OFFICIAL MSHSL ATHLETIC BYLAWS
FOR FOOTBALL (Updated 9/23/2011)
See the MSHSL Official Handbook
501 for information regarding:
Maximum Number of Contests
See the MSHSL Official Handbook
502 for information regarding:
Daily and Season Player Participation Limitations
See the MSHSL Official Handbook
508 for information regarding:
Last Date to Join a Team
Maximum Number of Contests Chart
Player Participation Limitations
Practice Sessions Before First Game
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
of the Athletic Rules and Policies Manual for information
regarding the following:
Athletic Director Checklist
Coaches Responsibility: Student Eligibility Checklist
level teams at Sub-Varsity levels
in League Tournaments
(heat, cold, lightning)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
The intentional forfeiture of a
by a team qualifying for the playoffs will cause that team to lose its eligibility for a
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.
may play more than 11 games total (12 with Conference Championship Game), during the
regular season and Section playoff.
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
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)
A football game will be forfeited if a school
is not able to play as contracted because of a teacher strike.
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
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
TOURNAMENT BALL -
The official MSHSL ball for football is the Wilson (F1003B-GST). This
ball will be provided for Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and
are encouraged to use this football during the regular season but that is
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).
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.
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
PLAYOFF SITES - SECTION
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
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
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.
SQUAD FOR SECTION AND STATE PLAYOFFS
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:
62 players, 5 coaches,
3 student managers =
53 players, 4
coaches, 3 student managers = 60
45 players, 3
coaches, 3 student managers = 51
39 players, 3
coaches, 2 student managers = 44
36 players, 3
coaches, 2 student managers = 41
27 players, 2
coaches, 2 student managers = 31
numbers may exceed official roster at Section and State Tournament Games for
TOURNAMENT PROGRAM INFORMATION DEADLINES
TOURNAMENT QUALIFYING SCHOOL INFORMATION
Specific information for qualifying schools is available on the MSHSL
Administrative Web Site under Tournament Information.
1st & 2nd place team
1st & 2nd place team
5A (65), 4A (56), 3A (48), 2A (41), A
(38), 9M (29)
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)
5A (65), 4A (56), 3A (48), 2A
(41), A (38), 9M (29)
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.
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
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.
Bylaw 409, RESPONSIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATING TEAMS, STUDENTS AND SPECTATORS,
speaks to this issue, directly, and Bylaw 409-2 specifically states that,
officials shall be held responsible for the proper conduct of teams, team
members, students and home spectators regardless of where the contest is being
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.
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS FOR REGULAR AND POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT COMPETITIONS:
for supporting your student athletes and fine arts participants and for
providing a positive environment in which educational activities are conducted.
the American flag and the National Anthem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
noise makers (i.e. megaphones, cowbells, sirens, whistles, thunder sticks,
and other similar items) are not allowed.
lights are strictly prohibited.
PLAYOFF SITES - STATE
The Board of Directors will determine the
sites for all state tournament games.
& Sites for 2011
11, and 12, 2011
Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA: All
played at Neutral Sites as assigned by the League Office.
1 vs. 4 – Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Spring Lake Park H.S. – 1:00
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.
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.
1 vs. 4 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Farmington High School – 7:00
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
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 –
6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Chisago Lakes Area H.S.,
Lindstrom – 7:00 p.m.
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 –
6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – St. Cloud State University – 8:00
1 vs. 4 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Metrodome, Minneapolis
– 5:00 p.m.
2 vs. 3 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Metrodome, Minneapolis –
5 vs. 8 – Saturday, November 12, 2011 – St. Cloud State University –
6 vs. 7 – Friday, November 11, 2011 – Osseo High School – 7:00 p.m.
* Sites, Times, and Dates listed above are subject to change
(all games at Metrodome): November 18 and 19, 2011
Daily Schedule (all times are approximate)
10:15 a.m. Class A
12:45 p.m. Class AAAA
3:15 p.m. Class AAA
5:45 p.m. Class
8:15 p.m. Class AAAAA
for all Classes:
Friday, November 18, 2011
Winner of Section 6
vs. 7 vs. Winner of Section 2 vs.
November 19, 2011
Winner of Section 5 vs. 8 vs. Winner
of Section 1 vs. 4
games at the Metrodome): November 25 and 26, 2011
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
November 26, 2011
12:00 p.m. Class AAA
3:00 p.m. Class AAAA
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;
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
2011: Day 1 - Section 6 vs. 7 Winner vs. Section
2 vs. 3 Winner
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
2 - Section 4 vs. 2 Winner vs. Section 7 vs. 5 Winner
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
Semifinals in the Dome on Thursday Evening prior to the
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
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
& 2015: Section 4 vs. 5
Section 3 vs. 6
& 2017: Section 6 vs. 4
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
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
The MSHSL football playoffs shall
in six classifications. Member schools are classified as follows:
Schools with enrollments of
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.
AAAAA and AAAA teams
teams participating in football
AAAAA and AAAA schools
participating teams remaining
AAA, AA, and A teams remaining
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
AAAAAA - Top 32 schools
AAAAA - Next 48 schools
AAAA - Next 48 schools
AAA - Next 54 schools (approximate)
AA - Divided equally between
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
ARTICLE 2. Policies for Administering
A. These policies are intended to lend uniformity to Section Playoffs as conducted on a
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
6. The Class AAAAA, AAAA, AAA, AA, A, and 9-Man Committees must choose one of the
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
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
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
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
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
3. 50 points are awarded for each win, provided the defeated team is in a lower
4. 50 points are awarded for each loss, provided the winning team is in a higher
5. 00 points are awarded for each loss, provided the winning team is in the same
6. 00 points are awarded for each loss, provided the winning team is in a lower
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
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.
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
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.