Rules Changes coming in South Dakota High School Sports

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PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota High School Activities Association changed several rules last week at their meeting in Pierre.  In Basketball and Volleyball, Class A District tournaments were eliminated beginning in the 2013-14 school year and the Class A school will play in either a 7 or 8 team Region tournament to qualify for the State tournaments.  The seeding formula in basketball was changed in Class A and B that varies the points recieved for a win depending on the size of school.  In Volleyball, a new 3 colored ball will be used.  The Royal blue/gray and white ball from Baden will be used by all schools.  In football, the High School Activities Association will now assign all officials for the regular season as well as the post season and beginning in 2013 the first practice for teams that have games during the first weekend of the season can begin on the Thursday of week 6 or August 15th.  All other teams may not have their first practice of the season until the follwoing Monday or August 19th.  In Gymnastics, Regon Meets have been eliminated at the Class A level with all teams allowed to compete during the first day on team day with a limit of 6 competitors per team.  The top 50 percent of competitors on team day would then qualify for the individual day the next day as well as those who qualified during the course of the regular season.

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