• Tim Crone: State schools vote for several changes

  • Each spring the Missouri State High School Activities Association submits a ballot of current changes to be voted on by member schools.

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  • Each spring the Missouri State High School Activities Association submits a ballot of current changes to be voted on by member schools.
    MSHSAA has a total of 755 member schools – with 522 voting schools. Member schools consist of combined schools and junior high schools. This year 69 percent of all schools voted and all 19 proposals passed.
    The results are available on the MSHSAA website with the actual voting results. A lot of this is boring to many but it is very important information about changes that impact Missouri high school activities. I attended a media meeting last week in Columbia at which all of the new changes were explained. To highlight a few of the proposals that might be of interest:
    • Proposal No. 3 – Requires a 16-day heat acclimatization period for fall sports in order to reduce the chances of athletes succumbing to exertional heat stroke.
    • Proposal No. 4 – Allows one credit of core content area elective classes to be taken in secondary-school sponsored summer school to count toward high school academic eligibility.
    • Proposal No. 7 – Allows senior athletes to participate in two all-star contests after they have exhausted their eligibility in that sport before summer. This proposal also allows member schools to permit the use of their school-owned facilities and equipment, personal player uniforms, and/or employees to be involved in two-all-star events, per sport, per year.
    • Proposal No. 8 – Allows 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 into that high school to participate in that high school’s out-of-season sports conditioning program.
    • Proposal No. 9 – Eliminates the “August 1” reference and establishes a fall sport dead period that is seven days in length and takes place just prior to the first allowable practice date for the full season.
    • Proposal No. 10 – Allows for a preseason interschool scrimmage in each of the following sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball.
    Another important proposal that passed addresses the number of quarters that a football player can play during a week. The new rule will allow a player to play six times the number of games played by the higher team on which the student plays. The old rule was five times the quarters. This will allow players to be able to play on the varsity for two quarters on Friday night and still play four quarters in a Monday JV game.
    Also, for everyone interested in softball, the state will now sponsor two state championships during the fall and spring. If a school plays both seasons they will have to declare which season they would choose to participate in the state playoffs. A team will not be allowed to play in the MSHSAA series in both seasons. Most spring softball teams are from the southeast portion of the state.
    Page 2 of 2 - An interesting result of this year’s ballot was new emerging sports being reviewed by MSHSAA for future participation. The four voted on and passed by member schools were bass fishing, bowling, chess and target shooting. These sports are emerging all over the country with many states having already incorporated them into their championship series.
    The state of Illinois has a huge bass fishing tournament each year with over 130 participating schools. Several suburban schools and inner-city Chicago schools participated in this year’s event.
    It looks like MSHSAA is working very hard to stay updated on the interest level by all the students. These programs are all expensive and require enough participating teams to provide state level competition, but it is impressive that the high school sports profession realizes the significance of all types of high school activities can prove to be invaluable in teaching life lessons.
    n If you did not watch the NBA Finals, you missed out on a great display of competitive effort during the championship games between the Heat and Spurs. Game 6 was a classic by anyone’s standards. I love it when any team gets after it and lays it all out to win.
    n I really do not get it – why do gifted pro athletes choose to mess it all up with extremely poor choices in life? Aaron Hernandez of New England appears to be another in a long line of gifted athletes without a clue. Very sad!
    n The Royals are going to drive all of their fans crazy this year. The whole season will be filled with young guys riding waves both up and down. These kids need someone like George Brett to show them the way – both on AND off the field. I guess most of us old people forgot how we functioned when we were in our 20s.
    n My quote this week comes from NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus: “My goal is to be recognized as the best. No doubt about it. When they say middle linebacker from now on, I want them to mean BUTKUS!”
    Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at t.crone@comcast.net

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