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Soccer - Class A Boys' Quarterfinal 
#4 Orono H.S.    0
#5 Worthington H.S.    0
10/24/2017 5:30 PM
Soccer - Class A Boys' Quarterfinal 
#3 Austin H.S.    0
Bemidji H.S.    0
10/24/2017 5:30 PM
Soccer - Class A Boys' Quarterfinal 
#2 St. Thomas Academy    0
St. Paul Harding H.S.    0
10/24/2017 7:30 PM
Soccer - Class A Boys' Quarterfinal 
#1 Totino-Grace H.S.    0
Chisago Lakes H.S.    0
10/24/2017 7:30 PM

State Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tournaments
Home Page Photo The Minnesota State High School League's boys' and girls' state soccer tournaments will begin a six-day run with the quarterfinals Oct. 24-26 at four locations. The semifinals, third-place games and championship games will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium on Oct. 30-31, and Nov. 2.

Defending boys' champions Stillwater in Class AA and St. Thomas Academy in Class A have qualified for a chance at repeat titles. New champions will emerge in both girls' classifications.

Adult ticket prices: Quarterfinals $7; semifinals/finals $12; tournament pass $30.
Student ticket prices: Quarterfinals $5; semifinals/finals $8; tournament pass $18.
Online tickets (Semifinals/Finals): www.mshsl.org/tickets
Prep45.com: Prep45.com will livestream the semifinals and championship games in both classes. A one-day viewing pass is $10.95; a three-day viewing pass for the semifinals and championship games is $23.97. Prep45.Grandstadium.tv/
News media credentials : A news media credential is required to cover this event.

  2017 State Boys Tournament-Class A
10/24 7:30 PM @ Farmington H.S.
10/24 5:30 PM @ Farmington H.S.
10/24 7:30 PM @ Prior Lake H.S.
10/24 5:30 PM @ Prior Lake H.S.
10/30 12:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
10/30 2:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
11/2 10:00 AM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Boys Tournament-Class AA
10/25 5:30 PM @ St. Cloud State
10/25 7:30 PM @ St. Cloud State
10/25 5:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes H.S.
10/25 7:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes H.S.
10/30 8:00 AM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
10/30 10:00 AM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
11/2 3:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Girls Soccer Tournament-Class A
10/25 5:30 PM @ Farmington H.S.
10/25 7:30 PM @ Farmington H.S.
10/25 7:30 PM @ Prior Lake H.S.
10/25 5:30 PM @ Prior Lake H.S.
10/30 4:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
10/30 6:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
11/2 12:30 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Girls Soccer Tournament-Class AA
10/26 5:30 PM @ St. Cloud State
10/26 7:30 PM @ St. Cloud State
10/26 5:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes H.S.
10/26 7:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes H.S.
10/31 12:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
10/31 2:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
11/2 5:30 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket
Transfer Eligibility Review
General Information for Students and Parents

The MSHSL understands that varsity eligibility is important to you. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding transfer eligibility. The information contained herein is not a bylaw or policy and is intended only to provide an overview of the transfer eligibility process. For the most current version of Bylaw 111 and MSHSL policies, please visit www.mshsl.org. Before transferring schools, please review the following so that you will understand the transfer’s impact on your varsity eligibility.

1.What is a transfer?

A transfer student is a student who discontinues enrollment and attendance in any high school, public or non-public, and enrolls in any other high school in Minnesota, or outside of Minnesota. Essentially, a transfer occurs anytime a student’s school of record changes. A transfer is considered complete when the student attends class or participates with an athletic program at the new school. This includes home schools, charter schools, and online schools.
2.If I transfer to a new high school, will I be eligible for varsity competition?

If you transfer to a new high school, you will be eligible for varsity athletic competition if:
1.You are enrolling in 9th grade for the first time;
2.Your entire family moves to a new residence in a different attendance area;
3.Your residence is changed pursuant to a court order;
4.Your parents are divorced and you move from one parent to another.
(This option may be used just one time after you enroll in 9th grade); or
5.You and your family have moved to Minnesota from another state or country.
If none of the above apply, you will be ineligible (for one calendar year from the date of the transfer) from participating in interscholastic varsity athletic competition. You will, however, be eligible to participate in varsity tryouts, practices, scrimmages, jamborees, etc., and non-varsity (JV, B-squad, etc.) competitions. You will not be eligible for varsity competition.
3.What happens if none of the five provisions above apply and I am determined ineligible?

If none of the five provisions set forth above apply and you are determined ineligible, you can request that the MSHSL review the determination of ineligibility. There are seven circumstances with which you can request a review:
1.You are transferred to a new high school within the same school district;
2.A change in family circumstances such as adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent.
3.A substantial negative change in your family’s economic status. For example, if one or both parent(s) loses their job or other means of income.
4.School student Bullying or Harassment as identified in Minnesota State Statutes 121A.03 and 121A.031.
5.Administrative error. For example, the receiving school misapplied MSHSL bylaws or policies.
6.You have completed a licensed program for chemical dependency or mental illness (provided all other eligibility rules are followed) and the receiving school will better serve the student’s needs.
The principals and activities directors from both the sending and receiving school agree that varsity competition eligibility should be considered.
4.How do I request a Transfer Eligibility Review?

When you enrolled at your new school [receiving school] and indicated an interest in participating in athletics, the school compiled information and submitted a student transfer report to the MSHSL. The transfer report contains general information on your previous school(s) and the reason for your transfer. Based on this information, the receiving school makes aninitial eligibility determination. That determination is sent to the MSHSL for review to ensure compliance with MSHSL bylaws and policies.

If you are determined ineligible, you can request further review by the MSHSL. Visit with the athletic director at the Receiving School and request a Transfer Eligibility Review. The athletic director will submit the request and supporting documentation to the League for review.

All denied Transfer Eligibility Review requests for varsity competition eligibility will be reviewed by the MSHSL Board of Directors Eligibility Committee for further review or referral to an Independent Reviewer. Ultimately, the final decisions on eligibility will be made by the MSHSL Board of Directors.
5.What types of information and documentation should I provide in support of my request for a Transfer Eligibility Review?

You should provide a written explanation and documentation supporting your request for review. This is your opportunity to support your request for eligibility so please submit whatever relevant documentation/information you have. Below are common types of documentation the MSHSL looks for under each of the seven review options:
1. Internal district policies (for transfers in districts with multiple high schools)
  • The district policy or policies that precipitated the transfer
  • Correspondence from the school district describing the circumstances of the transfer
    2. Adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent
  • Adoption Decree, death certifi cate, CHIPS order
    3. Substantial negative change in the economic status
  • The MSHSL typically considers three years of tax returns showing a negative change in the Adjusted Gross Income.
  • You are encouraged to submit any other documentation showing a negative change in economic status. For example, employer notification indicating the recent loss of income or loss of employment, disability determinations from a medical professional or government agency that indicate a reduction in the ability to be employed.
  • NOTE: Discretionary spending decisions will generally not be considered to be a negative change in economic status.
    4. School Bullying/Harassment
  • Documentation that a complaint was made under the district policy prior to the transfer
  • A report from the sending school that it has investigated and determined a case of bullying or harassment pursuant to Minnesota Statute 121A.03 and 121A.031.
  • Any other documentation of bullying or harassment at the sending school
    5. Administrative Error
  • Documentation from a school administrator explaining the error or errors made in the initial eligibility determination.
    6. Completion of a licensed program for treatment of alcohol or substance abuse, mental illness or emotional disturbance provided all other eligibility rules are followed.
  • Documentation from the director of the treatment facility/provider showing completion of a licensed program by the student
  • Documentation to show the receiving school provides specific aftercare for the student.
    7. School Administrators request for review
  • The administrators from both schools agree varsity competition eligibility should be considered for the student. This Transfer Eligibility Review provision is applicable only for students who transfer from one MSHSL member school to another MSHSL member school.
  • The written request from the administrators at both the receiving school and sending school should include all documents they believe support eligibility.
  • This provision requires certifi cation from both schools confirming no recruitment or inappropriate contact has occured.
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    Congratulations to 2017 MSHSL Hall Of Fame Class
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 10/22/2017 10:34:07 PM

    Twelve individuals were honored Sunday afternoon with induction into the MSHSL Hall of Fame. Since 1991, the MSHSL has honored deserving individuals with this recognition.

    Sunday's ceremony honored a dozen of Minnesota's finest contributors to athletics and activities.

    Pictured are front row (left to right): Larry Gallagher, Dwight Lundeen, Harry Kitts, Krissy Wendell. Back row (left to right): Marv Peters, Kevin Merkle, Dick Eldridge. Bill Miles, Darrell Thompson, Bruce Phelps, Todd Hering. Unable to attend was Heather Van Norman.

    Congratulations to all!

    --Photo by Mark Erickson, Minnesota Prep Photo.

    An Autumn Evening Amid A Season Of Memories
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 10/18/2017 11:07:41 PM

    I was standing on the sideline at Edina’s Kuhlman Field on Wednesday evening, watching the Hornets play host to Eden Prairie in a Week 8 football game between unbeaten Class 6A teams. As is usually the case, I snuck glances at my phone to get updates from other games all over our great state via Twitter.

    The setting in Edina was spectacular. As the sun receded into the western horizon, the bright stadium lights stepped up and took control. Both schools brought big crowds to witness the game between teams ranked No. 1 (Eden Prairie) and No. 2 (Edina) in Class 6A, the big boys of high school in Minnesota.

    Cheerleaders from both schools wore pink accents in a nod to the fight against cancer. The Edina Hornets took the field by running through a giant inflatable tunnel with a giant air-filled hornet perched on top; four players carried large flags as they sprinted onto the turf, flags representing the U.S., our state, POW-MIAs and the Hornets themselves.

    One of the officials came over to say hi at halftime, telling me they had noticed my bright red Toyota Camry in the parking lot. Another gentleman shook my hand and said, “I thought you might be in Ely or someplace like that tonight.”

    Nope, I was in Edina for my first Class 6A game of the autumn. It seemed like a grand way to essentially cap off the regular season for MSHSL fall sports. And it’s been a wonderful ride from August into October. I haven’t tracked how many events I have attended, but I saw volleyball at Mabel-Canton and Sibley Ea...

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    Why We Play
    Home Page Photo One of the things I love most about my job is the constant collaboration I share with my coaches. Many of our conversations quickly go from congenial in nature to collegial as we discuss best practices in coaching. These conversations are often followed up with a book or article recommendation. I was recently emailed a link to a blog entry titled The 5 Stages of A Coach’s Career, by Coach Dawn Redd-Kelly. Her blog post likely leads to some deep reflection for all coaches and athletic directors who read it. The five stages described in Coach Redd-Kelly’s blog entry are:
    1. Survivor (keeping head above water)
    2. Striving for success (earning credibility)
    3. Satisfaction (finally established)
    4. Significance (transformational coaching)
    5. Spent (tired)

    After reading the article, I quickly sent a text message back to the coach who sent it to me. I wrote, “So where do you see yourself on the continuum?” His response was somewhere between Stages 4 and 5. Having observed this coach grow into one of our strongest, most influential and transformational coaches over the last 20 years—my heart sank. The hard truth we all face as ADs is our best coaches eventually move on or retire. ADs are often tasked with replacing veteran coaches (Stage 4) with new coaches (Stage 1). It is our job to mentor and move our young coaches down the transformational continuum as quickly as possible. So how?

    Here are the four steps to move coaches to Transformational:
    1. Ease the Burden on New Coaches (Moving coaches from Stage 1 to Stage 2)

    Parents and community members often have strong opinions on how a high school sports program should be run without much knowledge of all the things a coach is responsible for doing. Managing staff, creating and updating rosters, scheduling buses, keeping track of equipment and uniform inventory, assigning and supervising locker rooms, and creating protocols for communication and team placements are just a few things a new coach has to consider prior to coaching their first practice. As ADs, we need to be intentional about providing clarity and support for new head coaches in developing a structure for their program. We have to provide the type of autonomy required for ownership but also guide new coaches away from decisions that will cause heartache and drama down the road. We also need to be sure we put systems in place that will help coaches manage their program more efficiently. I urge all ADs to develop and provide a comprehensive coaches handbook (like this one). In addition, promote and provide your coaches with access to tools like Schoology, HUDL, TeamSnap, Remind, Google Drive, MailChimp and Twitter to improve communication with all stakeholders. We as ADs need to do whatever we can to ease the management burden for head coaches so they can spend more time developing relationships with their staff and athletes.

    2. Hit the Ground Running (Moving coaches from Stage 3 to Stage 4)
    Hiring head coaches is the most important thing we as ADs do. At Prior Lake High School, I use a phone screening tool to ensure I bring forth the best possible transformational head coaching candidates. Each candidate is scored on a rubric in 12 important and vital areas of performance (mission, positivity, developer, empathy, trust, achiever, responsibility, discipline, results, flexibility, influence and problem solver). This process has ensured I bring forward only student-centered and relationship-based coaches to the hiring committee. My face to face interview process includes four questions. Why do you coach? Why do you coach the way you coach? How does it feel to be coached by you? How do you define success? The answers shared to these four questions help me to identify coaches that put their athlete’s interest ahead of themselves, chase influence instead of championships, support and empower athletes and define success by what their athletes go on to accomplish as contributing and productive members of our society after high school.

    3. Create a Common Language in Your Community (Moving coaches from Stage 2 to Stage 3)
    It is now likely that incoming freshman athletes have already competed for a State or National Championship at the club or youth sport level. Their youth program uniforms were probably new every year, there was no limit to the amount of games played in a season/year and every tournament was likely accompanied by a hotel stay. The experience we provide, as an education-based athletic program, is very different. To give our coaches room to move down the transformational continuum, we need to provide clarity to all stakeholders on how our programs are different than youth and college/pro programs. Education-based programs are an extension of the school day—we are the last class of the day. Our focus is on the growth and development of all of our athletes—physically, mentally, and socially. Less than 1 percent of all high school athletes will play professionally. Less than 3 percent of all high school athletes will participate in NCAA athletics. That means 97 percent of our student athletes will have a terminal experience. I challenge my coaches to plan, prepare, practice, and play to win. That is our goal but it is not our purpose. Our purpose is to support students in developing a meaningful connection to their school that results in love, appreciation, kindness, empathy, and respect for self and others.

    4. Emphasize Professional Development and Coach Evaluation
    What do we do with our Stage 5 coaches (burning out) or with the coaches who get stuck in Stage 3? How do we ensure that they get back to, or in some cases, move into the influence stage? I am a strong believer in aligning your hiring practices with your professional development practices and your post-season coach evaluation. Remember those 12 areas from the screening tool listed above? (Mission, positivity, developer, empathy, trust, achiever, responsibility, discipline, results, flexibility, influence and problem solver) Create your professional development activities each year around those same 12 areas. Help your coaches define a transformational purpose statement. Create a culture of collaboration among coaches where ideas can be shared safely. Always model honoring the absent and prepare your coaches for the unexpected, negative, random events (UNRE) that are likely to surface throughout the year. Once you have developed a clear path for helping coaches grow in all 12 areas, align your head coach evaluation to it. At the end of the season, take your head coaches through a rubric and be honest about how you see them performing in each of those 12 areas. If they are underperforming in one area, provide them with the tools needed to grow and improve. Set goals for the following year. Most importantly, be there to listen and support your coaches

    Our coaches have more influence on young people in one year than most people do in a lifetime. ADs have to find a way to remove the obstacles that prevent them from making a significant impact on their athletes as soon as possible for as long as possible. Hire good people, take as much off their plate as possible, invest in them as leaders, celebrate the good things you see and work to improve the areas of growth. They’ll thank you for it, but more importantly, the athletes and their families will thank you for it.

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