The winter athletic season is upon us. Dance and girls hockey are already underway and the other winter activities will start in the next couple of weeks. With the start of winter games just around the corner, it is once again time to visit the topic of game officials. In short, we need more officials!
When participants in high school activities are surveyed and asked the question, "Why do you play," the overwhelming response is, "Because it's fun!" I believe it is important for all of us as adults to keep this in mind as we provide a supportive environment for our students to participate in the activities they choose. With the winter season wrapped up and the spring season upon us, I thought it would be a good time to review what we as adults can do to ensure an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone associated with extracurricular activities.
There are 269 Pequot Lakes students in grades 7-12 who participated in our fall athletic programs. Decades of research show that those students will have higher grades, better attendance, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems. National studies repeatedly report that high school activities build character, increase self-confidence, relieve tension and support classroom learning.
Every two years, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) re-aligns the competitive sections throughout the state. The goal of re-alignment is to try to maintain an equitable number of teams in each section in each activity while taking school location into account. There are several things that can impact re-alignment: 1) School enrollment increasing or decreasing; 2) Cooperative sponsorships starting or dissolving and; 3) Schools adding or dropping programs. It is important to note that each activity is unique and that 7AA basketball may be significantly different than 7AA baseball.
As you are reading this, we are less than 24 hours away from the first event of the winter season as the girls' hockey team will be hosting Park Rapids at Breezy Point Arena on Thursday, Nov. 13. Junior varsity starts at 5:15 p.m. and varsity at7 p.m. If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone and are surprised how quickly the winter season is upon us.
Saturday, Feb. 1, marked the start of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) post-season tournament schedule. Dance and One-Act Play opened the winter tournament season. Every Saturday for the next five weeks there will be another section tournament that gets under way or is already in progress. It is a very exciting time of year for participants and fans as many teams hope to make a move in the section tournament and possibly advance to state.
Mother Nature may be making it difficult to start thinking of spring sports, but we are closer to the start of spring sports than the recent weather may suggest. Here is some information regarding spring sports that you may find helpful. Spring athletes may turn in forms and pay fees at any time. Forms are available in the high school office or online. Fees may be paid online or in person in the Activities or Business offices. All forms and fees must be paid before the first day of practice.
It may seem early to start talking about winter sports, but the reality is that the winter sports season opens soon with the first day of dance practice Oct. 22. There are several changes for the upcoming winter season that I would like to make you aware of. New office location The Activities Office is now located in the new high school office, which is located near door No. 1. This is also known as the main entrance or the one by the flag pole. Simply enter the building, and the Activities Office is located to the left. Winter Sign-up