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MSHSL To Vote Monday On Several Changes For High School Sports

August 25, 2019


BRAINERD, ANTHONY SCOTT, LAKELAND NEWS.>>A.J.: THE TOURNAMENT BRACKETS WERE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AND NONE OF THE WARRIORS RECEIVED SEEDS, SO THEY’LL BEGIN THEIR QUEST AS UNDERDOGS WHEN PLAY BEGINS ON THURSDAY.>>>THE MSHSL BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL MEET ON MONDAY WHERE THEY WILL VOTE ON SEVERAL PROPOSED CHANGES THAT COULD HAVE A LASTING IMPACT ON HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS IN MINNESOTA, INCLUDING POSSIBLY ADDING A 35-SECOND SHOT CLOCK TO HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAMES. THAT’S ONE OF THE MANY TOPICS UP FOR A VOTE. EIGHT STATES IN THE U.S. USE A SHOT CLOCK, AND A 2018 SURVEY FOUND THAT 70% OF MINNESOTA COACHES FAVOR A SHOT CLOCK. ONE DRAWBACK, THOUGH, IS THE COST. THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE BOYS BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION TELLS THE STAR TRIBUNE THAT THE AVERAGE COST FOR INSTALLING A SHOT CLOCK IS $2500. OTHER ITEMS UP FOR VOTE INCLUDE EXTENDING THE BOYS HOCKEY SEASON BY TWO WEEKS AND TWO GAMES, FULL WRESTLEBACKS OR DOUBLE ELIMINATION AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT, AND INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CLASSES IN FOUR SPORTS. SOCCER, TENNIS, AND CROSS-COUNTRY WOULD GROW FROM TWO CLASSES TO THREE, AND VOLLEYBALL WOULD INCREASE FROM THREE CLASSES TO FOUR. AGAIN, THESE CHANGES WILL BE VOTED ON AT MONDAY’S MSHSL BOARD

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