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MHSAA 2017-18 School Year Classifications Announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. – March 27 – Classifications for Michigan High School Athletic Association elections and postseason tournaments in traditionally classified sports (A, B, C, D) for the 2017-18 school year have been announced, with enrollment breaks for postseason tournaments set up by divisions posted to each sport’s page on the MHSAA Website.

Classifications for the upcoming school year are based on a second semester count date, which for MHSAA purposes was Feb. 8. The enrollment figure submitted for athletic classification purposes may be different from the count submitted for school aid purposes, as it does not include students ineligible for athletic competition because they reached their 19th birthday prior to September 1 of the current school year and will not include alternative education students if none are allowed athletic eligibility by the local school district.

After all counts are submitted, tournament-qualified member schools are ranked according to enrollment, and then split as closely into quarters as possible. For 2017-18, there are 750 tournament-qualified member schools with 186 schools in Class A, 187 schools in Class B, 188 schools in Class C and 189 schools in Class D.

Effective with the 2017-18 school year, schools with 881 or more students are in Class A in MHSAA postseason tournament competition. The enrollment limits for Class B are 406-880; Class C is 204-405; and schools with enrollments of 203 and fewer are Class D. The break between Classes A and B is the same as for 2016-17, the break between Classes B and C decreased six students, and the break between Classes C and D is three students fewer than the current school year.

The new classification breaks will see 20 schools move up in class for 2017-18, while 25 schools will move down.

Schools recently were notified of their classification. MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts said schools may not subsequently lower their enrollment figure. However, if revised enrollment figures should be higher and indicate that a school should be playing in a higher class, that school would be moved up.

Schools have the option to play at any higher classification for a minimum of two years, but must exercise the option by April 15 for fall sports, August 15 for winter sports and October 15 for spring sports.

MHSAA tournament sports that will be conducted in traditional classifications for 2017-18 are Basketball and Girls Volleyball. Football will use traditional classifications to determine playoff points.

Sports which will compete in nearly equal divisions are: Baseball, Bowling, Girls Competitive Cheer, Lower Peninsula Cross Country, Lower Peninsula Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Lower Peninsula Soccer, Skiing, Softball, Lower Peninsula Swimming & Diving, Lower Peninsula Tennis, Lower Peninsula Track & Field and Wrestling.

Here is a complete list of schools changing classification for 2017-18. (Note: This list does not include schools opting up in class/division for tournaments, which can be found on the Administrators page of the MHSAA Website, under Enrollment and Classification): 

Moving Up From Class B to Class A

Battle Creek Harper Creek

Hazel Park

Redford Union

Stevensville Lakeshore

Zeeland West

 

Moving Down From Class A to Class B

New Boston Huron

Niles

Parma Western

Pontiac

Romulus

 

Moving Down from Class A to Class C

Detroit International Academy

 

Moving Up From Class C to Class B

Boyne City

Detroit Cornerstone Health & Technology

Detroit West Side Academy

Ecorse

Harrison

Jonesville

Michigan Center

Millington

 

Moving Down From Class B to Class C

Canton Preparatory

Clinton Township Clintondale

Detroit Henry Ford

Detroit School of Arts

Flint Academy West

Houghton

Ithaca

Pinconning

Sanford Meridian Early College

Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

 

Moving Up From Class D to Class C

Brighton Charyl Stockwell Prep Academy

Detroit Leadership Academy

Detroit Public Safety Academy

Jackson Preparatory & Early College

Marcellus

Mendon

Pittsford

Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary

 

Moving Down From Class C to Class D

Detroit Randolph Technical

Genesee

Kingston

Melvindale Academy for Business & Technology

Munising

Muskegon Heights Academy

Rudyard

West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy

 

New Postseason Eligible Tournament Schools in 2017-18

Ann Arbor Washtenaw Tech Middle College

Detroit Leadership Academy

Detroit Hope of Detroit

Hudsonville Libertas Christian

Mancelona North Central Academy

Westland American International Academy

 

Enrollment Breaks by Classes – 2017-18

(Number of schools in parentheses)

Class A: 881 and above (186 schools)

Class B: 406 – 880 (187)

Class C: 204 – 405 (188)

Class D: 203 and below (189)

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