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Regular Membership

Membership is extended to each Minnesota-based high school as approved by its governing board, high schools associated with state supported universities or colleges, and state supported institutional high schools. Schools must administer a minimum of three years of senior high school work (grades 10-12) or four years of work for grades 9-12 as accredited by the Minnesota State Department of Education.

To be eligible for membership with the League, the governing board of each such school must pass a resolution applying for membership for each of its high schools in which it agrees to abide by, and enforce, the Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, Bylaws and Regulations of the League.

Membership shall continue subject to payment of the annual dues and subject to the annual adoption by the governing board of each member school of a Resolution, in which it is agreed that such school will abide by and enforce the League’s Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws, and adopt as its own the League’s bylaws and regulations governing interscholastic competition in League sponsored activities and agrees to enforce the same.

Associate Membership

Associate membership may be granted to new schools doing accredited work for either grades 9 and 10, grade 10, grades 9-11, inclusive, or grades 10 and 11, provided they are otherwise eligible, pending the addition of a grade each school year until the 12th grade is added, at which time they qualify for regular membership. Associate members shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of League membership and shall pay dues and fees as prescribed by its Constitution and Bylaws.


The annual membership dues shall be established by the Board of Directors and be payable by October 1 of each year. Schools failing to pay dues for any year are not eligible to participate in League activities for that year. The 2024-2025 membership fee is $100, the registration fee for athletics and activities is $160 (per activity) and the cost per student is $2.25. Membership and registration fees help offset costs of state tournaments, provide services to member schools and help pay for catastrophic and concussion insurance.


Cooperative sponsorship of an activity by two or more member schools

  • Class A and Class AA refers to the school size for placement into Administrative Regions and does not refer to the tournament classification to which a school may be assigned for a particular sport.
  • For purposes of administering this bylaw, the largest 128 schools shall be Class AA, and the rest of the schools shall be Class A.

When any member school cooperatively sponsors an activity with any other member school(s), 100% of the total enrollment of the largest member school in the co-op and 50% of the enrollment of the other member school(s) in the co-op school be combined to determine the appropriate competitive classification.


Minnesota State High School League Guide to Compliance
The Minnesota Department of Education partnered with the Minnesota State High School League in 2012 to develop a compliance guide to assist schools in fulfilling their duty to provide equal opportunity for members of each sex to participate in both intramural and interscholastic athletic programs. Minnesota State High School League Guide to Compliance.