Rules Meetings/Videos

Each head coach of a varsity team in a sport under MHSAA jurisdiction shall complete (in person or online) the MHSAA rules meetings for that sport for the current school year if meetings are provided and attendance is required. If the head coach does not complete a rules meeting that coach shall be prohibited from coaching in that season's MHSAA tournament for the sport involved and shall not be present at the facility where the MHSAA tournament involving that coach's team is being held. An administrator of that school shall be present with supervisory capacity over the school's competitors.

If a school fails for two consecutive years to have any representative (head coach or other school coach or administrator) complete or attend a rules meeting (either in person or online) at the start of a sport season as designated for that sport, that school will be placed on probation and will be barred from participation in the next MHSAA tournament in that sport. NOTE: If a school is represented at meetings preceding the fall season for a sport and that sport is conducted in another season for another gender, the school fulfills the minimum requirements of the regulation.

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Approved Courses for Coaches' Requirements

All individuals who have been designated by their school or district to serve as an assistant or subvarsity coach at the high school level must complete the same rules/risk management meeting requirement as the high school head coach or, in the alternative, they must complete a free  online health and safety course posted on or linked to the Health & Safety page of MHSAA.com that is designated to fulfill this requirement.

The deadlines for each MHSAA member high school to certify on its My MHSAA page of MHSAA.com that all of its assistant and subvarsity coaches (paid and volunteer) have completed this requirement are as follows:

  • Fall Sports - Sept. 18
  • Winter Sports - Dec. 18
  • Spring Sports - April 16

Assistant and subvarsity coaches who have been registered in the MHSAA’s system with an up-to-date email address may log in to MHSAA.com and complete the same rules meeting as the varsity head coach. In the alternative, there are seven free online alternative courses that the school may direct or permit assistant and subvarsity coaches to complete individually or in a group setting. Regardless of the course and method utilized, the administration of the school is responsible for attesting to the completion of the requirement by all fall sports team coaches by the deadlines listed above.

These are the seven courses which will allow high school assistant and subvarsity coaches to fulfill the rules/risk management meeting requirement for the 2014-15 school year.

 May 2014 Memo to Schools

CAP

The MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program (CAP) is an educational program geared to assist coaches in their growth and development as they advance in the field of educational athletics. Value added benefits of the program include:

INSURANCE: Liability insurance coverage in the amount of $1 million per occurrence.  This protection extends to coaches’ performance of duties for the school team during the interscholastic season.  The coverage is good for the year that the coach successfully completes the program and the following year.

NEWSLETTER: GamePlans is an electronic newsletter that is sent six times a year to coaches who have successfully completed six hours of the Coaches Advancement Program. The GamePlans newsletter contains pertinent articles that will assist coaches in their daily planning. GamePlans also publishes a record of all coaches who have been certified through the MHSAA Coaches Advancement Program.

STATE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLOCK HOURS: State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) are available to coaches and can be used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education.  Coaches who complete a six-hour session are eligible to receive 6 SCECHs..

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Programs and Resources for Coaches

School coaches are vital grass-roots educators who have the opportunity to make lasting impressions on student-athletes as they learn lifelong lessons through athletics. We hope you'll find this page helpful in carrying out your daily duties with student-athletes.

Educational Resources 

NFHS Free Online Courses

The NFHS is offering a series of FREE valuable online courses regarding concussion management, sportsmanship and the role of parents in sports. Click a topic below and begin the course.

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Foreign Exchange Opportunities

Officials Ratings

Schools are responsible for rating officials who officiate contests involving their teams in sports for which officials’ratings ratings are maintained. Schools which fail to rate any officials during the season shall be subject to the penalties outlined under MHSAA Handbook Regulation V, Section 4. The school principal or athletic director shall verify that the ratings submitted are truthful and accurate, have met with the approval of the appropriate school administrator and are submitted on the school’s behalf.

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Coaches Box

Looking for Tournament Assignments and Schedules, Rules Updates, Coaches Associations, Games Wanted, Records? All of this information and more can be found in this same location under the same title "Coaches Box" on your specific sport page.

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High School Sports Leader:
The site for Captains and Coaches

Efficiency is Effective...

The MHSAA is always willing to assist with issues concerning Association regulations. Please remember, however, the most efficient method of communication with the MHSAA on eligibility questions is through the athletic director or principal. Athletic directors should gather all information necessary on a question and then call or write the MHSAA. Coaches or parents calling the MHSAA on eligibility matters can create confusion and delay. ADs or principals are encouraged to contact the MHSAA office directly. Please follow this efficient path of communication.

MHSAA Library

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Visit the MHSAA.com Library for a wealth of archived articles, publications and videos pertaining to school sports and the MHSAA.