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Old Tue Jun 14, 2005, 07:10am
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Just wanted to throw this out. The Minnesota State High School League has just voted to switch the length of boys and girls games. The are going to 2 18 minute halves instead of the 4 8 minute quarters. Just thought people might be interested.
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Old Tue Jun 14, 2005, 07:17am
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Thank you for the info. I knew there was talk of this, but figured since I hadn't heard anything about it, it wasn't going to happen. I wonder what scools are going to do about the b-squad (or JV game). As it was, most of my varsity games started late, I don't think this is going to speed up the game at all. Only time will tell.
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Old Tue Jun 14, 2005, 07:22am
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News article says longer time is only for varsity. JV and younger will still play 32 minutes, but as 2 halves instead of 4 quarters.
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Old Tue Jun 14, 2005, 08:01am
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I can understand going to halves, MA also plays halves. But why lengthen the game? That's 4 extra minutes per game. 20 games a year. That's 80 extra minutes, almost 3 more games per season, than before. Why do that? Eventually, it's going to screw up all your state scoring/assist/rebound records.

BTW, the NFHS will be none too happy with this decision. Playing halves -- not the shot clock -- is why the FED won't let a MA representative chair the rules committee. Minnesota will also be sanctioned, I'm sure.
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Old Wed Jun 15, 2005, 02:55pm
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Here is a link to an article on the MN move to 18 minute halves. http://www.startribune.com/stories/503/5455495.html
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Old Thu Jun 16, 2005, 10:24pm
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1. Did the officials up in MN have a say in this?
2. Are they also going to increase the officials pay by the same 12.5%?



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Old Thu Jun 16, 2005, 10:40pm
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1. No, we had no say.

2. Fees are set by each individual association, which can be a chore in itself.
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Old Fri Jun 17, 2005, 03:36am
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So essentially every game that you do next season will go to OT. If your employers expect you to work OT, you should be paid for it. JMO.


A clip from the article:

Merkle said he surveyed officials' associations on whether they would ask for more money per game and the answers were mixed. "Some would ask for more pay, others would not," he said.

North Branch athletic director Becky Leuer, a board member, advised her colleagues to dismiss that concern: "As far as officials' costs, they raise their fees every two years anyway."



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Old Fri Jun 17, 2005, 03:48pm
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Here is a link to an article on the MN move to 18 minute halves. http://www.startribune.com/stories/503/5455495.html
Personally I like the change. We are moving ever closer to 1 set of rules for everyone.
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Old Fri Jun 17, 2005, 03:55pm
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We are moving ever closer to 1 set of rules for everyone.
While some rules should be the same in each rule-set, I don't think length of game should be one of those. HS kids shouldn't be expected to play a game as long as college kids, who in turn shouldn't be expected to play as long as the pros. Halves, quarters, I really don't care all that much. But I don't like lengthening the game for younger kids. JMO.
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Here is a link to an article on the MN move to 18 minute halves. http://www.startribune.com/stories/503/5455495.html
Personally I like the change. We are moving ever closer to 1 set of rules for everyone.
That will never happen, nor should it. There are different rules because there are different skill levels and ages playing the game. I can't think of a single team game that has the same rules for all ages.
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