SDHSAA Board Of Directors Meeting

The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors held a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss winter sports starts and a few other topics. They did not vote to change the date that winter sports competition can begin, meaning meets and games can start within the next week.

The SDHSAA Board voted on ealire this month to start winter sports and activities on time. Some sports have already started practice, including gymnastics on November 2nd and wrestling on November 16th. Those two sports are scheduled to begin competition as early as this upcoming Monday with Thursday, December 3rd as the first allowable date for games in girls basketball. Madison Gymnastics is set to host Estelline on December 3rd.

During the regular season, the SDHSAA is letting schools handle attendance and mask requirements. It did pass a motion that “highly recommends” schools to require masks at sporting events and limiting attendance for the rest of the season.

The SDHSAA Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion that allows tribal schools that can’t participate in volleyball, wrestling and basketball to work with the SDHSAA to develop a spring league not affiliated with the SDHSAA. It would be a one-year exception, as the SDHSAA would waive out-of-season rules for coaches.