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2019 MFCA Football Summit
Football Summit Image BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The Minnesota Football Coaches Association, in partnership with the Minnesota State High School League, and support from the Minnesota Vikings, is hosting the second Minnesota Football Summit on Saturday, April 27, at Roseville High School.

The purpose of the Summit is to gather leaders in Minnesota football at the youth and high school levels to continue to find ways to “Grow the Game,” and enhance football programs across the state. During the Summit, those in attendance will be analyzing the challenges and opportunities facing football.

“Football, America's game, has never been safer or more needed in today's culture. The "Grow the Game Summit" will enhance the game and educate coaches, program leaders and “moms” as to the essence of the experience that only ‘the huddle’ can give,” said Ron Stolski, Executive Director of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.

The Summit is designed for high school coaches, and leaders in youth football programs throughout Minnesota. The goal is to have multiple attendees from football communities across the state. Bob Madison, Associate Director, Minnesota State High School League, says “this is a great opportunity to have a statewide conversation on how football is positively impacting our communities.”
Former All-Pro center and Super Bowl champion Matt Birk, a prep standout at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, is one of the featured speakers. Birk will open the event by sharing his views on the many positive virtues and character traits that are taught through football. Steve Johnson, long time, successful Head Coach at Bethel University will close the Summit with his thoughts in regard to the value that comes from playing football.

Dr. Uzma Samadani of the University of Minnesota is also a featured speaker. She will address the facts surrounding brain injuries and the sport of football, including some of the myths that surround this issue.

Breakout sessions will include:

• A mom’s panel that will share a mom’s perspective on football
• A coaches panel sharing best practices for increasing and maintaining participation levels.
• Sharing ideas and discussing the proper progression for participation – from flag football to Rookie Tackle or a modified game to full-tackle 11 vs. 11. Including other updates from USA football.
• All attendees will join in discussions during afternoon forums with sessions designed for both the high school and youth levels.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 2:30 pm. A $20 registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, a t-shirt, Vikings notebook and clinic materials. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

All registration can be done online on the Minnesota Football Coaches Association website www.mfca.com. There you will find a link for the Minnesota Football Summit. Payment can be made online or the form can be downloaded and mailed.

The Minnesota Football Summit will provide all schools; big and small; out-state and metro; insight and information regarding the benefits of football in their schools and communities. All schools and communities are strongly encouraged to have representatives attend this important event.


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2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Competitive Section Assignments Image Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:

Competitive Sections – There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says “2019-2020, 2020-2021”. You will need to click on the ‘+’ sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to “Activities”. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.

Section Map – The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
2. You can find a school by selecting it in the “School” Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
6. One additional control on the map is the “Show Coop Teams”. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.


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Sam and Butch: A Selfie Tradition
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 4/22/2019
State tournaments are full of traditions, and one student-athlete has created a special, personal tradition. When Sam Rengo, currently a senior at Esko High School, qualified for the state track meet in his eighth-grade year (2015), he took a "selfie" with who he called “program guy.” That guy is Butch Tysk, who sells programs and souvenirs at state tourneys, and is well-known to attendees.

When Sam took that first selfie with Butch, a tradition was born. Sam and Butch posed for another photo at state track when Sam was a ninth-grader, at the state basketball tournament in 2017, the state cross-country meet, and on and on. In all, Sam has nine photos with Butch.

Sam's mother, Sandy, wrote to the MSHSL: “All together he has nine Program Guy selfies, the most recent from this year's state basketball tournament where Sam was on the Esko team in addition to attending for the Triple A award. With senior track season remaining, hopefully he can add to his collection with one last state track meet and finish his career with 10 state tournaments and 10 Program Guy selfies.

“I don't know what made Sam take that first selfie, but it's been fun to follow the progress. At each state tournament we wait for the family text with the latest picture. I've never met the Program Guy, and I'm pretty sure Sam hasn't officially introduced himself. He's a good sport, though, for taking all these pictures with Sam.”

--See all nine photos of Sam and Butch on the MSHSL Facebook page.



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