April 30, 2007

MSHSAA schools vote to amend Const. and By-Laws

MSHSAA schools vote to amend MSHSAA Constitution and By-Laws



The voting deadline for schools participating in the 2007 MSHSAA Annual Ballot is Tuesday, May 1. This year's ballot contains 31 potential changes to the MSHSAA constitution and by-laws including a petition to conduct separate district and state championship series for public and nonpublic schools, a revision to the football playoffs, and other issues important to our member schools.

Each ballot will be validated on Wednesday, and an independent committee of school administrators will tabulate the ballots on Thursday, May 3. Final ballot results will be released after 5 p.m. on May 3.

OFFICIAL BALLOT

PROPOSALS TO AMEND MSHSAA CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

APRIL, 2007



PROPOSAL NO. 1

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (This proposal requires a 2/3 vote for passage.) Effective immediately



To amend Article III, Section 5-a of the constitution to address the change to an online submittal of membership and sports registration information.





PROPOSAL NO. 2

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (This proposal requires a 2/3 vote for passage.) Effective July 1, 2008



To amend Article III, Membership, of the Constitution by adding new Sections 6, 7, and 8 to allow for "Affiliate Registered Schools" on a two-year experimental basis. A two-thirds majority vote would be necessary for passage on the Annual Ballot.





PROPOSAL NO. 3

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (This proposal requires a 2/3 vote for passage.) Effective immediately



To amend the MSHSAA Constitution, Article IV, Section 7, Duties of the Executive Director, to allow the executive director to make editorial and formatting changes to the by-laws, as described.





PROPOSAL NO. 4

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective for the next application and classification cycle (Applications due Dec. 1, 2007 for 2008-09/2009-10 cycle)



To amend By-Law 106 regarding High School Cooperative Sponsorships by deleting the requirement that one or both of the two schools that desire to cooperatively sponsor a program be without the program for the year preceding the cooperative sponsorship.





PROPOSAL NO. 5

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective for the next application and classification cycle (2008-09/2009-10 cycle)



To amend By-Law 106, High School Cooperative Sponsorships, to change the date by which cooperative sponsorship applications must be submitted to MSHSAA for all activities other than football.





PROPOSAL NO. 6

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective immediately (Applications would be accepted immediately and would be due June 10, 2007 for 2007-08)



To amend the MSHSAA By-Laws by adding new By-Law 107, to allow for cooperative sponsorships at the junior high level.







PROPOSAL NO. 7

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR CHEERLEADING OR DANCE may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective immediately



To amend By-Law 153 to clarify that a head cheer or head dance coach must satisfactorily complete the Coaches Education Program prior to coaching and that an assistant coach must complete this program prior to any subsequent year.





PROPOSAL NO. 8

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective immediately



To amend By-Law 162 to remove unnecessary wording regarding contest protests.







PROPOSAL NO. 9

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



(Editorial) To amend By-Law 213 for structure and flow only; this amendment would cause no change in the requirements for students.





PROPOSAL NO. 10

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2009



To amend By-Law 213-a, Academic Requirements, Grades 9-12, to increase the current minimum threshold for academic eligibility from "2.5 units of credit or 70% of the maximum allowable credits, whichever is greater" to "3.0 units of credit or 80% of the maximum allowable credits, whichever is greater."





PROPOSAL NO. 11

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 213, Academic Requirements, Grades 9-12, to allow a student to be eligible to represent a member school in interscholastic activities provided the student is enrolled at the member school and is taking at least two classes at that member school plus classes through MoVIP that would allow him/her to reach the minimum academic standard.





PROPOSAL NO. 12

Submitted by the Board of Directors and the Middle Level Advisory Committee



ALL MEMBER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 213, Academic Requirements, Grades 7-8, to shorten the grading period for eligibility for junior high students from a semester-based system to "a period no less than six weeks and no greater than nine weeks where progress is determined and is reported to students/parents."





PROPOSAL NO. 13

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective immediately



To amend By-Law 213-d, Summer School for Grades 7 and 8, to include the restriction disallowing the use of correspondence courses and credits toward fall academic eligibility, in order to be consistent with the high school level (grades 9-12).





PROPOSAL NO. 14

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend By-Law 234, Certification of Eligibility, to reflect the change to online submittal of student eligibility information and to indicate that the Board will set the schedule by which eligibility information must be submitted, and to update the language of the by-law for clarity.





PROPOSAL NO. 15

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 238.3-a-2, Residence and Transfer Requirements - Transfer at Promotion, to return to pre-1997 wording that would allow students at the point of promotion to be eligible at the school of their choice, rather than based on residency.





PROPOSAL NO. 16

Submitted by the Board of Directors and the Constitution Study Committee



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 238.3-a-2, Residence and Transfer Requirements - Transfer at Promotion, to specifically define the point of promotion as the first entry into the ninth grade, rather than the current wording that affects some freshmen and some sophomores.





PROPOSAL NO. 17

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 238, Transfer and Residence Requirements, to allow full eligibility for junior high school students following a hardship transfer, if the principals of both schools agree to the hardship circumstances, approve the transfer, and indicate that it was not made for athletic reasons or due to undue influence.





PROPOSAL NO. 18

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend By-Law 238.3-b-2, regarding transfer forms, to clarify when a transfer form must be used.







PROPOSAL NO. 19

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR MUSIC may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend By-Law 254, to require the use of the MSHSAA online certification of eligibility system.







PROPOSAL NO. 20

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR SPEECH may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend By-Law 263, to require the use of the MSHSAA online certification of eligibility system.







PROPOSAL NO. 21

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR CHEERLEADING may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend By-Law 271, to require the use of the MSHSAA online certification of eligibility system.







PROPOSAL NO. 22

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR DANCE TEAM may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend By-Law 284, to require the use of the MSHSAA online certification of eligibility system.







PROPOSAL NO. 23

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR ACADEMIC COMPETITION may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend By-Law 294, to require the use of the MSHSAA online certification of eligibility system.





PROPOSAL NO. 24

Submitted by Certified Petition



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2008



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 312, District and State Tournaments, to add a provision to mandate that the MSHSAA sponsor separate district and state championship series for public and nonpublic member high schools in all sports excluding football.





PROPOSAL NO. 25

Submitted by the Board of Directors, the Football Playoff Study Committee, and the Football Advisory Committee



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR FOOTBALL may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2008 (For a 4-year trial period only)



To amend a combination of three MSHSAA By-Laws to allow for the playoff system described in the background information. By-Laws that would be amended include: By-Law 322, to move the first-allowable football contest date one week earlier (from Thursday of standardized calendar week number nine to Friday of week number eight); By-Law 355-e, to reduce the number of required practices that each participant shall have prior to participating in the preseason inter-school scrimmage from the current wording of "at least fourteen (14)" to amended wording requiring "at least nine (9) individual days of physical conditioning practice. The ninth day of conditioning practice must occur on a day preceding the day of the event;" and By-Law 355-i, to move the first allowable date for the preseason inter-school scrimmage one week earlier (from Friday or Saturday of standardized calendar week number eight to Friday or Saturday of Week 7).





PROPOSAL NO. 26

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR BASKETBALL may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2008 (For the 2008-09 school year)



To amend the planned change in MSHSAA By-Law 323 in order to maintain what is now the first-allowable contest date for basketball - Monday of Week 21 (Monday of the week of Thanksgiving) in order to allow for traditional Thanksgiving Week tournaments to continue. [All athletes must meet the conditioning standard (By-Law 310) prior to competition.]





PROPOSAL NO. 27

Submitted by the Board of Directors and the Soccer Advisory Committee



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR SOCCER may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 325.0-a-6 and 325.0-c-5, Assignment of Senior High School Sports to Seasons and Team Contest Limitations, to add a third scheduling option for soccer of 20 games and 1 tournament.





PROPOSAL NO. 28

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR MUSIC may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective July 1, 2007



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 443, Administration of Festivals, to allow for the recording of large-group performances by outside recording agencies beginning with the 2007-08 school year, and to be coordinated by the MSHSAA.





PROPOSAL NO. 29

Submitted by the Board of Directors and the Academic Competition Advisory Committee



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR ACADEMIC COMPETITION may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective immediately



To amend MSHSAA By-Law 640, Season Limits, to allow a school academic competition team to participate in a summer time national interscholastic competition only if the school has advanced from a qualifying event that takes place during the academic competition season.





PROPOSAL NO. 30

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR ACADEMIC COMPETITION may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective immediately



To delete By-Law 650, in regard to Protests in Academic Competition. The procedures for protests are outlined in the Academic Competition game rules, within the Manual.





PROPOSAL NO. 31

Submitted by the Board of Directors



ALL MEMBER SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR ACADEMIC COMPETITION may respond to this question. (Simple majority vote required for passage) Effective immediately



To add new By-Law 660, to require attendance at a MSHSAA academic competition rules meeting by the head coach every other year.







THE PRINCIPAL OR SUPERINTENDENT MUST SIGN THE BALLOT FOR IT TO BE OFFICIAL. The completed ballot must be received at the MSHSAA Office by May 1, 2007.




 

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