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The Minnesota State High School League board of directors made some changes that will affect area teams with the hope that the changes will save both schools and families money in a struggling economy.

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A lot of the changes made went toward reducing the price schools will have to spend on traveling. Teams will be allowed to travel to the states and provinces bordering Minnesota but will not be allowed any more round trips of 600 miles or more.

This may not affect every school but the change does limit the ability of teams who want to raise the money and compete at some of the more prestigious events in their sport. MSHSL executive director said a desire to level the playing field between teams who can afford it and those who cannot played a role in the decision.

Other changes came in the way subsection and section tournaments will be played. The MSHSL eliminated neutral sites for section tournament games before the championship round. There will be some flexibility in this rule if a neutral site is needed to help accommodate a larger crowd or reduce costs for the teams.

Another change in subsection and section play came in baseball and softball where all early-round play will be single elimination. Double elimination will come into play once the subsection or section is down to four teams.

A limit of two scrimmage dates and one jamboree was also put into effect for all sports.

The final major rule change came in golf, where the season will be moved back one week and last for the normal 13-week duration. Golf coaches will also be allowed to coach their players on the course during play but not while on the greens or in the bunker.

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