The purpose of this ballot is to offer amendments to the MSHSAA Constitution and By-Laws that have been proposed through the MSHSAA advisory committee process and/or have been proposed by the Board of Directors.  PROPOSAL FORMATTINGUnderlined wording represents wording that would be added to the by-law.  Wording that has been stricken (example) represents wording that would be removed.  Wording in boldface is being emphasized.  This ballot must be completed by thePRINCIPAL OR SUPERINTENDENT.  You are strongly urged to inform members of your staff who are engaged in the activities programs addressed by these ballot items and to get their input on those items that will affect their specific programs before you complete the ballot.  Please note that if your school is not within the membership category allowed to vote on a particular item, you will not be able to view that item on the website.  Please refer to your Proposal Booklet to view all proposals and read the applicable background information and by-law wording. Thank you for your participation in this process.

If you have COMMENTS regarding an item on the Annual Ballot, please email them to:  email@mshsaa.org.  If you have aQUESTION, please call the MSHSAA office.

Voting Summary

School Level Total Schools Voting Schools Non-Voting Schools Voting Percentage
All Schools 755 522 233 69%
High Schools 264 198 66 75%
Combined Schools 327 277 50 85%
Junior High Schools 164 47 117 29%

Ballot Questions

 

1.   PROPOSAL 1 (Cooperative Sponsorships – Eliminate Duplicate Constitutional Allowance) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of eliminating an outdated and redundant section of the MSHSAA Constitution which provided an opportunity for junior high schools within a school district to cooperatively sponsor programs before current By-Law 1.4, Cooperative Sponsorships, was approved by the membership on the 2007 Annual Ballot?
 
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511
11

2.   PROPOSAL 2 (Cooperative Sponsorship Rules for 8-man Football) 

Only High Schools and Combined Schools participating in 8-Man Football.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending 1.4.1.b to allow three schools to combine to cooperatively sponsor an 8-man football team as long as the total combined enrollment for the three schools in grades 9-12 does not exceed 200 students?
 
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23
5

3.   PROPOSAL 3 (Heat Acclimatization – Fall Sports) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending the by-laws to require a 16-day Heat Acclimatization Period for fall sports in order to reduce the chances of athletes succumbing to exertional heat stroke?
 
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357
165

4.   PROPOSAL 4 (Summer School Courses for HS Academic Eligibility) 

Only High Schools and Combined Schools .


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 2.3.6.d to allow core content area elective classes/credits taken in secondary-school sponsored summer school to count toward high school academic eligibility?
 
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376
99

5.   PROPOSAL 5 (High School Students Assisting in Elementary Intramurals) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending the by-laws to allow high school athletes to assist with elementary (K-6) intramural programs that are sponsored by school district in which they are enrolled?
 
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514
8

6.   PROPOSAL 6 (Schools Sponsoring Youth Camps During the School Year) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending the by-laws to allow schools to sponsor youth-aged sports camps during the school year for students who live within their residence boundaries and who attend their feeder school(s), and to unify language from other by-laws that pertains to youth camps?
 
Count Question Option
475
47

7.   PROPOSAL 7 (Seniors Being Allowed to Participate in Two All-Star Games) 

Only High Schools and Combined Schools .


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 3.13.5 to allow senior athletes to participate in two all-star contests after they have exhausted their eligibility in that sport and before summer, and to amend By-Law 3.11.3 to allow member schools to permit the use of their school-owned facilities and equipment, personal player uniforms/equipment, and/or employees to be involved in two all-star events, per sport, per year?
 
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444
31

8.   PROPOSAL 8 (Eighth Grade Students Participating in High School Conditioning Programs) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 3.14.7 to allow eighth grade students who live within the residence boundaries for a particular high school and who attend the district’s junior high school that feeds directly to that high school to participate in that high school’s out-of-season sports conditioning program?
 
Count Question Option
457
65

9.   PROPOSAL 9 (Fall Dead Period – Change Starting Date from “August 1” to “Seven Days Prior to First Practice”) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 3.15.1 to eliminate the “August 1” reference and establish a fall sport dead period that is seven days in length and takes place just prior to the first allowable practice date for the fall season?
 
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469
53

10.   PROPOSAL 10 (Preseason Interschool Scrimmages in High School Team Sports) 

Only High Schools and Combined Schools participating in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Girls Softball and Girls Volleyball.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Laws 3.16.5 to allow for a preseason interschool scrimmage in each of the following team sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball?
 
Count Question Option
324
149

11.   PROPOSAL 11 (Increase the Season Quarter Limit in Football) 

Only Schools participating in 11-Man Football or 8-Man Football.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 3.23.1 to increase the season limit for quarters in football from five times to six times the number of games played by the higher team on which the student plays?
 
Count Question Option
292
71

12.   PROPOSAL 12 (Fall 2014-15: First Allowable HS Practice Date and First Allowable HS Contest Date) 

Only High Schools and Combined Schools .


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending the by-laws FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR to move the first allowable high school fall practice date seven days earlier, to Monday of Standardized Calendar Week Number Five and move the first allowable high school contest date five days earlier, to Friday of Standardized Calendar Week Number Seven to allow sufficient practice dates to accommodate the Heat Acclimatization Schedule and allow for all football play-off games to take place on Fridays/Saturdays?
 
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313
162

13.   PROPOSAL 13 (Winter Guard – Remove from Spirit and move into Music) 

Only Schools participating in Music Activities or Dance/Pom Team.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending the by-laws to move the coverage of Winter Guard from the Spirit section of the by-laws to the Music Section?
 
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434
54

14.   PROPOSAL 14 (Spring Softball State Series) 

Only High Schools and Combined Schools participating in Girls Softball.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 5.1 to allow for two high school championship seasons for girls softball, with individual member high schools being required to select one championship series in which to participate, and with certain restrictions on high schools participating in the spring championship series?
 
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214
205

15.   PROPOSAL 15 (Bass Fishing) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 5.2.6 to add Bass Fishing as an emerging activity under MSHSAA jurisdiction?
 
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275
247

16.   PROPOSAL 16 (Bowling) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 5.2.6 to add Bowling as an emerging activity under MSHSAA jurisdiction?
 
Count Question Option
289
233

17.   PROPOSAL 17 (Chess) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 5.2.6 to add Chess as an emerging activity under MSHSAA jurisdiction?
 
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267
255

18.   PROPOSAL 18 (Target Shooting) 

All Member Schools.


BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 5.2.6 to add Target Shooting as an emerging activity under MSHSAA jurisdiction?
 
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264
258

19.   PROPOSAL 19 (SUBMITTED BY PETITION): Five Classes For Track & Field 

Only High Schools and Combined Schools .

BALLOT QUESTION:  Would you be in favor of amending By-Law 5.1.4 to exclude the sport of track and field from the requirement of having 513 high schools registered for the sport in order to qualify for five classifications, and adding a new By-Law 5.1.12 to mandate five classifications for track and field despite the number of high schools registered?  
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290
185