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By John Millea
The meeting is winding down as committee reports are being heard. This is boilerplate stuff. The gavel should drop in a matter of minutes.
The "news" from this meeting was encapsulated in the 12:01 update, seen below.
That's a wrap
The MSHSL board has moved throuugh some issues and corresponding votes pretty quickly. Here's a summary:
-- Uniform adornments. Athletes will be allowed to wear things such as wristbands, shoelaces, socks, helmet decals, etc., in support of causes such as breast cancer awareness.
--If H1N1 or a similar outbreak occurs, as much flexibility in scheduling as possible will be used in ensuring games take place. If competitors in individual events are unable to compete due to illness, or if teams cannot put together enough players to compete, events will be forfeited.
MSHSL associate director Jody Redman has given the board an update on the "Anyone Can Save a Life" program. It's a program devoted to educating school staff and students on life-saving skills needed in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.
Redman has given presentations about the program all over the state and in several national settings.The MSHSL, in partnership with the Medtronic Foundation, will begin offering information about the program to similar state associations around the nation.
The meeting is continuing ...
Still no big headlines out of this meeting. But there is this interesting tidbit ...
MSHSL staff members are giving brief reviews of the fall state tournaments. The most interesting comment came from associate director Kevin Merkle, who is in charge of the state football playoffs. He didn’t name which schools were involved, but it was clear he was talking about the Class 4A quarterfinal game between Sartell and St. Thomas Academy at the Metrodome when he said, “We would have had to admit we made a mistake.”
Good morning from MSHSL headquarters in Brooklyn Center. The MSHSL board of directors' December meeting will begin in a few minutes.
In perusing the information packet that is at each board member's seat, it looks like the following will be discussed:
--A policy for dealing with uniform adornments, such as during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
--Contingency plans in case an H1N1 outbreak affects subsection, section and state tournaments.
I'll post any pertinent updates. This should be a quiet meeting.
John Millea is on Twitter at twitter.com/stribjohn
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