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MHSAA announces decision to move to Division classification for Boys and Girls Basketball and Volleyball

By: State Champs! Network, May 19, 2017, 12:00 am

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced this week that it will be adopting the Division classification for boys and girls basketball as well as volleyball beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The three sports were the final sports to still use the Class (A-B-C-D) enrollment breaks, rather than the Division (1-2-3-4) enrollment breaks.

The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) proposed the change, which was taken under consideration and approved at the Representative Council’s annual Spring Meeting, May 7-8.

The MHSAA decided not to adopt a proposal to seed the boys and girls basketball tournaments through the district and regional rounds of the postseason, but did not rule out the possibility of seeding district tournaments in the future.

The MHSAA also announced that football teams will be limited to 90 minutes of “collision practice” each week after the first game of the season. However, blocking and tackling technique drills will continue to be allowed.

Also, the Representative Council will allow the Division 1-8 football semifinals to take place on either a Friday or Saturday. Semifinals games have only been allowed to be played on Saturdays in years past.

In soccer, the MHSAA announced that it will no longer hold overtime or shootout sessions during regular season play. Conference tournaments will be allowed to hold overtime and shootouts, but must use the traditional overtime rules of two 10-minute overtime sessions and a shootout (if necessary).