Hello MLFA Coaches,
Now that we’ve made it to week 4 of the competition season, I thought we could all review how your students qualify for the State Tournament.
ELIGIBILITY: All eligible schools with paid MLFA membership by December 1, 2017 may register participants who have met the qualifications for State. Entrants qualify in the following ways:
- Earning an average score of 62.0 (without rounding up) or above at THREE (3) separate festivals or tournaments, OR earning a total of 186 points (sum of 3 highest averages without rounding) at THREE (3) separate festivals or tournaments.
- As has been the rule for many years, the tournaments or festivals used to qualify must be listed on the official 2018 MLFA Calendar, or be WHSFA sanctioned Level I or Level II meets. (A student who uses WHSFA meets as a means to qualify, a blue ribbon must be earned at both Level I and Level II. Level I & II will only count as ONE of the three qualifying blues for MLFA state qualification.) In-school or single school festivals can not be used for qualifying.
- Per the procedure adopted at the Fall, 2002 business meeting, schools who do not participate in three qualifying events in a season may petition the Board of Directors for an exemption from the three tournament rule by submitting a letter from the coach and the school principal explaining the circumstances with the entry materials. For clarification, the exemption procedure is for PROGRAMS (TEAMS) that do not attend three qualifiers in a season, NOT individual students or entries who did not compete in three sanctioned qualifiers, or for students who did not earn three qualifying scores.