2023-24 South Dakota Changes, Clarifications & Reminders
- Eliminate the two bonus seed points Class A teams receive for playing a Class AA opponent.
- For postseason play, rosters must be finalized with accurate name and number no later than February 12 for all girls classes and February 19 for all boys classes. Changes made to a roster after these dates must be approved by the SDHSAA. A $50.00 fine will be assessed, per participant, for any change(s) requested after these deadlines.
- Add Monday of NFHS Week 34 for Girls and Monday of NFHS Week 35 as possible additional to play Region contests.
- All Classes – The mercy rule shall be used for all regular season, Region and SoDak 16 contests. When the point differential reaches 30 or more in the second half, the clock will continue to run. The clock will only be stopped for free throws and timeouts. Regular timing rules will be used if the score differential drop back to less than 20 points.
- For contests against out-of-state opponents, seeds points will be determine by including all contests (regular or postseason) played by the out-of-state opponent through the South Dakota cutoff date for calculating seed points.
- No regular season contests shall be played after the cutoff date for each class set by the SDHSAA.
- Moved first allowable girls’ practices to begin one week earlier than current rule allowed, Monday, Wk. 21 with first allowable contest on Thursday, Wk. 22
- Moved the first allowable contest date for Boys’ basketball to Thursday of Wk. 23
- Eliminated restriction on pre-wrap as a hair control device (follow the NFHS rule with color restrictions applying)
- Continue with SoDak 16 contest being played at a neutral site for Class A and Class B; however, direct SDHSAA staff to select sites that are in closer proximity to the higher seed for each contest.
- Mandate no more than a 15-minute warmup for all regular season contests. All postseason contests will include a `5-minute warm-up. NOTE: SDHSAA staff will provide clarifying language for situations where Varsity game times are set and preceding contests may terminate earlier.
- SDHSAA has adopted instant replay and the use of a replay monitor during state championship series contests to determine if a scored goal at the expiration of the time in the fourth quarter or any overtime period (0.0 on the game clock) should be counted, and if so, determine if it is a two-point or a three-point goal. If a red/LED light is used, the light is the official expiration of playing time (Rule 2-12-7).
- Winter Moratorium is in effect from December 23 through December 26. No activities allowed during this time.
South Dakota Modifications
- Classics may choose to play contests in 16- or 18-minute halves.
- Allow multiple manufacturers’ logo/trademark on visible undergarments with a logo maximum restriction of 2.25 x 2.25 inches
- Undershirt Rule: Sublimated or printed logos around the collar of the undershirt are permitted.
- All Classes – The mercy rule shall be used for all regular season, Region and SoDak 16 contests. When the point differential reaches 30 or more points in the second half, the clock will continue to run. The clock will only be stopped for free throws and timeouts. Regular timing rules will be used if the score differential drops back to less than 20 points.