No member school shall be represented by any team or group in an interscholastic event where more than three schools are represented unless such event shall have received the sanction of the Board.
INTERPRETATIONS - SECTION I of Article VII - Sanctions
The NDHSAA Board of Directors has, by board action, "sanctioned" all season events except those requiring NFHS Sanctions as per Interpretations - Section III. Therefore, events with North Dakota schools or North Dakota schools and schools from contiguous states and/or provinces not requiring NFHS sanctioning do not require an application process.
If NFHS sanctioning is required, forms can be obtained from the NDHSAA Office. Sanctions submitted to the NFHS require a fee which is outlined on the form.
No interscholastic football game shall be played after the Final State Championship has been decided; no interscholastic basketball game or tournament shall be played after the Final State High School Championship game each year.
INTERPRETATIONS - SECTION II of Article VII - Sanctions
This section definitely places a final date after which no high school football or basketball games or tournament may be played. This section applies to all member schools and includes any and all high school games which involve pupils from grades 7 through 12. Regulations as to junior high and 7th and 8th grade teams are found in the section of the handbook pertaining to junior high schools.
In case a contest consists of schools from more than one state, National Federation approval and Association clearance must be secured providing the distance is more than 600 miles round trip, or unless these contests are between nearby schools in interstate conferences or between schools which have regularly competed in such sports during past seasons. Note: (Board Policy includes this to pertain also to music and speech activities.)
INTERPRETATIONS - SECTION III of Article VII - Sanctions
NFHS requires sanctioning along with a fee for any of the following events:
- Eight or more schools with at least one not being from a bordering state/province.
- Five or more states with at least one not being a bordering state/province.
- A business sponsors the event.
- NFHS sanctioning forms may be obtained from the NDHSAA office.
- Contests involving travel over 600 miles round trip must have Association approval. Schools are encouraged to minimize their loss of classroom time.
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