The Minnesota State High School League had a busy Board of Directors meeting Monday, June 3, in Brooklyn Center.
The issues discussed and voted on ranged from shot clocks in basketball, to adding classes to various sports and the possibility of adding a second site to the state wrestling tournament.
No to shot clock
A proposal to implement a 35-second shot clock for boys and girls basketball was voted down 13-5 by the board of directors. A shot clock has gained support from coaches in the states but has stalled more so with activities directors and region committees.
According to the Star Tribune’s David La Vaque, board members pointed out financial and logistical challenges. A shot clock vote also failed last June.
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Votes were approved to add a third class to cross country and soccer and a fourth class to volleyball beginning in the 2021-22 school year.
In cross country, the 64 largest schools will be in Class AAA, next 96 largest in AA and all remaining schools in A. The proposal also included that two teams from every section will still advance to state, but now only top six individuals not on those teams qualify. Eight individuals previously qualified.
In soccer, the 64 largest schools are in AAA, next 64 in AA and all remaining schools in A.
In volleyball, the 64 largest schools are in AAAA, next 64 in AAA, next 128 in AA and all remaining schools in A.
A proposal to add a class for tennis was submitted but no action was taken.
Proposals for alterations to postseason tournaments in various sports were put forth.
Basketball — A proposal to change the Class AAAA postseason tournament was not motioned for a vote. The proposal was for a 16-team tournament featuring the two section finalists in all eight sections with the top eight teams seeded. This did not make it to a vote.
Wrestling — There were three proposals. One that did not make it to a vote was making the individual tournament full double-elimination. The current format offers the possibility of finishing as high as third place after a loss.
One proposal voted on and approved was a change that allows two wrestlers from the same team in the same weight class at a regular season individual tournament if there are byes. Another approved proposal now allows a team with fewer than 20 wrestlers to participate in up to two scrimmages per week.
Dance — A proposal to alter the AAA state tournament was not voted on. The proposal suggested having section winners advance to state automatically with finishers second through fifth advancing to a quarterfinal state competition to round out the eight-team state tournament field.
Nordic skiing — Approved was the addition of a sprint relay to the state tournament.