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Representative Assembly approves three bylaw amendments
Representative Assembly Image BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The Minnesota State High School League’s Representative Assembly approved three bylaw amendments during its annual meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Brooklyn Center.

Forty-two of the 48 members of the Representative Assembly were present, and all voted unanimously in favor of approving three proposed amendments to Bylaw 111 Transfer and Residence that expands opportunities for high school participants.

One amendment provides the chance for international students to take part in MSHSL sponsored athletics at the junior varsity level or lower for more than the current one year. The other two amendments simplify the application of varsity ineligibility in the case of multiple transfers by a student athlete, and also expanded definitions in the provision for varsity eligibility for a one-time transfer between separated parents.

“All three amendments brought before the Rep Assembly were focused on the common theme of doing what is best for kids’ experiences and opportunities,” said Eastview activities director Matt Percival, a member of the Representative Assembly representing Region 3AA. “The overwhelming positive support for each amendment showed that regardless of school size or location, these bylaws attempt to address the current realities of student experiences.”

The Minnesota State High School League provides educational opportunities for students through interscholastic athletic and fine arts programs and provides leadership and support for member schools.

Education and Leadership for a Lifetime


Notice of Position Opening
Director of Technology Image Position: Fulltime Director of Technology, Minnesota State High School League

The Minnesota State High School League is seeking a visionary and effective director to manage internal technology functions, lead staff in improved technology skills, provide a dynamic and comprehensive website for all users, ensure a secure and productive infrastructure and improve our technical service to member schools, administrators, coaches, and officials. This position is a full-time, onsite, administrative position. Minimal travel required for conferences, workshops, and tournaments. Applications accepted beginning immediately through May 31, 2019.
Primary Responsibilities
• Serve as the Information Technology Director with overall responsibility for all aspects of League technology and the MSHSL Website.
• Engage employees and important stakeholders in strategic planning for all aspects of our technology services with a focus on performance, customer satisfaction, efficiency, cost-effectiveness,
• Responsible for management of League data including managing updates, back-ups, and archives.
• Communicate effectively with staff members, programming staff, and member schools regarding all aspects of technology.
• Lead the redesign of the MSHSL Website to increase effectiveness for all users including a mobile friendly platform.
• Determine the requirements for IT systems, based on the needs of member schools, coaches, officials, and League Staff members and implement new technology solutions to meet the identified needs.
• Design a technology training plan for all League Staff to grow technology skills and increase efficiency and effectiveness.
• Provide technical support and troubleshoot technology issues for staff members and member schools.
• Partner and monitor program service providers in meeting the needs of our tournaments, staff and member schools.
• Monitor and maintain network infrastructure, including switches, firewalls, wireless access systems and cabling.
• Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.
Desired Qualifications
• Minimum of a BA or BS degree with evidence of continuing education. Additional certifications or degrees are desired.
• Demonstrated experience in articulating technology program needs and concerns and developing strategic plans.
• Experience and expertise using Windows platform and servers.
• Demonstrated expertise in the creation, improvement, and management of websites.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in small and large group settings.
• High proficiency and ability to train staff in desktop applications and effective use of technology.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, administer and evaluate technology productivity and efficiency.
• Evidence of collaborative approach to increasing effectiveness of an organization through improved technology and staff skills.
Salary and Benefits
• Medical, dental, term life, and disability insurance, sick leave, vacation and other work related benefits.
• 403(b) retirement plan.
• Salary commensurate with professional qualifications, experience, and comparable positions in similar non-profit entities.
• Other benefits as may be provided by the Board of Directors.
Application Requirements
• A one-page letter of interest in MSHSL employment.
• A comprehensive resume detailing technology skills and certifications, experiences with multiple platforms, responsibilities, and clients.
• Evidence of leadership of teams and/or departments.
• Specific information relative to the candidate’s development of organizational efficiencies, management and/or creation of website, content, and desire to continue personal growth. Provide examples of collaboration with colleagues, presentations or trainings at educational and technology seminars or similar workshops.
• The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three persons who can speak about the candidate’s skills in fulfilling the primary responsibilities of this position.
Timeline
Announcement of position opening --- May 3, 2019
Deadline for receiving applications --- May 31, 2019
Announce selection of Director --- June 20, 2019
Begin Employment --- ASAP
For additional information, please access mshsl.org or contact Erich Martens, Executive Director, Minnesota State High School League, 2100 Freeway Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-1735
Information requested for this position may be submitted to resumes@mshsl.org
2019 Golf Postseason Scoring
Golf Image Welcome to the Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls golf section and state tournaments!

To follow the live action, register for free with iWanamaker at www.iwanamaker.com or by clicking the link below. For mobile users, you may download the iWanamaker App.

Enjoy the tournaments!
Golf Scoring Results
2019 Summer Radio Tour
Radio Meetings Image The Minnesota State High School League will again host informational meetings this summer with its Radio Partners at four locations in greater Minnesota.

The meetings begin at 10 a.m. The League looks forward to visiting with you then!

Monday, June 17
New Ulm High School
1600 Oak Street
New Ulm, MN 56073

Tuesday, June 18
Fergus Falls High School
61 East Randolph Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Monday, June 24
Brainerd High School
702 South 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Tuesday, June 25
Hibbing High School
800 East 21st Street
Hibbing, MN 55746

2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Competitive Section Assignments Image Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:

Competitive Sections – There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says “2019-2020, 2020-2021”. You will need to click on the ‘+’ sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to “Activities”. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.

Section Map – The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
2. You can find a school by selecting it in the “School” Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
6. One additional control on the map is the “Show Coop Teams”. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.


Competitive Section Assignments
2019 Adapted Softball State Tournament
Adapted Softball Image The Minnesota State High School League’s annual Adapted Softball State Tournament is Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at Chanhassen High School. Championships will be awarded in the CI and PI Divisions. The Adapted Softball State Tournament has been held annually since 1994. Here is a look at the tournament:
Fast Facts
Location
:
Chanhassen High School
2200 Lyman Boulevard
Chanhassen, MN 55317
The Schedule:
CI Division
Friday, May 31
Quarterfinals

(1N) St. Cloud Area (8-0) vs. (4S) Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake (6-4), 5 p.m.
(2S) Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (9-1) vs. (3N) New Prague (5-6), 6:30 p.m.
(2N) Osseo (7-2) vs. (3S) White Bear Lake Area (6-2), 8 p.m.
(1S) South Washington County (9-1) vs. (4N) Dakota United (4-7), 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 1
Consolation semifinals
--- 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Championship semifinals --- Noon
Consolation final --- 1:45 p.m.
Third place --- 3:30 p.m.
Championship --- 3:45 p.m.
PI Division
Friday, May 31
Quarterfinals

(1N) Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka (7-1) vs. (4S) Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville/New Prague (3-5), 5 p.m.
(2S) Rochester (3-3) vs. (3N) Anoka-Hennepin (5-4), 5 p.m.
(2N) Osseo (6-2) vs. (3S) St. Paul Humboldt (2-4), 6:30 p.m.
(1S) Dakota United (7-0) vs. (4N) Minneapolis South (2-7), 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1
Consolation semifinals
--- 9 a.m.
Championship semifinals --- 10:30 a.m.
Consolation final --- Noon
Third place --- 1:15 p.m.
Championship --- 1:45 p.m.
Single-session tickets: $7 adults; $4 students
Brackets and results: Posted on the League’s website at www.mshsl.org
Social media: Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSLJohn.
Credentials: A news media credential is not required to cover this event.
Streaming: School Space Media will livestream the championship games in the CI and PI divisions free of charge. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv .
Tournament Preview
CI Division

• St. Cloud Area is looking for a three-peat of championships in this division. The Sluggers captured their second consecutive crown during the 2018 state tournament with an 8-6 victory in eight innings over Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake in the championship game. Those teams open the tournament this season in a rematch. St. Cloud Area has scored 11 or more runs in seven of its eight victories. South Washington County, the top seed in the lower bracket, placed third in 2018. Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville is the No. 2 seed in the upper bracket. The Blazing Cats won the consolation final in 2018. Sophomore shortstop Natalya Rawley has a team-best 31 hits and an .837 batting average for the Blazing Cats.
PI Division
• Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka added another championship trophy to the most successful adapted athletics program in Minnesota following its 4-1 victory over Anoka-Hennepin in the title game in the 2018 state tournament. The Robins are the top seed in the top part of the bracket. It was the second consecutive PI Division state championship for the Robins in 2018 and eighth since 2009. During that span, Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka rattled off a state-record six consecutive titles in the PI Division. They enter this season’s state tournament on a six-game winning streak after opening the season 1-1. Dakota United, arguably the top rival of Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka in the recent past, is the top seed in the lower bracket and only undefeated team in the division. The Hawks have scored at least 12 runs in all of their victories.


2019 Robotics State Tournament
Robotics Image Badger, Warroad, and Frazee-Vergas claim robotics state title

Badger, Warroad and Frazee-Vergas formed the winning alliance at the 2019 Robotics State Tournament. It was the second consecutive and overall title Frazee-Vergas, the second overall for Warroad, and the first for Badger. Warroad earned its first championship in 2017.

The alliance of Duluth Denfeld, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, and Math & Science Academy of Woodbury took runner-up honors. Westbrook-Walnut Grove was making its first tournament appearance.

The finals went to three matches this year. The Badger, Warroad, Frazee-Vergas alliance lost the first match 82-80, but then bounced back to win the next two 75-72 and 90-75, respectively.

The alliance of Irondale of New Brighton, Greenbush-Middle River, and Breck School of Golden Valley claimed third-place honors. The Gators of Greenbush-Middle River were in the hunt for their second consecutive title. They won with Eden Valley-Watkins and Frazee-Vergas in 2018.

This season’s game was called FIRST® DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE. In the game, presented by The Boeing Company, we joined two competing alliances collecting samples on the planet Primus. In the first 2:30, a sandstorm limited driver visibility so robots independently followed pre-programmed instructions or were operated by a human driver via video. In the second 2:15, the sandstorm cleared and human operators took control of their robots. In both segments of the game, points were earned by preparing the rockets and cargo ship with hatch panels and loading cargo pods into the rockets and cargo ships. Additional points were earned by deploying and then returning the robots safely to the alliance’s habitat.


80 Umpires, 900 Games, 40 Schools
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 5/25/2019
How important are officials to high school activities? How about this fact: By the time section playoffs have ended, the St. Cloud Officials' Association will have supplied umpires for more than 900 softball and baseball games among 40 schools. The story is the same all over the state: dedicated officials, assignors and administrators working hard to get games in regardless of weather challenges.

Here's an important email that was sent Friday...


To: ADs, Admin. Assistants, and SCOA Umpires

Good afternoon,

Now that we have reached the end of the regular seasons, I thought it was an appropriate time to say thank you - two words that will never really express my gratitude.

It was an interesting spring. In the past, we have known we were going to lose an early portion of the season and had time to react, prepare and reschedule. This year we got started in early April, but it seemed like we would get a least one weather day or two each week - not to mention a few snowstorms. It was very challenging and frustrating for all, I know.

So - I thought I would share my gratitude - both as a fellow school administrator and as an assignor.

Here is what I witnessed this year -- umpires willing to make switches, sometimes with less than two hours notices, ADs willing to look for creative solutions and find times to play games when umpires were available that fit into the schools' schedules, and schools working together for the benefit of student-athletes in all schools. And, both groups understanding the challenges that the other faced through a tough spring, appreciating and supporting each other - and doing it cheerfully and professionally the entire journey.

The end result - we got most of the games in, we had very few miscommunications, and we covered 99+% of the games.

I want to share some numbers:

By the time the section playoffs have concluded, the St. Cloud Officials' Association will have supplied umpires for over 900 softball and baseball games among 40 schools - 600+ varsity games and 300+ sub-varsity games. To do that, 80 umpires filled over 1,600 "slots" in less than eight weeks time - all of these numbers are record highs since I have been assigning for the SCOA.

I know that these same efforts to get the games in and get the games covered went on in many other areas of the state with many other schools and officials' associations. This story needs to be told as much as the stories about the shortage of officials. The officials and administrators we have are dedicated to kids.

It is my extreme pleasure to work with each and everyone of you. I am proud of my colleagues - both in school administration and in officiating. And, I look forward to doing it again next spring.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend - you all have earned it ten-fold.

See you at the ballpark!

Emmett Keenan
Athletic and Activities Director, St. Cloud Cathedral
Baseball and Softball Umpires' Assignor for St. Cloud Officials' Association



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You will also find a recap of a busy winter state tournament season, which included the 25- and 75-year salutes to girls and boys hockey respectively. As in every edition, get the latest news and information from throughout the League. And, don't forget to test your knowledge by taking the MSHSL's Quickie Quiz.

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Rep Assembly Meeting Agenda 5-13-19
Executive Committee Special Mtg 4-19-19
Board Synopsis --- 4-4-19
2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
April 2019 Bd and Committee Mtg Agendas
MSHSL To Honor Contest Officials
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2019-20, 2020-21 District Football
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Providing Equal Athletic Opportunities - A Guide to Compliance
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