SDHSAA Board Of Directors Meeting – 11/4/20

The Board of Directors of the South Dakota High School Activities Association met Wednesday in Pierre. One item approved by the board was the on time start to winter sports but with some restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association John Krogstrand talks about some of the changes you will see this winter to ensure the safety of students in gymnastics and wrestling:

Basketball will be more open-ended:

November 30th is the first allowable contest in the state of South Dakota for wrestling and gymnastics. The first allowable contest for basketball is December 10th.

Also addressed by the Board was the seven-class football system currently in place. It was expected that a five class or six class proposal was to be voted on in the first reading. In a very surprising move, the Board has proposed to keep the seven-class system, not making any moves in the 9-man classes and reshuffle some of the 11-man classes. Aberdeen Central and Watertown dropped down to 11AA and Tea Area would move up a class, Todd County and Pine Ridge plan to join the All Nations Conference and then Sisseston and Chamberlain would move up to 11A. The board will meet in January to discuss/vote on a final adoption.