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MHSAA basketball, volleyball move to ‘Division’ classification

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Clarkston defeated Grand Rapids Christian 75-69 in the 2017 Class A boys basketball championship game.

Class dismissed.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced it now will use "Division" in classification for boys and girls basketball and volleyball, the last three sports that had used "Class."

The move, adopted by the Representative Council at the association's spring meeting in Glen Arbor earlier this month, will begin for the 2018-19 school year, and came at the suggestion of basketball and volleyball coaches.

Previously, the sports fell under Class A-B-C-D enrollment breaks, and now will be broken down into equal Divisions 1-2-3-4.

In other notable moves adopted by the MHSAA:

* While many coaches have suggested seeding the boys and girls basketball tournaments at the district and regional levels, the associated decided against that -- but will consider seeding options at the district level, only, for future years.

* After the first regular-season game, football teams will be limited to 90 minutes of collision practice per week.

* A Golf Association of Michigan rules official now will be present at each boys and girls regional tournament.

* In soccer for the regular season, overtime periods and shootouts have been eliminated.


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