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2024 Representative Assembly passes one bylaw amendment

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 12:24 PM

Rep Assembly

For Immediate Release

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. --- An amendment to Bylaw 522.7 relating to Dance Team tryouts was approved by the Minnesota State High School League’s Representative Assembly on Tuesday, May 7 during the legislative body’s annual meeting at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. 

In a unanimous vote of the 45 members present, the Representative Assembly approved a bylaw proposal that removes the spring tryout option for Dance Team. The decision aligns Dance Team with other League activities in limiting the timeframe for tryouts to the League-designated season only. 

The approved bylaw amendment brings Dance Team into alignment with other League activities in clearly defining the length of season. Before the bylaw amendment approval, Dance Team coaches were permitted to contact student participants and hold tryouts for team selection in the time period immediately following the state competition through June 15. The approved bylaw amendment also reduces potential conflicts for student-participants in spring activities, who must find time to learn choreography and tryout for their Dance Team.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are appreciative of the thoughtful reflection and consideration of the proposed bylaw amendment by the Representative Assembly,” said Board of Directors President Jim Smokrovich, principal of East Ridge High School in Woodbury. “This amendment approval brings Dance Team into symmetry with other League activities.”

The Dance Team proposed bylaw amendment advanced to the Representative Assembly for consideration after all 16 administrative regions approved. Nine of the 16 administrative regions must approve a proposed bylaw amendment for its advancement to the 48-member Representative Assembly. Each of the 16 administrative regions has three representatives on the Representative Assembly. 

Proposed amendments for consideration may be submitted by member schools, a Region Committee, the League’s Board of Directors, by action of the Representative Assembly or by officers of the representative associations.

In other meeting business, members of the Board of Directors and League Executive Staff shared updates and had discussions on topics that included, but were not limited to, the League’s financial position, potential future action to expand League governance to include all participating 9th Graders, Together in Partnership 3.0 and other League initiatives. 



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