South Dakota High School Activities Association

Dan Swartos Talks SDHSAA Chaos

Mar 31, 2020
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The past three weeks have been chaotic and upsetting for many South Dakotans. Today we're spending the hour focused on student-athletes and sports in the state.  Dan Swartos, Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. He joins us to recap how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the game and how we might move forward in the best way possible under the circumstances. 

Sports and Recreation reporting is supported by Horton Incorporated of Britton South Dakota

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It was announced today that the state high school boy's and girl's basketball tournaments are postponed due to the COVID 19 outbreak.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave an executive order for all schools to close for deep cleaning.

Sports & Rec With Wek

Feb 26, 2020
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The 2020 State High School Wrestling Championships begin tomorrow at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls with action taking place on eight mats throughout the three-day event. For the first time since 2004, Dual Wrestling is once again a part of the state wrestling championships in South Dakota.

SDPB's Nate Wek had a chance to chat with the South Dakota High School Activities Association about this year's tournament.   

SD Schools Agree With Transgender Student Sports Policy

Aug 19, 2019
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A recent poll shows about 80 percent of schools in the state support the current guidelines for transgender student athletes. Currently, students who want to participate in a sport as a gender other than that assigned at birth have to get permission through the South Dakota High School Activities Association. 

 

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The executive staff of the high school activities association has recommended that their board of directors postpone six-man football in South Dakota for the next classification cycle which is 2021. SDPB's Nate Wek joins us with more.

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SDPB's Steve Thum and Gary Ellenbolt join us for a recap of the SDHSAA State Basketball Tournaments.

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The Sweet-16 format is one step closer to becoming ‘the law of the land’ for all classes of high school basketball in South Dakota.

On Tuesday, the board of the South Dakota High School Activities Association passed proposals for the new format in both Class AA and Class B.

The Class AA sweet-16 format for basketball passed the activities board with a 6-3 vote, while the Class B proposal passed 8-1.

Later in the day, the board also passed the same proposals with high school volleyball.

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How much time do you spend contemplating your kidneys? That most likely depends upon whether or not you've ever had a problem. It's National Kidney Month. Avera's Jerry Schrier is with us for more.

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us to talk about fine arts programming with the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Today we talk about this weekend's All-State Band.

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The South Dakota Oral Interpretation Festival competition begins Friday. The event brings together the top qualifying high school oral interp speakers in the state. Parker High School oral interp coach Cindy Froiland shares her thoughts on the benefits of an oral interpretation program and how it fits into the overall arts programming in the state. This segment also features Parker High School junior Josie Holzwarth.

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The Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association is retiring at the end of the next school year.  Wayne Carney has been with the association since 2001, after a coaching career in three state school districts.  One of the most contentious issues in his time as executive director was the switching of the girls volleyball and basketball seasons.  At one time, girls played basketball at the start of the school year, with volleyball going on in the winter months.

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Four high school golf tournaments are currently underway in South Dakota.

Mitchell and Hot Springs are each hosting one tournament, and Rapid City hosting two.This year, instead of having the spring golf championships in May, the South Dakota High School Activities Association decided to push the event to June - in hopes of better weather conditions. John Krogstrand is with the High School Activities Association in South Dakota.

The State Gymnastics Meet is in Brookings, SD on Friday and Saturday of this week. Last season, the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights team placed fifth, but they're looking at making a push this year towards the championship. Their coach Skye Bork is in her first year with the squad. She joined the program this week to talk about the state meet as a whole, and some of the challenges that can present themselves to a team. Also, Bork has a vacation planned when gymnastics season is over - listen to find out where she's going.

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A bill that eliminates an activities policy on transgender students is halfway through the Statehouse. House Bill 1112 voids the transgender policy the South Dakota High School Activities Association has in place. Lawmakers in Pierre amended the measure during debate.

Several South Dakota lawmakers say they understand school leaders want a consistent, clear policy for transgender students, but legislators disagree about who should institute the guidelines and what they should include.

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The 60th annual State One Act Play Festival took place at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls over the weekend. It began on Thursday and concluded on Saturday with an awards ceremony. Forty-four schools from around South Dakota performed at the event.

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Lawmakers meet in Pierre Friday to study the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The committee agenda includes a full day exploring elements of the state system and how other places handle rules for statewide athletic and arts events.

Eleven state lawmakers sit on the South Dakota High School Activities Association Interim Committee. They’re tasked with learning what the organization does and who oversees its operation and policy.

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Members of the South Dakota State Legislature’s Executive Board are putting lawmakers on interim committees for in-depth analysis of certain topics. The State Senate and House of Representatives select the panel to meet outside of the regular winter session. They met Tuesday in Sioux Falls.  

Legislators on the Executive Board gather several times a year. They set travel policies for lawmakers going to state-sponsored and national events. Members also appoint lawmakers to committees that examine issues in summer studies.