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FAQs

Q:

What is the registration priority order for 2020 Track & Field?

A:

While we hope(!) that the space available on the team will ultimately match the interest, we are anticipating waiting lists for some squads (especially high school boys, followed by high school girls). The priority system is meant to be as fair as possible while maintaining the team community from season to season:

  1. Athletes who competed in track & field at the *high school* level in 2019.
  2. Athletes who competed on the cross country team in 2019.
  3. Athletes who competed in track & field at the *junior high* level in 2019.
  4. New athletes in grades 7-11, with preference given to siblings of those registering above.
  5. Seniors participating in Nighthawk programs for the first time.

Q:

Why is registration so early?

A:

The process to form cooperatively sponsored teams under the MSHSL is extensive, requiring much attention to detail. To meet the deadlines (which fall well in advance of each sports season), we need to allow adequate time to collect registrations, doublecheck paperwork, and then submit applications through a series of approvals.

Q:

Why are there waiting lists?

A:

We do not have tryouts; we are a family team, and community is a high priority. Therefore, current families have the opportunity to register first each season.

Since we have limited facilities (especially for Track & Field, where much of the early season can require indoor training), we have to limit our rosters and overall team size. Further, for Track & Field in particular, most of our meets are "limited-entry" invitationals as we do not belong to a conference that hosts unlimited-entry opportunities. We strive to keep our numbers such that competition is available to as many of our student-athletes as possible.

Waiting lists are maintained for each season, so if someone drops out before the team meeting, we will contact individuals on the waiting list.

Q:

What is the refund policy?

A:

You can find the Refund Policy here.

 

Q:

How is a home school team able to compete in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL)?

A:

Each home school is recognized by the State of Minnesota as a legal, independent school. The MSHSL acknowledges this and allows home schools to become members of the league. Each member home school pays the same annual membership dues and activity fees as any other school in the state, and each is bound to the same league rules. Every season, we form a cooperative sponsorship for each sport (boys and girls are considered separate sports) and request approvals from our Subsection/Section competitors as well as our Region Committee leaders. Once approved, we submit our application paperwork to the league office. It's a long, complicated, expensive process, but it provides us all of the rights and privileges of competition. Every season is a gift, and we appreciate all of the league staff, school athletic directors and coaches, and Region representatives who have supported us along the way.