South Dakota Changes


  1. Pre-match conference coin toss is conducted by the R1 and R2.  R1 will call the captain(s) and head coach from each team together at the officials table by sounding a double whistle and raising the coin in the air.  Coaches and captains need to be available immediately following the JV match for the pre-match conference or an unnecessary delay may be assessed (administrative yellow).  The clock will not start until the pre-match conference is concluded.

  2. Class AA Round of 16 Format -  NOTE: teams WILL NOT be re-seeded for the State Tournament; the 16-team bracket will remain intact.
    1. Top 16 schools based on regular season seed points average will qualify to a Round of 16 contest. Schools outside the top 16 will not qualify for postseason play
    2. The top 8 seeds will host the Round of 16 contest. The winner advances to the State Tournament and the loser is eliminated.
    3. Contest match-ups would be as follows (based on regular season seed points averages): 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, 3 vs. 14, 4 vs. 13, 5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, and 8 vs. 9.
    4. The last day for a regular season contest will be Thursday of Week 18 (November 2, 2017).
    5. No matches may be played on Thursday-Saturday of Week 17 due to All-State Chorus & Orchestra.
    6. Round of 16 contests will be played on on Thursday of Week 19 (November 9, 2017).
    7. Other considerations:
      1. SDHSAA can determine what percentage of the gate revenue from the Round of 16 contests to take based on the loss of revenue from not having as many District and Region games.
      2. Travel - Class AA schools could actually potentially save money on transportation costs by only having to travel once prior to the State Tournaments opposed to traveling two, three, or even four times when traveling for District and/or Region games.
      3. Takes the District play-in game out of the picture.
      4. Seeds 17 and 18 will not be involved in the playoffs. Soccer and Football currently do this.

  3.  Class B Round of 16 State Tournament-Qualifying Procedure
    1. Use same Region Tournament format as Class A and utilize the current Region to form the postseason tournament. Districts 1 and 2 combine to make up Region 1, Districts 3 and 4 make up Region 2, etc.
    2. When two (2) teams remain in each Region, the 16 remaining teams will be re-seeded from 1-16. The winners of these contests advance to the State Tournament.

  4. Add another tier for match limitations. Class AA is now allowed 16 duals and 4 tournaments, while Class A and B will now be allowed to play 15 duals and 4 tournaments.
 Class AA   Class A and Class B 
20 duals - no tournaments    19 duals - no tournaments 
19 duals - 1 tournament   18 duals - 1 tournament
18 duals - 2 tournaments   17 duals - 2 tournaments
17 duals - 3 tournaments   16 duals - 3 tournaments
16 duals - 4 tournaments   15 duals - 4 tournaments



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

  2. Headbands, if worn, must be black, white, or the predominant color similar to that of the torso of the uniform (excluding the libero) and must be the same for all participants.  Any headband worn cannot be tied.

  3. South Dakota will not follow NFHS intermission rules.