MSHSL Approves 8 Bylaw Changes

Updated: 05/13/2014 1:09 PM
Created: 05/12/2014 4:34 PM
By: Nick Tabbert

The MSHSL representative assembly approved eight bylaw changes Monday that will impact high school athlete transfer eligibility and player participation limits, among other topics. The rule changes will take effect August 1.

Eight of the 10 proposed changes were approved at the assembly's meeting at Edinburgh USA golf course in Brooklyn Park. The two failed amendments concerned cooperative sponsorship and a revision of the football practice schedule prior to the first game of the season.

Here's a look at the eight amendments, as summarized by the MSHSL's John Millea.

— Bylaw 111—Transfer and Residence: It will allow a student a 15-day “trial period” to return to the student’s original school after a transfer provided the student has not competed at the varsity level in any sport during that time period. Prior to approval, two amendments were made and approved: 1) an allowance for students/parents to waive the trial period; and 2) restricting the trial period opportunity to once per calendar year.

— Bylaw 201—Amateur Status: It will allow for actual and reasonable reimbursement for participation in a camp or clinic; it prohibits participation on professional teams or signing with a professional team; it will allow a tryout with a professional team if the student can document that (s)he paid all the fees and expenses.

— Bylaw 205—Chemical Eligibility: Expands the prohibited use, consumption, possession, purchase, sale or distribution of products containing or delivering nicotine, tobacco and other chemicals (e.g. e-cigarettes); expands the definition of substances or products that alter the central nervous system (e.g. synthetic drugs, glue, bath salts etc).

— Bylaw 208—Non-School Competition and Training: It more clearly defines for coaches what exactly is prohibited during the annual no-contact period incorporating the July Fourth holiday. No contact, no travel with athletes, no open gym/weight room/training supervision, and no team-building events will be allowed.

— Bylaw 208—Non-School Competition and Training: A second amendment to this bylaw provides specific definitions and policies pertaining to football contact and practice during the summer months. Added were acclimatization rules and limits on contact practices to six days during summer.

— Bylaw 304—Ineligible Student: It removes the team penalty exception for administrative errors in using an ineligible player serving a chemical or non-school competition penalty.

— Bylaw 411—Scheduling of Contests: It will allow scheduling contests with out-of-state schools only if the opponent’s state association actually sponsors that activity and that opponent abides by its state association’s eligibility rules.

— Bylaw 502—Daily/Season Player Participation Limits: It imposes a daily limit of not more than 6.5 quarters during any consecutive three-day period for football players.

The two amendments that failed were proposed to the following bylaws:

— Bylaw 403—Cooperative Sponsorship: It would have changed the co-op application deadline from the first day of practice for a sport to no later than 30 calendar days prior to the first day of practice for a sport.

— Bylaw 508—Football: It is a complete revision of what must be done before the first game is played, spelling out specific protocols for heat acclimatization and practices. It reduces the pre-season period from three weeks to 14 calendar days.

More details about the amendments can be found at the MSHSL's website.

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