Yellowjackets News · Do’s and Don’t from MSHSL for Student and Coaches


Consistent with Executive Order 20-41 issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on April 23, 2020, to
extend the Distance Learning Period through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year the Minnesota
State High School League Board of Directors has made the following decision regarding spring sports.
The MSHSL recognizes the positive impact of coaches and advisors and, to support and engage students,
has declared, that effective between April 28 and May 29, the following direction is provided for
coaches and student athletes at MSHSL member schools:

Coaches May Not:

• Have in-person contact with participants.
• Require or suggest groups of participants to gather.
• Suggest or support “captain’s practices” or “open gyms.”
• Conduct tryouts or provide evaluations or feedback on participants’ performance (i.e. receive,
accept or require participants to submit video of a skill or performance).
• Require participants to take part in individual workouts or skills training, etc. (i.e. journaling,
reporting of time spent, submission of results).
• Place undue influence on participants to take part in any individual workouts or skills training.

Coaches May:

• Connect with participants via electronic communication (i.e. email, social media or school-
approved communication tools).

• Provide optional individual workouts or optional individual skills training via electronic
communication.
• Connect with and support participants who are challenged by the changes caused by COVID-19
limitations and restrictions.
• Conduct virtual end of season activities like virtual exit interviews and virtual banquets.

Coaches Must:

• Include the Activities Administrator on all communication to participants.

Students May Not:

• Have in-person contact with coaches or other participants.
• Require or suggest groups of participants to gather.
• Suggest or support “captain’s practices” or “open gyms.”

• Participate in tryouts or evaluations or receive feedback on their performance (i.e. virtual
evaluations or assessments).
• Place undue influence on other students or participants to take part in any individual workouts
or skills training.

Students May:

• Connect with coaches via electronic communication (i.e. email, social media or school-approved
communication tools).
• Receive optional individual workouts or optional individual skills training via electronic
communication.
• Connect with and support participants who are challenged by the changes caused by COVID-19
limitations and restrictions.
• Participate in virtual end of season activities like virtual exit interviews and virtual banquets.
• Participate in non-school virtual events (i.e. national virtual events during this time).
Fine Arts: Fine Arts students may continue to have virtual contact with their high school coaches and
may continue to participate in virtual non-MSHSL events.
Fall and Winter Coaches: Bylaw 208, Non-School Competition and Training remains in effect for fall and
winter coaches. Fall and winter coaches may not provide any virtual coaching at this time. However, fall
and winter coaches may connect with student athletes and provide general information.
Summer Coaching Waiver: Per bylaw and Board of Directors actions the summer waiver period for all
coaches is scheduled to begin on June 1 through August 7, with a no contact period of July 3 through
July 5.

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School administration, at their discretion, may place more restrictive limitations on practice,
participation and student/coach contact.
The Minnesota State High School League strongly encourages all students, coaches, advisors, officials
and directors to adhere to all aspects of the Stay-At-Home order and participate fully in all
recommended safety practices including social distancing, hand washing, covering their coughs and
sneezes, and limiting unnecessary contact with others.

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