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MSHSAA Travel Restrictions?

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I was wondering if there was any interest in attempting to change a couple MSHSAA bylaws that make it very difficult for MO debaters to compete on Nat Circuit and to qualify for TOC. 

From the /r/Debate wiki:

Forensics in Missouri is governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). MSHSAA places limits on the amount of competition students may participate in. Specifically, students in Missouri may attend a maximum of eleven separate competitions during the school year (By-Law 4.3.1) and schools may only attend one competition this is more than 250 miles away from Missouri (By-Law 4.3.4(d)). Schools can attend any competition within 250 miles of Missouri. For reference, this 250-mile restriction would allow travel to states that border Missouri. Additionally, schools may only attend one competition in the month of April, which is also subject to the aforementioned restrictions (By-Law 4.3.2(b)).

These restrictions severely limit the ability of Missouri students to be competitive on a national level. The most egregious limitation is that with regards to the Tournament of Champions (TOC). To participate in the TOC, a competitor must acquire two bids by placing high enough at a specific list of tournaments. There are no bid tournaments in Missouri, so the near prohibition on out-of-state competition effectively eliminates the ability of Missouri students to bid to the TOC. Moreover, both the TOC and Missouri State Championship Tournament take place in the moth of April. So if a Missouri student does find a way to bid to the TOC, they would have to choose between the TOC or State as per By-Law 4.3.2(B).

MSHSAA seems to have carved out exceptions for the NSDA National Tournament and the NCFL Grand National Tournament. Teams may participate in tournaments from the Friday before Memorial Day until the second Friday in October provided that they have qualified to such tournament(s) through means approved by MSHSAA. The NCFL GNT always begins on the Friday before Memorial Day.

This seems rather unfair to me. Does anyone want to try to petition MSHSAA and at least try to get them to life these restrictions?

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As a fellow MO debater, I agree that the rules are stupid and prevent most Missouri debaters from seeing substantive success at the national level. Though I doubt that petitioning MSHSAA will actually achieve any change, I will happily lend my signature to any petition and possibly do other things to help get the petition off the ground if such assistance is needed.

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https://www.change.org/p/missouri-state-high-school-activities-association-allow-mo-debaters-to-compete-on-nat-circuit-by-changing-mshsaa-travel-restrictions

 

I set up a thing on change.org. I think the best thing you could do is just share it with anyone you know who is also concerned about this. I would greatly appreciate more support.

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While I agree that the MSHSAA rules need to be changed there is some national circuit/toc bid tournaments within the 250 mile limit i.e. Dowling and Omaha Westside. I agree with Noah that a petition will probably not do much but nevertheless I will lend my signature.

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