MSHSAA: Annual classification coming

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Move to take place beginning the 2018-2019 season

Starting in 2018, state activities association rules will change to implement an annual football classification system, instead of only once every two years.

Seven of eight proposed amendments to alter high school sports rules passed during the current Missouri State High School Activities Association election process.

Most notable was the football classification moving to an annual time frame, beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

Some schools currently play teams that are three hours away from home, because other similarly sized school are locked into conference agreements and have no open dates.

Under this rule change districts would also be redrawn each year.

Schools that are cooperative programs would also need to renew those agreements on an annual basis for football.

In other actions, athletes will now need to make a determination if they plan to play high school or club activities prior to the season.

A volleyball player, for example, could not play both club and high school level during the same season. Athletes would need to choose one sport for the season.

MSHSAA also clarified rules regarding transfers of athletes between divorced parents and no contact offseason days.

The only ballot initiative to fail was an amendment that would have required schools to purchase additional concussion insurance. The vote was 265 for and 228 against, but needed a two-thirds majority.

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