Activities Association makes changes for 2014-15 competition
PIERRE — Basketball players will be allowed to compete in an additional quarter or volleyball players will get two more sets under rule changes adopted this week by the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors.
The current limit of six quarters for basketball against a common opponent will be increased to seven for the 2014-15 seasons. The present limit of five sets for volleyball against a common opponent will also increase to seven.
The limits come into effect when teams play each other at more than one level of competition, such as varsity, junior varsity and freshmen, at the same event.
“I’m in favor of it to get more kids involved,” director Rick Weber, of Flandreau, said about the basketball proposal.
Athletic directors in an advisory vote had split 64-61 for the basketball change. Their volleyball vote was 106-14 favoring the change.
Those were two of several dozen changes approved by the directors. The new regulations will appear as part of the association’s 2014-15 handbook provided to all schools and coaches.
Here is a summary of many of the changes:
Cheer and Dance — The dead week requirement was eliminated. Penalty deductions were reduced to one point from five. A tie-breaking process was approved. Basket tosses will be allowed.
Football — The first day of practice will be uniform for all schools; in 2014-15 it will be Aug. 14. The earliest date for the first game for all schools will be the Thursday preceding Labor Day.
Golf — Starting in 2016, the spring championships would be moved to later dates. The 2016 dates are June 6-7. Second-place playoffs would be eliminated. Teammates couldn’t be paired on the second day of state championships.
Gymnastics — A new process was adopted for teams qualifying for the state meets. Host sites would set the rotations for warm-ups and competition at regular-season meets.
Soccer — State tournament schedules would be spread so that teams don’t play on consecutive days in the semi-finals and championships. Three officials will be used at matches. Tie scores will remain in the regular season.
Tennis — Twelve players will be seeded for all flights in singles and doubles for state competition rather than eight. A new bracket system was adopted. Medals will be provided for seventh- and eighth-place finishes.
Cross-country — All six sets of races will be completed before the medals ceremonies.
Volleyball — Warm-up time will be altered to four minutes of common time without balls crossing the net, followed by eight minutes of full-court time for the visiting team and then eight minutes of full-court time for the home team. This eliminates the joint time where teams serve simultaneously from opposite sides.
Wrestling — The Class B seeding meeting will be on Thursday night rather than Friday. Wrestlers must have eight matches at a weight class to be seeded in that weight class unless there is unanimous agreement by all coaches.