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Competitive Sections

MSHSL Teams are classified by sport and activity for postseason competition and performances every two years. Competitive section placements are determined by enrollment and geography (as determined by MSHSL Board policy), with a balanced number of schools in each section at the time of placement. The Board of Directors reviews and approves classifications and competitive section placements for postseason play in MSHSL-sponsored sports and fine arts activities every two years.


Competitive Section List

  • The following filters are available: school year, activity, school, section, and class. Using just the School filter is the most efficient way to find out all the sports/activities a school offers and in which sections they compete. 
  • Click on the ‘+’ sign or the Expand/Collapse All Sections button to expand the list to see teams in the sections.
  • The number in parenthesis in the accordion is the number of teams in that section.
  • Activities filter displays schools registered in that activity
  • School filter displays the competitive sections for their registered activities.

Competitive Section Map

  • Available are the following filters: school year, activity, school, section, class, and show cooperative sponsored teams.
  • The number in the Sections/Amount filter indicates the number of teams in each section.
  • The number on the map pin indicates the class.
  • Select “Show Coop Teams” to display the additional schools indicated by the arrows that begin at the host school and point to each school in the coop.

MSHSL enrollment:

MSHSL enrollment is determined by the schools Minnesota Department of Education enrollment in year one in grades 9 – 12 minus 40 percent of their educational benefit. (free and reduced lunch)


The class member schools are placed to perform and compete during the postseason. A member school’s MSHSL enrollment determines classification. Schools have the option to both appeal, if they qualify, down in team sports and or opt up every two years. Classification is determined on odd-numbered years every two years.

Competitive Section Placement:

Determined every two years, like classification, member schools are placed by enrollment and geographic location in sports and activities where they compete for postseason play.

Resources for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025

Resources for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023