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South Dakota adding six-man football

PIERRE -- Six-man football will be offered in South Dakota during the 2019-20 school year. The action to add the new classification was taken Thursday by the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors. High schools with a ...

Six-man football in South Dakota will be voted on today at the SDHSAA Board of Directors meeting in Pierre. (Republic file photo)
Six-man football in South Dakota was approved by the SDHSAA Board of Directors on Thursday. (Republic file photo)

PIERRE - Six-man football will be offered in South Dakota during the 2019-20 school year.

The action to add the new classification was taken Thursday by the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors.

High schools with a male average daily membership of 40 would be eligible to field a six-man team. For Avon Superintendent Tom Culver, that number was too high.

"A lot of people think that's way too high," said Culver, who suggested a better ADM would be 25 or 30.

According to SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director John Krogstrand, "The whole point of 40 is to be as inclusive as possible."

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Culver suggested that at 40, some schools with enough students to field a nine-man football team might opt for six-man to get a competitive advantage.

Krogstrand said he doubted that a coach would put three players on the bench for a season just to have a better shot at winning a football game.

Board member Brian Maher approved of the 40 number but granted that some coaches may use the rules to their advantage.

"We're trying to set up rules that allow fair play," Maher said. "We're going to have some of our colleagues who violate the intent of the rule."

Faced with a variety of questions about how the new classification will be implemented, some board members questioned the need to act before all the questions are answered.

"I'm not sure if we're ready to implement this now," said board member Sandy Klatt of Brandon Valley.

Since the new classification won't be added until the 2019-20 school year, board member Steve Morford of Spearfish said the board might want to wait "instead of passing something and then have to fix it."

Krogstrand said many of the questions about the new classification would be answered during the regular vetting process that each football season goes through.

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The board approved the new classification on a 6-1 vote. The dissenting vote was from Dave Planteen of Langford.

Activities board to consider event costs

PIERRE - The South Dakota High School Activities Association will seek information from member schools about the expenses they incur when hosting state events.

While the SDHSAA board was setting the fees paid to hosting schools for the next school year, Huron Activities Director Terry Rotert said that the management fees paid by the association don't come close to covering the school's expenses.

As an example, Rotert said when Huron hosts the state cross-country meet, it costs the school district $8,000. The reimbursement from SDHSAA is $3,000.

"I don't think schools should lose a bunch of money" hosting state events, said board member Steve Morford of Spearfish.

Rotert said he hasn't pointed out Huron's expenses because "we don't want another reason for state events not to come to our town."

Board member Brian Maher of Sioux Falls said Rotert's $8,000 figure was probably low because it likely didn't include the cost of hiring substitutes for the teachers who were working at the cross-country meet.

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Morford said school districts take on the cost of hosting state events because they want to help the local economy by attracting people to their towns.

The board approved next year's management fees unanimously with a request that hosting schools send the SDHSAA office a rundown of their expenses so there can be a true accounting of the cost of hosting state events.

Expenses of another sort were discussed when the board was approving the second reading of the sites for state events for the 2021-22 school year.

Avon Superintendent Tom Culver said his school district has paid unreasonably high motel bills at state tournament sites. In one case, Culver said, the school paid $239 a night for seven rooms for two nights. At the state track meeting in Rapid City, Culver said the parents of athletes paid $300 per night for motel rooms.

Culver said the activities association may have to get an agreement on motel room rates or move events to different sites.

"We have to take all things into consideration," said Culver, who promised to bring up the subject at the next meeting of the site selection committee.

"I'm not planning on letting this subject die," Culver said.

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