South Dakota Changes

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  1. Class B will use the Sweet 16 format for qualifying for the State Tournament. Teams will play the first three (3) rounds of the Region Tournament. When two (2) teams remain in each Region, the SDHSAA will re-seed the remaining 16 teams to have 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, etc. These contests will be played at neutral sites. The winners of the contest will advance to the State Tournament.

  2. Class AA will use the Sweet 16 format for qualifying for the State Tournament. The top 16 schools based on regular season seed point averages will qualify for the Sweet 16. Schools outside the top 16 will not qualify for postseason play.
    1. The top 8 seeds will host the Sweet 16 contest. The winner advances to the State Tournament, the loser is eliminated. The format will be as follows: #1 seed hosts #16 seed, #2 hosts #15, #3 hosts #14, #4 hosts #13, #5 hosts #12, #6 hosts #11, #7 hosts #10, and #8 seed hosts #9 seed. NOTE: Teams will not be re-seeded for the State Tournament but rather, the 16-team bracket will remain in tact.
    2. Girls and boys basketball Sweet 16 contest dates may rotate back and forth between Friday and Saturday annually if so desired.
    3. SDHSAA can determine what percentage of the gate revenue from the Sweet 16 contests to take to make up for the loss of the additional District and Region contests. That number may fluctuate for several years until the appropriate percentage is found.

  3. Class A and Class B: State Qualifying Round Contest (Sweet 16)
    1. Play within Region until there are two (2) teams remaining in each Region.
    2. Re-seed the remaining 16 teams to have 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, etc. The winners of these contests will qualify for the State Tournament.
    3. Sites for the Sweet 16 contest will be sought out and determined by the SDHSAA.
      1. Two Sweet 16 contests will be played at each site per date with times to be assigned and determined. Doubleheader may consist of both Class A contests, both Class B contests, or one Class A contest and one Class B contest. Travel distance will be taken into consideration when possible.
      2. All officials for the Sweet 16 contests will be assigned by the SDHSAA staff.
      3. The SDHSAA will assign a site coordinator at each site to help organize details/workers, etc. for each Sweet 16 contest site.

  4. Class B will use the 35-second shot clock starting with the 2017-18 school year.

  5. Mercy rule shall be used for all regular season, Region, and Sweet 16 contests. When the point differential reaches 30 or more points in the 2nd half, the clock will continue to run. The clock will only be stopped for free throws and timeouts. Regular timing will be used if the score differential drops back to less than 20 points.


  1. All classes (AA, A and B) in boys and girls will use a 35-second shot clock.

  2. Classics may choose to play contests in 16- or 18-minute halves.

  3. Pre-wrap is not allowed as a headband and/or hair control device.

  4. Allow multiple manufacturers’ logo/trademark on visible undergarments with a logo maximum restriction of 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches.

  5. Sublimated or printed logos around the collar of the undershirt are permitted.