from the coaches).

PLAYOFF DATES
The 2011 State Tournament schedule, as established by the Board of Directors, will be Nov. 10, 11, and 12 for quarterfinals, Nov. 18 and 19 for semifinals, and Nov. 25 and 26 for the Prep Bowl championships.

The Region Committees must complete their playoff games no later than Nov. 5, 2011.

NUMBER OF SECTION PLAYOFF GAMES
Classes AAAAA, AAAA, AAA, AA, A, 9-Man: The committee must choose one of the following options:

A. If the schools in your Section play a nine game schedule, four teams may be seeded to the playoff and no team may play more than two games in the Section playoff.
B. If the Committee chooses an eight game schedule, eight teams may be seeded to the playoffs and no team may play more than three games in the Section playoffs.

Schools not qualifying for the playoff may schedule a ninth (9th) game, if they played less than 9 games during the regular season.

PLAYOFF SITES - SECTION GAMES
The Region Committee will determine the Section playoff sites.

Region Committees are advised that the selection of the home field provides many advantages which lead toward success of the tournament game. These advantages include: All out community support; special care in field and facility preparation; extra help in crowd control; convenient accessibility to support personnel (ticket sellers, ticket takers, game hosts, bands, chain gang, parking assistance, press, box help, medical stand-by, etc.); minimum cost in game expenses to participating schools; and convenient accessibility to dressing room facilities.

Seating for the visiting team should be comparable to the home team. If adequate seating is not available additional bleachers should be moved in or another site should be considered.

PLAYOFF SITES - STATE QUARTERFINALS
All State Quarterfinal playoff games will be played at neutral sites on artificial turf fields. Games may be scheduled on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday of the week following the section play-offs. All site assignments will be made by the League Office.

OFFICIAL SQUAD FOR SECTION AND STATE PLAYOFFS
Schools participating in MSHSL Section and State Tournaments may dress, have on sidelines, and play all players who were on the regular season varsity team roster. Revenue shares will be based on the following:

          Class AAAAA:
          62 players, 5 coaches, 3 student managers = 70

          Class AAAA:
          53 players, 4 coaches, 3 student managers = 60

          Class AAA:
          45 players, 3 coaches, 3 student managers = 51

          Class AA:
          39 players, 3 coaches, 2 student managers = 44

          Class A:
          36 players, 3 coaches, 2 student managers = 41

          Class 9-Man:
          27 players, 2 coaches, 2 student managers = 31

Sideline numbers may exceed official roster at Section and State Tournament Games for FOOTBALL ONLY.

STATE TOURNAMENT PROGRAM INFORMATION DEADLINES

STATE TOURNAMENT QUALIFYING SCHOOL INFORMATION
Specific information for qualifying schools is available on the MSHSL Administrative Web Site under Tournament Information.  

AWARDS

  Trophies Medals Certificates
Section 1st & 2nd place team

1st & 2nd place team

5A (65), 4A (56), 3A (48), 2A (41), A (38), 9M (29)

 
State

1st - 4th place teams

1st - 2nd place team

5A (65), 4A (56), 3A (48), 2A (41), A (38), 9M (29)

1st - 2nd place team coaches

5A (5), 4A (4), 3A (3), 2A (3), A (3), 9M (2)

official squad

5A (65), 4A (56), 3A (48), 2A (41), A (38), 9M (29)
coaches

5A (5), 4A (4), 3A (3), 2A (3), A (3), 9M (2)
cheerleaders + mascot
cheer coach (1)

It is a violation of MSHSL policy for a member school or a representative of a member school to establish, distribute or accept any awards not provide by the MSHSL for section or state tournament.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR SPECTATOR CONDUCT
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 and/or 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 and/or 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.

  • Signs on sticks, balloons, or any other type of artificial, celebratory items are not permitted.

  • 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.

PLAYOFF SITES - STATE TOURNAMENT
The Board of Directors will determine the sites for all state tournament games.

PAIRINGS

Pairings & Sites for 2011

Quarterfinals:  November 10, 11, and 12, 2011

9-Man, Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA: All played at Neutral Sites as assigned by the League Office.

Class: State Quarterfinal Games*:

9-Man:

1 vs. 4 – Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Spring Lake Park H.S. – 1:00 p.m.

2 vs. 3 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – SW State University, Marshall – 5:00 p.m.

5 vs. 8 – Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Concordia College, Moorhead – 1:00 p.m.

6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Public School Stadium, Duluth – 5:00 p.m.

A:

1 vs. 4 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Macalester College, St. Paul – 7:00 p.m.

2 vs. 3 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – SW State University, Marshall – 8:00 p.m.

5 vs. 8 – Sat., November 12, 2011 – Big Cat Stadium, University of MN, Morris – 1:00 p.m.

6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Public School Stadium, Duluth – 8:00 p.m.

AA:

1 vs. 4 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Farmington High School – 7:00 p.m.

2 vs. 3 – Sat., November 12, 2011 – Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter – 1:00 p.m.

5 vs. 8 – Fri., November 11, 2011 – Big Cat Stadium, Univ. of MN, Morris – 7:00 p.m.

6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – St. Cloud State University – 5:00 p.m.

AAA:

1 vs. 4 – Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Lakeville North High School – 7:00 p.m.

2 vs. 3 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Chaska High School – 7:00 p.m.

5 vs. 8 – Saturday, November 12, 2011 – St. Cloud State University – 5:00 p.m.

6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Chisago Lakes Area H.S., Lindstrom – 7:00 p.m.

AAAA:

1 vs. 4 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – East Ridge High School, Woodbury – 7:00 p.m.

2 vs. 3 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Chanhassen High School – 7:00 p.m.

5 vs. 8 – Thursday, November 10, 2011 – St. Cloud State University – 7:00 p.m.

6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – St. Cloud State University – 8:00 p.m.

AAAAA:

1 vs. 4 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Metrodome, Minneapolis – 5:00 p.m.

2 vs. 3 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Metrodome, Minneapolis – 8:00 p.m.

5 vs. 8 – Saturday, November 12, 2011 – St. Cloud State University – 8:00 p.m.

6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Osseo High School – 7:00 p.m.

* Sites, Times, and Dates listed above are subject to change

Semi-Finals (all games at Metrodome): November 18 and 19, 2011
Daily Schedule (all times are approximate)

  8:00 a.m.  9-Man
10:15 a.m.  Class A
12:45 p.m.  Class AAAA
  3:15 p.m.  Class AAA
  5:45 p.m.  Class AA
  8:15 p.m.  Class AAAAA

Pairings for all Classes:
Friday, November 18, 2011
     Winner of Section 6 vs. 7  vs.  Winner of Section 2 vs. 3

Saturday, November 19, 2011
     Winner of Section 5 vs. 8  vs.  Winner of Section 1 vs. 4

Finals (all games at the Metrodome): November 25 and 26, 2011

Semi-Final winners play according to the following schedule: (times are approximate)                            
Friday, November 25, 2011
10:00 a.m.  Class 9-Man
  1:00 p.m.  Class A
  4:00 p.m.  Class AA
  7:00 p.m.  Class AAAAA

Saturday, November 26, 2011                             
12:00 p.m.  Class AAA
  3:00 p.m.  Class AAAA

Future Pairings

Quarterfinals:
     2011:  Section 1 vs. 4;   2 vs. 3;   5 vs. 8;   6 vs. 7
     2012:  Section 2 vs. 1;   4 vs. 3;   6 vs. 5;   8 vs. 7
     2013:  Section 1 vs. 3;   2 vs. 4;   5 vs. 7;   6 vs. 8

     2014:  Section 4 vs. 1;   3 vs. 2;   8 vs. 5;   7 vs. 6
     2015:  Section 1 vs. 2;   3 vs. 4;   5 vs. 6;   7 vs. 8
     2016:  Section 3 vs. 1;   4 vs. 2;   7 vs. 5;   8 vs. 6
 

Semi-Finals:
     2011: Day 1 -  Section 6 vs. 7 Winner vs.  Section 2 vs. 3 Winner
              Day 2 -  Section 5 vs. 8 Winner vs.  Section 1 vs. 4 Winner
     2012: Day 1 -  Section 6 vs. 5 Winner vs. Section 2 vs. 1 Winner
              Day 2 -  Section 8 vs. 7 Winner vs. Section 4 vs. 3 Winner
     2013: Day 1 -  Section 5 vs. 7 Winner vs. Section 2 vs. 4 Winner
              Day 2 -  Section 6 vs. 8 Winner vs. Section 1 vs. 3 Winner
     2014: Day 1 -  Section 8 vs. 5 Winner vs. Section 4 vs. 1 Winner
              Day 2 -  Section 7 vs. 6 Winner vs. Section 3 vs. 2 Winner
     2015: Day 1 -  Section 3 vs. 4 Winner vs. Section 7 vs. 8 Winner
              Day 2 -  Section 1 vs. 2 Winner vs. Section 5 vs. 6 Winner
     2016: Day 1 -  Section 3 vs. 1 Winner vs. Section 8 vs. 6 Winner
              Day 2 -  Section 4 vs. 2 Winner vs. Section 7 vs. 5 Winner

PLAYOFF PLAN FOR CLASS 6A FOOTBALL - Beginning in 2012: (Approved by MSHSL Board of Directors August 2011)

Top 32 schools – 4 sections of 8 schools

Each section seeds #1 – 8 – choice of seeding procedures based on current policy.

No game on Tuesday after MEA

Friday (day prior to section semifinals for other classes):  first round played within each section:  (1 v 8; 2 v 7; 3 v 6; 4 v 5)

Following Friday, top 4 from each section are matched with another section for cross-over games.  Highest seed from one section plays the lowest seed from the section with which they are paired.  High Seed is the home team.  Sections are paired with another section for two years and then rotate.  Initial pairing would be determined by a random draw. Eight winners advance to the State Quarterfinals.

Seed these 8 schools according to current Board policy:  Coaches vote to seed the top 4 and there is a blind draw for the match-ups.

Brackets set according to the seeding results – Quarterfinal round the following Friday – (same day that most other quarterfinals are played).

Semifinals in the Dome on Thursday Evening prior to the Fri/Sat Semifinals

Finals – Friday night of Prep Bowl

Section Championship game is now the State Quarterfinal. Teams who advance to the State Quarterfinal would receive a State Qualifier or State participant plaque since they will no longer receive a section championship plaque.

Teams who advance to the State Quarterfinal would receive a State Qualifier or State Participant plaque since they will no longer receive a section championship plaque.

Pairings for 6A:  2012 & 2013:   Section 5 vs. 6
                                                Section 3 vs. 4
                          2014 & 2015:   Section 4 vs. 5

                                                Section 3 vs. 6
                          2016 & 2017:   Section 6 vs. 4
                                                Section 5 vs. 3

STATE TOURNAMENT POLICIES
NOTE: The MSHSL will be sponsoring the entire State Tournament which will include the quarter-finals, semifinals and the championships in each class. Supplemental management policies and regulations will be forwarded to member schools and tournament managers.

Policies and regulations will include: (1) pairings and site locations of the quarterfinal and semifinal games; (2) the championship games at the Metrodome; (3) ticket information for schools; (4) complimentary ticket policies; (5) expense allowance provisions; (6) band allowances; and (7) cheerleader allowances.

PLAYOFF CLASSIFICATIONS
The Board of Directors will determine the enrollment classifications (AAAAA, AAAA, AAA, AA, A and 9-Man) and the Section assignments. The Fall 2010 ADM for grades 9-12 will be utilized to determine the enrollment classification for the 2011 and 2012 playoffs.

The MSHSL football playoffs shall be conducted in six classifications. Member schools are classified as follows:

Schools with enrollments of 1,246 or more will be classified AAAAA, plus those schools opting up. Schools with enrollments of 623 to 1,245 will be classified AAAA, plus those schools opting up. The remaining number of schools, less the number of 9-Man schools, are divided by three to determine the number of schools in AAA, AA, and A. Schools must have an enrollment of 165 or less in order to qualify for 9-Man.

Example:

58 AAAAA schools
+61 schools with 550-1,099
119 AAAAA and AAAA teams

 

390 teams participating in football
-119 AAAAA and AAAA schools
271 participating teams remaining
-73 9-Man teams
198 AAA, AA, and A teams remaining
3
66 teams each in AAA, AA, and A

CLASSIFICATIONS FOR 2011
AAAAA - 1,246 +
  AAAA - 623 - 1,245
    AAA - 350 - 622 
      AA - 222 - 349
        A - 166 - 221
 9-Man - 1 - 165

NOTE: Beginning in 2012 the football playoffs will be conducted in 7 Classes.
AAAAAA - Top 32 schools by enrollment
  AAAAA - Next 48 schools
    AAAA - Next 48 schools 
      AAA - Next 54 schools (approximate)
        AA - Divided equally between Class A
          A -
   9-Man - 165 and below

EXCHANGE OF GAME FILMS/VIDEOTAPES
The exchange of game films/videotapes is required. Schools shall exchange unaltered game films/videotapes of section or state playoff games only. Game films/videotapes must be made available to the opposing team by noon on Monday of the week in which the next playoff game is scheduled.

FILMING/VIDEOTAPING GAMES
Each participating school may choose to film/videotape its game. The filming/videotaping will be done at the expense of each participating school. The schools wishing to film/videotape their game will be instructed to make arrangements with the Site Manager for a spot to locate their cameras.

HOME TEAM DESIGNATION
The Region Committee will designate the home team in the Section playoff games.

The Board of Directors will designate the home team in the State Tournament. When a school has been designated as the home team for a football playoff game, it shall: (1) act in that capacity unless excused by the Section Committee or the Board of Directors, (2) be considered the home team regardless of where the game is played, and (3) wear a dark-colored jersey. The visiting team shall wear a light-colored jersey.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS, CONSOLIDATIONS, COOPERATIVE SPONSORSHIPS, PAIRINGS
School closings, consolidations, cooperative sponsorships or pairings may cause an individual school to be reassigned to a different classification or to a different Section. However, such movement of school(s) will not change the overall classification alignment during the term of the playoff format.

SCOUTING
Audio taping may be used as a scouting tool, as well as written observations of the team that is being scouted. THE USE OF VIDEO EQUIPMENT OR ANY TYPE OF CAMERA IS PROHIBITED BY A COACH, TEAM MEMBER, OR ANY AGENT THEREOF.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ORGANIZATION

SECTION PLAYOFF MANAGEMENT
The Board of Directors has delegated the management and administration of Sectional football playoffs to Region Committees organized by the member schools of each Section as follows:

ARTICLE 1. Football Playoff Committee.
A. Furnish a full report of all proceedings of Playoff Meetings to members of the Region Committee.
B. Keep accurate records of receipts and disbursements of Section funds and report annually the status of such funds to members of the Region Committee.
C. Pay the necessary expenses of the representative of the official meetings of the Football Advisory Committee.
D. The Region may employ a tournament manager to administer the sectional football playoffs.

ARTICLE 2. Policies for Administering Section Playoffs.
A. These policies are intended to lend uniformity to Section Playoffs as conducted on a statewide basis.

1. The tournament manager and representatives from section schools must adopt a qualification procedure for determining the seeding status of teams within the Section.
2. The seeding procedure must contain a tie-breaker when two or more teams are tied for the same seed.
3. The tournament manager must set a final date for the official seeding meeting.
4. The Region Committees must establish a seeding format.
5. The tournament manager must adopt a policy for determining site and home team designation.
6. The Class AAAAA, AAAA, AAA, AA, A, and 9-Man Committees must choose one of the following options:

a. If the schools in the Section play a nine game schedule, only four teams may be seeded to the playoff and no team may play more than two games in the Section playoff.
b. If the Committee choose an eight game schedule, eight teams may be seeded to the playoffs and no team may play more than three games in the section playoffs.
c. Schools not qualifying for the playoffs may schedule a ninth (9th) game.
d. No team may play more than a combined total of eleven (11) games during the season and Section playoffs.

ARTICLE 3. Recommended Section Policies: General, Seeding and Pairing.
One of the most sensitive areas in the development of the football playoff system is the establishment of confidence in Section management procedures. It is difficult for any school to feel comfortable when they are assigned to a Section with other schools that represent other football conferences and some that are independent. There will be a feeling of apprehension that the Section organization and management will be dominated by one conference. However, enrollment and geography are the principle components for the establishment of the Sections and the members will find it necessary to develop guidelines that will respect and protect the interests of all of the members. The following recommendations are intended to assist region committees in developing procedures that will ensure equitable treatment for all of the member schools of each Section.

A. General Policies:

1. That each Section make the necessary long range schedule adjustments within their jurisdiction which will enable the members to qualify and be ready to play on the selected Section playoff date i.e., eight or more game schedules.
2. That all participating team allowances be in accordance with the League’s policies for State quarter-final and semifinal games.

B. Seeding Policies
The membership of the Seeding Advisory Committee should equally represent all conferences and independent schools that are members of the Section. A general concept for seeding might include a system which would:

1. give recognition for the order of finish in the conference, or
2. rank teams via a point rating system.

FOLLOWING ARE SEVERAL EXAMPLES OF SEEDING PROCEDURES:
The purpose of this list of examples is to provide Seeding Committees with some resource ideas that might be useful in designing a seeding format for the Section. Seeding Committees are encouraged to design a seeding method that responds to the special needs of your Section.

1. The Section with all members from the same conference — The order of finish in conference play could determine the order in which teams would be seeded.
2. The Section with all of the teams from two (2) conferences — If the conferences are of equal size the first and second place finishers in each conference could be seeded.
3. The Section with a mixture of conferences, or a mixture of conferences and independent schools — A plan could be adopted which would rank the teams on a point rating system, or — A plan could be adopted which would (a) seed conference champions, then (b) rank and seed the best second and third place teams from the conference.
4. The Section may determine that a point rating system would be an appropriate method to utilize in rating and ranking the teams.

A SAMPLE POINT RATING SYSTEM FOLLOWS:

1. 150 points are awarded for each win, provided the defeated team is in a higher classification.
2. 100 points are awarded for each win, provided the defeated team is in the same classification.
3. 50 points are awarded for each win, provided the defeated team is in a lower classification.
4. 50 points are awarded for each loss, provided the winning team is in a higher classification.
5. 00 points are awarded for each loss, provided the winning team is in the same classification.
6. 00 points are awarded for each loss, provided the winning team is in a lower classification.

TIE BREAKER FOR POINT RATING SYSTEM:

If after totaling the points awarded in items No. 1 - 6 a tie exists for any seeded spot, the following procedure will be followed until the tie is resolved.

a. If the tied teams met in season competition, the winner of that game will be ranked about the defeated team.
b. If a tie still remains for the same seed, bonus points will be awarded and added to the tied teams total points on the following basis:

1) 15 points are awarded for each win that the defeated teams have against opponents who are in a higher classification.
2) 10 points are awarded for each win that the defeated teams have against opponents who are in the defeated teams classification.
3) 5 points are awarded for each win that the defeated teams have against opponents who are in a lower classification than the defeated team.

c. If a tie still remains for the same seed, the team that played the most games in the same or higher classification will be awarded the seed.
d. If a tie still remains for the same seed, the team with the best won and loss record against all opponents will be awarded the seed.
e. If a tie still remains for the same seed, the Section Committee will determine the team to be awarded the seed.

NOTES::
The possibility of a tie score in a season game could occur in games played in other states or because of an emergency game ending. Therefore, if a tie score exists in season play, one half of the points -awarded in the point rating system will be utilized.

In the point rating system, teams are awarded the same number of points for losing to a team in a higher classification or defeating a team in a lower classification. This provision is designed to give the two situations the same value so that schools will be encouraged to maintain their traditional rivals on their schedules when the rival may be in a different classification.

5. The Seeding Committee should give consideration to strength; or to geographical location; or, to conference affiliation when pairing the seeded teams.