RESULTS OF THE 2014 ANNUAL MSHSAA ELECTION

 

 

EIGHTEEN OF NINETEEN AMENDMENTS PASS

Following are the results of the balloting on the amendments to the MSHSAA Constitution and By-Laws in the 2014 Annual MSHSAA Election.  Amendments to By-Laws require a simple majority of those voting for passage, while amendments to the Constitution require a 2/3 majority for passage.  Proposals which passed will become effective July 1, 2014, with the exception of Proposal Number 12 which shall become EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY and Proposal Numbers 7 and 9 which shall become EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015.

 

PROPOSAL 1 - (Affiliate Registered Schools - Junior High Students Repeating a Grade) - (PASSED) - 477 FOR, 95 -AGAINST  (2/3 majority needed for passage)

Amends Article III, Section 6, Affiliate Registered School, by disallowing students at Affiliate Registered Schools who are repeating a grade at the junior high level from participating in competitions against MSHSAA full member schools.

 

PROPOSAL 2 - (Petition Requirements) - (PASSED) - 443 FOR, 129 AGAINST  (2/3 majority needed for passage)

Amends Article VI, Section 3, How Amendments May Be Proposed, by requiring a petition include signatures from ten percent of the entire MSHSAA membership, and that this total include signatures from at least ten percent of the member schools in at least five of the eight geographic Board districts, in order for the petition to be certified.

 

PROPOSAL 3 - (Balloting Requirements) - (PASSED) - 472 FOR, 100 AGAINST  (2/3 majority needed for passage)

Amends Article VI, Section 4, Limitation on Balloting, by clarifying within the language that only schools that are controlled or restrained by the standing wording of the specific Constitution section(s) or by-law(s) that the amendment is addressing at the time of balloting may vote on the proposal.

 

PROPOSAL 4 - (Heat Acclimatization - Junior High Schools) - (PASSED) - 300 FOR, 41 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 1.7.2, Heat Acclimatization Requirements, to define “fall sport” for junior high schools as a sport  with a first practice date prior to Monday of Week 11 (September 15, 2014).

 

PROPOSAL 5 - (Citizenship Standards) - (PASSED) - 533 FOR, 39 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 2.2.3, Citizenship Requirements, by specifically defining an expulsion and the accompanying period of ineligibility.

 

PROPOSAL 6 - (Undue Influence) - (PASSED) - 431 FOR, 141 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 2.6, Undue Influence, by including “the attempt” to influence a student to enroll or transfer as a violation, regardless of whether the student transfers as a result of the influence, and expands the language in the by-law describing the individuals/groups that must refrain from undue influence.

 

PROPOSAL 7 - (Coaching Requirements - Reorganization of By-Law) - (PASSED) - 433 FOR, 139 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.1, Requirements for Athletic Coaches, by 1) more clearly outlining the requirements for head coaches, assistant coaches, student coaches and hardship coaches, and 2) including concussion, CPR and AED training within the by-law.

 

PROPOSAL 8 - (Coaching Requirements - Fundamentals of Coaching Course) - (FAILED) - 268 FOR, 304 AGAINST

Would have amended By-Law 3.1, Requirements for Athletic Coaches, by requiring all coaches to complete the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course.

 

PROPOSAL 9 - (Coaching Requirements - Sports First Aid / CPR / AED Requirement) - (PASSED) - 418 FOR, 154 AGAINST

Amends By-Laws 3.1, Requirements for Athletic Coaches, and 4.5.3, Spirit Coaches First Aid Requirement, by requiring that First Aid training be renewed every two years, and that CPR and AED training be required and renewed every two years.

 

PROPOSAL 10 - (Permission for Non-School Competition During Season) - (PASSED) - 377 FOR, 195 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.13.2, Organized Non-School Competition, by requiring prior administrator approval before a student could utilize any of the non-school competition allowances within the by-laws, such as continuing his/her summer non-school team practice or competition after fall practice has started (only until Labor Day) or participating in a club-team try-out one time during the school sport season.

 

PROPOSAL 11-a - (Allowance for Non-School Competitions During Season for Cross Country) - (PASSED) - 461 FOR, 111 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.13.2, Organized Non-School Competition, by expanding the allowance for athletes to participate in two non-school competitions during the school sport season, as is currently allowed in golf and tennis, to the sport of cross-country.

 

PROPOSAL 11-b - (Allowance for Non-School Competitions During Season for Track and Field) - (PASSED) - 452 FOR, 120 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.13.2, Organized Non-School Competition, by expanding the allowance for athletes to participate in two non-school competitions during the school sport season, as is currently allowed in golf and tennis, to the sport of track and field.

 

PROPOSAL 11-c - (Allowance for Non-School Competitions During Season for Wrestling) - (PASSED) - 352 FOR, 220 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.13.2, Organized Non-School Competition, by expanding the allowance for athletes to participate in two non-school competitions during the school sport season, as is currently allowed in golf and tennis, to the sport of wrestling.

 

PROPOSAL 12 - (Football - Heat Acclimatization) - (PASSED) - 385 FOR, 17 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.15.6, Football Activities, and deletes By-Law 3.23.4, Required Conditioning (football), correcting conflicts with language passed last year regarding required Heat Acclimatization.

 

PROPOSAL 13 - (Volleyball Individual Player Limits) - (PASSED) - 363 FOR, 78 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.25.1, Individual Player Limits, by increasing: 1)  the volleyball daily set limitations for individual players in dual competition (non-tournament matches) to four sets per day, and increasing 2) the volleyball season set limitations for individual players to a number of sets that equals four times the number of duals played by the higher team on which the individual plays plus the corresponding number of tournaments.

 

PROPOSAL 14 - (Wrestling - Individual Wrestler Limits) - (PASSED) - 200 FOR, 48 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.26.1, Individual Wrestler Limits, by excluding forfeits from being counted toward the season maximum of 50 matches prior to Districts.

 

PROPOSAL 15 - (Winter Season - First Allowable Contest) - (PASSED) - 351 FOR, 158 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.28.3 a and b, Winter Sports Season - Standardized Dates, by changing the first allowable contest date for the sports of wrestling and basketball, from a Monday to a Friday (three days earlier).

 

PROPOSAL 16 - (Girls Swimming and Diving - First Allowable Practice Date and First Allowable Contest Date) - (PASSED) - 96 FOR, 34 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 3.28.3.c, Winter Sports Season - Standardized Dates, by moving the first allowable practice date for Girls Swimming and Diving one week earlier (to the Monday following the Boys State Championships), and moving the first allowable contest date one week earlier and also changing it from a Monday to a Friday.

 

PROPOSAL 17 - (Peer Review Committee) - (PASSED) - 405 FOR, 167 AGAINST

Adds By-Law 5.3, Peer Review Committee and Membership, by adding language authorizing the Board of Directors to form a local Peer Review Committee as an option in a situation where an official complaint has been received and evidence supports that a school violation has taken place, in order to intervene and/or assist in corrective action with the offending school.

 

PROPOSAL 18 - (Penalty for Ejected Coach) - (PASSED) - 370 FOR, 202 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 5.5, Conduct, by requiring a coach who has been ejected from a contest to complete an approved online sportsmanship training course prior to being reinstated.

 

PROPOSAL 19 - (Submitted by Petition:  Four Classes for Boys and Girls Soccer) - (PASSED) - 277 FOR, 235 AGAINST

Amends By-Law 5.1.4, Classifications, by excluding, the sport of soccer from the requirement of having 257 schools registered for the sport in order to qualify for four classifications, and adds a new By-Law 5.1.14 mandating four classifications for soccer despite the number of schools registered.

 

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